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    June 19 Southwell School 
    9.00 - 3.00

    Ultrafast broadband is changing the potential choices for Secondary Schools. This emerging landscape day is planned to help schools 
    explore where they might be as learning organisations in the near future.  Presenters from around the country will assist as the group look to investigate this landscape together.

    Some of the opportunities include

    Registered Teacher Criteria, Ronja Skandera, Kathy Paterson Online Spaces - Google Docs in Secondary environment with Mark Callagher
    1. Outline school approach at HGHS
    2. Rationale behind staff using an e-portfolio for RTC
    3. PRT using e-portfolios
    4. What expectations there are of staff and what time factors arise
    5. Potential for student expertise to be shared with teachers
    6. Critical Inquiry and RTC
    7. Evidence to support Professional Learning via e-portfolios
    8. GETTING PRACTICAL - Log on to e-portfolio (featured tool www.myportfolio.school.nz)
    9. Learn how to copy RTC templates
    10. Play
    11. See samples of student work – what can students do? Where to from here?
    The most popular technology on the planet should also be the most popular in your school. Google, the undisputed leader in free web tools, offers schools the most exciting and affordable ways of creating a collaborative learning environment. Tools such as Gmail, Google docs, forms, presentations, sites, calendars, blogger and more can create a foundation for whole-school collaboration and innovation.

    In this presentation Mark will be sharing how the implementation of Google Apps at Wellington College in a very short time has allowed for increased student engagement, collaboration and inquiry along with providing more opportunities to implement blended e-learning approaches. You will also see results of how these tools have dramatically improved communication across a whole school community along with decreasing workloads for teaching and administration staff.

    Note: This presentation will include examples of student, teacher work including NCEA internal assessment sample work.

    BYOD  - agents of change - Claire Amos -Epsom Girls Grammar Digital Citizenship - Social media - Student Management -Mervyn Cook, Dave Winter
    In the presentation Claire will be sharing Epsom Girls Grammar School ‘s journey through the introduction of BYOD and how EGGS has used Teaching as Inquiry to construct e-learning action plans to ensure the focus remained on the teaching and learning rather than the tools!

    In the second year of  their ICT PD contract all teaching staff  at EGGS undertook a Teaching as Inquiry project, developing e-learning action plans to ensure the focus was on teaching and learning (desired student outcomes rather than the ICT). Now in the third year of their contract  they have further developed this model, but this time aiming to bring together thinking, differentiation, collaboration and ICT tools and strategies.
    The importance of developing a Digital Citizenship Policy The process of developing and implementing a DC program and policy and why it is important to link it in to the school charter. Improving student digital literacy and how this is connected to digital citizenship. How Social media is impacting on classroom teaching and learning, and the pace of change in social learning. together we will look at examples and approaches to this. What are the practises that will help out in our schools and classrooms.

    Claire Amos
    Claire Amos is the Director of e-learning at Epsom Girls Grammar School. In 2010 Claire held the position of Auckland Secondary English Facilitator at Team Solutions at the University of Auckland. Claire has taught English for 15 years in a range of secondary schools. In 2009 Claire was a Ministry of Education e-fellow for which she undertook a study of how ICTs can be used to support literacy in and beyond the English classroom. 

    Mark Callagher

    An experienced teacher of High School History, Mathematics, and Digital Technology (Web Design). In the last 3 years (2009-2011) Mark held the position of E-Learning Director at Wellington College, during which time he managed the implementation of the schools's highly successful Moodle eLearning Site (MyColl) along with their shift to Google Apps and a number of other cloud-based tools.

    Over the last two years he have been invited to present to and run workshops at a number of schools throughout New Zealand on how Moodle, Google Apps, eTV and other eLearning tools can be successfully implemented to enhance school-wide communication, collaboration and student learning.

    In 2008 Mark was a Ministry of Education e-Fellow. During the year I researched how student interactivity can be enhanced through the use of a blended learning approach and sought to discover how students could become more engaged in their learning when offered an environment that encouraged interaction and collaboration  

    Mervyn Cook 

    Music Teacher and Director of e-Learning at Hillcrest High School. Mervyn is passionate about discovering and implementing teaching and learning strategies which utilise emerging technology, and how teaching and learning in the classroom is evolving.


    Dave Winter

    Dave is addicted to learning and wanting to play his part as education reinvents itself for the 21st Century. Daves played a role in the establishment of the HEDon educational trust. He is project director for the ConnectED Regional Cluster and Dean of e-learning at Southwell School. He has facilitated workshops on change, 1:1, google apps, visual language, literacy and thinking.

    Dave was a 2011 Core education efellow and a Google Certified Teacher.

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    The aim of this open meeting is to provide face to face, flexible and interesting forums to explore and learn together.

    The meeting is designed so that you can dip in and out of different discussions and presentations, so far the meeting is covering aspects of the Starting the year right, Ipad Share up, Google docs for learning,  e-asttle and more ... As the sessions are flexible, you do not need to allocate and book sessions though you do need to register.

    Southwell School Performing Arts Center

    Near the front of the school coming off Peachgrove Road.

    The Programme 
    4.15 Mix and mingle Topic Check-up
    4.30 Introduction  
    4.45 Table Round 1
    5.35 Table Round 2
    6.30 Networking for those who want to stay
  • Personalised and Formative

    There are a lot of places on the web that will help students build Number knowledge and basic facts recollection. 


    Sites like Xtra Math offer a few keen advantages.

    • It is intelligent enough to help develop what students don’t know; personalising their learning
    • It focuses on what basic math facts students can recall, not what they can calculate. Three seconds is a carefully selected compromise that is long enough that a relatively slow typist can enter a recalled answer, and short enough so that most finger-counted responses are not erroneously considered fluent. If you increase the interval then you are no longer measuring fluency.
    • It is able to manage a class of students calling each in turn to participate.
    • It is able to help in the communication with parents and provide formative information for parents
    • It has class email updates
    • It comes at no cost although donations are welcome


    Have established this now and will begin adding students soon 
    Here is the teacher overview video if you want a look.

    Getting Started with XtraMath -- for Teachers from XtraMath on Vimeo.

  • Does the use of ICT and other 21st Century tools enhance the learning of students of foreign languages ?