Attended this conference for the first time and enrolled in presentations that I thought would be good to view not taking into account learning and teaching focus at our school or the presenters and their skill of delivery.
Over 1500 people attended, and most presentations-breakouts were fully booked.
My main focus was to get support for myself and ideas for our school to implement easy forms of technology this year to develop for the future.

Breakout 1.
-Interactive and Engaging Learning Connections with limited ICT resources.
A whole host of ideas to get your class motivated to thinks- Use of pictures with open ended questions, videos and art work to keep students thinking about answers and more questions to promote discussion.

Breakout 2.
-Pataka Matihiko- Our Digital Storehouse.
Taken by Ministry Researchers who are way out of touch with teaching- I was waiting for a wonderful journey into a user friendly ICT resource that I could share with the children and to sell me their product. No sale. Boring, waste of time.
-Universal Design for Learning for Struggling Readers and Writers.
An American presenter who could not better anything we have in place in New Zealand. A researcher out of touch with real life teaching situations.
Need to change my focus and look for the good in all the sessions. Will go to next breakout with a more positive point of view.

Breakout 3.
-Maths made easy.
A session on the use of ‘interactive boards’ and its many varied and vast uses-activities that can help make maths easier.
Children can manipulate the objects on the page and learn maths concepts while having fun with ICT.
‘I want one, and one for Parehuia’s room.’
News blast a great offer will be coming, need to keep in touch with Awapuni Computers.

Breakout 4.
-Ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere. Maori medium resouces on TKI.
I hoped so much that the TKI site would be great for the students, but unfortunately it fell short of the goal. A resource that can be investigated by our Rumaki Class, ‘I was a bird wanting to fly, but TKI did not deliver the feathers.’

Breakout 5.
-Eportfolios and the Online Classroom.
A positive presentation that required all children to bring from home their own laptops. Great to see what children can achieve with the right tools.
‘It was great to sit back and dream of the possibilities at our school.’

Breakout 6.
-Engage your students, teachers, parents an a online world through FREE tools on the internet.
The Microsoft presenter used this session to sell his programme for only $700.
We were introduced to some of the activities and has promise for the future, but not for that price.

It was a great opportunity to go and view what is happening in the ICT world and being exposed to the positive buzz of technology. “If we do not take steps to move into the ICT world then we will be missing out on the opportunity to teach our children in their way and in their world.”
Mixing with other clusters and teachers was fantastic to hear their successes and what worked for them on this path to keeping up with the modern learning and teaching world.

Kia ora ano......Ko Pare te kaitito...
4 Examples were given on how 4 schools operate and manage their E-Portfolios. These seemed to be the points of commonality;
1. Identifying the Purpose – Why do we I/We want to do this?

  • student regulated/student directed
  • providing evidence of student learning
2. Choosing an e-Platform; (based on purpose and intention) e.g. www.edublogs.org ; ULTRANET
3. Employing good tools - Flash Drives, ‘Flip’/’Vado’ type cameras,
Voice Recorders – ‘Easi-speak’
4. Copy and Paste Principles
5. Show and Tell regularly
6. Stick to your purpose
7. Educate parents
8. Empower students

  • ICT Angels
  • Scanning Team
  • 1-1 Teaching
School 1 - Edublogs (Do have limited storage space) – www.edublogs.org
Teachers – Own the Blog – Ownership of childs blog can be given on (Teacher/Whanau)
$NZ80 for class of 30
Why use?

  • instant for all
  • allows for permanent feedback
  • discussions at home can be more focused
  • Allows digital work to be shared
  • Entirely internet based
  • No downloading
  • Child-friendly
  • Some images can be hard to see
  • Work needs to be uploaded first
  • Start small – Class Blog first / Upload stuff onto this
  • Make it manageable
  • Take the time to find a platform
  • Pseudonyms are a good idea (Colour and animal) instead of real name e.g GoldBear, RedFish, BlueWorm etc.

Reflection Questions: What? So What? Now What? Guess What?

School 2 - Elm Park School – Belinda Johnston
  • self regulated/self directed
  • provide evidence of learning

Goal Setting - Setting a Goal Numeracy / Literacy (2 per Term)

  • Taking Photos of the work (ease) rather than scan etc.
  • Regular Teacher Meetings with Lead Teachers
  • E Portfolio to be part of the
  • Reporting System is the E Portfolio (No Mid Year No End of Year Written)
  • 3 Way Conferencing – Teacher Release fr
  • Un-conference Sessions
-Topics needed for E Portfolios
-How to upload movies
-How to write good reflective comment starters
-How to Instruction Sheets on the Staff Knowledge Net

  • Digikids / Angels to help support the students (uploading, things that were already written in draft to publishing etc.)
  • Flickr as a storage space www.flickr.com

  • Literacy and Numeracy Goals
  • Reflections by Students, Teacher, Parents
  • Evidence of Progress
  • My Competencies
  • Teacher Feedback
  • My Achievements
  • More about Me- student selects work they are proud of

  • Potential for Lack of School Wide Consistency
  • Need to have structured guidelines for teachers to follow

School 3 - Bethlehem College (ULTRANET is the platform)
Platform – Why do I want to do this? Then decide on Platform to Use (Ultranet)
WALT – We are Learning To ; (Learning Intentions)
Easi-Speak to record voices and drop into E Portfolio (Moodle will be needed)
Videos – X-Factors; What can you do that is has the X Factor (Success Criteria)


www.lietze.org is the blog page for Bethlehem College IT


Kia ora whanau. Koka Jo
Well rested I hope.
Missed my spa wah!!!!!
Have had lots of thoughts whirling around. I'm sure everyone has. Will be great to get to a planning session with you all to sort myself out.
I guess we will continue to use this wiki for communication with each other. I get the updates sent to my email so I don't have to keep coming back here to check for updates. Don't ask me where I found that box to check - HELP!! Koka Sam
Ok, confession time - wikis drive me nuts because they're such a jumble of information. The librarian cataloguer (Greenie) in me just wants to organise it all! And a common theme from the conference was exactly that - information overload. One presenter described it as being like a christmas tree. Imagine one of those huge trees at the mall, covered in little treasures sparkling at you. You spotted a particularly pretty one, took your eye off it, and couldn't find it again when you looked back because it was just lost amongst the other thousand pretty things. So, how do we sort, store and retrieve online information. What does an online resource room look like? At Manutuke we use Accessit library software to catalogue our resources. Used to just be books, but now I try to get everything in there. And it's great - it can cater for anything 'e' - like a website or a document, video or photo etc. So that's what I'm going to start doing - building up a catalogue of the e-resources we come across. Now, the beauty of Accessit is that it's web-based, the data is saved on our server, but it's picked up throughout the school via a web interface (intranet). We're able to write reviews as well, so that would work like a wiki. What I learnt over the last few days is that we can open a portal to the internet as well so it can be accessed outside of school. This way the cluster can access it as well. I just have to talk to the powers-that-be and work out the technical/policy stuff.
Basically our entries so far on this wiki have mostly given a review and usually a website so I can start putting that into Accessit. If you are going to point out a good website can you please include what curriculum/management area it would be good for etc, what level student etc, what keywords describe it - this is really important. You will notice on websites/blogs that people insert 'tags' or keywords so that their stuff is sorted. I can put any number of keywords into Accessit so use the keywords that suit you - so that you can find it again, as well as think of what other people might search under. Te Reo Maori and/or English - Japanese as well if you like. You can email me websites etc as well if that's easier: library@manutuke.school.nz
Light bulb moment!
I've really been thinking about what my mate Stu (Middleton) said about how our current model of school structure is going to radically change. The reality is that the Kura Kaupapa Maori movement has been at the absolute spearhead of radical changes to the Education system - for 20-30 years. Own philosophy, own curriculum, own structures, Year -1 to .....? (conception to Tertiary), own (extra money from MOE). Amazing, and what a great model for the rest of the country to catch up to. What a great validation for Kura Kaupapa Maori. We tend to forget what a fight it was in the beginning (1970's -80's) - hats off to all those KKM pioneers who wrestled with the Dept of Ed, the politicians, the people etc to break free from the system, and create something so worthwhile. Now those people deserve to get a gong!
What a change that the MOE is now telling schools to sort out their own curriculum - that's real devolution of power. And nationwide it seems as though schools are struggling to cope with that. When nanny-state stops spoonfeeding you then you might just flounder around awhile until you can find your own kai. (Some of my presenters asked the groups how they were getting on with their curriculum and there were generally lots of moans and groans). The next few years in education could be very interesting.
Ciao! koka Jo

Tuesday 23 Powhiri
Not very many people attended. Great to see visitors from America participating, disappointed to see small group of tangata whenua and other roopu not present.
Na Mere

Do have one - Te Ahua o a Tatau Akonga-Developing a Graduate Profile

Good workshop-He whakarapopototanga tenei o nga ahuatanga tino whai tikanga o te akonga ka puta i nga kura reo Maori.
*Needs to be develop by staff, whanau and community.
*Be driven by the people who will use it.
Na Mere
Friday - Breakout 6 - Utilising free open web based multimodal teaching resources with interactive whiteboard technologies.
This was an awesome workshop very interactive and fun, had so many other ideas and how many other schools who have been using the interwrite for years!!! Here are the following links and these can also be used for smartboards and promethem boards.
www.smartboards.com www.prometheanplanet.com There are also quiz generators for mainstream where these are already made www.contentgenerator.net/ google this stu's double jeopardy for other quizs where you can teach you children to create and share to the class. There is another programme is Art Rage that is awesome for the junior levels. www.artrage.com Here is an awesome free video streaming software whanau have a look and a tutu http://camstudio.org/
Had an awesome time in rotorua and learning all the new ICT info and resourcse that are available. For us as Maori we need to step up the play and bring in the TAKING RISKS ATTITUDES!!! Every1 have a safe trip home, and Sammy see you on Tuesday. Kakite!!
Na Chrissy
Friday - Breakout 6 - Na Sammy
Otherwise Fine - ICT Facilitation


June - Milestones - Against two chosen goals - realistic goals
November - Against all the goals half will be cut and paste. Lots of documented reflection
Keep re-reading goals and make the link with what you are doing
Reflection on milestones focus on what you have done
The highs:
Shift in attitude'
Staff taking ownership
Skills expanded
New ideas
Skills generalised
Working with students 'Hearing the language change
David starts with 30 minute interviews for each member
Collection of student and teacher voice.
It is not the Facilitators Programme - It's yours
Staff must be informed - why doing this

Kia Ora e te Whanau:
Well done! A great collection of notes from learning at schools 2010. Thank you all so very much for contributing to this page.
Sammi(Koka Jo I found your notes and forced them on the wiki)

L@s Day 1 Feb 24 2010 Koka Joanne
Keynote Presenter: Dr Stuart Middleton
Keywords: schools, school structure
Website: http://www.stuartmiddleton.co.nz

Most interesting: His prediction that within 20 years the traditional NZ school structure will be gone.

Key question No.1: What is the likelihood that the 1280 white principals and teachers that heard what he said are going to be the ones to drive this change (which will dissolve their power base)? Pretty remote I would say. So if it’s not them, then who is going to drive it?

impression of the conference so far: ‘Spot the Maori’ – or Pacifica or Asian. How come ICT in schools is in the hands of all the
white people?

Rating: 5/5. Yeah! Way to go Stu!

21st Century teachers and ICT – the way forward. Nathan Kerr, Robert Douglas.
Keywords: mlearning, mobil learning, nathan kerr, robert douglas
Website: http://mlearn.eonschool.wordpress.com/

You can quote me: Don’t try and provide all your students with laptops. Skip that step and save some money. Go straight to a learning tool they know, love, are experts at, fits into their hands and they all have: a mobile phone. Laptops of today are the Mainframe computers of the future – huge, clunky, slow, expensive. Our kids are Mlearners.

Mlearning - CHECK THIS OUT - This is happening in NZ schools right now!

This is what will kill the laptop:

The Samsung i8520 Beam is the first Android phone with a built-in projector. The phone is capable of projecting a WVGA image (800 x 480). Despite the presence of a projector within the body, Samsung has managed to keep the thickness of the phone less than 15mm, which is quite impressive.

Support for Wi-Fi 802.11n but the Bluetooth is v2.1 here. You also get 3G, HSDPA and A-GPS. The camera (on the back of the phone) is a 5 megapixel unit and can record videos in 720p resolution at 30FPS. Considering the built-in projector, the Beam has a massive 1800 mAh battery.

Why a projector? So the kids can use the phone at home to work on their projects etc – don’t need a computer at home – just project onto a wall and create an instant big screen to work on. Smart huh? Come back to school and wi-fi into the school network.

And guess what – no PD required (for the kids anyway) – they REALLY know how to use mobile phones! And buy them.

Sucky thing: Mobile phones don’t work at Manutuke School!

Rating: 5/5 for the concept, 2.5/5 for the presentation – painful.

Making change stick. Cheryl Doig.
Keywords: change, change management,
Website: http://thinkbeyond.co.nz/

Well – I’m a GREENIE and you Yellowies drive me nuts!
Why don’t you luuuuurv policies and procedures????
As for the Reddies – all that wailing and hand-holding and group hugging just doesn’t achieve anything!!!! Well guess what – we’re all in this together and we have to move forward

Cheryl showed us 3 tools which can help to assess: personality types (green, red, blue or yellow), readiness for change and commitment to change.

If we see ICTPD as a change for the school then there are some valuable tips here. Cheryl hasn’t posted her notes onto her website yet.

Rating: 5/5. Cool.

Koka Joanne: Days 1-2-3 Wednesday 24-25 February 2010
Been having a fight with both the internet connection and this wiki. Internet dropping off, and me not understanding how these pages work! Because my connection kept dropping off I did my first (pretty) Day 1 page on word and then tried to drop it in here - but this wiki don't like pretty! So, my first day's impressions can be found by clicking on 'Recent Changes' - over on the left and clicking on the document I uploaded.

Here's the rest -
Bang for your bucks - creating a highly effective ICTPD cluster. Paula Jamieson. Koka Joanne
Keywords: cluster,structure,management,roles,responsibilities,
Website: http://tewhakatipurangahouictpdcluster.wikispaces.com/
Paula is the facilitator for the above cluster in Tauranga. 3rd year I think.
The session was mostly taken up by all participants (50-60) answering the same 5 questions, then meeting in groups to collate the answers into themes, trends etc.
*Note: I'll complete this when I get home - it's too frustrating trying to stay connected to get to the info. on the wiki we created. the website above relates to Paula's clusters' wiki - lots of good stuff on there.
Interesting: PLOT - Collegial Search. The exercise involved participants rearranging themselves (carrying their chairs), finding your same number person (in groups of 5), then setting up interviews. Some people didn't react very well to that at all - didn't like 'playing games'. Most people didn't listen. Once we started you couldn't shut everybody up! (we were on a 2 min. time limit). Very good format to get 60 opinions on the same subject in a short time. Very easy to collate those opinions. Can see how you could use it with a large group of parents for instance.

Digital Imaging. Mike Donaldson/Tim Randle. Koka Joanne
Keywords: cameras,digital cameras,photography,

Where do they get these people from?! Bit hard to get past a presenter whose every sentence starts with 'I', and who uses most of the session showing his personal photos of his kids' weddings, his boat, his this, his that!
Had about 30 seconds to look at a photo software which seems great. Free and easy to use. Will definitely have a tutu. Google: Faststone Image Viewer. Other software I will check out: Photostory, Andrea Mosaic, Adobe Premier Elements, Adobe Captivate.

CORE's Ten trends for 2010. Derek Wenmoth.
Keywords: as the list below
Website: I'll find it later.
CORE/Derek is the Learning@schools conference. So if we think they know what they are doing then we must review these trends as part of our planning processes. The areas covered are:
  • Changing roles of teachers/learners
  • Internet capable mobile devices
  • Globalised learning
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Cyber citizenship
  • Digital literacy
  • Open education resources
  • Cloud computing
  • Advanced networking and schools
  • Assessment practices
For each area there are 3 questions to ask ourselves. We have to ask them.

The LMS Gateway to learning and assessment. Mark Treadwell. Koka Joanne
Keywords: knowledgenet, lms
Website: get it later (can you tell I'm in a hurry?)

Mark sells KnowledgeNet - a LMS (Learning Management System). It's another decision for schools to make - how are they going to manage information? A question to be answered. I have got an understanding now of how KnowledgeNet works.
By the way, Mark was saying that at the last conference there was a shortage of presenters, some had to do multiple breakouts. For this conference they had 3 times too many people wanting to present. It's exploded. So kapai Koka Sam & Sue for being amongst the chosen few! Represent! Yeah Coasties!
Ok guys, will be back sometime to fill in the gaps....... Koka Jo

Stuart Middleton: Thank goodness he followed Anne Tolley. People in the room visibly sat up when he started talking. He did it without notes, he knew his stuff, engaged with the audience and was research based.

KONTAIN - more than a digital profile

Ian Hayes and Daniel Birch from Discovery School, not the most exciting workshop out of the box but informative. Can see it suitable for Y7-8 up, promotes independent working. Reduces "prettying up time" while tamariki are on the computers. They have to get on with the mahi.

Parents are invited to comment on work, Accessible from internet anywhere. Limited by your imagination. Check out their site. For every file you need to open up a new gmail account for everyone - use the same password for every new account.

Need to tutu. check out Kontain.com

Na Ihipera

KONTAIN-agree that it was not exciting workshop. It does required alot of setting with whanau, children under age of 13 can participate under whanau account.

Na Mere

WHANAU is more than just Mum and Dad

Deanne Thomas, very confident and informative. Presentation targetted at general stream colleagues on how to engage whanau. Went to this breakout to support kaupapa, because all other breakouts were full. Very caring and expressive group of four pakeha colleagues with about 6 of us from various kura. Good environment, encouraged our colleagues to share their thoughts, very passionate. Message: Don't rush it, don't analyse us, have patience - enjoy the journey, you are doing well
Na Ihipera
25.2.10 - Breakout 5 - Te ahua o a tatau akonga - Graduate profiles using the TMOA
Kia ora ano whanau, I attended this workshop and it was awesome to see other maori kanohi and to see others from our rohe, it was also good to see a maori presenter which used both reo in the workshop. As all my workshops so far was "SPOT THE MAORI!!" It is very interesting to see many other kura around the motu trying to sort out what is needed in a graduate profile. There was a kura from Palmerston North who have created their kura graduate profile based around their rohe links and pepeha, and input from the community. They also used characteristics instead of the "KCS" and that there were also confusions about the graduate profile that kura should not confuse it with the assessment tool i.e e portfolios. This gave a good stepping stone on where to begin... I will get an email with the powerpoint presentation, so whanau watch this space and I will email it to you all shortly. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou te whanau RUAPANI, and the whanaungas the NGATI'z ,was an awesome experience for myself and our kura being our first time at these conferences. Big Mihi to our Kaihautu a Sammy, thanks for all your awhi and happy ahua... Na Chrissy

Kiaora ano,
Today was another interesting day.
I now know that I am just as good at navigating through TKI in English as I am in Maori.
Both workshops tried to focus on everything at once and it was hard enough to keep up let alone understand it all. I guess its all about taking the knowledge home and working through it at my own pace.
I did however thoroughly enjoy the 90 Tools in 90 minutes. We got 90 free websites that could do as much as a brought program. I look forward to looking through them all and using some and biffing some. David Kinane was an awesome presenter and he was able to move at a pace that everyone could keep up with and he had heaps to share.
Thanks for the experience and we will see you again soon Sam.
Hei kona mo tenei wa
Joy Apirana
Thanks Sam for everything

Breakout 5
A beginners guide to Wikis and Blogs...Where do I start
Wikis and blogs for beginners
Sue and I presented this workshop. That wasn't so bad. Didn't fit it all in but have a better idea of how much to plan for next time.

Using google earth as a classroom tool
Sammi - Breakout 4

Some of the ideas used for using this tool are Students can
Take a virtual journey created by students
Comparing and Contrasting the changes in landmarks.
You can use it to create layered graphs of the world/area
Use the drawing tool to map routes to houses or create their own maps(plotting)

Checkout this link for information on Scholarships:
Core Education Foundation
Travel award
Prof learning Awards
Core Education eFellowships

Keynote – Alan November(Boston, USA)
The Emerging Culture of Teaching and Learning


Every student is the teacher, every teacher is a learner

- Refining your searches by understanding the language of the web
- wayback machine will track the history of webpages
- Google contains a wealth of tools that Alan argues that all students should be taught.

This link lets you find out who owns the domain
This link tracks the history of webpages
Need to ask students for contributions to the class – giving students real jobs
7 minutes max: This can be used to capture student learning on screen. – promethean programmes

Students using web2 and multimedia to tell their own stories –
Love the idea of students creating tutorials to walk people through wikispaces/multimedia/blogging/educational content

Creating authentic learning communities globally – will have to give this a try.

Strategy Based maths webpage. -

Breakout sessions for Thur 25th Feb
Earlybird session - E-portfolios made easy - Spike-Tiffany Whyte
This session was a self learn workshop where you were given a instruction booklet to follow and create a e-portfolio using spike@school. For me this was not challenging as i completed the set task in 10min then had the rest of the workshop spare. Excellent tool to use for reporting back to parents and children can create these. If you are a spike@school customer you can logon and check it out if not use the following link to have a tutu. http://training.spikeatschool.co.nz

Keynote-Alan November - He was interesting and how awesome ICHAT is as a tool to communicate. I learnt a new thing about google and being able to teach the children those skills and tools.

Breakout 4 - The games we play - Mary-Anne Murphy
This session was very different to the title - there was no playing at all. Her focus was about inquiry and the learning associated with it. I have the link to her wikispace which will have her powerpoint presentation of the workshop an other resources. Very full on and not much interactive but hei aha...http://waitetunagames.wikispaces.com user waitetunagames pass waitetuna

Na Chrissy

Na Pare
Keynote Speaker – Dr Stuart Middleton

Inspirational, Ratifying, Humorous, Captivating; these are a few of the superlatives that I would attribute to Dr Stuart’s presentation. The sadness however is that in forwarding and confronting our teaching fraternity with the fact that as a profession we are continuing to fail our Maori and Pacifica students, for the majority of our colleagues nothing will change. Not only is that frightening, it is also catastrophic.
Breakout 1 – Write, Read, Publish! Using Newsmaker to encourage writing for a real audience – Lynda Rifai
Fast and Furious, yet wonderfully exciting in that the possibilities of ‘Newsmakers’ application in our kura. Newsmaker is a software application that was developed in Singapore to help ESL Learners. With Newsmaker, students take the role of a news anchor and producer, creating their own story in 3 simple steps. Newsmaker is neither grade level specific nor content area specific. It is a tool to help students improve their communication skills while mastering content in any subject area. All that is needed is a webcam, headphones, microphone and a computer to make your own news or current affairs presentation. Go to www.aboutnewsmaker.com to download a free 30 day trial programme.
Breakout 2 – Create a TV Studio in your classroom – Colin Gover, MVTV Crew
This would probably be the next step up from the ‘Newsmaker’ idea. The programme that is used is Adobe Visual Communicator 3. This software retails for @ $150.00. Other than that all the hardware that is required to get started is a computer, webcam and microphone. Check out Marina View schools website to see the work they do and to get tutorial information. www.marinav.school.nz
If you can make a powerpoint you will be able to use this programme. Results are able to be put up onto networks and shared as well as being dropped into E-Portfolios as assessment evidence. You can add music and graphics and movies into your production. Here’s where they get their free music; www.freeplaymusic.com
Breakout 3 – Capture your Students Attention with Mimio Interactive Whiteboard Solutions – Lindsay Moore
The point of difference between this Interactive and others is that it has the capability of being ‘mobile’, for want of a word. The ‘Capture’ mode is probably the thing I thought was pretty cool; that is Mimio has the ability to work away from the actual whiteboard on surfaces other than whiteboard. The information recorded wherever in the room will still show up on the ‘Mother’ whiteboard for all to see. Returning the Mimio Unit to the Mother Whiteboard then allows the interactive elements to once again be activated.

Kia ora te whanau, Here's my Breakout 1 review: Na Rik
Facilitating Highly Effective Professional Learning by Facilitator: David Anderson (Aust. Tchr. Co-Founder of The Art of Facilitation: Hands On)
Key Points: 1.“You cannot work with someone you do not know”. Working from this premise David used Maori-centric”, mahi-tahi teaching/facilitation techniques to “connect/include each participant e.g. handshake and verbal welcome at entry, a “task organiser”, the pinwheel, the “raised hands” to call to attention (Why? Respect– Don’t trample on their mana as they speak – let each finish at their own/different rate!), the mihimihi of each participant to their “new” pinwheel learner, the group review, the individual reflection (SLL technique: back2back then turn-back2roopu!) (Angus Macfarlane)
2.The power of “Having a Purpose” 3.You will share only what you feel comfortable with. 4. There is no such thing as a dumb question-this is an “Enquiry” wkshp! 5. Change: People know about change and do embrace it! They don’t resist change they resist change being made to them. They resist being changed. So consider Transformation instead:

Ultimately, the POWER of LEARNING “CONVERSATIONS” including holding the “Difficult/Challenging ones PLUS the POWER of REFLECTION and the consideration of the importance that our school-kaimahi“value feedback”, for me, was heightened. 5/5 value!

Here is my Breakout 2 review: Na Rik

QUESTIONING: The Driving Force of Learning by Trevor Bond.
Key Points: 1. What is thinking ? Thinking is a process of the creating of asking and answering questions in your head. Questioning is at the CORE of good comprehension. We cannot engage meaningfully with text or make sense of the text without the RULE of questioning. Questioning is the Living Heart of Thinking. De Bono: Questions are the engine house of thinking”. Questioning is our MOST intellectual TOOL!
2. He patai whakatupato tenei!! Who in your class ASKS the most questions? What is the ratio?
3. Trevor then shared the CORE SKILLS of the effective questioner and the CRITICAL importance of the 7 Types of questions and why? THUS if our children KNOW how to ask questions according to this taxonomy they will be able to exactly “search and research” on google, without wasting valuable time and will also know/ understand why the responses from Wikipedia, which always appear first - MUST be validated!! The mind boggles! 5/5 value PD.

My Breakout 3 Review: What Ever Next: The NZC by Mark Treadwell.
Key Points: 1. The NZC is just a Framework. Kia tupato :the matters in the back section are inconsistent of Content, Concept, Context flavours or foci.WHY? because the A.Os were never defined. The front –came from everybody and is ALL Mark thinks should have been produced!
2. The brain is designed to learn by concepts exceptionally well, in fact is absolutely stunning, in fact can become automated e.g to drive a car, to sit down c.f. to rote learning e.g in Maths text books one question and only ONE answer thus requires the ROTE rules. The Numeracy project thankfully changed that. N.B. Reading/ writing are rote techniques ???
We should then consider WHAT are The UNDERPINNING CONCEPTS of each Marau , the principles, values, character… and then don’t just teach the concept in ONLY the ONE context!!
So when we are Creating a Curriculum which area should we focus on? The BIG conceptual IDEAS that make us UNIQUE. Then to gain UNDERSTANDING provide knowledge by utilising Inquiry learning clever questioning and titivate the imagination, foster Creativity and Innovation. Children need to know exactly what they are going to learn – Make the learning explicit!!
Mark then tried to demonstrate with samples from one school and from his own Knowledge NET work www.knowledge.net.nz. These can be accessed/purchased. Sharp, informing, witty and clever presentator. Value: 4.5/5. Why? A money-spinner.

Na Sammi Five ways to get the best out of the New Zealand Curriculum

A walk through the N.Z. curriculum online with the designers and creators. It was great to view the collection of student voices and we are able to ask the creators to partake in online professional development to travel through the website so I will definitely be in touch with them watch this space. I am a little bit shamed am pretty sure I could have visited and explored this site without them. Sometimes you just need to go to these workshops to motivate yourself.

Breakout Two - Tuesday 23rd Feb

Kia ora Whanau, Here are my whakaaro about what I've learnt from my 3 breakouts for Tuesday 23rd Feb..
Breakout Two: Say it,Read it, Write it: Literacy in an ICT Environment - Barbara Reid & Donna Dyet

These two ladies were very relaxed and laid back, and delivered the session with snapshots on web2tools and how you can intergrate them into your classrooms. They wanted to make sure we had time to go through the links and wiki resources so we could ask all the questions straight away. This was helpful because all the information and resources are fresh in your mind and you just want to get in there and have a tutu. These links and wiki spaces have so much info and resources it will explain the session..thetoolbox.wikispaces.com www.blabberize.com They also said make sure you plan and setup your learning itentions and then it will make it clearer on what you would like to use and intergrate into your classrooms. Na Chrissy Ngere Ngere

Na Sammi Facilitating Highly Effective Professional Learning - David Anderson Fantastic Presenter very interactive and informative. I have a Facilitation Framework which I will use to reflect on my current practice.

The Art of the Facilitator ' Becoming the best we can be to empower others to become the best they can be..(Joan Dalton 2006) Key Words for me: Build Community and Teamwork Design the plan Work on self-growth and the art of facilitation Facilitate,embed and sustain the learning.

Breakout One: - Tuesday 23rd Feb

Na Sammi Responding to Change – Tony Ryan

Kia ora Whanau, Here are my whakaaro about what I've learnt from my 3 breakouts for Tuesday 23rd Feb.. Breakout One: E-Learning - Not just the Froth on the top in this year 4 classroom-Andrea Tapsell She was a good presenter and was very interactive with the people and she also had past students to give small presentations on what she has taught and used in her classroom setting. Her key points were creating a digital and e-learning classroom and from there create e learning communities. Commitment and Time Management is one of the main areas to focus on to help with the learning communities. She has set tasks for her students to work independently at their own paces as long as they completed things by the end of the day. The Children also create the learning and the learning environment, having this environment will target childrens needs and give the teacher more time to do one on one or group work. Have a look at these wikispaces for more info..http://digikidz.wikispaces.com www.classblogmister.com Na Chrissy Ngere Ngere

I always make sure to get to one Tony Ryan lecture a conference. A thoroughly inspiring korero about how to cope with and implement change in your professional life. Tony argues that Teachers/Principals need to look after themselves! It is only then you are able to provide Innovation, learning and dialogue and be the most effective teacher you can and most importantly enjoy the job.. Wellness – looking after yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually Innovation Learning Dialogue

Some words of wisdom or inspiration:

When will we make the same breakthroughs in the way we treat each other as we have made in technology?
Theodore Zeldin(2001)

Build a Bridge philosophy - The miracle of teaching

Change is possible. The best professional development is within your school.

What does a good listener look like. Try and Paraphrase what someone is saying to you.
Paraphrase – so you said…
Best teachers are lifelong learners
Give it heaps –
Get excited about change:
Exercise your goose bumps – scare yourself

So hard when I have to… So easy when I want to

Love your employees
Connect peers with purpose
Capacity building prevails

Stress - How do we cope!

Two Wellness Questions
Do you ever get angry? – The Yelling Teacher
Are you fitter and healthier than other people your age? – Look after yourself physically

Eustress(excitement) – Distress?(waking up in the middle of the night) – Hyperstress?(eat at your soul)

Distress Indicators:
-disturbed sleep
-excessive alcohol consumptions
-feeling loss of control
-disordered eating patterns
-persistent tiredness/apathy
-emotional volatility

-Develop your own, and consistently put them into place(not just in the holidays
1 minute de-stress before you go into classroom
-favourite music
-talking with good friends
-playing a game
-what do you normally do?

Zest Practice

Definition of ZEST PRACTICE
Inspiration focused
Provocative to the established order
Inquiry generated
Co-creating and evolving
A touch of Zen
Learning in every moment

Did you know that google gives employees 20% of their work time back to individuals to do whatever they want with - they say the most creative ideas come from this 20%.

Key note:

Dr Stuart Middleton – Manakau Institute of Technology

Well where do we start.

Key note speaker was great.

Loved how Dr Stuart Middleton shared his wealth of knowledge in regards to the educational journey. From past to present where we went wrong and how we might be able to make positive changes.