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September 15, 2016

September CORE Newsletter — Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ Week, Updates For Online Learning And More

One for my Kiwi readers…

The latest news, resources and inspiration from CORE Education.
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Ki te Ao — CORE newsletter
Talofa lava Michael

Welcome to CORE Education’s September 2016 newsletter.  We are close to the end of term three now and I bet you’re excited to take a break for the school holidays before heading into the final term.

In this month’s edition you’ll see there’s lots happening. Our LEARNZ team have an exciting new virtual field trip coming up ‘What’s the plan, Stan?’ which is being held in conjunction with the Ministry of Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ week. We also look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming uLearn conference from 5-7 October!

Manuia leaso,
CORE Education

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

Resources for Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ week

You probably already know to “Drop, Cover and Hold” during an earthquake but living in New Zealand there are also other disasters to be prepared for, including geothermal activity, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. CORE Education’s LEARNZ team have put together an exciting new virtual field trip ‘What’s the plan, Stan?’ to run in conjunction with the Ministry of Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ week starting Monday 10 October. Also being launched during this virtual field trip is the What’s the Plan Stan education resource, that has recently been updated by CORE Education.
What's the plan, Stan?
Read more here >

Online Learning: a future option for schooling?

Proposed changes to the Education Act

An amended bill has been presented to Parliament, which if passed, could allow school-aged children to enrol full-time in online study, instead of learning in a traditional classroom environment. CORE’s e-Learning Director and former school principal Derek Wenmoth, thinks the proposed changes to the Education Act could provide education opportunities for students who’ve faced barriers in the system in the past. For more about students learning online, listen to the interview with Derek on NewsTalk ZB, and read Derek’s recent blog post “What’s cool about COOLs?”.
Listen to the interview >

Want to step into the shoes of a learner?

Join uLearn’s P2P one day pre-conference

Imagine, design and engineer as you immerse yourself in a full day of hands-on, fun learning experiences at the Permission to Play pre-conference to uLearn held on 4 October at the Holiday Inn, Rotorua. Breakouts sessions on the day will include game design and development, coding and programming, ‘unmaking’ electronic devices, 3D printing, softcircuits, electronics, augmented reality and more!
Find out more or register here >

#edchatNZ conference 2016

Most Likely to Succeed Documentary
What might an eco-friendly, learner-centred conference, focused on the future of education look like? The #edchatNZ Conference 2016 held 12-13 August at the inspiring Rototuna Junior High School in Hamilton, was an event designed by and for educational explorers.
Read more here >

Database update is complete & the winners are…

Prezzy Card
Thank you to everyone who updated their details during our database clean up recently. Congratulations to the five randomly-drawn winners of the $100 Prezzy Cards: ABC Allenton, Danny McNeil (CCC), Mandy Newcombe (Lincoln Primary), Justin Fletcher (Bright Horizons) and Te Hurinui Clarke (University of Canterbury).

From the blog

Building a coaching culture
Making the change we know in our hearts is essential…
by building a coaching culture 

Hazel Owen discusses what exactly a coaching culture is, the importance of providing a coaching programme, and what the development of a coaching culture will look like in practice.
More >
Community of Learning
Making it safe to fail as you build your Community of Learning
Rebbecca Sweeney outlines the common issues and challenges to watch out for in a cluster or Community of Learning (CoL) and how you are best to address these if they arise.
More >
Your learning space
Taking a fresh look at your learning space
Lynn Silcock explores why you should take a fresh look at your physical classroom or learning space, what you should take note of, and how you can create a unique learning space.
More >
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Courses and events

Collaborative Teaching
18 October

Workshop: Collaborative teaching to lead your team
Register >
Deep Learning Lab
2-4 October

Deep Learning Lab: Learn from global experts
Register >
18 October
Workshop: Universal Design for Learning with technology
Register >
Permission to Play pre-conference
4 October

Permission to Play: One-day Pre-Conference to uLearn
Register >
The Maker Movement in Schools Breakfast Seminar
28 October
North Shore

Breakfast Seminar: Innovative Learning Environments
Register >
uLearn Conference
5-7 October

uLearn Annual Educators’ Conference
Register >

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback. Feel free to email us anytime!

Wherever you are located in New Zealand, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development, talk to one of our consultants who can tailor PLD to you, your school or your CoL.

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