Day two begins with a motivating energise surprise followed by 50 minute teaser breakout sessions. The afternoon café style reflection will refresh your thinking and leave you with new ideas about your practice.
Reflection Kiwi CAFE SESSION
KEYNOTE: Education ChangeMakers – Making Shift Happen
Cafe Session Choices
Having Critical Conversations are an integral part of leadership. There are different types of conversations required for different purposes. Throughout this workshop you will learn and apply easy-to-use models that will assist you to build the culture you want, set expectations, manage accountability and acknowledge success.
You will learn to:
State what you want to say clearly, confidently and concisely for different types of conversations
Utilise different formats to plan for and guide your conversations
Retain mutual respect and mana of both parties
Creating an effective collaborative teaching and learning environment
Understanding the eight key components and unpacking the skills needed, the role of ‘students at the centre’ and the importance of developing shared beliefs and understandings. Neill will guide participants through a process stemming from research and practical experience which will allow you to come away with practical next steps for yourself, team and school. This popular workshop will allow participants to use plan language which enable an effective transition to co-teaching in flexible spaces rather than the acronym jungle of MLE, MLP, ILE, ILP, FLS, FLE, UDL and SAD!
Designing and choosing learning activities to support learners in Secondary (with a digi feel)
What makes a learning activity “authentic”? The answer to this question has many facets, both subjective and objective. We will explore this concept across different curriculum areas, focusing on the Secondary context. In particular, we will unpack the concept of an “authentic” digital learning activity, and look at some practical strategies for designing your own.
Digital learning in Year 2-3
Our recent involvement with Microsoft Office 365 has opened up a new and exciting environment for our learners. Within the classroom we provide a variety of e-Learning opportunities. My Class Notebook allows me to work alongside the students in a collaborative way. We are exploring other ways of communicating and sharing our learning using various Apps and connecting with others online through Skype and Sway. Problem solving to ensure e-Learning runs smoothly for Juniors has been a challenge I have enjoyed over the past few years. In 2015, I became a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) and for the past year and have been involved in a range of Professional Learning that has been available through online conversation and support. I am passionate about integrating e-Learning into Junior classrooms in authentic and effective ways and am keen to share this with others.
Physical Computing with a Makey Makey
Combine a Makey Makey with simple Scratch programming and suddenly you have creative learning opportunities like never before. Create art works or displays which make noises or talk to you when touched. Create musical instruments out of cheap materials like card and boxes. Make talking plants, a game of Operation, a floor piano, musical stairs, a device to measure speed ….the opportunities are endless. This is physical computing which gives students the opportunity to create and innovate in new ways with affordable technology and is a fun way to learn about the principles of conductivity too.
This is a hands-on exploratory awesomely fun workshop. All you need is a laptop or Chromebook and a sense of fun!
Get Ready to Play, Craft & Learn
Create, Collaborate and Problem Solve with Minecraft: Education Edition
Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. During this session, you will receive an overview of Minecraft: Education Edition, learn to play the game, and create curriculum and classroom resources you can take back to your classroom and continue your journey.
Google Apps for Education the Basics
Develop an understanding of Google Apps for Education and make connections to effective teaching and learning. Build your capability of using Google Drive for within the classroom and how to use Google Apps for effective collaboration with your students. Begin to develop a basic skill set of developing collaborative curriculum in Google Drive within departments and syndicates. Collaborate with teachers on developing lessons and task in the Google Apps for Education environment.
Supporting collaboration and considering how to maximise flexible spaces
Understanding the eight key components and unpacking the specific strategies teachers can use, the systems required to support collaboration and consider how to maximise flexible spaces. Neill will guide participants through a process stemming from research and practical experience which will allow you to come away with practical next steps for yourself, team and school. This practical workshop cuts through the smokes and mirrors and bells and whistles which currently appear to be the hallmark and expectation of MLE’s/ ILE’s and grounds a transition to co-teaching in flexible spaces in the NZC.
Why eLearning, and what should it look like? a collaboration with Primary and Secondary
This session looks at some of the research-based and practical reasons for why e-learning is worth the hassle. We will also explore what “good e-learning” looks like in Primary and Secondary classrooms, discussing similarities, differences and opportunities between the two sectors. The focus of the Primary session will be how Collaborative teaching can work to benefit student achievement, especially when it is teamed with student ownership of their learning.
Programming for creative outcomes
“Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think!” – Steve Jobs
Programming is a 21st Century Literacy and gives our young people, no matter which field they go into, the chance to be in control of technology, rather than having it control them. It is a tool in the bigger field of Computer Science and will form part of the Digital Technologies curriculum due to be released in 2018.
This is not about creating a generation of programmers, it’s about creating a generation of thinkers, innovators and change makers. It is also about the process of understanding humans in order to create solutions which work.
This workshop is a quick peek into the range of free resources available to support the teaching of programming as well as an exploration of the new outcomes our learners can achieve with a knowledge of basic programming.
This is a hands-on workshop and will have a focus on Scratch as a programming and creativity tool for the classroom.
Are you overwhelmed with the amount of change you need to affect?
Do you struggle with getting “buy-in” in a timely manner?
Maybe you have lots of change projects in place, but limited alignment between them?
Or perhaps you have begun a change process, but feel like only a few are sustaining momentum.
You will learn:
Understanding the effects of change on behaviour
Strategise around how to differentiate approaches through a change process
Become familiar with different change models and apply them to your practice
Fixed Mindsets vs Growth Mindframes; working with both.
Take your organisation from great to exceptional and invest in accelerating the important change you need to make now.
Setting up 1:1 vs BYOD..the good, the bad and the outcomes
Chris Murphy and Hilary Boyce
The road to BYOD and 1-1 technology is different for every school. Some communities take to it like a duck to water, others dabble around the edges; while others tread very warily. Chris and Hilary will share their own very different journeys with you and talk about why they made the decisions they did. They will discuss the joys of policies, procedures, community consultation and deployment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and (hopefully) get some answers that will suit your own particular situation. This workshop is best suited to the dabblers and wary treaders among you who are seeking your next steps.
Student Assessment and Feedback
This hands-on workshop will support you to create and share interactive class materials, presentations,
projects, and more. Sway is a digital storytelling app available to anyone that helps you create professional, interactive designs in minutes for your images, text, videos and other media. Combine photos, video and audio – Build great e-portfolios – Share successes and learning journeys with parents. There will also be a chance to look at Microsoft Forms to quickly assess student progress and get feedback with easy-to-create surveys, registrations, quizzes, and more.
*Microsoft Forms, Sway
Google Apps for Education the next steps.
Developing an understanding of Google Forms and Google Chrome Extensions for student voice and agency. Begin to develop a skill set around Google Forms and how that can be used to develop a deep understanding of student needs. Make connections to Google Forms how it can be used effectively in teaching and learning. Build your capability and understanding of the Google Chrome Extensions which support learners and provide effective feedback and feedforward in the classroom.
Creative Commons – ownership of docs and data – a collaboration
Stephen McConnachie and Claire Buist
Sharing comes naturally to educators and collaboration is increasingly easier in our ever increasing connected world. What most educators do not realise is that the work that they do is actually copyrighted and this copyright is held by their Board of Trustees. This means that it is actually an infringement to share resources if they do not ask permission of their BoTs first.
Stephen and Claire have lead the development of Creative Commons policies in their schools, leading to their team having permission in advance to share and collaborate with others. In this session, Stephen and Claire will share their journey and the why behind it.
Human Centred Design Thinking
This is a chance to refresh your approach to the inquiry process by taking a quick spin through the design thinking process. It is about students creating innovative solutions for problems and putting those solutions through a rigorous process in order to achieve quality outcomes that actually meet the needs of the user they’re intended for. I have used this process with many groups of students and it never ceases to amaze me the innovative outcomes that they can come up with.
This workshop is based on Stanford Design School’s (dSchool) Gift Giving Project and is a hands-on introduction to the full design process.
Transition to effective co-teaching
Understanding the eight key components and unpacking the structures and supports that are needed to facilitate an effective transition to co-teaching in flexible spaces. Neill will guide participants through a process which will allow leaders to plan for the supports needed to enable the transition to effective co-teaching in a flexible space and the structural changes that are needed for appointments, appraisals, CRT programmes, accountability and how decisions are made about who works with who. Participants will come away with practical next steps for teams and leaders.
Developing Learner Ownership
Are you wanting to move towards modern learning pedagogies and practices?
Do you want your learners to have more ownership within the learning process?
Maybe you would like to explore adding more learner choice into your programme?
Or perhaps you want to develop a more personalised approach to targeted teaching?
You may even want to learn how to personalise the use of technologies?
Don’t just invest in bean-bags and fancy furniture; develop deep practice and learner ownership that will transform your learners from dependence to self-managing. Invest in the time to gain back your time, so you can develop a true mix of facilitation and teaching in your practice.
Global citizens online: How to develop digital citizenship through powerful learning
One in four young people experience online challenge, schools need to offer safe digital spaces, and whānau often look to the school for guidance. It can all feel very complex! We want to help our students to become citizens in our digital world — and we know that safe and effective use of technologies is best done in the context of powerful learning.
This session with Netsafe will highlight how digital citizenship is a vital enabler to help our young people access the curriculum. We will unpack a way to develop ‘digital’ capabilities effectively and offer a practical, familiar approach to inform curriculum planning in your school. This will suit anyone teaching with technologies who is keen to address digital citizenship and online safety in their programmes.
Developing engaging integrated units
This workshop will cover:
Curriculum Design and Assessment in a GAFE Environment
Develop a deep understanding of Google Classroom and the new Google Sites for Curriculum Design and Assessment. Learn how to use Google Classroom effectively for assessment practices and develop a skill set of what effective feedback and feedforward could look like in a Google Apps for Education environment. Develop a basic skills of how to use Google Classroom and begin to develop units of work and task. Make connections with Google Classroom and Google Sites for developing curriculum and how they integrate together for teaching and learning.
Strategies for Gaining Empathetic Insight
Personalisation, UDL, Design Thinking, Change Management… So many ideas in education these days require us to know our students/staff deeply. How might we go beyond the annual surveys to really find out how our staff and students are experiencing school? This workshop will share and get you to practice strategies for gaining empathy with others.
Team Shotover Primary
Relationships are key to developing a robust and engaging learning community of practice. How do schools develop a culture that is focused on building the capacity (and the sense of akonga) of both the teachers and the learners?
This cafe will explore experiences that participants have had that is collaborative, reflective and involves shared inquiries that lead to improved practice and robust learning communities.
#Digitalcitizenship #Cybersafety #Netsafe
Netsafe Digital Citizenship and Cybersafety: Supporting Responsible Use by Students
Digital challenge is on the rise for young people and the Harmful Digital Communications Act has come into force in New Zealand. Wellbeing and safety is a vital enabler for learning – and this includes when we use digital tech. How are schools proactively addressing online safety and digital citizenship in their schools? And how do we measure up against the most effective approaches now emerging internationally? Let’s talk.
Joe Bailey with support from Nick and Alice from Shotover Staff
Collaborating effectively requires clear beliefs, principles and practices. These are totally dependent on the people you work with and are heavily influenced by the characteristics of your team. Your BPP is developed over time whilst building trust, honesty and an agreed understanding of professionalism. This cafe will give you a honest insight into the experiences of the ups and downs of creating two different collaborative environments.
The workshop team will be bringing the experiences of two different habitats and providing examples of their journey. Joe and Alice have been teaching in the Junior part of Shotover Primary school and Nick has been working in the Senior.
An ILE is any space where effective pedagogy happens! Can this be in a traditional classroom, do you need fancy furniture and bean bags? Do you need negotiated timetables and learner licenses? Lets talk!
We live in times of exponential change so it’s time for leaders to be boundary pushers rather than tinkerers. Let’s talk about some emergent ideas for leading where kids and their futures are the main focus. Come with ideas, curiosity and an outwards mindframe. Leave baggage at the door and forget to pick it up when you leave. Only for the brave and restless.
#Education #Newzealand #Leadership #Transformation
“Where is NZ on the spectrum?” We often hear talk of the political spectrum, but what about the transformation spectrum? In a world where education is being challenged to change, what are the realities? How much is talk, and how much is walk? With PISA being the rare global reference that too narrowly defines schools performance, are there more appropriate measures we should be using, and if we do broaden our perspective where does New Zealand sit? Bruce will bring his ideas and experiences form his international career. Sit back and reflect on a topic about which we should have a lot more discussion.”
Robotics – Where does robotics fit at your school? Is it about a group of eager kids in their lunch hour? Once a year for Robocup? Not at all? More and more options for cheaper, quality options for robotics are coming on to the market. But where does it fit? Just as robotics is infiltrating a wide range of industries, so too can it be applied to a wide range of curriculum areas. This cafe discussion considers how this can be done.
Setting up your online PLN. Many educators around the world have found power in creating a Personal Learning Network to keep their learning going all year round. This chat will help you get started on extending your PLN beyond the teachers that you see every day.
From Maker Culture to Makerspace
Why maker culture and why a makerspace? In this cafe style breakout we will link the whys of developing a maker culture and the how of setting up a makerspace, big or small, in your classroom or school.
Hacking around NCEA
Want to incorporate 21st Century Learning into your teaching and learning programs but feel constrained to meet the requirement of NCEA assessment? How can we make the best of both worlds to get both the qualifications and skill set students need to move to solve the next generation of challenges?
Tim and Hamish
STC has gone through a major change from traditional to modern practises. Having a strong PD delivered to the staff helps with the (why). With the why builds confidence and capabilities to make real sustainable change. PD is driven by students and staff’s needs. It is differentiated and linked to appraisal. STC was 12 showcase 21st century schools, based around ability to move from traditional to modern practises, PD was central to this change..
Negotiated choice (including student-created timetables)
Aaron is the co-founder and Director of Innovation of Education Changemakers, and brings the radical thinking element to EC that helps us to stand out from other players in the global professional learning landscape. His ability to draw upon out of the box ideas and challenge education audiences to trial new concepts is globally recognised and is well illustrated in EC’s recently published book ‘Edupreneur: Unleashing teacher led innovation in schools’ of which Aaron was the lead author.
Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers, and as one of Australia’s most awarded educators has vast experience leading change at the school, regional and national level. An expert in the development of education leaders, with a proven track record at the highest levels, Dave matches a powerful grasp on grassroots realities with strong insights at system level. Dave’s education leadership journey began as a principal of an Australian school when he was only 24, and throughout his twenties he built a powerful reputation as a leader who could achieve strong outcomes across a range of education contexts.
Ian holds an LLB from the University of Otago, and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010 he was named North & South magazine’s New Zealander of the Year. In the same year he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society, the top honour of the ICT sector in New Zealand.