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Living in the digital now
CORE’s Ten Trends identify areas of change from five key areas (cultural, technology, structural, economic, process) that we think are having an impact on education. Last month’s trend, Learner agency, was the first of our two cultural trends; the second is Living in the digital now.
The current digital revolution is probably one of the largest transformations to ever have taken place in human history. We’re all facing the challenge of living in the digital now and it only takes a quick look at the media to see that ideas of participation, identity, democracy, formal and informal networks are really being challenged. Where traditionally we might have looked to institutions of long standing or to well-established experts to solve problems for us, increasingly now we’re sourcing information online; we’re curating it, we’re finding solutions, we’re doing things digitally…read more.
- TEDtalk: Abha Dawesar: Life in the “digital now”
- Bundlr collection on Living in the digital now
Find more information, examples, links, and illustrations on the CORE blog, and remember to give us your feedback.
LEARNZ takes you there
How to integrate LEARNZ into your classroom
Image: Shelley Hersey on a field trip with classroom ‘ambassadors’
LEARNZ is a virtual field trip programme that uses ICT to enable people to connect and collaborate outside their immediate environment. Its unique learning model allows students to overcome barriers of distance and time. Past trips have brought together experts, educators, and children throughout New Zealand in real-time to learn about the environmental, cultural, and scientific value of some of our country’s most precious places.
This April, Shelley Hersey, LEARNZ facilitator, will be leading two seminars with follow-up workshops focused on how to integrate LEARNZ into your classroom programme. Strongly linked to the New Zealand curriculum, LEARNZ virtual field trips are also a safe, flexible, and authentic way to extend learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. Visit the LEARNZ website to learn more about their easy sign-up process, or attend one of Shelley’s coming Breakfast Seminars with optional follow-up workshops in these locations:
From the CORE blog
Digital technologies and the future of science education
By Shelley HerseyI’ve been thinking recently about how science education has changed since I was at primary school in the eighties…are we, as teachers, keeping up or are we making do with what we’ve always done? What are the opportunities that digital technologies provide? Do we need to change the way we teach science?
According to Pulitzer Prize winner, Carl Sagan, “science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge”. So, we don’t have to have a huge bank of scientific knowledge to teach science well…what can be more challenging is to make science relevant to the individual students we teach, and give science a human face…read more.
- New TKI Science Online resources.
- Fun Science and Technology for Kids.
- LEARNZ – free virtual field trips for New Zealand schools.
Latest news and information
Registrations closing soon
Join a group of educators on an e-learning tour of Melbourne schools.
- 27 April— 2 May | Registrations close 14 March.
See “real” classrooms and discover what works and what doesn’t in an e-learning environment. This is a learning experience not to be missed. Register before 14 March to secure your place.
#lasroadie — we’re coming to you!A full day of professional learning for the whole staff.
- Inspirational keynotes and breakouts.
- Programme for each region online next week.
- New Early Years stream.Register now. Spaces are limited.
Call for presentations and registrations open
Other CORE initiatives
The latest on CORE Breakfasts, LEARNZ, and EDtalks
7 March: Wellington
Breakfast: Teaching and Learning in a collaborative Google world
11-13 March: NZ-wide
LEARNZ Wetland Biodiversity field trip
12-15 March: Auckland
14 March: NZ-wide
Registrations close — e-Learning Australia Tour
21-23 March: Auckland
Festival of Education
23 March: Christchurch
Festival of Education
29 March: Wellington
Festival of Education
1 April: Christchurch
Breakfast: Strategies for integrating LEARNZ into classroom programmes
3 April: Hamilton
Breakfast: Supporting schools to develop their Digital Citizens
4 April: Auckland
Breakfast: Blending the ‘e’ into assessment
4 April: Wellington
Breakfast: Modern pathways to raising Māori achievement
17 April: NZ-wide
Term One ends
23-24 April: Christchurch
South Island Google Summit
29-30 April: Auckland
North Island Google Summit
5 May: NZ-wide
Term Two begins
13 May: Gisborne
15 May: Palmerston North
20 May: Ashburton
22 May: Dunedin
23-26 September: Invercargill
NZPF Conference 2014
7 October: Rotorua
8-10 October: Rotorua
Congratulations to Cathie Zelas and seven members of the Halswell School Leadership Team who are interested in developing pedagogical approaches across their school to support students to be self directed learners in their new Modern Learning Environment.
The scholarship monies will be put towards travel to MLEs in Wellington and Auckland and ultimately assist the school leadership team to develop an approach to self directed learning that builds competencies from new entrants to Year 8 and that supports the Halswell Graduate Profile.
We look forward to bringing you more details on Halswell’s learning journeys in the coming year.
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