Saturday, October 29, 2016

TEDx Christchurch - WOW

WOW what a day... Here we are in Christchurch at TEDx...
I am, as always, totally in awe of the power of the story.  Today is my first ever TEDx of seven device free.  I am taking notes, in the dark, in a little lined notebook.  It is my first attempt to capture TED talks in a sketchnotey type of way.  I am loving it.  It is focusing me in on the CORE of the message.  I am loving it...
So, at the end of the day, or sometime over the weekend, I will upload my sketchnote, and my key takeaways.

My first absolute highlight was seeing our Gemma on stage, and hearing Gemma.  WOW Gemma, you are amazing.  Your sound captured us, heart, mind and soul.  You looked a taonga, in the CORE korowai.  Your voice is a beautiful gift you shared with us all...

Photos to come... 

Friday, October 28, 2016

TEDx Christchurch - Grant Ryan

Grant Ryan

"Grant is a two-time TEDxChristchurch alumnus and a hopelessly addicted inventor. He has founded a number of companies including (sold to NBCi), Real Contacts (sold to Intel), SLI Systems (listed NZX) and Eurekster, YikeBike and Pure Pods. He is now having fun trying to help make NZ predator free with The Cacophony Project. He has also served on the board of the New Zealand Government's $140 million Venture Investment Fund, $430 million Foundation for Research Science and Technology. Grant has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Ecological Economics from the University of Canterbury."

WOW!!! LOved this talk! Dreaming of a predator free NZ!!!!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Day 3: Social Media

“Being ‘networked’ or having digital connections in today’s online world is increasingly important both personally and professionally. Many of us rely on social media to keep in touch with friends and family; to learn, to create and share; to promote our skills, products and services or to carry out key aspects of daily work.“
Video: Networked organisations

In this CORE EDtalks video, Karen Spencer talks about how networks enable us to collaborate, connect across teams, offer open pathways to learning, maximise virtual platforms and encourage self-selected networking and personal growth: Networked organisations.

I can not imagine trying to ‘go it alone’. I am so reliant on Social Media, that it is almost impossible to imagine a time without it. My daughter shared an image of a phone booth with me on facebook today, and it was tagged, mobile phone of our youth. I recalled a story of my car breaking down when I went on holiday with a friend in my recently purchased car at the tender age of sixteen. After taking it to be repaired I had to use a phone booth, make a collect call, and ask my Mum to put the money in my account for me to pay the bill. She had to drive to the nearest town to do this, and I had to go to the bank in the nearest town to withdraw it the next day. How unbelievably archaic does this all sound in our instant, mobile society.

So, a little off track maybe, but oh so relevant to the changing times, and the benefits on offer through social media.

How are you connected? How are you social online?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Day 2: ‘What is ‘web 2.0’?

Today’s learning focuses on the use of Google Apps for Education, or Google Cloud is it now becoming known. I think back to 2008, when the amazing Dave Young supported me to get every learner with their own email to access our class wiki to allow for a fully blended learning experience. This was difficult and technically challenging. I am forever indebted to Dave for supporting me to accomplish this, and forever have the learner in the centre of anything I was doing. I often hear, where is the learner, what difference will this technology make, why are you doing this, and similar challenges in my mind as I explore new options with learners. As the web becomes increasingly collaborative, we are privileged to explore and offer future focused opportunities for all learners. For me, Simon Sinek’s golden circle, somewhat modified, is always at the centre of my thinking.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

CENZ16_Starter Kete - Blogging challenge!

So, I have been wondering how I can really focus on what it is to be a connected educator. On my flight home from WOW (World of Wearable Arts Awards) in Wellington, I decided to work my way through each day of the starter kete and blog my journey. So here goes…

“Connections change teaching practice.” I have believed this for the longest time. Being connected with educators locally, nationally and globally, I have the potential to be a far more future focused, reflective educator than I do alone. “As educators grow into connected learners, they not only start to ask more critical questions of each other related to practice, but they also begin to actively listen and closely attend to varied perspectives that may help the community of learners to move forward.” 

What a surprise for me as I read through this day one, to find Claire and my edTalk, Something to tweet about.

Reflection on Day 1. My life as an educator changed significantly on the 23rd of February 2010 when I joined Twitter. Up until that day, I felt my professional development had been very much limited to face to face conversations, conferences and reading. From the day of joining, I found Twitter offered me an opportunity to connect and network with educators who were grappling with similar challenges, exploring possibilities and pushing boundaries. I am forever grateful to Claire Buist for introducing me to Twitter. Since joining my twitter PLN has grown to include educators across the world. Many of these educators have been hugely influential in my educational pathways, and have supported, challenged and encouraged me. Many of these educators I now have the pleasure of calling colleagues and friends. Many of these educators have enriched my life in ways too numerous to detail. 

I cannot help but encourage you to explore day one and connect and find or extend your PLN. 

This sketchnote from the amazing Sylvia Duckworth, a twitter colleague and friend, captures the MAGIC of Twitter for us!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blogging today with a fantastic group of learners...

I am very excited to be here writing with a great group of Year 6 learners.  We have just started our first blogs and are learning about the responsibility of our own space online. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A day all about learning for ME!!!

Enjoying a webinar in the comfort of my home on the first day of Spring, and Random Act of Kindness day.

Say what?  Do you Speak Ed Tech?  ISTE Webinar

Jen LaMaster, Assistant Principal, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, from Indianapolis, sharing this morning.

  1. Set a vision - the foundation!
  2. Know your trends - and filter!
  3. Resources - Focus on your vision and trends!
How does your learning fit in with the Standards:
  • Empowered Learner
  • Digital Citizen
  • Knowledge constructor
  • Innovative Designer
  • Computational Thinker
  • Creative Communicator
  • Global Collaborator

Trend 1 - Re-thinking content delivery

Trend 2 - Analytics and

Trend 3 - Mobile, Mobile, Mobile Assess, Evaluate and Use - assess your learning needs, evaluate what tech etc you need and use.

Trend 4 - Coding and Creating - looking at coding and ability to modify.

Trend 5 - Makerspace - be kids and learn through play.

Trend 6 - Virtual reality,

Trend 7 - Wearables - sports trackers... Knowing when and why of turning off.... (Interesting after reading the article in the ODT yesterday around fitbit use... Using trackables for learning, and to expand our instruction...

Trend 8 - Gamification - learning through play!  Bringing play back into the classroom!

Trend 9 - 3D Printing

Trend 10 - Active learning Spaces...

Set your vision, know the trends that will suit your purpose...

Avoid tech trends that fizzle out - how? The visioning is so important here.  Have a very clear vision of what the needs are and what you want to achieve.

Okay, so after after this webinar I am reflecting on the trends identified here, and CORE's ten trends...
CORE Education's Ten Trends 2016

Lots for me to reflect on and revisit here..

Next up on my day - feeding me - with PLD...
Strategic Roadmap webinar with the CLA team...

The strategic thinking roadmap – supporting the development of your digital technologies action plan
3 21st Century Imperatives - at the heart of the why?
  1. Pervasiveness of technology in our lives!  (Nigel Latta's show was a wonderful insight into screenagers in this light). 
  2. The science of learning - 7 principles of learning.
  3. The changing nature of teaching and learning.  
5 Key concepts
  1. Always start with your purpose and principles
  2. Link your planning to teaching and impact on learners
  3. Champion inquiry and innovation
  4. Planning needs to be informed by research and data
  5. Ensure a school-wide commitment to continual professional growth.
8 Essential Planning Strands - Weaving the Strands
  • Powerful pedagogy
  • Intentional leadership
  • Innovative learning environments
  • Purposeful curriculum
  • Learning partnerships
  • Robust digital infrastructure
  • Expanded teacher capacity
  • Coherent digital services
Reflective questions - pdf or available on each of the eight planning strands

WOW what a mind blowing day of learning!

And to cap of a totally MAGIC day I get to have an amazing session with Hazel.
A reflection on my recent times and thoughts is a whole new post.... and this one needs revisiting and fleshing out, but for now, I want to share the MAGIC of my day! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sunday 3rd July - Sailing towards Juneau - Cruising up the inner passage

A late breakfast after the sea settles.  A trip to the gym – WOW, this has to be the best view ever in a gym – right at the front, running up the Alaskan coastline.  

 We went to a couple of Presentation shows and have now booked all our shore excursions. A late lunch in Lido, then my first nana nap of the journey, a very welcome catch up on my sleep deprived schedule.  Formal attire tonight and a sumptuous dinner in the Manhattan lounge followed by Marquee Showtime which was stunning, then Jimmy Maddox, Piano Man playing Beatles medleys in the Piano Lounge. 

Highlight of the day – the waters settling as I really was unsure how I would cope if they stayed rough!

Saturday 2nd July - Vancouver

Up early, showered and off for a walk to the beach by Stanley park where we met Cathy, Richard, and their gorgeous boys Eddie and Jackson.  We had a wonderful catch up and Starbuck’s breakfast on the beach!  A walk along the beach and it was time for us to depart to board our cruise.

Love the community gardens dotted around downtown Vancouver

 WOW this boat is a little bigger than I was anticipating. All boarded and settled into our room by 1.30pm.  Our room is HUGE, with awesome balcony. Up to Lido lounge for lunch and a realisation that there is a serious danger of food coma!  Practice drill at 3.30pm, then 5pm, we are off!  Dinner in the Lido Lounge then to bed… WOW – some rough kind of sea we are on. I woke off and on throughout the night with the rocking and banging.  I am finding it very difficult to walk and keep the squeamish feeling at bay. 

Today’s highlight, the enormity of this vessel and the voyage we are embarking on.

Friday 1st July - almost on holiday...

Up very, very early to get our cab out to Denver airport!  Arrived, checked in, through security all very smoothly, then for the delay.  Our flight was delayed 2 and ½ hours and we couldn’t make our connection at Seattle.  I spent the time working, answering emails, and blogging.  Eventually, we flew up to Seattle.  Smooth flight.  We landed to find we had been put on an Alaskan air flight, arriving into Vancouver by 5pm.  Despite checking that our bags would come with us, they didn’t make it.  Would you believe we experienced that feeling again, as the empty baggage carousel showed our fate. 

Francoise was amazing, at the baggage counter and yet again, we completed all the missing baggage paperwork.  AGH…… In a cab and off to our hotel in time to meet out dear friends Irene and Jim who we haven’t seen since Italy 2013.  WOW what a reunion, and what a party to welcome us to Vancouver on Canada Day.  We watched the parade for a time, then had a delicious dinner before going to Canada Place for a stunning firework display.  100,000 people out partying and celebrating!  WOW.

Back to our Hotel, Blue Horizon to be reunited with our bags which were located in Seattle at 11.56pm.

Today’s highlight, definitely reconnecting with Irene and Jim.

Thursday 30th June - Exploring Denver with Leigh and Dan

Up early and packed up.  Bags transferred back to the Hyatt Regency where we stay tonight.  Off to Boulder for our tour of Google.  I am completely in awe of Grant, driving confidently and competently through the Denver town, surrounds and mountainsides.  We arrive at Google Headquarters in Boulder to be met by our gorgeous guide Rio.  WOW – I thought we at CORE Education Ltd, had the best workplace in the world… perhaps it is only second best now.   This place is as much like a home away from home as you could imagine, even down to BYOP – bring your own pet, with dog leash peg stations everywhere.  Can you imagine bringing your pet to work – surreal eh!  The ‘never more than 150 feet from food and refreshment sure is evident with cafes, and drink stations everywhere.  The 'play' philosophy is also evident with a climbing wall, play tables, gaming stations, and much, much more.  The themed rooms are cool too.  Boulder is the site of engineers, mainly working on Google Drive, Google Classroom, and Google Maps.  It sure is all kinds of overwhelming to be in the heartbeat of such Googly goodness.  I really like the look of the flip chrome book and think this might be something I will purchase… All too soon our tour was over!  What an incredible experience!  Thanks Leigh for arranging this MAGICAL add-on!  

Grant driving all around Denver, with his trusty co-pilot Dan!

Off to Boulder central where by chance we met a lady stocking the brochure stand in the centre of the city and she was able to advise us the best stop for breakfast and the best area to explore.  So breakfast at Lucille’s it was – YUM!

Then off to explore Nederland, famous for the cryogenic frozen man.  But oh so much more famous for the Carousel of Happiness.  “Scott Harrison was a 19-year-old Marine Gunner serving in Vietnam where the gift of a music box and the image of a carousel in a mountain meadow calmed him.  Many years later, after rescuing an abandoned carousel, he began carving what would become a whimsical menagerie.  It took him a little over 26 years to hand-carve the 26 animals and a dedicated group of volunteers helped bring the carousel to life in the little mountain town west of Boulder.  The fully-enclosed Carousel of Happiness turns to the  music of a restored 1913 Wurlitzer Band Organ, and is home to a gift shop, toy store and do-it-yourself puppet theater.” After a walk around Nederland the rain began to fall and we set off back for Denver, stopping at Black Hawk, the scariest town I think I have ever driven through – well beautiful and immaculate, but just back to back Casinos for many, many miles.  Back into Denver for an afternoon of cocktails, laughter and stories with Nita, Terry, Leigh and Dan.  The evening rounded out with Grant and I having a last explore of downtown Denver seeing many amazing statues, gardens and buildings.