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May 26, 2012

CORE Education March Newsletter: Tips, tools, news & inspiration for educators

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Latest news and information for educators

Applications open for CORE Education’s Annual Pasifika Education Grant

CORE Education Pasifika Education GrantApplications are open for CORE Education’s Pasifika Education Grant. Each year, CORE grants one $5000 scholarship to support teachers of Pacific Island descent.

The scholarship, available to Pasifika teachers in early childhood centres and schools, aims to recognise and support the leadership development of Pasifika teachers in various forms, including mentoring and coaching and assistance with professional learning opportunities.

Applications close on the 31 May 2012.

For more information about the selection criteria please visit: Pasifika Education Grant

EduCampChch 2012: Burnside High School, Saturday 23 June 2012

EduCamp wiki

“EducampNZ is a user-generated ‘unconference’ focused on e-learning and education. We’re all about growing our learning, networking, and, of course, having fun! Everyone is invited to participate in some way…”

Christchurch teachers (Primary and Secondary) are invited to come along for a day of shared learning and the opportunity to network with other teachers in your area.
Check out the wiki to join.

For more information please email Pauline Grogan-Henderson:

Feature article

One-site education for all ages

One-site education for all ages
The following article was printed in The Press last week, outlining Ministry of Education-proposed changes which would investigate, “…the development of education campuses that could include early-childhood education, primary and secondary schools, and tertiary institutions on one site, along with social services”.

The proposals that are debated in the document, Directions for Education Renewal in Greater Christchurch, are based on an analysis of feedback gathered as part of the Shaping Education engagement project, which was contracted research conducted by CORE Education staff Gina Cathro, Keryn Davis, Josephine Winter and Michael Winter.

From the CORE blog

A Productive/Creative/Reflective classroom

A productive/creative/reflective classroom
Posted by DK

This video provides a glimpse into the Year 5/6 classroom of Assistant Principal and Invercargill-based teacher Mark Herring.

Mark wanted to offer the parents of his students the opportunity to connect with their children and their learning. By setting up a laptop in the corner of his classroom, and using the iSight and a time-lapse programme, he recorded one photo every 5 seconds from 8.30am until 3.30pm. In sharing this video, Mark hopes to change parents’ perception of ‘a day in our classroom’.

Have you thought about doing the same in your classes? What do you think of what the video illustrates? How do you create opportunities for parents to ‘see’ the learning that happens with their children?

View the post and video

Other popular posts…
Digital learning inquiry students’ submission DK
Emerging Leaders Summit 2012 | Summary – Diane Mills

Keeping up with CORE’s Ten Trends

Ten Trends 2012: Data Engagement

CORE's Ten Trends: Data Engagement
Annually, CORE Education explores ten emerging ICT trends that will impact upon the education landscape for New Zealand and beyond. These are known as CORE Education’s Ten Trends.

This months Ten Trend addresses how the changes in data presentation is relevant to teaching and learning today. What has historically been confined to print and/or oral/aural communications is now accessible in a range of new and exciting ways. In addition, where engagement tended to be passive, it is now an active experience.

Ultimately, this Trend questions what provisions are being made for the new forms of interaction design that are emerging in thinking for the future.

View the video
About CORE’s Ten Trends 

Latest from EDtalks

Maria Tibble: Culture counts in the classroom

Maria Tibble: Culture counts in the classroom

Māori achieving educational success as Māori is a priority for schools and the Ministry of Education. CORE Education has a strong team of educators who are supporting both Māori and English medium schools as they work to ensure success for all students. EDtalks is presenting a series of videos with Māori achievement as a focus to support teachers and school leaders and inspire new ideas and actions.

CORE Education’s Maria Tibble, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) facilitator for the Waikato region, discusses the importance of teachers locating themselves culturally and thereby allowing Māori students to do the same.
View the video online

Did you know: EDTalks releases its very own newsletter monthly? If you would like to be updated with the latest thought-provoking video interviews, discussions and presentations featuring thought leaders, innovative educators and inspirational leaders, click here.

To view the most recent (April) EDtalks newsletter: click here

Other popular videos on EDtalks…
Tamara Bell: Te reo Māori in English medium schools
Justin Roberts: TMOA online—What’s in it for you?
Deanne Thomas and Wharehoka Wano: Language, culture, identity and raising student achievement


Book Reviews by Bob Docherty

Mike Lupica – Million-Dollar Throw

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CORE Breakfasts

CORE Breakfast seminars 2012

CORE Breakfast seminarsHave you made time to join us at one of our CORE breakfasts located around the country? These increasingly popular breakfasts are a great way to get involved in education, and are designed to inspire, inform and engage you.

Deanne Thomas and Wharehoka Wano, Kaihautū Māori for CORE Education, recently presented a ‘Raising Achievement for Māori students’ breakfast seminar series in Christchurch, Dunedin and Hamilton, and will be delivering the seminar in Wellington in August.

Coming breakfasts:

Presenter: DK
Subject: Social media for educators (includes optional workshop)
Date: Thursday 6 June

Presenter: Tania Coutts
Subject: How can Google Apps support teaching and learning?
Date: Thursday 19 June

Presenter: Karen Melhuish
Subject: Punch above your weight: Making the most of online learning (includes optional workshop)
Date: Friday 22 June

Presenter: Tania Coutts
Subject: Breakfast: Powerful engagement through the use of e-portfolios (includes optional workshop)
Date: Thursday 19 June

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Download the CORE Breakfast programme 2012 (PDF)

ULearn12 Early bird special

CORE Achieve professional learning

ICOT 2013 early bird registration
Social Media for Educators - CORE Breakfast Auckland

Social Media for Educators

Breakfast seminar and workshop (Auckland)

This CORE breakfast seminar will:

  • give an overview of the shifting media landscape
  • enlighten you as to what social media is
  • explore the use of social media through a range of cross-sector examples
  • give guidance about how NOT to use social media
  • share why “playing is learning by stealth”
  • make you smile / think.

Find out more
Register now!

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1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Eleanore's Ramblings… and commented:
    Of interest to educators.

    Comment by DrEMiller — May 27, 2012 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

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