Join us in Christchurch for one of New Zealand's fastest growing education conferences - Energise 2018
Energise is a fun filled, high energy Education Conference like no other. It focuses on empowering teachers and leaders to provide every student with the education that they deserve. Join us to connect with expert educators from early years, primary and secondary to explore the latest ideas on best practice teaching and learning and leadership.
Cyclone's Annual Educator Conference
Only $450 + gst for 2 days
26 - 27 April
West Rolleston Primary School
Keynote Speakers include:
Ali Carr Chellman - 'Gaming to Re-engage Learning'
Sylvia Duckworth - (Sketchnote queen) 'Why Creativity Matters'
International speakers include:
Rob Smith - Creator of The Literacy Shed
Pip Cleaves - Design, Learn, Empower
Including a Leadership Stream with:
Aaron Tait and Dave Faulkner - Education Changemakers
The Education Changemakers team will be joining us for Thursday and Friday running a one day rapid up skill workshop for leadership teams on both days. This is a fantastic opportunity for those of you seeking dedicated time to work together as a team.
Superstar kiwi speakers include:
Dr Cheryl Doig
Check out a full list of speakers here
Come along for an action packed 2 days of fun. We have loads of prizes to give away and we have a free bar on Thursday afternoon (responsibly hosted of course)
Registration: Click here to register
Digital Learning Specialist – Christchurch
Are you a switched-on educator who is passionate about making a difference for New Zealand teachers and students? Are you looking for a role that will get you out of the classroom and allow you to work with schools across the country to shape the future of education?
Cyclone has a position available in our highly successful professional learning team based in Christchurch.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:
Applications close Wednesday 25th October, with interviews shortly after.
Here you will find out what events we are facilitating for free around New Zealand
Digital Technologies I Hangarau Matihiko in the NZ curriculum and what Cyclone are doing for free to help schools across NZ
Hopefully you have had the chance to attend one of the MOE DT workshops over the past few weeks. The workshops were crucial in understanding the why and how for this new strand going forward.
The first thing that needed to be clarified was the Digital Technologies is a strand, not a new curriculum. As a primary teacher automatically in my brain I think, great this fits in with what I would do across the curriculum. Kind of like the key competencies, which to me should sit at the front of the curriculum (personal opinion). As a secondary teacher it is confusing. It is confusing because it sits in the Technology Learning Area, and Technology has been a stand alone subject since 1880 when my great great grandfather James Reid introduced it into our schools as a subject at Tokomoriro High School. There have been multiple learning areas within the Technology Learning Area, but all of these have always been taught as their own subjects. Although DT has been a stand alone subject in some schools, this is not the intention for this new strand. Yes there is definitely room for DTs in our schools to be taught specifically, but through doing this we need to acknowledge there are other curriculum areas coming into this.
To get started we need to clarify a few terms:
In our NZ education system, we see a lot of eLearning, the majority of schools we work with have some kind of technology and are using this for research, collaboration and to 'do' their work. This is a great start, it is mostly teacher led and students are told when to pick up a device and what to use it for. For us to move into digital fluency we then need students to start making some decisions, when posed a problem or given an activity, topic or task our students need to know when to pick up technology, how they are going to use that technology and why they needed that to achieve their desired outcome.
So how do we get our head around the third bullet point: Digital Technologies, lucky enough, we have a document to look at.
The revised Technology Learning Area now has Five Technological Areas and for the purpose of keeping this post less than an essay (just) the one I am going to focus on is
I will admit it Computation thinking really freaked me out when I first heard it. Although I work with digital technologies for my job, I was used to working more on the digital fluency and designing digital outcomes side of it. Jill Pears and I were talking a couple of weeks ago and she changed my life with one simple statement that I had not heard before, (or maybe I had and I just wasn't listening) she had heard it that day and I am sorry I don't know who to quote here but "Computational Thinking: it is about the process not the product." So automatically I put my primary teacher hat on and thought, oh so like an Inquiry. I can do that, it is about what we do and the process behind it. To give you some examples the best place to look is the CSUnplugged resources here
We saw this in action at the DT MOE workshop. With real people and no tech. The key is to have roles set up, this also helps people to understand some key language in programming.
Developer: The person writing the instructions.
Tester: The person checking the instructions work
Peer programming: Working together to make sure the programming matches what you want it to do
We also saw some great Binary Numbers activities, again you can find activities from the CSUnplugged team here ready to use. They also have all of the resources on the website, ready to print off.
What are we doing to help for FREE?
As a company, Cyclone are all about doing as much for free for schools as we can. With our reach to suppliers and also funding from vendors, we are running free stuff everywhere and setting up free trial kits for anyone to give a go:
So at the moment
- we are hosting FREE digital technologies workshops around NZ, with so much more to come. Let us know if you missed out and want one in your region and we will work with you to make it happen
- we have free coding and robotics kits for schools to borrow
- we are MOE accredited and can help you write your proposal for MOE Centrally funded PLD to support digital technologies for FREE
- we can deliver MOE centrally funded PLD to your school, kura or CoL to support digital technologies
- we have staff who can deliver FREE inhouse training for your staff
- we have FREE computational thinking kits you can borrow
- we have 2 class sets of Windows 10 devices with Minecraft for Education installed you can borrow for FREE
- we can give you advice and guidance of what we are seeing as the best investments in digital technologies for FREE (unfortunately the purchase of these devices don't come as free)
If you would like to trial any of this then email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local Cyclone person. We really want to help for free as much as we can.
We will also write a post on Designing and developing digital outcomes in the near future.
Finally, Book Creator is now available on Chrome! One of the most popular iPad Apps, this now enables teachers and students to create, collaborate, publish and share their multimedia stories on Chromebooks.
Here are three of my favourite things about Book Creator on Chrome:
Easy to use
Book Creator on Chrome is very intuitive. Once you create a new book, you have a variety of book layouts to choose from. There are several traditional book layouts and you can now also choose a comic book layout. From here it is easy to add images, stickers, text and even video and voice recordings by clicking the “+” in the top- right hand corner. Clicking the “i” will also give you some additional formatting options. You can easily preview your book at any time.
Sharing your masterpiece is just as easy! Once back in your personal library, one click will allow you to move the book into a class library, download it as an eBook, or publish online; allowing students to have an authentic audience for their work.
Collaborative learning opportunities
Now that Book Creator is on Chrome, there are even more collaboration opportunity for learners. Students can easily combine pages they create with other students to make a collaborative book in a small group or as a whole class. In addition to this, students can be working on a collaborative Google Doc to write out their scientific method, peer review each other’s creative writing, or be collating research. A quick copy and paste over into Book Creator on Chrome can turn their draft writing into an engaging multimedia book.
Google Image Search
Book Creator on Chrome has the added functionality or being able to add images into books from a Google Image Search, in addition to being able to use other photos and files already saved on the Chromebook. This gives learners even more opportunity to be creative with the presentation of their books.
For more information about Book Creator on Chrome visit https://app.bookcreator.com.
Last week some of our team got to work with Macgear and learn all about Osmo products. I had already had the kit for a couple of weeks, and our children absolutely loved learning through Osmo. As a team of adults who love education and are pretty geeky, we got so much pleasure learning through these apps and STEM products. There were endless opportunities with how we can link this to the NZC, and the most obvious also the new digital technologies strand.
It highlighted for us a team the importance of up skilling in this area and also how much joy we get out of trying new things.
This morning I sent my 5 year old off to school with the Osmo kit. She showed her Principal (as the expert) and then got to show the teachers and students in her class. Luckily we have an amazing Principal who makes time for the students and their passions. This type of learning for our daughter and for many young people in schools is paramount to developing not only what is happening (coding, robotics, computational thinking) but also the key competencies - managing self, thinking, using language, symbols and text, relating to others and participating and contributing. On top of that she was showing Whanaungatanga - one of the school values.
It is great to see that companies are bringing out these types of products. It is up to us and our PLNs to develop the bigger picture in our educational contexts. Have a watch of the video and then read below to learn about easy class management of Osmo.
What also really stood out to us was the https://my.playosmo.com/ portal. This is an online environment where you can track what students are working on. It is very simple, students don't need a login. There is 1 teacher code to use on the iPads and students type their names (or click on them if they have logged in before) and they are ready to go. The portal works across all Osmo apps which makes it super easy to manage.
We are really enjoying our journey so far and what we would like to know is...Where are you on your journey? Below is a short survey and we would love your feedback. Can you tell us what products you are using for which age groups? It is an anonymous survey, but if you would like a copy of the data then please add your email address at the bottom of the survey.
Confidentiality will be respected and email addresses will not be supplied with data.
Today I was lucky enough to be invited along to #cs4pschch. It was the best PLD day I have been to in a long time. The crew are so approachable and they make the links from computer science to every day learning so easy to get my head around. Back in December last year I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference where I had my first attempt at coding. To be honest, since then I hadn't really been back. Today has been the fuel I have needed to stoke the fire.
The biggest take away was how to use all of the themes and processes "unplugged", apart from taking notes, photos and creating my first Scratch, we didn't need a computer today, and I learned SO MUCH.
I loved making cross curricular connections in an authentic way. This is so simple once we sit back and analyse how we can make these connections. There is a whole page dedicated to curriculum integrations.
I got to make a bag tag for my 5 year olds' bag with a secret code - her initials in binary!
My favourite part is that the resources are all FREE online and in plain english.
You can find them all here
If you ever have the opportunity to work with the lovely CSUnplugged team, or attend a PLD session. I highly recommend it.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful day. It was so exciting to be with a room full of people on the forefront of the changes to digital technologies in the curriculum.
Hopefully you are your school are now well aware of the current MOE funded PLD model. The basic rundown means that schools, kura and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako apply for funding for their PLD needs and then choose the facilitator they wish to work with to deliver the PLD.
The below video and steps outline how the process works.
Proposals can be submitted during each term to begin implementation the following term. The remaining 2017 proposal deadlines for each area can be seen here on the right.
For further information around the funded PLD model including what is funded please visit the MOEs dedicated PLD website.
Our team of MOE Accredited facilitators are available to support you through the proposal and implementation phases so get in touch today.
TWO MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thank you to everyone who has been working hard to get Energise off the ground over the past few weeks.
1. We are very excited this week!!! We have our speaker content up which we will add to over the next month.
2. We now have Aaron Tait and David Faulkner from Education Change Makers joining us for the whole 2 days.
From our feedback from Energise 2017, we decided to bring the boys back. The have agreed to run 2 x 1 day workshops for leadership. You don't have to pay any extra to be part of this, when we send out registrations, you just choose them for a day. We decided to keep it to 1 day so that you could all then have time with your staff for 1 day, and also the opportunity to meet new people and have a range of experiences at Energise.
Early bird tickets are nearly all gone. Only 100 before July 31st so get in quick.
We are a team of Digital Learning Specialists at Cyclone in NZ. We support our customers to understand 'how' and 'why' to use technology. Contact us for your free consultation email@example.com