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November 29, 2021

Term 1 2022 PLD applications deadlines released

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Kia ora Michael

Regionally-allocated PLD applications close 18 February 2022

As you lead PLD in your learning community, you will be aware the Ministry of Education has recently released the deadlines for funded PLD applications in 2022. Did you know we offer FREE support to develop a PLD application that works for you and your learning environment?

If you are looking for professional learning opportunities that help you deliver transformative experiences and equitable outcomes for all ākonga, we can help. Together, we can design and submit a successful application to the Ministry of Education.

Working across Aotearoa in Māori, Pacific and English medium contexts, and in all learning settings, our facilitators work alongside you to develop a customised PLD plan.

Priority areas

English medium

Cultural capability
Local curriculum design
Assessment for learning

Māori medium
Mātauranga and
te reo Māori
Marau ā-kura
Digital fluency remains a priority in all settings.
We deliver professional learning in blended ways, using face-to-face and online tools (or a mix of both), whichever works best for you and your learning environment.
Our in-depth and facilitated online programmes are suitable for funded PLD too.

Start your regionally-allocated PLD conversation by contacting one of our regional managers:

Angela Clemens
Northland, Auckland and Hamilton
027 208 8803
Kathe Tawhiwhirangi
Central North Island
021 527 004
Ngaire Shepherd-Wills
021 166 0158
Greg Carroll
South Island
027 415 3921
Rosalie Reiri
Māori medium
021 919 764
Please note, funding only available to early learning services through a Kāhui Ako application.
We look forward to working together, developing a PLD application that meets your needs, one that is underpinned by equity, so that all tamariki and rangatahi can thrive.

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education

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November 28, 2021

Hybrid learning, digital citizenship and GWITTH learning

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 6:23 pm
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The second of two items for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week.

FutureMakers Update November, 2021

With just a few weeks until Christmas, exams in full swing, prize-givings to attend and COVID restrictions being lifted, what’s top of mind for you at present?
The challenge of planning ahead for disruption and uncertainty into 2022 is front of mind for schools and school leaders I’m working with.
This is something I am planning to share more about in coming weeks.
What will learning look like in 2022?
Hybrid learning is set to become the ‘new normal’ for schools in the 2022 school year. How prepared are we for this, and what can we learn from others who have been working like this already?

Hybrid Learning Trends

Data from the Christensen Institute reveals pandemic hybrid learning trends and suggests how we can convert pandemic struggles into student-centered learning.
Read the article here…
Or download the full report here…

Good and Bad Screen Time

A timely article from Kathryn MacCallum and Cheryl Brown from the University of Canterbury who discuss the blurred line between recreational and educational screen time and the new challenges we are only beginning to appreciate.
Read the article here…

The Changing Education Landscape

This month I was interviewed by @samuelmann in Dunedin & @mawerakaretai in Whakatāne for the 333rd daily episode of their Blowing Bubbles podcast, produced in collaboration with Otago Access Radio. I shared some thoughts on what we can be learning from the experience of the past couple of years, and how we should be using this to prepare for the year(s) ahead.
Listen to the podcast here…

Digital Citizenship
With digital technologies being used to support learners who are unable to attend physical classes extending into 2022, it is becoming increasingly important that schools and educators focus some attention on the issue of digital citizenship. Here are some resources you may find useful as you are designing your programmes for 2022

Digital Citizenship Skills for Students

A great podcast and notes from Edugals talking about Digital Citizenship and how we, as educators, can protect our students’ data and privacy as we head into a new school year.
Access the site here…

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Book Creator has teamed up with Common Sense Education to bring you these resources for your classroom.
Access the site here…

5 Digital Citizenship Activities with Buncee…

5 Practical activities perfect for supporting your students, and giving them the tools they need to safely navigate our digital world.
Check out the site here…

From my blog….

So much reform, so little change

A brief post with a video of a presentation by Valierie Hannon that was aired a year ago. It seems to be a timely reminder of the things we as educators and system leaders, need to be focused on in our work.

Read the post here…

Designing authentic learning

In this post I explore the concept of authentic learning, and provide six simple questions to guide our thinking as educators to ensure that the learning experiences we design for our learners meet this expectation.

Read the post here

GWITTH Learning

A tongue in cheek post with a serious side – revealing how important it is that we are intentional about avoiding approaches in our teaching that work against our desire to see learners become more self managing and self directed.
Read the post here…

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VLN Primary Pānui November 2021

The first of two items for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week.


November 25, 2021

Five FREE learning resources for Term 1

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 10:01 pm
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Another item for my Kiwi readers.

Access the inaccessible! LEARNZ powered by CORE
Kia ora Michael
With summer holidays on the horizon, the work is almost done. To make the next few weeks of planning for 2022 easier for you, here are some LEARNZ learning resources from past online field trips. These align with awareness days in Term 1 2022.
LEARNZ online field trips, powered by CORE, uphold the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), designed to help people around the world achieve a more sustainable future for all.
Agenda 2030, is the intended deadline for achieving the SDGs. Introducing learning aligned to these can can spark curiosity, activate prior knowledge and inspire ākonga to dream of a better future.

Explore the resources and relevant goals below for inspirational and informative learning.

1. Waitangi Day – 6 February 2022

Indigenous knowledge and culture is recognised as encompassing aspects and principles of the sustainable development goals.
Ahead of Waitangi Day, reflect on the first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans, with this video, about an initial gift giving exchange.

Explore the bilingual online field trip Raranga tuku iho, tohatoha whiwhi ōrite – dual heritage, shared future.

2. World Wildlife Day – 3 March 2022

Discover our native and endemic species in this Animals of Aotearoa reading and quiz and find out what makes local ecosystems thrive for World Wildlife Day.

Learn more with the Backyard biodiversity: take a closer look online field trip.

3. International Women’s Day – 8 March 2022

Meet local women working in geoscience and explore the Alpine Fault, one of Earth’s most impressive geological features for International Women’s Day. Watch these videos with Caroline, a hazards scientist and Alice, a hazards communicator and find out more what they do.

Discover more with the Alpine Fault: when AF8 goes big! online field trip.

4. World Water Day – 22 March 2022

Explore this Google Earth tour of Te Hoiere, in Te Tauihu-o-te-waka (Marlborough) to explore kaitiakitanga of a precious awa this World Water Day.

Access the inaccessible with the River restoration: Kaitiakitanga from estuary to catchment online field trip.

5. World Meteorological Day – 23 March 2022

Find out how Aotearoa New Zealand’s weather is shaped by wind, sea and mountains with this Weather in Aotearoa reading and quiz on World Meteorological Day.

Learn more about how emergency services plan for natural disasters with the Wild weather: How extreme weather events impact us online field trip.

Take care and have a restful holiday break. We’ll be back with new online field trips to access the inaccessible and experience informative and inspirational learning!

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education and the LEARNZ team

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Kōtuitui Online Learning Hui 2021

An item for my Kiwi readers.

Full disclosure: I am keynoting this event.

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