Saturday, 14 July 2018

NZ MIE Expert Hui 2018 notes Day 1

The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert hui was held in Auckland at the Microsoft Offices over this weekend. It was really great to catch up with this bunch of amazing educators during the weekend. There were a lot of choices for breakout sessions and I only wish I could have gone to so many more! Here are my notes from Day 1 - with the promise of another blog to follow!

In the introduction session I was excited to hear about getting some ideas together for Māori Mincecraft lessons - this would be amazing and super keen to hear more about this as time goes on.

Session 1 - Computational Thinking - Becky Keene @BeckyKeene Director insight2execution

1 to 1 institute
For soft skills, four cs
Collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, computational thinking.
For some reason we pigeon hole comp thinking into math and science
Becky then got us to commit to teach computational thinking to our students
The core gets missed
Why is this important for our students for life?
Ubiquitous computing - Computing is everywhere and anywhere. It's pervasive - pacemakers, phones, hearing aids
Taking tasks that are boring and delegated to computers. We don't even think about it any more.

Industrial revolution. Took the labour market and put it to machines
If we only use tech in mind then we are slaves to that. We need to change that. Not just about efficiency and menial tasks.
Music box first example of computing. Wasn't designed for efficiency, designed for joy and art.
Need AI and quantum to solve issues

We need to push student thinking beyond what they know. We want to make this world a better place.

R2D2 and BB8 seem to think, but have been programmed. Attractive because we have taken robots and added a layer of humanity.
Gives students a pathway to help solve problems. Layers in a human element that can be missing in computational thinking.
Conceptualising not programming. It's about big concepts. Understanding problems, decision making and problem solving
Fundamental not rote
Critical for functioning in society.
Ideas not products.
Schools have been about students consuming and producing. We have to start thinking about valuing ideas not products

The computer science major can take on any job as they have the skills in computational thinking

Trans disciplinary across all of these things. It applies to all subjects, even learning to read fits
Computational Thinking is a problem solving process

4 universal components: (Spolier alert - the answers to the puzzles on the right are in the notes!)

Identify what defines the pattern you see and focus on the important info. Extract unnecessary info - dog and cedar not important in this puzzle.
Students get so wrapped up in things that don't matter. Learn to spend time where it matters

Algorithmic thinking
When you follow a step by step pattern
Game that does riddles like this
Answer: In which direction do you live?

Ability to break out down into smaller parts. Eg jigsaw

Pattern recognition
When you observe similarities and patterns within problems
Read out loud the line above:One 3 one 1 two 2s and two 1s
Plant experiment. Relevant to life and pattern recognition. 
Growing veges and the pattern you have been doing each year

Go out to community and find out what app is needed,  write an algorithm to solve this.

What is the change you can take when you take ct and add a human development.
Skype can make things face to face. 

"In order to accelerate our innovation, we must rediscover our soul" Satya Nadella

Session 2: Digital Tech Curriculum - Iain Cook-Bonney @iaincb and Chris Dillon @onemouse

As a young child he played cosmic fighter game. Pages of code in magazines to type in. At young age would be debugging and problem solving.
Had an apple iMac in classroom when first started teaching.
Collaboration needed because of only one computer.
Chris talking about STEM online for new digi tech curriculum and new DT and HM online
Looking at future lives for jobs and perusing and environment that we don't know what it will look like.
Digital Tech shortage especially girls and Māori and Pasifika

Prediction that approx 55% of NZ GDP will be derived from digital products or services by 2021, currently about 6%
Big impact on new career paths and it is coming quicker than we think
SDGs - How do these fit into our schools vision and dispositions?
11 digital curriculum, could be more
The curriculum is different from "teaching with" digital tech. Not using devices and apps.

An article I found on teaching SDGs and am now following Koen Timmers around this as well.
Digital Tech Curriculum:

Doesn't mean you do it in that order. Some students may take years to progress. Allows for range of personal.
Progress outcomes rather than achievement outcomes.
May go quickly through them
CS unplugged website
Kidbot fitness
Expectation of digital tech that every student can write a program by end of year 10.
This is cross curriculum. Integrate into huge range of areas.
Some of the least capable people  in the new digital tech curriculum are the principals.

They should have capability to help lead the new curriculum, they need to be up skilled.
Reviews of ncea and digital tech people talking ? 
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko national training programme.
Self review, toolkits, community to share ideas
Digital leader, can be a Pouahi. Will get a separate online course.

Session 3: XcerioDigital Skills Institute - Jonathon Jansen

Microsoft office specialist competition. Was a student of that
Industry certification. Desktop level apps
Ms tech certification
Build trust between employer and students.
Asking for IT certification
MS office specialist or specialise in Security, can give them accreditation in those.
I have a Microsoft endorsement in this area.
Way or means for student to stand out. All have ncea L3 but have this to prove their skills.
Microsoft certified educator exam
21c learning goals. New version
Imagine academy is also free.

Immersion Session 1 - 3d Paint - Donna Golightly

If we don't know why we are using anything, then the outcome is not the best it can be
Why would we use it?
It supports design thinking strategy
Promotes future ready skills
Supports new digi tech
Can use as 3D print - real world application
Supports the 6 Cs - incorporates, Character and Citizenship

Can use the scaffolds or go straight in
Can create a sticker - cut themselves out, then chose a cc photo in the world and put themselves in it - wrote about it. Need that image on your device
Have control of what gets cut out
Stickers can be used in 2D or 3D - will wrap around 3D images
Can save as 3d model, image or video
Mixed reality viewer - what ever your camera can see is what the image goes in from of and can take photos or videos
3D model - can import into PowerPoint or Word or OneNote
Paint 3d in the classroom - scaling for maths

Do everything a Chromebook does but can do more with new Surface Go - as long as it runs Windows 10

Immersion Session 2  Digital Custodians - Pip Cleaves

Apps to install on phone:

Indigital storytelling:
Philanthropy side of MS wanted to connect them with their community
Made 5 stories in this project
Low cost - working with Dept of Ed to roll out
Ngulgang digital custodians project
Language as well as English

Storyboard in Powerpoint
Indigenous drawing for the card
Assignments in Teams and Sway for learning journey
3d paint courses -
Saving - can save as 3D printer file
Can paint the white models later
Nice that Paint3d is not perfect. Great to teach grit

Search for Metaverse usage for school
360 video or photo puts a ball into the screen and you step into it
Can put a YouTube video link in - upload your videos to YouTUbe
Go into Minecraft to practice filming

Metaverse runs on Chromebooks
Take laptop out and film in situ
Character in front of green screen

Session 3 - 3.30 Electronics in cross curricular learning - Chris Dillon @onemouse

Working with fabric tech. Coding embroidery. How to integrate electronic outcomes into wearables.
Performance with drama, uses with art
Art sculpture at level 3 filled with lights and reactive with motion
Issue is shortage of specialists within schools.
Electronics seems hard but easier than the physics
Fits into DDDO strand, real life outcomes
Also into control of environments
Social science traffic flows
DDDO, systems, how they work and how humans interact, then how they control those systems

Responsive panels and murals into environments
Through online bulk buying, can put one in front of a student for $1.30. Give them to every yr 9
Leds buy in 1000s
Software is free. Works well. Has limited graphics but a lot of others can use it
Can also use Micro:bit
Need right driver for each board
Other online options for buying resources: Gearbest, Ali express

Coding blocks to test, model and prototype
Started as 3d modelling but can use as online environment - linked into arduino
Circuits, lots of objects and connecting components
Can then code it to do the control. Uses blocky.
As you drag components in it gives you a seed of code
Can be learning about things but without the words of blowing physical things up
Scenario as evidence for Ncea can use snapshots into a one note
Circuit diagrams in a different environment
Seed diagram to decode them develop their own
Under there is a tutorial tab. Traffic light
In school garden developing devices for soil testing
Take off components and modules. Temperature sensors. A few cents a piece.
Batteries, rechargeable power pack made out of laptops old batteries. 

Mini greenhouse
Tki task building a greenhouse for windowsill
Temperature control, moisture unit
Detects when soil to dry, then pump water
Proposal pitch, design pitch,. Electronic environment for a years work. DT outcome in physics

Moisture detection probe
Cheap ones corrode
3d print a case for it. DDDO outcome
User magazine for micro:bit launched yesterday

Looking forward to Day 2!

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