Reflections of uLearn19
Updated by Becky Hare

Ngā Iwi SchoolI love it and it's my first time. It's all new learning and it's a journey. I've been to virtual reality and a workshop with Clive Francis and he was great, on strategic planning and implementing the new digital curriculum. Jean Herewini, Nga Iwi School.

I'm a first time principal and I've come into a school with teachers who really hungry but are at the beginning of their digital journey and I started my digital learning in 2009 at uLearn, and I come every three years and this just happens to be the third year with my new staff. I've bought half the staff, those at the middle and front carriages of our journey. Michelle Fepuleai, Nga Iwi School.Interview 1

I went to the session with Nina Hood talking about research and she was outstanding. She was talking about research and being careful that we don't go with fads, but actually look at what can make the greatest difference in the classroom. It was a pretty small class, but it was very, very worthwhile. Andrew Spence, Churton School.

Interview 2I saw one of my idols today, I have been following the journey of Hobonsville Point School and I just went to that workshop and I was like OMG, this is so cool to be with them face-to-face and the holistic nature of what they're doing and the tikanga Māori that is incorporated into their programme; is tumeke, I love it! And we're also able to email and stay in contact after uLearn. Myrtle McGrath, Churton School.

Interview 3My head is buzzing, I've enjoyed the whole day. There's been heaps of new information, also information that I can relate to at university, as well as what I've been using at school. And I can see the future of learning. Tash Sanson (Beginning teacher, Churton School.

uLearn19 has been awesome so far, because the two workshops I've been to have actually been things I wanted to learn more about. It has satisfied everything I wanted as a teacher and the weather is awesome! I got what I was after, because the workshop overview was clear in the website and what they delivered was exactly the same. Parani Te Moana-Foai, Titahi Bay North School. Interview 4

I went and had a look at the blended learning and the flipped classrooms workshop and I got a feeling of where I need to be at for myself and my classroom. It was good to see what people have been doing and having that discussion about what people have trialed. It was a big spectrum from people who had no idea of what flipped or blended learning is, to the other end where there were people doing it, and needing affirmation things were going well. The workshop wasn't long enough -  it was rushed. Pohoira Clay, Titahi Bay North School. 

For me as a first timer, what I've been attending has been very helpful. It gives you a different perspective because it challenges you to think outside the square. I've been to a couple of workshops not just kaupapa Māori related. I've come here to look at innovative ways to engage Māori students, I've come here to up-my-game on digital technology and also come to be a social person as well [laughs]. 9/10! Ngaraina Brooks, Patea Area School.

I'm really pleased to be here and very privileged to be here. I've always been a bit hesitant around Seesaw so I decided that when there was a change in the programming, I'd step out of my comfort zone and go to the workshop and now I've changed my mind. Mainly because we're trying to integrate Google docs into the classroom and I didn't want a double-up and I also thought it was more junior focused, but now I can see how it all links to Google docs.  I'm not going to jump in it straight away, but it's whet my appetite, however I can go and do more research to find out more. Thoroughly enjoying it and the social aspects have been pretty good too. Sharon Sybrandy Turuturu School.

I've just had the privilege of attending a session by Janelle Riki-Waaka and it was very thought provoking. She had a whakatauki that I thought fitted the whole reason why we're here. He rangi tā Matawhāiti, he rangi tā Matawhānui. The person with a narrow vision sees a narrow horizon, the person with a wide vision sees a wide horizon. I think we're prepared to widen our kete and fill them up, hopefully some of what we can take away from uLearn19 can be taken out of our kete by the colleagues at our schools. I've enjoyed all the sessions I been to - they've been what I've hoped to get out of them and there's a good variety for primary and secondary schools. The speakers have been so great.  We wish we could have them down in Taranaki. Ricardo Pinto, Harewa High School. Taranaki cluster

I liked Janelle Riki-Waaka's final presentation slide that reads, "Māori children need to know they descend from greatness and more importantly they need to know that you know that too." I really liked that one. Justine Clark, Hawera Primary School.

I liked the seeds that have been sown, the little tasters of things that have been dropped into our brains and then how we can then take them back and apply them to our own environment. And I've really enjoyed the networking that's been really cool. I enjoyed the session with SharpKinane about using digital texts across the curriculum. It's just been nice to be stimulated and motivated by the ideas and it's been really cool to come. Sharon Honeyfield, Turuturu School.

This is my 8th uLearn and it's quite cool because every time I come I get new information and new things to take back to my school and share with them. This year my focus was on integrating the digital technologies learning strands, so it's been really good to find out about them, so we're ready to implement those in our school. Also good to know we're already doing good things already, like agentic learning. Our current practice has also been affirmed at uLearn. Clarissa Dravitzki, Normanby School

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