Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Boma NZ Education Fellows January

I am so excited!
We had our first meet up for the 2020 Boma NZ Education Fellows tonight. This programme is powered by Christchurch Airport - a huge input from them paying for our amazing trip, wages for staff, and some yummy food - thank you!!
A chance to finally start getting to know the amazing people I will be working with over the year. I want to make the most of this opportunity that I have been given and it certainly looks like it is going to be a great group to work with. You can read a bit about the group here. We were working with Kit Hindin and Rebecca Robertson who took us through some great activities.
After having a drink and some nibbles we started with getting to know each other a little - They got us to say our name and say something about a teacher we had. There were some great stories came out of this, some around the old style punishment with rulers, others around staff that really supported and grew their students. It shows a bit about how education has changed over the years. My memory was about my music teacher at Darfield High School, Stu Martin, who really supported and grew my passion for music. He took me to the Nambassa Music Festival in 1981 where I actually met Dizzy Gillespie (I have photos to prove it - really). An amazing experience that I have never thanked him for, but it changed a lot of things in my life, so thanks Stu, if you are reading this.
They then went through some slides with us about the year, giving us an overview of each month. They talked about being entrepreneurs and what that might look like for us. We did some getting to know each other activities as well. I really liked the questions we had to share answers with others, quite hard to think of answers for all of them, but great to get a bit of insight into how others think and function. A few of the questions I did answer were:
If you could be rid of one of your fears, which would it be?
If you knew you only had one year left to live, what would you change about the way you live?
What's a lesson you have had to learn over and over?
On sticky notes we brainstormed ideas on, firstly, 'what is wrong with education', then on another window, 'what opportunities do we have in education today'.
A few of my contributions were:
Wrong - Fear of change, lack of flexibility, not future focussed, lack of understanding around future job opportunities
Opportunity - Social media available to connect with others, tech connecting us globally, AI and VR available to extend learning
A few others I really liked were around assessment (quite a few people felt this was an issue) and also issues around our mental health and anxiety problems.
Using these ideas we did our next exercise. There were a wide range of notes to choose from as we did our next exercise, to brainstorm 6 ideas and their solutions (Design 6). I came up with the following problems and solutions in that time:
Fear of technology - Use tech to make things easier and use ākonga to help support those older with a fear of tech
Time for teachers - Use AI to do mundane tasks
Connection to real world - Use Skype/AR to connect across and build connections with community and business
One size fits most - Using tech to differentiate learning, range of learning at individualised pace
Lack of time and resources to bring about change - building resources to support kaiako
Lack of connection to self - Using AR/VR to communicate personal/community/whānau journey

We got together in two groups to put a list of our rules and expectations together. Some fun ones turned up, such as we should wear our Sunday best, tidy hair and shiny shoes, but also ones such as active listening, constructive criticism and being present in the moment, which will probably make it onto the final list. I also asked about sharing what we do and how that relates to the blogging that I do - I'm sure they'll let me know if I over step the mark (please do!). Good to get some ground rules sorted from the beginning.
Over dinner we talked about the rules together and clarified a few things, then they posed another question - 'What is the purpose of education?' Much discussion about this and it evolved into defining education and defining success. Great to have these discussions and really interesting to hear other people's views.
We had a question session and they outlined the trip to the USA we are doing in April. It sounds amazing. We will be visiting IDEO, the June Jordan School for Equity, have a workshop with David Clifford from the Stanford d.school and more (more details later). Very exciting!

Thanks so much to Kit and Rebecca, Boma and Christchurch Airport, and the other Boma Education Fellows - it's going to be a great journey.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

The year in review

What a year. It has been full of ups and downs with many ongoing, but also a very productive and positive year.
It started with a really positive vibe, being involved in my first year of competitive Dragonboat racing, personal stuff going well and looking forward to my first full year of work for a while. Life is not an easy road by any means and I seem to have a few cattle stops along the way, just to keep me on my toes and to make me remember what is really important in life. As the year went on there were times where life was not easy, but as always, I get through it. I wonder why we worry so much sometimes. It always seems to come right eventually.
Highlights for 2019:
I made it through the year at work. You may think that is not unusual, but for me it is. Having had concussion over the last couple of years, and cancer before then, it was a real achievement to make it through the whole year without being absent for medical reasons. Not that there wasn't yet another medical event in my life - my collision of my toes with the couch has become an ongoing problem, from April 8th to now, and ongoing until I see the surgeon next April - it's been a mission. Thankfully I have an amazing physio at Tower Junction Physio who made a diagnosis and is helping me cope until I can get it seen to.
Dragonboating. It's been a really great sport for me to be involved in. I enjoy the training and, because I am a little bit competitive, the competitions. I got my first ever trophy this year - very exciting. Hoping to get a medal of the gold variety in 2020 - working hard towards that. I think I really enjoy doing something for myself, not for others. Getting out on the water just takes me to another place and it's nice to have that escape from the world.
Our school production. It's a passion for me to do shows and I loved getting our ākonga and kaiako together to put on a production. My thanks have to go to Michael Sharp for writing his production of Kauri - the Giant of the Forest. It was the perfect show for us to start with and has inspired our ākonga to write their own for 2020. Looking forward to that.
Chile. Watching my daughter compete at the World Junior Karate Championships in Chile was amazing (read my blog here). I am so proud of what she has achieved and to be able to see her compete on the world stage was a real bonus.
Shows. I talk about our school show, but I have also seen a number of productions this year with both my son and daughter in them. So proud to see them up there performing, either on stage or in the band. They are both super talented and I'm looking forward to seeing more of their artistic talents on show over the coming years.
Haeata. I love this kura. I love working there. The people are passionate about changing education and we all work together to try and make things better for our ākonga. It is a real pleasure to work alongside these kaiako and I have learnt so much from so many of them. We do things so differently, but work so well together. An example of this was summed up well by Karyn in her blog which you can read here. I had some amazing letters from students who were leaving, which just reminded me of the important work we do in our community.
Conferences. I love learning. Being part of the NZ Microsoft Innovative Educator network is a real bonus. I learn a lot from them and love being around these inspiring educators. I enjoyed the Future of Learning conference as well - great to see what others are doing in the education and business space.
Challenges for 2019:
Staff changes. I think Karyn sums this up well with her words for Andy's farewell. I have found it quite hard this year with a number of original staff leaving, many in leadership and often those with whom I had a good bond with. It's not been easy and there have been many tears shed over the year. But as Karyn so clearly states in this blog, we still have the vision and that is why we went there in the first place.
Personal. Oh, there have certainly been some moments over the year. Some very personal, some very difficult. Some ongoing, some resolved. I think that I have grown as a person over the year to realise that I really have no control over anything. Life will happen around me and I need to be grateful for what I have, not for what I would like to have, or what I think should happen. I have been watching this Ted talk (Own your behaviours, master your communication) on repeat lately, getting my head around being in the chairs I want to be in. It's been a work in progress.
Work. It's not easy, what we are doing takes courage and commitment. Many people slam us when they can, and many just have no idea what we are doing but seem to have all the answers for us. I believe in what we do, it's just hard sometimes to enlighten others.
My foot. I'm actually quite over not being able to walk in bare feet for very long or wear sandals or nice shoes. I'm over the pain and the annoying exercises and strapping. I'm looking forward to next year to hopefully get it fixed in some way.
Looking forward to 2020:
Boma NZ Education Fellows Programme. Super excited to be part of this for 2020. I have some great ideas and I will be blogging about these as the year goes on. Looking forward to a trip to the USA in April as well. An amazing opportunity which I will make the most of.
Shows. Looking forward to finishing writing our own production for Haeata. To have our own ākonga write and perform this will be very special. I also have my own production to do. I am Musically Directing West Side Story for Kirwee Players in August. It will be good to be back musically directing again. It's been a while.
Dragonboating. I really want a gold medal this year. We got silver and bronze medals last year at the South Island and National Champs. I'm keen on gold. It's been good training hard and I feel I am improving all the time.
Work. Driving and supporting change in education. Learning more. Reflecting more. Working on improving my own practice.
Personal. More meditation. More exercise. More sitting in the purple chair.

So as Christmas day comes to an end, I've had a great day. I've cleaned the house and the pool, been for a walk, had a ham sandwich for lunch, written a song, written a blog and spent a lot of time reflecting on what has been and looking forward to what is to come.
Really, all I can do is live in the moment and that is what I am going to try and do more of.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Trip to Santiago, Chile

This blog is a bit of a diary about my trip last week, mainly so I don't have to repeat myself a million times telling everyone about it. They can read this then ask if they want more detail. 
Sunday 20 October
I'm packed and ready to go. My daughter left on Friday for the Junior World Karate Championships in Santiago, Chile and I am on the way to join her so I can see her compete on the world stage. All the hours of training and the dedication come down to this week and this tournament.
I got up to Auckland and I was so lucky to see my niece and her husband and their new baby girl. What a delight! I had to wait in the check in queue for over an hour as we couldn't check in online and they waited for me and still had a happy smiling little girl there for me to cuddle. She is absolutely gorgeous and it's times like this that I wish we were a little closer so I could see them all more often.
Got on the flight to Santiago and sat on the tarmac in Auckland for 2 hours due to "maintenance issues". Managed to watch a movie in that time which was a good relaxing time for me. The flight was great. I slept for about 5 hours so was ready for the day when we landed late into Santiago. The next hiccup was that my luggage did not come on the plane! Most of the passengers did not have their luggage and so we queued for another couple of hours to give them our phone numbers, emails and where we were staying so hopefully we could get our bags. The transfer to my hotel was good, very efficient and quick. My initial impressions were of a very poor population. There were many people sleeping on the side of the road and a lot of run down areas and graffiti. I saw a lot of shacks and tents, some with horses tied up to them, all along the road side coming in to the city. 
I arrived at 6pm and it was time for food so Juliet rushed me to the Chinese next door before the curfew came into effect and, with her reasonable Spanish, ordered me a nice dinner. I learnt a bit about the protests and curfew, then met a few of the parents in the bar at the hotel. Enjoyed a cold beer after all the travel. Unpacked and got myself to bed at a reasonable time.
Monday 21 October
Caught up with some other parents at breakfast and went out to explore our surroundings. Very few shops were open and we managed to find a shop with some basic food such as biscuits and water and we queued there for a while. Due to the strikes and protests most shops were shut. The underground was not operating and there were very few people around except to buy food.
I enjoyed wandering around the shopping area. There were so many trees in the city which was lovely.  As my bag had not arrived, I needed to buy some clothes. Luckily I had one change in my backpack as shops were hard to find. Eventually found one where I could buy a couple of tops and underwear to keep me going. We ate dinner in the hotel that night as the curfew was at 6pm so no real chance to go out. 
There was a lot of discussion as to whether or not the whole tournament would actually happen, mainly due to security issues. Some of the teams went home, including Japan which was a strong contender for medals in many divisions. I think the discussion and the work that went into keeping the tournament going is best summed up in this post from Davide Benetello, the WKF Athletes Commission Chairman. It is well worth a read.
Tuesday 22 October
My bag still hadn't arrived so went out again and found a clothes shop where I managed to get a jacket and a couple of shirts. Fascinating watching the people as the day went on. All of the shops started to close about 3 and there were huge queues for the buses due to there only being one line running in the underground. I never felt unsafe in the city but we did cross the road occasionally when there was a large group of protestors heading our way.
This article explains a bit more about what was going on over this time.
Some lovely buildings and very nice people in the central area. All the shops that were open had very helpful staff, even when they didn't speak English and we didn't speak Spanish. They managed to get the message across and we helped the economy a little by spending our money in the shops that were open. 
We had a group dinner that night at the Chinese next to the hotel. The curfew had been moved until 8pm so we didn't go far. Nice to get to know some more of the parents and competitors.
Due to the unrest, we were told that only 2 people per competitor, and only the ones competing that day were allowed to go to the tournament, all due to security. At that stage we were still really not sure if we would be able to go and support the team at all unless our child was competing. The World Karate Federation also supplied buses each day from the hotel to the venue which was great, we were going to take the subway but with the unrest here WKF was very aware of keeping everyone safe. We went back to the hotel late afternoon, another beer (thirsty work in the heat) and off to bed.
Wednesday 23 October
Thought we would try and get in to the venue, see how tight the security really was and try to get in. It wasn't difficult. We went a bit after the bus, taking a Chilean version of Uber, Cabify. Great prices and really quick. Talking of quick, we couldn't work out what the speed limit was, it seemed to be "as fast as you can go in the traffic". I also wondered why they had lanes, they didn't seem to take much notice of them! Got a few photos of some suburban areas of the city.
Kata was on today at the venue. Our NZ competitors did well, getting some great results including a top 8 finish. After we got back I went shopping again because my suitcase had still not turned up. Great opportunity to get some new clothes on insurance, just wish the shops had been open!!! Went back to the same 2 shops as before and got some trousers and a dress. Once again the shops shut early and we felt it was best to head back to the hotel late afternoon. There were no issues for us at the hotel at any time, apart from the noise of protesters and the sirens going overnight but one of the other hotels was evacuated one night due to protestors.
Found the local Irish bar run by and Englishman and an Irishman (there must be a joke inn there somewhere) who have lived in Santiago for years. Great atmosphere and certainly good food and staff.
Back to the hotel before curfew and had the team meeting, just updating us all on how things had gone that day and where to for the next day.
Thursday 24 October
Another day of competition. All competitors doing really well and even got a bronze medal fight today for one of the young girls who ended up 5th which was awesome. Each day after we got back to the hotel I went for a walk around the area so at least I got to see a few sights. It was interesting to see that almost all of the residential properties had high fences around them and often bars over the windows. 
Back to the Irish bar, they started to get to know us quite well by the time we left. Due to no supermarkets being open we had to eat out a lot (what a shame) so it was nice to find a good place close to the hotel.
In all of the bars and restaurants we went to they had CNN Chile on a TV so we saw a lot of what was going on around us. We were kept informed each day and knew that we were fine where we were and just needed to be careful about going out places. I also got emails from the Safe Travel site, well worth being on that as they kept me updated each day via email and the latest info was on their site.
Friday 25 October
Good day again today. Competitors did well, a few getting through to top 16. Once again we left mid afternoon to come back to the hotel. We had nice weather, warm but not too hot. Sitting outside with a cold beer in the late afternoon was definitely the best option. Lots of traffic which is interesting because there seem to be very few car parks and certainly the houses don't have garages. You can't park on the side of the road in town so the subway or bus are the main forms of transport and with the subway out, maybe that is why there were so many traffic jams. Interesting going down a paved road each day on the bus. It's a bit like some of the Chch roads!
One of the parents introduced me to the board/card game Sequence. We have had lots of time at the hotel so we have been playing it a lot over the last few days. I'm keen to get it for home, great strategy game with quite a lot of luck as well.
I saw my one and only cat today. Not many around at all. Plenty of dogs out and about but not cats. 
Saturday 26 October
Got up and watched the rugby, it was on at 5am here so not too early. Had some interesting conversations with the Aussies, Scots and English coaches and supporters once we got to the stadium. I will say that the Scots were quite upset that we lost!! Watched our under 21 males compete, one through to top 16. Had to leave the venue early due to a protest heading that way. WKF asked all those not competing to leave as early as they could. Spent the afternoon packing then headed out to a different hotel for the final team dinner. Gorgeous views!
Sunday 27 October
Up early again for the last day of competition. Had to take my suitcase with me for my flight back home. Watched Juliet fight. She was amazing. The Russian that she lost 3-1 to went on to win 5 fights and finally lost 1-0 to the French in the semi final which meant Juliet just missed out on a repecharge. She was happy though as she was the Russians second lowest scoring fight (behind the French girl) and the only one to score on the Russian when she was up on points. Amazing effort and great to watch.
I had to leave for the airport early but as I was in the cab I got a message saying my flight was delayed by 6 hours so I went back to the venue and watched some more fights before finally going out to the airport. With the flight being that late, it meant I missed my connecting flight into Christchurch. Couldn't change my flight at all to get back any earlier so I ended up getting food vouchers for meals and a night in a Sydney hotel thanks to Qantas. I also had a spare seat next to me on the plane, very handy for stretching out. Got a few hours sleep at the hotel then had to get up early to get to the airport, only to find my flight to Christchurch had been delayed as well. Security is certainly higher in Sydney, any liquid has to be in a plastic bag and put out for scanning and I got to have a full body scan and all of the passengers and their bags were dusted for gunpowder and explosives. Finally through and onto the plane for the final flight home.
Great flight on Emirates and wonderful views. I have to say the food, staff, in-flight entertainment system and seats are superior to anything else I have been on this trip.
However, the last bit just made my whole trip hysterical. You will so not believe this. We landed in Christchurch and they first said we can get off the plane but there will be no baggage for a while due to lightning strikes so all ground staff have been instructed to stop being outside until the storm passes. I just laughed! The whole trip has been delay after delay. Then about 10 minutes later they said we couldn't even get off the plane, so I wrote more of my blog while I waited. Eventually after 30 minutes we managed to get off the plane and get through customs and finally home.  
Nice to be back but I certainly don't regret going. A real experience and one I will never forget for so many different reasons.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

NZ MIEE Hui 2019 notes day two

Notes from Day Two of the hui

Building Inclusive Learning experiences - Becky Keene

A lot going on with Microsoft
Make sure students have access to the tools they need
"Students would rather go without than stand out. We need to move from assuming access to ensuring access in classrooms" Robin Lowell
Don't always think of all the barriers - includes emotional barriers

Today's learning tools should be:
Built in
Mike Tholfsen
Write an accessibility success on sticky notes
Write a challenge
Not inclusive activity - if had a physical activity couldn't move, some people didn't have materials, some can't write/spell, processing can't do that quickly, didn't label spaces of where to put them
Some  of the things we do are not inclusive at all.

Need universal design for learning
Reading highlighter for line focus
Run accessibility checker on anything you use (built into all office products):
Alternative text
Reading order
Slide titles
Header rows
Text contrast
Use Style sets available
Get into the habit so when you have a student who really needs it you are using it
Helping students read in a new way - Immersive reader in OneNote
Computational thinking skills in Immersive reader
Decomposition - syllabification
Pattern recognition - sentence structure
Line focus - abstraction
Theme selection - algorithmic thinking
Course taken by over 100000 educators - basic understanding of dyslexia
Launch immersive reader view while writing
Use dictation
Massive gains by allowing students to dictate
Weight off shoulders when write. Can lift weight if the writing is an issue
Improved spell checker in word - definitions and synonyms and also have it read aloud
Editor in word - pulls out inclusive speech corrections - inclusivity checker
Will flag these and ask you to change to more inclusive language
Inclusive math:
Challenges: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, mobility impairments
Maths tools in OneNote
Can use immersive reader to read the equations as well
Can also have practice quiz on an equation
Lots of students will do this at home
Presenter Coach in Power point online - Rehearsal mode
Example: - picked up "you guys"
Report at end of presentation
Powerpoint captions
Especially if you are teaching deaf students
Real time meeting captioning in Teams is coming
Watch TV with captioning on - need text support for some people
Multi lingual parent nights in own language
Thought he was doing well hiring interpreters but then a woman from Russia came and he didn't have one. He felt he had done everything but still not enough - started using translator
Used to do them after the other nights- better to be real time in the moment
Having parent nights in real time
Make some noise about languages for here - Māori, verbal refugee languages
Tweet to MS translator - ask for Māori
Got Tongan and Samoan
Zoom in - use magnifier - figured it would be there because it's windows
Don't know what you need until you need it
Edge browser - try for specific things, read aloud any website with any text
Office lens - scanner in your pocket
Seeing AI - only on iOS
25 yr old woman with black hair looking happy - male female/ageist
What matters with inclusion
Inclusive software to use:
Minecraft - immersive reader built in - press i on keyboard for reader and picture dictionary
Immersive reader built in to many apps now
What matters:
No one should have to ask for access, it should just be there
Use this chat/tweet @MSFTEnable

Race against the machine - Trent Ray

How do we use tech in the classroom to build future capable learning?
What did you want to be when you grow up?
User experience designer - had to hire someone to know how people interact with websites
Data miner - can manipulate data
Social media manager
Cloud services specialist - 100% increase for these roles in Linkedin
Avatar manager - look after avatars while they can't attend to them
Skills needed to branch out of teaching:
Do teaching for the love not the money - started a side thing of Kids Disco Parties - had 12 Djs, over 350 parties a yr in Melbourne
Entrepreneurial mindset
Started Collective Education - supporting schools
Cyber Safety Project - in schools - do a show
FutureLearning Academy - online teacher portal
How to find time in a day to do all of that
Future exciting - lots of learning to be done
Life - you will continue to learn
Stop asking what they want to be but what problems do you want to solve
Making it real
Nephew an inventor Joshua Ray
Creative ideas - looking for problems and way to solve them
1:1 School
How does he use the technology at school?
The teachers not really using the power of the tech - use for creation rather than just consumption
If a visitor to your school walks into a typical classroom what might we see students doing with technology?
2009-2012 data - how much has this changed?
If asked to develop an animation on a skill you need:
Understanding of tech
What an animation is? Which would be the best?
Who is your audience? How do you best communicate?
Purpose - how will it support?
Then why?
Move from consumption to creation
Student - where he will learn in the future?
Online - too much communication, too little, distractions
Chat quality an issue
Technical platforms, self regulate, communicate
Where he will work?
When he first started working at Microsoft he was told: you know that Microsoft is not a place you go, it's a thing you do.
Structure to being totally flexible but really hard. Manage self, communicate and Collaborate. Lots of challenges
What will he do?
Bringing together digital physical and biological systems
What is the value of humans in a high tech world?
3D printing:
What can we do with one
Building empathy - limbs
Titanium 3D printed hip
Windows 10 - 3D builder and Design and Paint 3D creations apps
Mixed reality - Hololens, Virtual reality
Exported Minecraft - export into 3D paint
AI and machine learning:
Advancing accessibility features
Think about it as Augmented intelligence. Tech will become part of the biosphere.
How will it improve our lives
Talk about ethics with young people as well
How might we access AI to create a better world?
Software that helps improve gender bias
AI forgood challenge - ways we can promote AI as positive
Does every human need to learn how to code? No - but will need to know how to edit and work with code
Check these out - emotions API - can develop apps that can detect emotions
Age app - predict how old you are
Qnamaker.ai - Build a chatbot for your website
Really cool and fun to play with tech
Those that are innovators love this stuff
Does putting a gadget in the hands of  a student automatically mean that they are engaged in learning?
How do you expect these technology trends to impact on learning?
Won't impact unless teachers embrace and guide and actively manipulate it to impact learning. It won't unless teachers do something
Have to think about the pedagogy around it
How will it impact on cognitive thinking? Think about the calculator. Immersive reader is reading so do we need learn to read?
If the load of learning how to read is removed, do we need to look at deeper comprehension instead?
It's a choice to use immersive reader
What is it that students really need to learn?
Innovation hubs popping up everywhere
Tinker toys - which ones should we buy
Student looks up on youtube how to use things
Engagement or Edutainment - technology engages students - is it just edutainment? We need purposeful engagement.
Why do we want this tech in the hands of kids, then what teachers need, then spaces, then which tech
Teachers are in the drivers seat - need skills and mindset to do this
65% of teachers said lack of PD was barrier to implementing STEM
1 in 10 teacher had recent PD to help students develop future capabilities
How can we inspire educators to shape future capable learners?
What does it mean to be future capable? 
Enrol to join the future learning academy
Evidence how he worked collaboratively with others using tech
Integrate tech and purposeful pedagogy

Sharing session 1 - Integrating Minecraft across yr 4-6 - Kelsie Laing and Adele Warburton

This is your for Minecraft for play - and this is your Minecraft for learning
Creativity - 8 and 9 year olds so fast and can explain everything
They also like to teach the teachers
Digital fluency and collaboration
Training for staff - get students to run this
Creation not necessarily consumption
Uses 21CLD skills: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Flexibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity, Social skills
Sharing devices - not 1 to one
Yr 4 examples:
Story recreate
Multiplication and division problems - signs and solve
Story creation
Story re-create - for literacy
Plan - make sure they are on the tool for learning
Reading in Minecraft is great - reading for a purpose, understanding of story as well
Set up the world and then students get them to join your world
Teacher dashboard - can get all to finish at once
Resource on empathy - Empathy Village
Highlight key words, then design a building for the family
Arrays - different way to teach multiplication and division
"I thought I was playing but I was actually learning new things"
Starting to see how it is impacting their learning
Yr 5/6
Tutankahmun - started as literacy but morphed into social science and maths
Tomb building
Booby trap the tomb
 Clear set of rules they co-construct together, otherwise you get a whole heap of pandas spawning or crazy things happening. If they don't then they have whole class out for a week.
Fraction action
Percentages make tower with 35% of one colour
Modelling different fractions - making fractions, ordering common fractions
Use camera
In my world - teleport to someone and chat with them
Can model decimals
Healthy food village - on Minecraft education site - collaborate to make whole village
Roller coaster through digestive system
ANZAC world came out of Schoolkit.co.nz free resource of ANZAC
Building Methven - like the build Melbourne one
Skills you need kids said: Listening, respect others, creative, sharing, put ideas together, have to think about thinking
Physically sit on hands so don't do it for them
Don't rip up book in real world so don't destroy others work
Kids come up with manifesto together - link of theirs going into OneNote
Minecraft challenge cards - on website

Sharing 2 - Implementing Digital Tech Curriculum - a cross curricular approach - Cathy Quigan

Only DT kaiako in school. Doing the implementation herself
Modules in tech/art/languages
Meeting prog outcomes up to yr 9, Yr 10 it's an option
Brought in microbits - Making micropets
Why need to change - not transferring the skills
Had full staff meeting about what it was and why, then broke into smaller hubs
General why, CT, DDDO
Digital curriculum in other subjects
Asked for volunteers to progress it further
"If you don't know something about how computer systems work and how you can program them at some elementary level, you run the risk of being programmed yourself"
Initial reaction was terror from staff
Got together again and looked at how 
Can create a chatbot, build a minecraft world - need to know of other options for assessment that cover DT curriculum
PLD in CT and DDDO
PE teacher in CT workshop - need a nudge sometimes
Opportunities outside school
Codeclub for teachers outside of school
Minecraft in Education workshops as well
Full day of PD for Leaders of Learning
People from industry came in to talk - they would employ barista over graduate
Can teach anyone anything, but the barista can interact with people
Workshops on CT and DDDO
Rubbish bin - put in and spits out something useful - looking at the problem that it would solve
Then went into real problems
Thinglink - put in picture, links to help people know each other 
Met with each Leader of Learning - looking at their units yr 7-10 and look at ways DT curriculum to their units.
If it doesn't add value there is no point adding
Many leaders excited by the end of it
Yr 9 science - soil health - use microbits
Interactive map
Minecraft in Religious studies- looking at audience and making sure it is appropriate
Lessons Learned:
Know what you want to achieve
Set the change in context, be clear about why
Time to get staff comfortable
Time to listen to concerns - triangle, square and circle
Time to work with small groups
If it's not adding value, don't do it
Supporting PE dept to write and teach them how to run orienteering unit
Not forcing students, can still do poster but there are options
Target, every student in yr 7-10 will engage with the DT curriculum in some way
Q - time for leaders to get this
Has half a unit to do this, not much time
Be good to have a digital type of SCT - make that a position - at the moment it is anything to do with computing see Cathy
Tied into a COL role possible
For staff to deliver it more important shouldn't just be Mathletics or note taking and research
SAMR - getting off substitution level

Making it real with Microsoft - Challenge - Trent Ray

Practical toolkit that teachers can pick up
Learning canvases to help students engage
What do you want to be when you grow up? changing to: What problems do you want to solve when you grow up?
Prepare them to be ready to do this
Design, Evidence, Assess, Report 21CLD
In Aus teachers have to report on their student's critical thinking and collaboration skills
Empathy map
When students are working on REAL projects what does it look like? - answer this on empathy map in groups
If they are going to be successful in this learning environment - what capabilities or skills do they need?
Computational thinking
Inclusiveness - allocate roles
High level collaborators - how are we fostering that level of collaboration
Need to work with them to be ready for that type of learning
Self regulation - manage self, focussed on what needs to be done
Active listening - communication skills - respectfully disagreeing
Able to fail - resilience - failure is a learning opportunity
Character qualities
Speak and listen effectively
Technical skills - may be able to use with different things
Critical thinking - able to critique, take on feedback and apply it
REAL projects are opportunities to build multiple capabilities
Wicked problems - multi faceted and multi layered
Computational thinking - able to split into smaller parts
Young people cannot solve global warming on their own - but could have an impact in their local community.
How can we break down and get students to break this down - want to be able to see the impact.
What will some of the wicked problems be:
Climate change
Nature of humanity - AI
Global Sustainability goals are wicked problems. Can all play a role but together we achieve more
Too big from a class perspective
What if we could build artificial forests? What if we could share our sustainable energy?
Have actionable ideas students can action in the local community. Or even look closer to themselves.
How authentic and accessible are your real world challenges?
How do we connect students to problems - maybe look at the local perspective - shower too short for his height
Not one thing in the school that showed who was here before them on that land. Now houses have names of people before them
Cultural Narrative for us - can see visibly who was here before us
We have nothing to cook with - design a local garden. Can't cook in kitchen until have sustainable food they have grown themselves
What is the relationship between problem solving and real world problems?
Step 1:
What is a problem? What is a challenge
Empathy map
Step 2:
Start with using survey data from forms, statistics in the community
Define the problem
Step 3:
Crazy 8s - fold paper into 4 and can only draw - stand up to do it - more creative
Relational diagram for critical thinking
Might have 3 ideas but want to evaluate on set of criteria. So what idea meets all criterias the best
Step 4:
Small group of participants
Solution evaluation feedback form
Step 5 - take action and reflect
Reflect and progress template
These steps will guide our design in teams
What Microsoft tech might we use along the way?
Best links to community
Innovative tech
Wows and wonder feedback
Came up with the whole project in 90 mins - really enjoyed the process for this project plan
Technology as part of the process not always the end product
Winners -  plans are in the OneNote
Group 16 - isms of the world
Problem - low level isms of student speech - 360 immersive video to experience isms
Group 4 - melting pot
Sense of identity - very different communities
Establishing a community and what we share in values
Ākonga to decide how to identify themselves and connect them together
Inspired by who's come before us and looking at who comes after us
Group 9 - turn me off
Affordable energy
What does it take to power a school
Student agency on where to take this