Thursday, 12 October 2017

ULearn17 - Day One - Wednesday

My notes - these are purely the notes I take during the sessions, not my thoughts or ideas. For more information please get in touch!

Keynote - Eric Mazur @eric_mazur

Physics at Harvard

B C. Before computers
lecturing because that is how he learnt physics so that is what he did
Asked to teach physic to pre-med students who didn't want to learn. Got high ratings and students did well. He believed he was a good teacher.
Note taking, listening talking demonstrating
 transmission of information
 Can you transmit knowledge? needs to be constructed
 He did not ask "how" he was going to teach but "What"
 There was a text. Most would buy the book - why when the lecturer read it all. Was concerned if the students have the book and he has the book what does he do in the classroom? He found the perfect book to use -it was out of print. Why hand out notes at end of class? -so they stay. Feedback was that Prof Mazur is lecturing straight from his notes.
 This scene all over the world -an instructor delivering information to students. Is education the transfer of information?
 If it was in the 20th century you would just want to watch a video. Put all your classes online.
 How much interaction in a lecture based class? You turn into a passive observer
What more is there? relationships, knowledge
 You need to take information and extract the how that lets you do something with that information. They learnt by rote.

The force concept Inadori -need to understand force.  Tests the understanding of Newton law. Uses just words. Every student recite Newton's law-all know it. But something happens when replace the numbers 1 and 2 by the words truck and car
 Made him rethink approach to teaching 2 step process.
 I. Transfer of information
 2. Opportunity to assimilate that information.
 Where did you make sense of Information? Did it happen sitting in a room with some talking to you? Or sitting with friends or going over notes?
 In class we do 1. and leave students to do the hard part 2.
 We should focus on 2. He called it inverted. Not called flipped at that time
 Teach by questioning rather than by telling - Socrates said first.
 Could not get it until he told them to talk to each other. Then they learnt it. The curse of knowledge is that it is hard for us to think like a new learner
 30- 70% get it right, then find someone else with a different answer. Walk round and listen in.
Question - Think - Poll - Discuss - RePoll - Explain,  then repeat all over again.
He didn't show them the first poll.
Good things about this process:
 1. no sleeping
 2. know where they are at
 3. they get feedback
 4. personalises learning
When he asks the question it needs to be a different type of question to show they can apply the information
Get fired up and awaken cunosity. We are all born scientists. Our brains want to understand the world around us. Turned that off to just give me the answer to pass the test.
 I. You made a commitment
 2. externalised your answer
 3. moved from answer and fact to reasoning
 4. You became emotional invested in the process

how to effectively transfer information outside of the classroom
 transfer pace set by video
viewer passive
 attention tanks as time passes
 isolated Individual experience
When they watch prevideo they turn up the speed, not pause.
 Transfer pace set by reader
 Viewer active. Brain more active reading than view or listen
 isolated (individual)
no accountability

every student prepared for every class without extra effort
 Perusall social learning platform  
 Make it social
Can see who is on line at same time as you reading the text
 Can highlight-and a chat for each passage
Question button-can increment and can click the yes it helped me tick
 How to get students [ participate?
 Alan November. who own the leaning-book
 We destroy intrinsic motivation.
 Use combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
 rubric based assessment
must demonstrate thoughtful  reading and interpretation
 quantity 10-20
 timelines-before class
 distribution-not entered
 fully automated assessment
 Gradebook, and it connects pure-class and in-class activities Can see what they and don't know. Has confusion report. 3 main questions they have
Intrinsic motivation-fun to be online, others on chat
Lots of research Data  - 81% spend 2-6hrs/wk reading
 Performance significantly higher
 Can use class time more productively
 Education is not just about getting students to do what we do
 I want my students to solve the problems I can not yet solve.

Some of the sessions have an amazing infographic done  - thanks to Reflection Graphics for this!

The New Technologies Curriculum - Tim Bell

Not expected to teach it next year.
 Not much change to the Curriculum more about if being implemented.
 More devices than people In the room
 Some people feel excluded from tech.
Digits can represent teacher - got them to colour in by numbers and put all the sheets together which made a picture of their teacher.
 Telogis transport company who work out the shortest way to go to all stops
 Comp Science travelling salesmen
 Saved fuel by calculating shortest route. Telogis made millions. On his app to work out Delivering 7 machines takes 30 sees. 14 machines takes 9 years. 21 machines takes 3,854,700,623 years
 No one knows the fastest way to find the fastest route
Good concept to show they are not exponentially fast.
 About being empowered to change that. A computer that was a million times faster. Get 1000 machines still take3 years  to fill up 24 coke machines.
 Hope students are better then you
 How long are people prepare to wait.
Comp science Psychology:
 What is the shortest distance between two things that you can't tell the difference instant - less than 1/10 second - As a designer -1/10 second too long
 Have a conversation - pause for a second. Conversation Speed is about a second
 This stuff affects our lives
 Doing lots of calculations use lots of batteries power
One thing to have an idea but some things need basis knowledge, they have lots of problems with algorithm
Digital tech is just algorithms on digits
 Is it ethical to recognise faces?
 Just because we can do it, should we?
 Need to understand effects of what we do
True of computer, fit bit, anything. If you write a program you need to know these six things - storage, input, output, sequence, selection, iteration. 
 Scratch-has all six. Not teaching" Scratch" but teaching programming. By the end of primary school be good to have all 6 understood.
Technology NZ 3rd largest export.
 TDD -Test driven design
 What do we want to achieve
 What is the algorithm
 Code it
 No single program is right answer
 Digital Technologies-Could be car remote, mic, not just computers.
 Computer to computer science is like a stove to cooking

Digital learning should be taught digitally

Presenter: Simon Alexander (a student)

Tubetorials - STEAM based. Why - Digi tech changing quickly
New draft curriculum had problem with new resources. Teachers can struggle so they decided to create these to help.
How do children learn in their own time? They watch YouTube
Why would you read a book? Millions of followers of Youtubers - see this one for Minecraft by AshDubh.
Tubetorials engage children:
Learning via Youtube format
Children learn from other children
Work at own pace
Same learning format for all programmes
Get one login for whole school
Learning does not stop at the school gate
Didn't like building a robot with marshmallows and skewers
One school uses it for Scratch and TinkerCad (3D printing)
Classroom assistant:
Beginner skill level - they can lead the class
Moderate - support
High - We embed learning and fill the gaps
What they teach:
Scratch Junior - for beginners, then move onto Scratch
TinkerCad - teaches geometry and measurement
Stop Motion and Stop Motion Studio - quick and easy to use for iPad. Writing script, storyboard etc.
LegoEV3 ($900 for education version!), VEXIQ, Mbot ($200 plus sensors - good transition from Scratch for coding), Edison (about $80 and drag and drop coding), not really robots - Sphero, Ozobot
Should be max of 2 kids per robot
Edison - can code with a barcode - drive over them and hook them so they want to program it themselves.
Not very accurate on carpet - need a level hard surface
3D printer - buy two of the $900 ones
Free for this term and for the first term next year. Then $1 per child for access to the whole site
End goal to pay for their Uni.

One sausage sizzle covers it all

Transforming your classroom using financial literacy

Presenter: Colin Hill (Linwood Ave), Victoria Brookland (Linwood Ave), Micah Hocquard (Chch)

Since started using financial literacy, creativity has improved.
Students not too young at any age.
As soon as you start learning to manage money better, the better you are
NZC has lots of supporting material
Banqer, ASB Getwise, Young Enterprise Trust. Banqer NZ developed
Is an environment to learn about money.
Can integrate into all areas of the curriculum
Can set up a virtual classroom - set up bank accounts for your students. Can pay rent, wifi, get money for jobs, give them bonuses
Can be uses for motivation or fine. Pollution fine for leaving things around.
Victoria and Colin joined 2 classes half way through the year. Needed something new as a fresh start. Banqer provided a good way to manage things.
To start it was less about financial literacy and more about managing the space.
Monday morning auction - would bid for furniture and hire for the week.
More now about Savings, lending, tax and Kiwisaver
Conversations at home - having a bank account at home. They are decile 2. Big thing to go home and talk to parents
Buying a house - like being a grown up with fake money. Taught them how much to spend and save and lots of maths skills.
Students aware of bills and shopping, but also understands the difference between owning and renting.
Parent Portal
Banking - basics, lending and debt/interest on savings
Income and careers - basic income and careers and employment (student making own jobs)
Kiwisaver (percentages and ratios and stats)
Property Real Estate and property insurance
Statistics (literacy/Capabilities
Parent Portal
Bank account basics
Lending and debt
Interest on savings
Personal loans
Can set it up simply
He starts with paper money and give them for all sorts of things. Everyone starts off on level playing field.
Put in proper references - notices back - $1000 banqer dollars if they get them back.
Has lots of videos on the Teacher side so you can watch them to see how to do things
Put password glued in their maths book.
Also cyber safety - making sure they have good password - one also sent phishing email for password and removed money since he could get in to their account.
Students in class rent desks.
Set up debit for power and wifi.
Rent out computers or space
Regular payment
Can interact with each other - talk about basics of not doing 1 cent account with a silly name. Talk about it looks like they have been hacked and would have account locked. Parents can also see that
Students work out interest goes in on Wed so they transfer all across on Tues night.
Arranged and Unarranged overdraft - can set a maximum and an interest rate
Auction hammer
They buy things like - sitting on a certain chair for a day. Yr 3 obsessed with it. Have to pay for power and things.
Can do just banking
Can set up a base income of pocket money
Did one where they had different jobs picked out of a hat and got the income
Quality and skills
Choosing referees
Can select students as bankers
Job market - try to change the jobs termly. The accountant probably don't change it. Kids do it for them now.
Can get fired. Students can find jobs and see a gap in the market
Banqer are really good at getting back to you
Term deposit - can lock savings acc
Let them into Kiwisaver really early
Go into retirement in Term 4 for last few weeks so they use it.
Personal loans
Credit scores - miss payments and it goes down, pay on time etc go up.
Property module term 3
Can set price and interest of mortgage
They set up googledoc with pics of houses. Corner sections and up the wall - have a wall of houses with streets and everything.
In one class - one mortgage at a time so others can't monopolise. Can own more, but only1 mortgage
Can set up disasters and property insurance
Can add a pool or a townhouse added on, but have to sort insurance. Sell house have real estate fees and reinsure new house.
Can make voluntary repayments.
Has a disaster dice each Monday - need insurance. If they lose everything they go bankrupt and it resets.
One went bankrupt and others donated money to him.
Taxation - enable halfway through term one - can set levels. They know which day tax comes out. Any income that comes in gets taxed. They work out clever ways - don't pay me back today or I'll get taxed on it.
There are stats to see how students went in quiz. Wil show you ups and downs with modules
Some don't engage but come back on board once they see they are missing out. Early adopters get the couch because they get rent from property - others get
Monday - renting furniture and disasters on Monday.
8.30 Bankers come in and do banking each morning
Sign up as a teacher - it's free - kiwibank sponsor it
Parents love it
Can have multiple teachers and multiple classes
There is a community to share ideas
Resource hub is amazing

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

ULearn17 - Changing Spaces

These are my notes from the Changing Spaces workshop held at Rototuna Junior High, Hamilton. They are not edited particularly, so some may not make sense, but they are here for others to read and get ideas from.  I have more photos and details if you want more, just ask!

Mark Osborne - Opening Keynote

Mark talked about the change taking place in society and how different things will be in 13 years time
Years ago -2004DARPA Grand Challenge million dollar challenge -  an autonomous vehicle and now look where we are. 10 million people will lose jobs because of driverless cars. Driving big rig on US. Roads - now being done with driverless vehicle.
The last 13 Years been disruptive. Prepare students for their future not our past. Bricklayers and traditional trades will disappear. 3D Printer will print garages, offices and houses. They are also printing slabs for large houses and bridges.
 Automated narrative generation. Looks at data and emulates the style. Works with statistics

 Robots writing poetry and reports. Communication important still, not writing though. Radiologists 7% wrong, where as robots can be 100% correct. SAM the Robot does not need a salary when laying bricks and can work 24/7.
Robot outperforms human surgeon. Shift in skills required. Where should we focus our attention? 885,448 jobs will be at risk. Need to reskill.
We are fighting this.
We need to have aspirations for the green
Brain activation during task -Miller. Averaged them all but he worked out that if we taught the average we would miss 14 of the 16.
"Neuroscience is crystal clear on this point: when it comes to the brain, just like when it comes to learning, variability is the rule, not the exception." Dr. Todd Rose 
What are we doing?
Working in teams needed
 algorithms can be done by computers
 Computer Science degree out of date in a few years because of changes to technology
Less important in workforce: (suited for rows of desks in schools)
Undertaking routine or repetitive tasks
Solving problems using straight recall
Working on your own
Applying existing rules or models to solve problems
Relying on formal schooling
More important in workforce: (suited for ILEs)
Undertaking non-routine and unique, tasks
Solving unstructured problems that don't have easy solutions
Working in (diverse) teams
Adapting approaches to respond to new information
Relying on ongoing (life-long) learning
(Adapted from Levy & Murnane 2013)

Traditionally teachers were all of the knowledge knowledge in a building. now:
 photo math solves problems just by scanning it
 translate it - can translate almost any language
 augmented reality on fixing pump - so you can see how to do things yourself

Mark then went on to talk about negative feedback about ILEs in the media:
Not everybody understands. Been some negative stuff but she's right spaces don't make the difference.
"Buildings alone are not enough; it is about relationships and changing cultures and practices."
Blackmore, Bateman et al. (2011) 
 "Well-designed primary schools boost children's academic performance in reading, writing and maths. Differences in the physical characteristics of classrooms explain 16% of the variation in learning progress over a year. "
Barrett & Zhang (2015) 

 Nothing wrong in calling for research. But no research behind streaming or banding no evidence to say sitting in rows work. Where is the evidence to say the current system works? The evidence says it's not.
Results from collaborative partnerships and co-teaching included: increased overall achievement, fewer disruptive problems, and decreased referrals for behaviour. Teachers also reported being happier and not feeling so isolated.
Schwab (2003)

The tensions of co-teaching - negotiating team-based conflictsPresenters: Paula Wine, Rebecca Foster

Started with shared Vision. They do an induction. Need a why and a vision.
All staff are given a copy to read and reread "The Rhetoric and the Reality" by David Hood
Agree on behaviour management. Need to get it right from the start.
Tracking students they use supervising teacher groups
4 teachers 109 students they put priority learners and ES0L apart
No recipe. Depends on students. 4 workshops vertically grouped for 20 min each of the same concept keeps them moving. Duration of the term  one semester then it changes for the students. Teams mixed regularly
Year 7 and 8 different to 9 and 10 who are used to changing teachers.

Giving students choice to make sure they cover everything. Upskill students to teach parents about what they are doing. Student perspectives of learning in a flexible space.
They start with Co-Teaching tool - Issues for discussion and planning 
They start with this tool. When the teams don't do this, it falls apart. Do individually first, then get together and add.
Great to find out what they feel will make them happy. They do this each module. Good to understand where they are coming from.
How long will meetings be? Need to work on who does what and workload even.
Pet peeve being late means trying to be on time
Co teachings VS cohabitating
Working with Personalities and Communication styles
Personality test - If you want more info on this, I have a handout!
We did this test and it put us into one of four quadrants:
Doer, Talker, Thinker or Upholder
Commmunicating with Talker - you need to make it fun-talk lots
 Upholder -make it nice want harmony
 Doer -  get it done get to the point. If you are aware then makes it easier
 Thinker- get it right data, facts
 What happens when we are a stressed? Can default back to base personality
Being aware of types can't change how they are but being Ok with that help

Have time released together to plan.
 Elephant in the room what is not 0k? Use post it notes
Water cooler -whats happening for you - use a Padlet. What can we do to resolve it?
 Kitchen table. Time to come together and talk
Useful for students as well
 LMS is key into teaching, looking at Schoology Needs to be collaborative
 Agreed systems:
 What do we feel aboutFeed back, moderation feed forward
 All students need to access feedback the same way
 Peers help access feedback -they mark a third each week.
 eing engaged is knowing a teacher will look at work. Have exemplars, moderation.
 Trust is essential
 Nothing good comes of talking behind back in or people to talk to each other. Need to talk directly to person.
 Never do induction as well as the early days. Often new staff with experienced teacher anyway.
 Always start a staff meeting with fun- usually a game to build team. Something to use with students too.

Education Perfect -can do test and then it is targeted learning form there
Get to show adults what they have done.

A Year of creation, collaboration and evaluation 

Presenters: Jason Sharma and Jordan Neil

We were lucky to go for a tour through the Senior High area of Rototuna which has just opened this year.

Jason - Maths and Commerce
Jordan -Eng and Media Studies
What would we have wanted to know before starting this journey? (They started this year with 100 students at Yr 11/12)
Like building a plane while flying it.
Always do circles with sensitive topics - small enough staff to do that
Jenny Mosley - share the highlight of the day - can pass
Full school approach - do Mon and Fri - behaviour strategy as well
They talked about co-teaching strategies
Theme based approach? Harder to get curriculum areas covered. Started with that and found it really hard to integrate the assessment. Look at the assessment skill at the same time.
Be strategic in assessments you can offer - some that you can offer - Stats. Science there are some Yr 11 and 12 in same modules. Only offering 2 standards of stats for the semester.
Pathways and projects and Tertiary.
Goal is depth not getting credits.
Externals needed for endorsement. Don't have a huge emphasis on that unless needed for student/
Or just connect with another curriculum area - which is what they have done.
Academic and Pastoral role for all staff
Students track themselves - they use KAMAR as an LMS
Pastoral - each student needs an advocate - emails go to the teacher assigned. Anxiety and wellbeing - relationships - heavy investment of time outside. Trust. Dean, pastoral.
Your wellbeing comes first - refer on, they don't take on that hat of counselling.
They have deans as well and a DP to oversee.
Very clear pastoral system. Know what you are referring and what not.
Engineering/Medicine - know who they are through tracking. Can say they want to focus on own need.
They buy into the module. Requires a lot of planning - a lot of accountability
2 teachers and 2 curriculum areas per module
Level 2 NCEA over 2 years
Speed dating to find who they wanted to work with for modules - had 5 mins to pitch your subject and you could see that you matched.
There are natural ones
What is English about? What is it you want your students to be able to do - looked at the curriculum
Front packed the curriculum. What is the meaning of the subject and the skills in it.
Use of patterns and relationships for stats - what other subject can do this.
Big brother module - looking at ethics
Media - understanding ethics
English - write a report or do a speech
Stats - do the numbers
If you know your subject well, it can be quite engaging
15 weeks a module
Independent learning time - can opt into that for externals
Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective

Changing Minds and changing lives through changing spacesPresenters: Rosalie Reiri and Pania Smith

Māori in our childhood was not used in books. 
How you were reflected in your school spaces? 
Books-Māori not shown in a positive light

NZ Lit in 1950's The Kind Teddy Bear
The Ring Inz Māori Comedy about kapahaka
Being connected is key impact for students
Travis a Yr11 student from Rototuna repeated struggled at Girls High and another school. Expelled from both.
 "My teachers gave up on me before I gave up on myself". Got an interview. Natasha let her in and she was so happy. It was hard as 2 others gave up on her. Kapahaha, Te reo, Mau Rākau -Maori fighting
Teachers showcase us
Māori teacher key factor
Strategies to engage Māori learners whānau
Kapahaha as a vehicle
Have high standards
Gets whanau in to watch them get ready, have kai, plus staff giving info for dates. Took others out to help in Kitchen. Best for them to go out and help
Set the bar high.
My view of what they should have is different to the students. Need to reconnect to Marae and tikanga
Having access to te reo means family learning too.
Matua always picking kids up. Not having to worry about transport
Included whanau by asking them to come in and share talents.
Role models are really important. We all have a responsibility to make these kids amazing.
Angus McFarlane Bringing Māori into mainstream
Went on hikoi around the area. Cultural Narrative
Welcome at end of year for new staff. Older staff said they have to go on hikoi. Give people time to own and think Māori
Interview with Anaru McKeogh (teacher at Rototuna)
Integrated learning through mau rākau
Māori teacher working with the maths teacher and the science teacher to integrate the learning.
MMA=Mixed Mathematical Arts
Me mate ururoa, kei mate wheke - Die like shark and not like an octopus

Teachers are learners

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Concussion Part 3 - Step by step

It's the school holidays. Not that I need them as many others really do, but it's a chance to do more school work for me without being in the kura. Part of writing this blog is a reflection on what has been happening for me, and for work as well. This blog being even more important as I find myself back at work for short periods of time. It is a time of putting things together - making my life whole again with a mix of home and work, without pushing too hard and going backwards.

It looks like this in my return to work plan:
Week 1 and 2 -  1 hour a day for 3 days a week
Week 3 - up to 3 hours a day (1 contact with students and 2 marking/planning) for 3 days a week
Week 4 - up to 3 hours a day (1 contact with students and 2 marking/planning) for 4 days a week
Each week after that goes up in hours, then in days - hopefully getting back to full time later this year, but also being realistic and not going backwards by pushing too much.

I got to week 4 - and even then, week three became a 2 day week as I hit a curved ball. It is amazing how the little things throw you, but on the last day of Week 3, I got a puncture. I sat in the car and cried for ages before working out what I had to do, with the help of my son and daughter, which in reality was very simple (call the AA!!!) but just shows how difficult simple tasks can be when you have a brain injury. Anything out of the ordinary reduces me to tears. Suffice to say, I did not go to work that afternoon as I was shattered and slept instead. Each week I managed to do a bit more and although it is a slow recovery, it is a recovery. I have to remind myself I am getting better each week. I know that 2 months ago I couldn't have gone to work for 4 mornings, so that is progress. Little steps.

Over the last few weeks I have had a lot of appointments at Southern Rehab, with Occupational Therapists, Doctors and Psychologists. They have been amazing and although a little overwhelming at first, it is nice to have a team of people looking after me and all wanting the best outcomes. I had an interesting session with the Psychologist around what I felt where two sides of my recovery. The emotional side that keeps telling me that it's all a bit hard and it seems like I am always bursting into tears versus the analytical side that keeps telling myself that I am getting better and every week I can do something else. Getting these two to intertwine and work together will mean better acceptance of where I am at. He asked me a really good question about what I am aiming for each week - I can't be 100% at the moment, so I need to accept that.
The Doctor is sending me for an MRI scan - I keep joking to say it's to see if I have a brain, but it's really to check there is nothing else going on and that this will just get better with time. Not too fond of MRIs, noisy things, but worth it to just rule out anything else that could be stopping my brain from recovery. I am also looking forward (sort of) to a neurological assessment in a few weeks. It will be interesting to see what I can and can't do.

So now it's the school holidays. I have a week where I am going to do some work every morning, to keep up the improvement plan and keep moving forward. I also am heading off to Ulearn next week. I was to be presenting, but am now just going to go and enjoy the learning. It will take quite a bit of self management as I know I won't last a whole day with people unless I take my brain breaks and rest whenever I can. It will probably feel a bit like I am being antisocial, but my introverted self won't mind too much! I am looking forward to being in a different environment with different people. Not cooking meals, looking after children or driving will be a bonus.

So there it is. Slow progress towards being back to normal, but at least it's progress. Frustration at times, tears at times but also some great moments. Putting it together. And the one thing to remember, as my mother kindly reminded me, is the serenity prayer. So applicable in so many situations. Thanks Mum.