uLearn16 Preparation

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Before uLearn15 I took some time to synthesise lots of information about the conference and found it quite helpful for developing some more prior knowledge in order to get more out of the conference. This is just a post to process some of the prior information about the keynotes and key threads to get me in the zone. I’m doing this in a self-beneficial way but something might be interesting here – the preparation for ulearn16 post that Anne Kenneally put together is a much better general audience resource.

Key Themes

  • Connect: Sharing knowledge and ideas
  • Collaborate: Working together and developing relationships
  • Innovate: Innovation and sustainability

Conference Strands

In the lead up to the conference I found reading Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching: A New Zealand perspective extremely insightful. It contextualises the shifting paradigms of education and sets forth emerging principles to…

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Growing digital smarts? Check our biases…

karen spencer

‘Tis the night before the #edchatnz conference and I am mulling over the session I am hoping to facilitate…

It’s been just over a month since I joined NetSafe as their new Director of Education, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting my head around a ‘same but different’ view window on education. The ‘same’ being broad, effective understandings around learning, curriculum, digital technologies, online spaces and professional development. The field feels very familiar. The ‘different’ includes spotlights on cybersafety research, wellbeing and how digital citizenship aligns with future-focused ideas related to learning, but also law, crime and community norms.

12640239264_ae3e5b7a05_zOf great interest is the strong focus on how interventions in the online environment are unlikely to be effective without the direct and regular involvement of young people and their whānau/families.

Seems kinda obvious, of course. And yet.

While there are some great pockets of practice around, there is still a strong bias in places towards assumptions…

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