Sunday, 15 July 2018

NZ MIE Expert Hui 2018 notes Day 2

My notes from Day 2 - great weekend with amazing educators.

Session 1 (via Skype) Sustainable Development Goals - Koen Timmers

Top 10 global teacher prize
Looking for things across cultures that make us all the same
Formal education focuses too much on knowledge
Lack of interaction. Need soft skills
Longer you go to school, the less creativity
"Teaching is neither necessary nor sufficient to produce learning" Jean Lave
Don't need a teacher to learn, we can learn by doing
Every child in UK gets a micro:bit
Students learn from each other. Collaborative learning important
Flipped learning by making tutorials and screen cast
Different ages, topics and schools have different needs
"A teacher is a pedagogical engineer who needs to apply the best learning approach to a specific situation."
Climate change and refugees. People getting fed up reading about these.
Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya
Skype lessons. Sent his own laptop to the camp and raised money and got solar panels and more laptops.
Free education by digital means. Not just subjects but connecting them with the opportunity to talk about culture, sport.
So much harder to send own laptop to camp than finding educators to do it for free.
SDGs while in India. Made by UN to make the world a better place.
Launched global education project
#teachsdgs - follow this
Create one video each week that was published each week, then learnt from other children. Used Skype.

Trips, got parents to change at home too
Project based, they choose what they were to learn that day.
Even without devices they could do. Made songs, danced.
More engaged when created own content
Real life learning
Learn global issues from students living in those areas
Use of Skype really important. Lots of Skype calls with experts, for example Celine Cousteau
Technology enhanced learning
Meaningful data
Use green screen to put them in new situations
VR units for same thing, google cardboard
Lego can be used to make stop motion videos
Lifeliqe holo lens free app offers 3d models
Malawi -  grow plants with 90% less water project
Meal worms can eat plastic
They learn a lot from each country when watching the videos

Minecraft in conjunction with free Windows virtual reality app
50 different countries collaborated on eco friendly world climate action project
Students need to move from learning to taking action.
Create mural
Need educators to take part
Sdg projects - Teachers need to exchange ideas
New exciting Innovation coming up that we can't say yet - but won't be far away - we got told and it's really exciting!!!
What can we do for change?
Join to get involved in new curriculum
Join project Kakuma
Make own project
More about shifting approach of learning. Focus on learning not on teaching.

Session 2 - Social Media for Educators - Pip Cleaves

Got to be careful online - some real blunders by others - check #hasjustinelandedyet
More than 50%of us use Social Media for teaching
Facebook, YouTube, Blogging, Medium, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Trip Advisor, Yelp, Snapchat, Tinder, Pinterest
30% use it to communicate with students
Defines who you are online. What is your brand? How am I going to appear online?

Highlight your expertise.
Make a nice header
Increases your credibility
Creates a more rounded image of you
Gives you another way to build relationships
Who are you?
How do you want to be perceived?
How will you leverage your expertise to build your reputation?
What are you going to talk about focus on content and conversation that adds value
Why are you participating in social media? What goals are you trying to achieve?
Where will you participate? Which networks?
How will you use Social Media to shape your brand?
@cpaterso Cameron - has twitter account for yr 9 history class
Posing questions to the world

Don't use it to vent
If your grandmother doesn't want to see it, it is probably not best to have it there.
LinkedIn current photo, areas of expertise.
If you are just getting started: read, like, retweet without comment, then with comment, then chat
Internal Yammer Set up profile within that space first
Newspaper Test - How would I feel if this ended up on the front page of the newspaper?
Whenever she friends someone on fb, check privacy settings and check after updates

Where to go to find good stuff?
Twitter chats
Medium, can follow topics, write blogs on phone
Tweet meet for #MSFTEduchat18 July about flip grid
Once in a hash tag you can get more sites to look at
Steph Westwood
Tools for keeping info you get:
One Note
OneDrive - can save links
Twitter Bookmarks

Pip then challenged us to turn ideas into action, by sharing, tweeting and following others.

There were then a range of sessions that we could choose from that were presented by MIE Experts form around the country and overseas. These are the ones I chose:

MIE Session 1 - Virtual Chemistry - Dr Michael Harvey

Realism - new app coming
Gamified 3d  science education platform
Wanted a NZ voice and now have 4alpha testers
Working on how to fit the app into the nz curriculum
Can't afford these things so have a virtual lab
Rocket lab, chemistry and can construct solid fuel rockets
Chem 2.1 and internal
Solution labs
Combining chemicals, more yr 9 and 10
Can see effects in real time
Titration lab
Access to acid and base solutions
Useful to do before a physical titration at school
Alkali metal simulation
Calorimetry lab
Classic Styrofoam cup

Once it is completed, is it for purchase? Not sure how it will roll out.
Can jump on board as beta testing

Minecraft could do some of that at middle school level.
Future would be fireworks lab with exciting electrons of various metals
2 sections, chemistry and rockets
Doing it theoretically in the computer first before doing in the lab.
Gamified with levels and questions, could do as a flipped classroom
Can see student scores in questions
Front end loaded with some content
Set a goal for the experiment and have a learning objective

We launched a rocket which was fun

MIE session 2 - Digital Tech - Carmen Kenton

Digital part of the nz curriculum that was reviewed.
Start off 2020
Focus now on teacher competence. 18 months to get our heads around the new digital curriculum
Differences between Hangarau matihiko and Digital technologies within the nz curriculum
Not the same
Exercise to do:
Carmen gave us a two sided paper. One side process outcomes for computational thinking, other side designing and developing digital outcomes
Which curriculum learning areas does the activity support?
Which progress outcomes best fits the activity?
Collecting pollen
Dance moves
Scavenger hunt
Kapa haka website
All from technology online website
She gave us lots of links to the Digital Tech curriculum

I presented a session on Learning at Haeata (and got an wonderful MIE backpack for doing it), then went to the last presenter session of the day.

MIE session 4 - Digital devices improving pedagogy and student writing performance - Ryan Higgins

Digital devices improving pedagogy and student writing performance
Using one note 2016 changing soon to online version
Little things working well
Modelling books, doing this digitally so people can keep using
Data is huge for change
Pd with external advisors - good to get another voice
Brainstorming ideas - ideas they are trialling in a one note
Broken down into : Use of tech. Engaging with pd. Teaching as inquiry. Modelling. Moderation. Home /school partnership
Inquiry ideas : Exemplars, Tech, Scaffolding vs writing, Analysis, Discussing ideas,Assessment
Using SOLO taxonomy
Knew where they were at before report came out
Used TKI exemplars for writing and students didn't like it so came up with they own.
Best form of exemplars come from students
One note notebook, Cloud storage and linked into teams
IPads used qr code for link on one drive
Making everything a sustainable system

Collaborative Project

The afternoon was given to working together on a Collaborative Project. They put us into groups of 3-4 and gave us this task:
Design a learning activity that: 
  • uses a single component of the ‘Computational Thinking Model’  
  • applies this component to one ‘Sustainable Development Goal’ 
  • produce a learning activity using the template in your Collaborative OneNote. 
  • Record a 90 sec video describing your learning activity idea.  

Our group used the following:
Computational Thinking and Sustainable Development Focus Area 
Computational Thinking Component: Decomposition
Sustainable Development Goal: Biodiversity
Specific Sustainable Development Specific Goal 
Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna (animals) and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products 

We designed some activities and shared these with the group, including a very entertaining Flipgrid video!
It was a fantastic weekend. I came away with some great ideas and a lot more knowledge especially around Computational Thinking and the Sustainability Development Goals.

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