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September 16, 2018

September Newsletter: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Innovative Learning Environment Matrix & More!

Another item for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week.

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Kia ora Michael

Spring has sprung – hopefully it’s brought you a boost of energy, so you can finish the last quarter of the year strong! Likewise, we hope Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori has added to your enthusiasm for speaking te reo. Read on to find out how CORE has been getting involved.

This month’s newsletter also brings information about the new Innovative Learning Environment Planning Matrix, a last opportunity to get involved with Aotearoa’s premier educators’ conference, and more.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. You may have seen the simple phrases being shared across our Facebook and Twitter platforms throughout the week – all easy to learn and use in your daily life! The level Aotearoa has embraced Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori at is great to see, but why limit this to just one week? If you want to continue your learning and grow your confidence in speaking te reo, register now for one of our online programmes taking place in 2019; Te Reo Puāwai Māori (for beginners) and Te Reo Manahua Māori (intermediate level).
2019 Online Programmes >

Innovative Learning Environment Planning Matrix

Innovative learning environment in action
CORE has released the new Innovative Learning Environment Matrix, to help schools and learning centres with the development of learning spaces.

Whether you are re-developing existing single cell spaces or building new collaborative facilities, the matrix will guide the successful creation of an environment that supports future-focused teaching and learning.

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uLearn18 – 4 weeks to go!

With less than a month to go until uLearn18 and limited tickets remaining, time is running out to register and join us at SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland, 10-12 October. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage in quality professional development alongside 1,500 educators from around the country.

Only have one day to spare? Tēnei te Tira Hou | Culture of Change is taking place on 9 October at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland. Register now for a day of learning designed to activate sustainable, ecological change and help you build the learning futures that all students deserve.

uLearn18 >
Tēnei te Tira Hou | Culture of Change >

From the Blog

Braided river
Should we review our curriculum?
Carolyn English questions if the New Zealand Curriculum should be a part of the many aspects of education currently up for review.
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A personal story of leadership for learning
Kathryn O’Connell-Sutherland reflects on what she learnt leading the national project supporting the implementation of the revised Te Whāriki curriculum.
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Team meeting
The ties that bind
Liz Stevenson takes inspiration from Nordic countries and asks if Learning Circles can strengthen Kāhui Ako in Aotearoa.
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Professional Learning – Workshops, Events and More

Jumpstart my reo
NATIONWIDE – 18 September
FREE Virtual Field Trip
What’s the Plan Stan? Getting ready for an emergency
NATIONWIDE – 16-18 October
Two students working together on a laptop
Extending Chromebooks and the Google environment in your classroom
DUNEDIN – 25 September
NATIONWIDE – 25 October
Implementing the Treaty of Waitangi
WELLINGTON – 24 October
Two people collaborating at uLearn
Culture of Change pre-conference & uLearn18
Annual educators’ conference
AUCKLAND – 9-12 October
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Seminars and workshops
WELLINGTON – 2 November
DUNEDIN – 7 November
AUCKLAND – 9 November

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Wherever you are in Aotearoa, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development, our consultants can tailor PLD to suit you, your school or your Kāhui Ako. Find out more.

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New Zealand – Education Amendment Bill (No 2)

On Wednesday night while I was attending the board of trustees meeting for the Virtual Learning Network-Primary, I got a Google alert in my inbox about the “Communities of Online Learning” (CoOL) initiative that had been passed in New Zealand.  It read:

Legislation for grouped (cohort) entry into schools for children aged five and over has been introduced in Parliament today, as signalled earlier this year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

The Education Amendment Bill (No 2) ensures that schools will be allowed to adopt a cohort entry policy for five year old children.

If a school adopts cohort entry, it will enrol groups of children, aged five and over, on the first day of term and at a mid-point during each term.

The new provisions take effect from 1 January 2020. Schools can also continue with continuous entry as children turn five if they wish to do so.

“Raising the age for cohort entry to five, and allowing two entry points per term, reflects the views of the majority of those consulted by the Ministry of Education, on the changes, in February 2018,” Chris Hipkins said.

“The Government supports schools having the option of starting students in groups. But we also believe, and the education experts and most consulted agreed, that four is too young to be in school.

“Less than 50 schools took up the previous Government’s option to admit students in groups, from age four. The Bill allows these schools to continue current arrangements until 1 January 2020. From then, they can admit children in groups, aged five and over.

The new Bill also repeals the previous Government’s plans to introduce Communities of Online Learning (COOLs) from 31 December 2019.

“This Government sees high quality online learning for students as being an integral part of a high performing public education system. But the previous Government ploughed ahead with the legislation for online providers despite experts and education professionals raising a number of concerns, including significant concerns that kids with additional learning needs may be shuffled away from schools and into COOL even if it’s not the best option for them.

“We will consider future options for online learning with children and young people, as well as with parents, the sector, and with people with disabilities, as part of the Education Conversation.

Other parts of the Bill propose:

• Making a physically and emotionally safe place for students a registration criteria for private schools

• Allowing a Minister to issue a direction relating to specific Education Council functions

Two issues previously consulted on are not in the Bill – the planned changes to vetting requirements, and the College of Educational Leadership.

“These matters have been deferred pending the results of the review of Tomorrow’s Schools and the upcoming review of home based early learning services,” Chris Hipkins said.

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One of my VLN-Primary colleagues followed this up by sending these resources:

Interesting to see how all of this is playing out.  I will be honest and say that I am on record as being against the original CoOL legislation.

September 13, 2018

Free Four-Week Online Workshop: Digital Technologies In The Middle School Sector

One for my Kiwi readers.

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Kia ora Michael

Are you ready to go digital? We invite all year 7-10 teachers and leaders to enrol in our FREE four-week online workshop on implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum in the middle school sector!

What do the curriculum changes mean for the middle school sector?

By 2020, schools and kura will need to have taken steps to implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content. Learners of 2018 are immersed in a digital world, so they need the opportunity to move from digital savvy users to informed creators of digital outcomes. This course, sponsored by Google, will provide concise and in-depth support to address particular challenges and opportunities unique to the middle school sector.

Key details

Four weeks
Every Tuesday in November
4pm to 5pm
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The workshop at a glance

This workshop enables participants to explore the new content and consider strategies for implementation at school and Kāhui Ako level. This course will provide participants with an understanding of:

  • the connections between the two new digital areas and their progress outcomes (Computational Thinking and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes)
  • the wider Technology curriculum they are located in
  • how digital learning is underpinned by the Technology learning area, indicators and strands
  • the wide range of digital supports available to schools.

Who is this course for?

Year 7-10 teachers/leaders tasked with the responsibility for ensuring implementation takes place. Participants will be able to consider their present situation with regards to Digital Technologies and develop a plan for implementation.

Meet the presenters

Trevor Storr is an experienced educator with expertise in three overlapping areas: Computer Science education, distance-learning/collaboration and ICT technical infrastructure. Trevor is highly experienced in the understanding of, and communicating how, the subject area of Computer Science and Digital Technologies can be taught within the NZC.
Catherine Johnson has in-depth understanding and experience of teaching as inquiry pedagogies, curriculum integration and design and pedagogical leadership. Involved in the development of the digital technologies curriculum and its integration with the technology curriculum, she has extensive general and specialist curriculum knowledge.
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September 4, 2018

NZC Online Newsletter September 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

September 2018
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Mālō e lelei and welcome to the September newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?
Tongan language, culture, and identity
Ma’ata Fusitu’a is a teacher of the Tongan language at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in South Auckland. In this blog Ma’ata explains some important aspects of Tongan family life and culture and offers some suggestions on how we can support Tongan language and culture in our schools and classrooms.

Hororata Primary – Discovery learning
Hororata Primary School is a small contributing school in rural Canterbury. For the past five years the school has had a strong strategic focus on building their learning culture. In this snapshot, Marty Gameson, principal of Hororata Primary, shares how discovery learning aligns with their school vision and explores how it can be applied to improve learning outcomes.

Rangikura School – Pasifika parent group leads learning
Rangikura School is a full primary in Ascot Park, Porirua. During Sāmoan Language Week the staff, students, parents, and wider community came together to enjoy an array of activities and celebrations which were organised by the school’s Rangikura Matua Pasifika Parent group. Assistant principal, Amanda Williams, explains the work of Rangikura Matua Pasifika in leading learning at their school.

What’s on?
There are lots of special weeks coming up. Each week has a supporting page explaining how these national events link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide ideas, resources, and tools to help you get involved.

Tongan Language Week 2–8 September 2018
Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga gives students of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic Lea Faka-Tonga, and gives your students of Tongan origin the chance to be experts in the classroom.

Money Week 3–9 September 2018
Money Week provides the opportunity to integrate numeracy with other learning areas, such as literacy, social sciences, learning languages, and the arts. It also offers the chance to engage parents, whānau, and local businesses with learning experiences and conversations.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori /Māori Language Week 10–16 September 2018
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a dynamic and rich language.

Curriculum support

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko I Digital readiness programme
The Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness programme is designed to help teachers, kaiako, and education leaders to introduce the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Assessment Online – A practical guide to assessment and reporting
Assessment Online offers a new guide to assist schools with assessment and reporting in the post National Standards era.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

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August 30, 2018

Connected Educator New Zealand Update

One for my Kiwi readers.

Stay connected in education with Connected Educator NZ.
Kia ora Michael

We’re flying through the year, so now is a great opportunity to take a breath and make sure you’re engaging with the opportunities on offer in Connected Educator’s calendar of events. There are forums, webinars, educamps, teachmeets, field trips and more on offer, so take a look! Connected Educator is a collaborative space, so we also encourage you to add to the calendar by pledging an event.

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> Pledge an event

Have you collected any Connected Educator digital badges yet?

Digital badges are evidence-based certification of learning that, like paper-based certificates, provide a record of your achievements. However, digital badges offer so much more. They can link to your ePortfolio showcasing ongoing professional learning, be displayed over multiple online profiles and social media, and have evidence of learning attached.

How to claim a digital badge

Are you attending uLearn18? The Connected Educator team will be on Level 4 of the SKYCITY Convention Centre throughout the event – come and say hello!
Please contact if you have any questions.

Happy connecting!

Ngā mihi nui,
Anne Kenneally and the CENZ team

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