From the inbox overnight last night, and posted at a time for my Kiwi colleagues… For my North American readers, let me recommend Derek Wenmoth’s video on “virtual learning” below.
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Saturday 8 June – A Free Expo for Christchurch
International experts, leading architects, and interactive displays are just part of what you will find at the free, CORE Modern Learning Environments Expo this Saturday. This is an event designed to get teachers, parents, children, and the community thinking about the possibilities for education in the twenty-first century. Let’s not just re-build our learning spaces, let’s re-think them too…
When: This Saturday 8 June from 10am to 4pm
Where: Wigram Airforce Museum, Christchurch
To see a full lineup of speakers, exhibitors, and activities, visit the MLE website.
We invite you to ULearn13, the biggest educational conference to hit Hamilton this year.
- Over 300 workshops to choose from
- Internationally renowned keynote and spotlight speakers
- Pre-conference day options
- Earlybird Registration available until 12 July.
When: 9-11 October
Where: Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton
Why: Teachers’ comments on ULearn
Trains or Planes: Building a successful schooling system – by Derek Wenmoth
I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on CORE’s mission: to ‘push the boundaries of educational possibility’. Most of the work we do at CORE involves working with educators, schools, and government agencies to introduce innovative approaches to what they do. Of course, the innovation itself isn’t the end we’re looking for, but is the means by which we are attempting to make a contribution to an education system that is relevant, future-focused, and ‘world class’…
read the full article.
From the CORE Blog
Enhancing Workflow on an iPad – by Allanah King
iPad Bingo at BYOD Conference at Albany Senior High School, Auckland
In this blog post, Allanah, a Blended eLearning Facilitator with CORE, shares a creative method for developing iPad skills and ‘sharing the learning’.I didn’t want to spend the time just talking to the teachers at the workshop. I wanted them to talk to each other—to share the learning that they already knew, becoming teachers themselves; thus knowing how to work their iPad to do the basics before we went on to more advanced learning.I went down to the local supermarket beforehand, bought a package of the now famous iPad cleaners as prizes, and made up a bingo board for each person…read more.
From CORE staff blogs
From Tania Coutts’ Impossible is Nothing – Monte Vista Christian School
In this blog post, Tania Coutts recounts her visit to Monte Vista Christian School on her recent EDTour to California.
Monte Vista Christian School is set on 125 acres in a rural area out of San Francisco. From the moment you walk in you can feel the rich heritage and see the culture of the school within the environment. I particularly love the HUGE posters of students in action throughout the school. There are incredibly homely environments scattered throughout the school where students can be seen relaxing, collaborating on projects or simply talking with friends. Each building and specific classrooms in the school have Stephen’s (Headmaster) wife’s special touch as an interior designer. In each class you can ‘feel’ the environment…read more.
CORE’s Ten Trends 2013
This Month: Virtual Learning
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Virtual Learning is not bound by venue or time; and its implications and benefits for teachers and students are vast. How might you, your school, or centre embrace the opportunities it provides?
- The Virtual Learning Network (VLN)
- Bundlr collection on Virtual Learning
- About CORE’s Ten Trends
Bugman and the Bush Inspire Students
Something happened on the Kids Restore the Kepler field trip in May: Web stats showed an impressive 142Gb of traffic over the first two days. Whether it was getting out in the bush with students from Te Anau schools, Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste’s passion, or a great activity for Primary Science Week, the field trip fired up imaginations all over the country.
Last week’s Geospatial field trip is a must for social studies and geography teachers; and a great trip to do retrospectively.
Visit the LEARNZ website to access the videos, activities, and audio files; and to enrol in these upcoming field trips:
- Wandering Whales – surveying migrating humpbacks in Cook Strait
- Freshwater Ecology – investigating water quality and biodiversity around Lake Taupo
Latest from EDtalks
New videos on EDTalksOver the last two weeks, a series of EDtalks videos featuring the CORE Education Pasifika team have been published on EDtalks. The discussions include building relationships with Pasifika students, cultural responsiveness, and personalising learning for NCEA Pasifika students.
Malae Aloali’i: Building relationships with Pasifika students and fanau
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Malae Aloali’i has taught English at Aorere College for over 10 years and establishes caring relationships with her students and fanau, which impacts positively on student achievement. In this interview with Togi Lemanu of CORE Education, Malae shares her approaches to academic mentoring.
Getting the Curriculum ‘Singing’
On 24 May, in Wellington, Rosemary Hipkins and Sue McDowell presented a seminar and workshop: Key Competencies as Capabilities – Why pedagogy matters. Both researchers for the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Rosemary and Sue led participants through the Key Competencies Indicators Project and addressed issues for keeping the New Zealand Curriculum vision alive.
- Keep abreast of current educational trends
- Connect with other educators
- Explore topics in-depth with follow-up workshops
CORE Breakfasts are a great way to incorporate Professional Development and learning into your week; they’re pertinent, engaging, and they’re happening all over the country. Don’t miss out!
- 25 June: Christchurch
Claire Amos: Leading meaningful (and manageable) change – seminar and workshop
- 26 June: Dunedin
- Jane Carroll: Key components of early literacy – What can I do that will make a difference?
- 27 June: Hamilton
- Tania Coutts: Using iPads to support teaching and learning – seminar and workshop
- 28 June: Wellington
Derek Wenmoth: Ten Trends for 2013
- 28 June: Auckland
- Mark Osborne: Ten Trends for 2013
- Other Events:
Feedback on LEARNZ
“The level was just right for my students and the range of questions enabled even my lowest student to contribute [and made] the more advanced students consider their responses. … they said they did no real work watching the videos and completing the questions independently, however, the level of understanding was higher than is typically observed from text-based resources. I have a student who can not read or write, yet he was able to watch the videos as part of a whole-class activity and orally contribute, just like everyone else.” – Frank Usherwood, Bethlehem School.
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