Monday, July 16, 2012

PLD - The Treaty of Waitangi (A Brief History of...)

DURATION: 35 mins

Presented by Terri Kessell

NZ History: The Treaty of Waitangi

Waitangi Tribunal Claim:

Terri presented a brief history of the TOW.
Comparison between English and Maori versions - controversy over sovereignty vs kawanatanga
Pressure for land sales
Confiscation and resale - violation of article 2

Friday, July 13, 2012

The 100,000-student classroom

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom | Video on

Seems simple and obvious enough, but is actually revolutionary and should be seen by teachers as the next evolution of their practice (for some year levels!).

Creating Educational Games of Real Value

What’s the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game? | Doug Woods:

Doug Woods discusses the key features of an educational game, referring to a study which identified intrinsic teaching, assessment and reward as key to ensuring students engage with the material, rather than extrinsic examples, which often fails to engage students and didn't return the same success in the studies conducted.

As a Digital Technology teacher, I will use this when students are required to build their educational games using Kodu. Students will be asked to build a game with educational value, which can teach a younger student an educational outcome (e.g. basic arithmetic, geography).

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Open World

Openness, as defined by Don Tapscott in the inspirational TED Talk below,  is about collaboration, transparency, sharing and empowerment, and its dominant place in the modern and future worlds is indisputable.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Māori Language Week Coming Soon

Māori Language Week homepage - Kōrero Māori

23rd - 29th of July. Check out the resources on the site above for great ideas of what to do during the week.

I'll be downloading these resources and using them with my Year 8 students. I will also share them with my colleagues so they can use them too.

Tino pai!!

Bullying Surveys for Schools

New Wellbeing@School website.

In my opinion, we will never rid schools/life of bullies or bullying. It's a part of human nature and as such will always rear its ugly head when the rate of human interaction is high (e.g. in schools). Since we cannot eliminate it, we must teach students methods for dealing with it in a timely fashion, and part of that involves identifying where and when students feel unsafe. The survey tools on the Wellbeing@school website look to provide an effective way of identifying patterns within schools so that the schools can deal swiftly with problems related to students well-being. I hope to use this great technology soon.

How to Type a Macron - Maori words

How to Type a Macron:

Anybody want to know how to type macrons in HTML? This website tells you the code which makes it happen on screen. Useful for writing Māori words which require macrons.

Junior high school students trailing behind

Junior high school students trailing behind - report - National - NZ Herald News

This article made me question how well I understand the work being done within the English department at Years 9 and 10 in my school. As a junior high school we cover Years 7 -10, so it is both particularly important and (should be) particularly easy for me to understand the pathway that students follow from Years 7 - 10 at my school (for English), yet I couldn't say with certainty what that pathway is.

To amend this, I will endeavour to contact members of the English department to gather details with respect to this, so that I can clearly see the literacy pathway for my Year 8 class heading into Year 9.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Leading Learning in the 21st Century

The NZCER's recent publication 'Swimming out of Our Depth' outlines the possible features of a 21st century school's approach to professional learning and development, by looking at the professional learning environment that school leaders should be fostering for their teaching staff. It identifies the current widespread situation for many teachers, whereby they do not themselves have the necessary skills required of a 21st century learner, largely as a result of having not learnt that way when doing their own schooling. As a result, they may fail to produce the 'lifelong learners' that we should be aiming for in our students. The report looks at the approaches of three quite different schools to developing a professional learning environment for their staff and finds that, in these three cases, certain key features need to be developed in order for the schools to truly be 'learning communities'.