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  • Andrew 26 Feb 2014 6:18pm () in Whakatu Marae Visit

    Also, I was disappointed with my own mihi.

    Maybe we can do this more.


  • Andrew 26 Feb 2014 6:07pm () in Whakatu Marae Visit

    I thought it was a great day, one I have been wanting for a long time. All of Whakatu cluster teaching staff at the marae together. Also good to put ourselves 'out there' and deliver a mihi to our peers. It was instructive to see 'where we all were' with that part of our cultural journey.

    I also enjoyed listening to Angus and would like to hear more.


    I went back and reviewed "Ka Hikitia" and was delighted to find a phrase to take away and link  back to it. "The power of colaboration"


  • Andrew 21 Nov 2011 10:13pm () in Teacher's Website of the day

    Hey, good idea Renne.



    I'll promote it at Stoke. I think it would be good for contributors as well as for 'people searching'


    add "Poisson Rouge"  from  me!


  • Andrew 20 Nov 2011 10:43pm () in How do you think our cluster project has gone?

    Many great comments.

    Many good people.

    I too have enjoyed being a part of the Lead teacher group and have learnt many things along the way. Upskilling in the web2 world; Listening to and meeting great thinkers/speakers (and then realising that we have them here, around us all the time); watching people take on leadership roles and presenter roles. Noticing that people in the group have done things that fly in the face of the conventional; that they have stood their ground against the naysayers or the simply scared or the mainstream thought. They are also prepared to continue this work. That will be in part at least because there has been leadership and support for difference.

    There are also certainly people who have not been part of the lead teacher group who would have much to contribute to the wider ICT development. We will need to work to bring them together.

    Reflecting back, I think we had good numbers involved at the first ULearn which provided an impetus that lasted throughout the 3 years. We listened speakers of reknown. We were prepared to try what we tried. We did well. ... I know that others at Stoke School have moved along the pathway and are more prepared to try things out. We have had a good outcome.

  • Andrew 09 Mar 2011 12:07pm () in Whakatu Cluster Discussion

    Thanks Che.

  • Andrew 24 Mar 2011 11:41am () in Digital Citizenship

    I agree with Anna, Kellie and others in believing in their being no difference between traditional citizenship and digital citizenship. History is littered with people who did ethically "bad" things in private before the advent of the digital age. it is no surprise that people continue to do the same with a new digital opportunity in a new digital envirtonment.

    We do need to continue educating children (and adults) about citizenship wherever we come across issues that need addressing, whether that is in a digital context or in a traditional setting.

  • Andrew 24 Mar 2011 12:27pm () in Digital Citizenship

    Future for citizenship? Gaming.

    If a person chooses to enter a game in a digital or online environment, they should expect the consequences to match the game. A car race game, you win or lose. A war game you "die".  If you don't like a game you have the choice to leave it, in the same way you would leave a bar/movie/concert/campground/riot/battlefield/country that you didn't like. Of course you will waste a lot of time and possibly become addicted to the game in the same way that alcohol, power, nictotine, adrenaline ... addict us all within the real world. 

    If we let people know this then they will be forewarned at least.

    That must be what education is and why it was created in the first place?????

  • Andrew 24 Mar 2011 12:05pm () in Digital Citizenship

    We also need to think about the ethical continuum that people exist on.

    There are people who apparently have no moral or ethical thoughts.

    Machiavelli's ideas about "the ends justify the means" have been used for all sorts of nefarious projects.

    Some people will think about the ethics of making certain choices and some people will make choices without ever considering ethical or moral decisions.

    A person could outwardly agree to act within the rules of a given society/country/council/governmant/school/workplace/family, but at the same time be planning to abuse those same rules. They may even give no thought to acting in a "negative way" because to them, their decision is not negative.

    This puts us in the position of creating rules for people to live by that those same people may not believe in.

    Once, a group could banish/censure/kill/ostracise a person from their group but this is very difficult/impossible to do with the digital/internet/web/mobile scene.

    Then, once it is defined and governed and legislated for, it must be policed.

    I don't think chaos should reign, just thinking of how it appears to be from my perspective.


  • Andrew 31 Mar 2011 1:16pm () in Digital Curriculum

    Yes, I tend to agree with you Michael, in that the traditional curriculum tended to be set...as a course... for (all) others to follow along. Whereas there are many opportunities for individuals to follow their own learning path.

    I'm sure this has philosophical / educational / managerial problems for us all to overcome as well as exciting learning conditions for us to experience.

  • Andrew 31 Mar 2011 1:20pm () in Digital Curriculum

    Hey, I like the three aspects of learning that you promote in your post above Emma; and that these should be embedded into education, schools, teaching and learning.