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July 31, 2022

Kōtuitui July Pānui

Another item for my Kiwi readers.


July 14, 2022

Helping you start Term 3 with a bang!

An item for my Kiwi readers.

GCSN Upcoming Events and Workshops                                                     View this email in your browser
Kia ora,

Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou. 
Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing.    

We hope that Term 2 went well for you, your ākonga, and your school. Term 3 is just around the corner and we have been working on a number of new resources to help you start the second half of the year with access to a number of exciting opportunities! These include our Digital Wellbeing modules and Lunch Break, Learn & Create sessions.

If you are curious about what goes on at GCSN behind the scenes our latest Milestone Report (June 2022) provides a summary of all areas of our work.

Noho ora mai rā,

The GCSN Team

Ko Wai Au? 
Check out these amazing images from a recent Ko Wai Au? session!
With support from the Christchurch City Libraries team, Avonside Girls’ High School worked through the design process to create these awesome sticker designs.
You can register your interest for Ko Wai Au? or The Gathering Dust Initiative by following the link below. We have availability for Terms 3 and 4.
Register your interest here!
Digital Wellbeing modules
The Digital Wellbeing modules are designed to support staff and whānau in overcoming barriers which can effect students’ digital wellbeing. The final two modules Technoference and Video Games are now on the GCSN site.

Each module includes a self-directed module for teachers, presentations for staff professional development, and content for whānau information nights.

This module focuses on the modern topic, technoference, which is the negative effect imposed on an interpersonal relationship by the intrusive use of technology. This can have dangerous complications for students or parents. Social learning theory is considered in terms of learned behaviour around device use, and suggestions are offered to create healthy boundaries with devices.
While often considered dangerous for children due to mature themes, video games can have positive outcomes for young people, including learning, coordination and skills. They are often used as a learning tool which has been successful, however, there are implications for young people around what they are exposed to and how this affects the risk/ reward areas of the brain.
Find the modules here
Lunch Break, Learn & Create
GCSN has worked alongside CORE Education and Cyclone to develop Lunch Break, Learn & Create. A series of short digital PLD clips and accompanying slide decks, designed for you to engage with during your lunch break.

Hosted by Jacky Young (CORE Education) and Emma Planicka (Cyclone), these sessions will support you to strengthen your digital fluency and effective use of digital tools to support teaching and learning.

Mini Movies to Share Learning! Let’s Explore Clips and iMovie
This session will share ideas for building digital fluency and integrating Clips and iMovie to enhance teaching and learning.

  • Creating mini movies to consolidate, share and reflect on learning
  • Build digital fluency and confidence with Clips and iMovie
  • Integrated examples and ideas
Chrome Creations: Digital Art and Stop Motion Slides
This session will share ideas for creating digital art with Google Drawings and using Google Slides to create Stop Motion projects that showcase learning.

  • Getting started with Google Drawings
  • Learning how to create Stop Motion Slides
  • Integrated examples and ideas
Google 101: Tips and Tricks
This session will explore tips and tricks for several Google Suite apps including Google Drive, Gmail, Slides, Drawings and Sheets.
  • Entry level tips and tricks for some Google Suite apps
  • Enhancing your own use of the Google Suite to benefit learners
  • Choosing which skills to use with your learners
Doing more with Google Slides 
This session will teach you how to navigate Google Slides effectively, the design features hiding within Slides, and creating newsletters, posters and infographics.

  • Explore a range of different skills when using Google Slides
  • Build digital fluency and confidence with Google Slides
  • Identifying ideas that kaiako could use in the classroom
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June 29, 2022

Kōtuitui June Pānui

Another item for my Kiwi readers.


June 23, 2022

VLN Primary Pānui June 2022

The first of two items for my Kiwi readers.


Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

June 9, 2022

Registrations for Semester 2 online learning are open now

An item for my Kiwi readers.

Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

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