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April 2018


April 29
New Zealand

When Ed comes to Dunedin the DCC are having a week called Paint the Town Ed. As part of this, 1100 children with 200+ adults will be in the Octagon at 12:30 on Thursday 29 April to welcome Ed to town with a musical gathering. Hopefully this is going to be live streamed. Link to follow if it is. Come and view the talented kids of Ōtepoti!

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Craig McDonald eFellow research – student awareness of global issues

April 30

In this video CORE eFellow Craig McDonald discusses a student inquiry that explored child labour and the issue of water justice. Craig talks about the way projects like this can have a long lasting effect and he uses the example of a past student’s learning to illustrate this. He describes the way students carry their learning into street action to raise funds for their campaigns and the effect that this has on them which he believes often leads to further…

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May 2018

Introduction to the Consumer Protection school resources

May 1

Focus of learning The purpose of this resource is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to be informed and confident consumers. This supports the vision of The New Zealand Curriculum for young people to be informed decision makers who actively contribute to the social and economic well-being of New Zealand. This resource includes three teaching and learning plans for students in years 4 –10.

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Chantelle’s journey with STEAM and UDL

May 3
New Zealand

Chantelle Rich, a year 5/6 teacher from Henderson North Primary, is one of two teachers leading a Teacher Led Innovation Fund (TLIF) project across a cluster of six schools for the past 18 months. In this blog, Chantelle shares her learning through supporting collaborative innovative STEAM inquiries using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

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Global Education Fair

May 5 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 am

Looking to take your school global? Working on a classroom global project? Come to our online Global Education Fair to find out about tools, services, projects and programs related to globally connected teaching and learning! Check out the work of leading global educators, companies and nonprofit organizations at the Global Education Fair, a free, virtual meet and greet for educators and school districts.

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David Schaumann eFellow research – learning is more than counting NCEA credits

May 7

David Schaumann, Head of English at John McGlashan College, discusses his research into the use of key competencies as key motivators for changing the culture of students’ credit counting. David explains that there are multiple opportunities to build diverse skills that become life skills in studying various aspects of the English curriculum through the lens of the key competencies, instead of being lead by NCEA achievement objectives. David describes how approaching studying English in this way can open up new…

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There is POWER in being CONNECTED

May 10
New Zealand

“What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It’s about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it’s something that people have wanted forever.” — Seth Godin Let me take you through how Connected Educator works and how it can help you….

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Bullying-Free New Zealand Week

May 14 - May 18

Our annual nationwide Bullying Prevention Week to raise awareness of how to prevent and respond to bullying and provide an opportunity for schools to highlight their everyday work to counter bullying.

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May 17

Like many teachers, I believed I worked hard to be innovative in my teaching and to connect with my students as individuals. As an English teacher, I used engaging texts and created impressive resources for novel ways of learning. I reassured myself that I was meeting their individual needs through differentiated learning activities and by giving them choice in what they were learning. But then there were the NCEA assessments — internal and external — I knew they were driving…

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Jerome Cargill eFellow research – inclusive education for sexuality and gender minorities

May 21

Jerome Cargill, Media Studies Teacher at Newlands College, discusses a study into inclusive education for sexuality and gender minorities and what this looks like in New Zealand schools. Jerome was motivated to carry out the study by evidence suggesting there is a significant number of students that feel some practices in schools cause gender identity discrimination. After doing some Professional Development with the whole staff, Jerome worked with four staff members over a school year exploring changes they had made…

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May 24

What should be the vehicle for our online programmes? Do we want a Learning Management System (LMS), or a Learning Record Store (LRS), or both, or neither? Ten years ago, this would have been a simple question to answer. Today there are several layers to it.

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Myles Webb eFellow research – using robotics in the classroom

May 28

eFellow Myles Webb discusses the use of robotics for ORS funded students. He explains that along with looking at different ways to engage these students he explored a different method of assessing engagement for this group of students. Details about classroom relationships for the students were able to be measured as well as the activities the students were engaged in. Myles talks about the way they investigated using robotics in the classroom, with some robotics designed to assist with learning.…

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May 31

In October 2017, I was Austin bound to peek in the doors of four schools with reputations for offering ‘disruptive’ education, inclusive education, or high academic achievement. In my introductory blog, I summarised the schools I was to visit: two private schools offering an alternative entrepreneurial approach KoSchool (Middle and High School) and Acton Academy (Elementary, Middle and High School); along with Magnolia Montessori for All , a public Elementary School created to address the achievement inequities experienced by some…

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June 2018

Heemi McDonald eFellow research – using narrative to encourage students to talk about their learning

June 4

eFellow Heemi McDonald discusses using narrative as a way of encouraging students to talk about their learning. Heemi describes surveying students using a free flowing narrative to enable students to share their stories, and talk about the value they placed on different aspects of their learning. He also introduced learning from within a kaupapa Maori framework and used this as a lens to have students retell their stories. The project evolved as students brought new understandings to the original undertaking.…

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June 7

THE BUZZWORDS WE USE DON’T ALWAYS MEET THE VALUES TO WHICH WE ASPIRE Those immersed in the educational milieu of our time are well acquainted with the buzzwords that surround our practice. We hear these words in professional development seminars and workshops, at conferences, and in educational publications. Words like ‘agency’, ‘self-directed’, ‘entrepreneurial’ and ‘risk-taking’ are part and parcel of most graduate profiles. However, I believe we need to be careful what we wish for, because a quick glance at…

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Whare Isaac-Sharland eFellow research – positioning kapa haka within the curriculum

June 11

Whare Isaac-Sharland discusses her eFellow research journey looking into the importance of kapa haka. In 2016 she visited Te Aho Matua Kura and they talked about establishing Kapa haka as part of NCEA. Whare’s project was inspired by this and the realisation that there was very little academic research into kapa haka in schools. Her focus changed from a purely academic exercise to being driven by a methodology with Maori knowledge at the centre, and the voices of the students…

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Janette Hughes Maker spaces and maker pedagogies

June 18

Janette Hughes, professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, talks about her recent work in the area of maker pedagogies, makerspaces and maker culture. Janette describes a ministry funded project involving 20 different school boards across Ontario, where three teachers from each school come to the research lab for a two day professional development symposium. The first phase is focused on STEAM and on teacher mindsets, challenges, different perspectives, and the support they've…

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Helena Amaral da Fontoura The importance of narratives in teacher education

June 25

Helena Amaral da Fontoura is a professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. For the last five years she has been providing a pedagogical residence to former student teachers who meet at the university out of school hours. They read, do exercises, meditate, draw, talk about their experiences, and then write about them. Helena describes how teachers who have participated in the pedagogical residence demonstrate a richer understanding of their relationships with students. She encourages other teacher educators…

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