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July 5, 2013

CORE Education July Newsletter: Tips, Tools, News & Inspiration For Educators

For my Kiwi readers…

The CORE Education newsletter for those interested in education. Packed with education news, information, resources and inspiration.
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Māori grant recipients 2013

Māori Education Grant

The CORE Education Māori Eduation Grants 2013 for a range of projects have been awarded to the following recipients

  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whānau Tahi 
  • Gisborne Boys’ High School 
  • Lytton High School 
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi 
  • Tuahiwi School 

Pasifika grant recipients 2013CORE Pasifika Team

The CORE Pasifika Education Grants aim to support a key message of the Ministry of Education’s Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017: All sectors of education will share responsibility for improving education outcomes for Pasifika children.
The Grants were open to Pasifika teachers in early childhood centers and schools, as well as those undertaking postgraduate research seen to advance issues in Pasifika Education. This year’s recipients are:
  • Akata Galuvao Towards doctoral research at AUT and UoA exploring enhancing literacy for Pasifika learners.
  • Pennie Otto Towards Masters research at UoA exploring issues around Pasifika men transitioning from high school to University.
Akata will be presenting her research at ULearn13, and both recipients will be the subject of an EDtalks video in coming weeks.


Earlybird registrations close 12 July! This is the conference for educators in New Zealand, so register now.

The conference also has a peer-reviewed research strand. Those who contribute to the research strand are eligible for:
  • Prize for the best paper/presentation
  • Potential for publication in the Waikato Journal of Education
  • Special one-day (10 Oct) rate of just $175+GST
  • Student rate only $87.50+GST

Feature article

Karen Melhuish Spencer announced as Senior eFellow

Announcement of Senior eFellow at ICET 2013 in Bangkok

The inaugural ICET (International Council on Education for Teaching) Asia-Pacific Senior eFellow is Karen Melhuish Spencer. ICET President Prof. James O’Meara made the announcement at the closing ceremony of ICET 2013 57th World Assembly in Bangkok, citing Karen’s extensive facilitation experience and thanking CORE Education for its partnership and support. Karen is excited and honoured to join the global community: “We have a lot to share here in New Zealand, and also plenty to learn from other countries who grapple with educational challenges often much greater than the ones we face. Learning opportunities all round!”

From the CORE blog

Preschoolers addicted to smartphones and tablets – is it a bad thing? By Tara Fagan

Preschoolers addicted to technology?

Headlines from around the world following reports of a British preschooler spending up to four hours a day on her iPad read:
Should we be concerned about device use – or how we let children use the device?…Balance – like anything in life – is essential to being healthy…read more and leave your comments.

CORE’s Ten Trends 2013

This month: BIG Data

Jedd on data engagement
Jedd Bartlett, Digital Media Producer at CORE, explains the fifth of CORE’s ten trends for 2013: Data Engagement.

One of the significant trends of the last few years has been in what’s called “big data”, and our increasing ability to manipulate, access, and use the huge amounts of digital data that now exist.
IBM reports that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. The way this data is accessed and used is a hot topic at the moment…Google is the best example of this. We have got used to asking it pretty much anything…read more and leave your comments.

LEARNZ update

Spot the Whales?

Cook Strait and Tory Channel during the LEARNZ Wandering Whales Field Trip
LEARNZ’s seventh field trip of 2013, Wandering Whalessaw 2,700 students fly, launch, and quad bike to the spotters’ look-out on Arapawa Island as part of the Department of Conservation’s annual whale survey. It was late May and the weather was not ideal for whale spotting, but we did encounter a pod of orca! This LEARNZ virtual field trip experience was dedicated to the nature of science and students had lots of opportunities to quiz DoC scientists.

Currently, and throughout Māori language week, LEARNZ is near Lake Taupō, rafting the Tongariro River and working with fisheries experts during the Fresh Water Ecology field trip.

Latest from EDtalks

So They Can

Two featured videos on EDtalks this month come from So They Can, a charitable organisation that supports communities to end poverty with a key focus on education and building the local economy. They currently work alongside a community in Nakuru, Kenya. They operate a primary school, an orphanage, a medical clinic, an educational farm, and a business school that provides training and micro finance to women.

CEO, So They Can, Cassandra Treadwell

So They Can
CEO Cassandra Treadwell talks here about one of So They Can’s projects – a primary school in Kenya.
Tim Perkins from the University of Notre Dame

Tim Perkins from the University of Notre Dame tells us how he takes his Australian student teachers to spend some time living and teaching in Kenya as part of their teacher training course.
  • Browse EDtalks for many more inspiring videos
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Arapawa Island look-out

LEARNZ Feedback

I was amazed at how much the children could tell me about whales, and more importantly, explain to me the process that the scientists were using to research the humpback whales.” – Craig McDonald, Cornerstone Christian School (years 4 and 5)
It would be one of the richest learning experiences I have experienced with a class.” – Fraser Campbell, Riwaka School (years 5 and 6)
Pleasing to see the integration of Te Reo with new vocabulary!  Photos, videos are such powerful learning tools!” – Anthea Shattock, Otakiri School (year 6)
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