Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Thursday, 19 June 2014
This is a great story in the VPLD ning from Krishna about the value of their virtual connections with Rosmini College, Over the Back Fence Project. What are you waiting for start connecting with others and break down those classroom walls!
Monday, 16 June 2014
|Crazy Clever Kids|
Here is their conversation:
" Halfmoonbay: (13:40) hey everyone
Halfmoonbay #PowerMovesOnly: (13:41) Hi blackmount
Halfmoonbay #PowerMovesOnly: (13:41) Hello everyone
Tylah: (13:43) hi everyone
Halfmoonbay #PowerMovesOnly: (13:43) hey
#N¡k¡: (13:44) heey
Tylah: (13:44) do you ever get sick of listning to the music on the phone??????
Halfmoonbay #PowerMovesOnly: (13:45) noo
Halfmoonbay: (13:45) yes yes i do
#N¡k¡: (13:45) hah
Halfmoonbay #PowerMovesOnly: (13:45) thats why in the next student council we may discuss the music on the phone
Tylah: (13:46) i get sick of listning to "please wat for thee chairperson to join the conference
Halfmoonbay #PowerMovesOnly: (13:46) we got really cool music on ours yahhh
Tylah: (13:47) me too today but don't get it very often
#N¡k¡: (13:47) please wait for the chairperson to join the conference
Halfmoonbay #PowerMovesOnly: (13:47) hi rachel
Rachel Roberts: (13:48) hi Tylah we would give you the chairperson pin but then you guys would have phone parties without us!
joseph&kase: (13:48) hey
Tylah: (13:48) yeah its ok i just figured out to mute it when it gets really aannoying"
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Schools are invited to enrol students in online learning programmes beginning in Term 3. Te Reo Maori (beginners to fluent), Mandarin, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Afrikaans, Te Reo Maori Cook, & Maths Extension.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Wow what a milestone, I am feeling old today as my baby hits double digits!Matau School & thought this would be a great way to keep schools in touch with what was going on around the Bardwired ICTPD cluster. Sure beats stuffy reports to Principals' once a month. It has been quite a journey over that time, with many highlights and in the last couple of years quiet patches too. My first post was a very factual account, in fact a list, of what i did at work that day...i think it only got better after that.
To start with it was text only, you had to have some working knowledge of html to make anything else happen. Pictures weren't easy and it was four months before any images appeared on my pages.
Flickr arrived early in 2005 and that was the beginning of my love for Flickr. That was also the time i began to use hyperlinks but it was still awhile until hyperlinks became part of my deliberate writing style. My writing here waned when blogging became a professional requirement for my two other roles with the VLN Primary & VPLD; Twitter & Facebook also took over my attention. As with any pride & joy there are special milestones & highlights - here are a few of mine.
Here are some of my babies milestones:First podcasts May 2006 - Prensky@School Marc Prensky's keynote from Learning@School
First video May 2006 on Vimeo - Kidz & Kitez @ Makahu,
First flash animation - Christmas 2006
First friends - Tom & Graham - when i learnt that blogging is about conversations and learning together
First blog post from my phone - moblogging February 2007
First Youtube video embeds TUANZ 2007
First embedded slideshow - Around te Maunga May 2007
First avatar - Meez May 2007
First Panorama - Panoramic Pitt August 2007
First slap on the wrist for this post May 2009
Highlights:Where Are We Going??????? - 2005 thoughts about Google
Connecting with others - Edubloggers Offices Photostream
Starting nzedublogs with Jedd
Life changing highlight - getting to know my darling Rick
Time 4 Online Conference
Dead Cats & Laptops - most interesting/gross picture
Helping Bruce update his blog
Connecting with others - 8 random facts meme (great to be reminded of those connections :-)
VLN Primary kicks off at Matapu School
The Future of Education (i just like this post)
eLearning eBooks (i liked this one too)
N4L consultation early conversations
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Last week this Working Group report was released on the government initiative 'Investing in Educational Success'. All documentation including this report can be found on the Ministry of Education website.
Q & A was held with Graham Stoop on Thursday (advance notice would have been good) Check out the conversation here.
It is certainly encouraging that we are due for some change in our schooling system, the VLN Primary has been asking for system level change that will enable us to work in a sustainable & 'legitimate' way across NZ schools (see our Position paper). The VLN Community have been discussing the need for change going back many years. It is definitely time to move away from the isolating and competitive nature of Tomorrow's Schools and to work more collaboratively across schools. It won't be an easy journey, it will be complex & challenging and one that should be taken with a measured & critical approach.
There is a lot to digest in this report & it's background papers and it is worth looking at in more detail. Some of the points that were raised for me were:
- Really worthy goals around schools collaborations, and working together to improve student achievement (this is what the VLNP is all about).
- There seems to be a competing rationale or tension between the development of new professional pathways & rewards for school leaders, raising student achievement and changing the system to structure collaboration. What is the main intended purpose of this strategy? What will be the spin-offs?
- Specialist positions (& accompanying release time & salaries) seems to be being held out as a carrot and one that the unions are picking up on, with the danger of stepping up the old boys network another level. It is already noted that the PPTA & NZEI have included their separate position statements within the report.
- Communities of Schools (CoS) - it is interesting to note this term being used; it is a main descriptor in the VLN Community charter. How will existing collaborations such as the VLN Primary & VLN Community be supported in the new educational landscape? Will they just be swept away with the changes?
- N4L - has been highlighted as an initiative that would support this change. The N4L has been tasked to create a managed network for schools & also an internet portal Pond. The analogy for me is like asking your school server and website to join your BOT - how does that work? The N4L would need to be developed as a people network such as the VLN groups has become.
- Collaborative action doesn't happen through good intentions alone, it needs to be strategically approached, led and driven in an ongoing way. Working across schools, even the willing and engaged, is still akin to Herding Cats. There will be a lot of facilitation support (PLD) in the early stages of setting up CoSs.
- 250 CoSs will be created - for some school clusters this will be a no-brainer; for others really challenging. How do you go from competing with the school down the road, to being expected to work really closely with them? One of the successes of the VLN Primary collaboration is that schools have more freedom working outside of their geographic locations, there is less concern about competition between schools. How will this work for schools of different sizes/ demographics/ community needs? How will this work for our rural & remote schools? How can schools participate in more than one community? Where will schools decide where they fit and for some schools will it be like 'choosing sides for basketball'?
I feel very positive about the prospect of meaningful changes to our schooling system that will enable greater collaboration, although I have some reservations about potential design & implementation of a huge undertaking such as this. It is a bold move based on a small local body of knowledge of schools collaborations. I am also wary of the different political levers that surround a restructuring of our system and am concerned schools can have a genuine voice in the process.
Next steps in the process - work streams on Communities of Schools; Professional Standards; Selection, Appointment & Appraisal. (All things that the VLN Community has discussed and developed over the years in our own CoSs).
Join the conversation and make sure your voice is heard #iesnz
Apps make eLearning easy! #pld #lwdt workshop with @barbs1 pic.twitter.com/chlkcViPItThere is no excuse now for teachers who don't use technology to support student's learning. Pick up an Ipad (or similar) and there is an app that will do anything easily. Students can Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, Create with ease - point, click, move things around, upload, share.
— Rachel Roberts (@rache65) June 5, 2014
When I worked with ICTPD (professional learning for teachers with ICT) there were many, many frustrating hours spent on developing teachers 'soft skills' of how to use technology, & troubleshooting a range of technical & connectivity issues before we could successfully bend the tools to our learning purposes. All that 'Structural Stress' is being removed with ubiquitous, accessible & easy technology. Now a teacher who says i don't have time to learn this is giving the time old kids excuse 'the dog ate my homework!'