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  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 13 Jun 2017 10:43am () in Robotics for Intermediate

    Kia ora Lynne,

    I am a facilitator with the Connected Learning Advisory, which is a free service to state and state-integrated schools and kura. If you lodge a query with us, we will be able to support your research into robotics kits for your Intermediate. You can do this online here, or by phoning 0800 700 400.

    Ngā mihi,


  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 05 May 2017 2:14pm () in Sharing Aurasma videos

    Hi Heather,

    I've seen some great uses of Aurasma in classes. This blogpost from Richard Wells gives a good overview. If this doesn't quite address your questions, I can think of a couple of other teachers to put you in touch with.

    Good luck!


  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 28 Nov 2016 2:51pm () in Individual Learning Plans ILP

    Kia ora Tim,

    As you say, it seems as though quite a few primary schools who are well down the track with ILPs / personalised learning / learner agency are making good use of digital platforms (I've specifically seen the Google Suite in action, Sites in particular).

    There are number of schools who are thinking about ePortfolios too. I've just started to collate a few resources (mostly from Enabling eLearning at this stage) if you'd like some ideas.

    And Tessa's right, this is definitely something the Connected Learning Advisory can help you to explore further.

    I've got some experience of using Edmodo in senior secondary classes, but I'm not entirely sure this is quite what you're after. Edmodo, Google Classroom, and their ilk are more LMS-like.

  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 16 Sep 2016 2:12pm () in FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections

    Kia ora koutou,

    I've been continuing to think and reflect over the past few weeks as these posts have been added (thank you), and I can't help but think this notion of making horizontal connections is of particular relevance, and even challenge, to secondary schools. How might we break down the subject silos to encourage authentic, genuine connections between subject areas, and then to take this beyond the borders of school and into the community, wider society, and the world?

    It seems to be that innovations afforded by inquiry-based learning could be harnessed. I'm thinking here about one of my obsessions, design thinking, as well as passion or impact projects. I've written here about why I think design thinking is powerful to use in an education context. And I've also enjoyed this clip from Albany Senior High School about their impact projects.

    I can't help but think that when we empower students to inquire into an area of particular interest to them, with the intention of creating something meaningful and authentic, then we will support learning that is underpinned by the 7 principles.


  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 12 Sep 2016 12:05pm () in FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections

    Kia ora Tessa,

    I think you raise a really good point here about digital citizenship. And I think this is an useful adjunct to our conversations here about building horizontal connections.

    Over the weekend, I read this blogpost from Common Sense Education - linked from Twitter by Karen Spencer of NetSafe - about how an assembly and a zero-tolerance policy just isn't enough. Admittedly, the post is about cybersafety rather than digital citizenship per se, but I wonder if some schools don't have a similar attitude to the one described by the writer. Namely, that students sign an acceptable or responsible user agreement, the teacher delivers some one-off lessons, and so that's digital citizenship "done" for the year.

    I wonder how we might see digital citizenship as an ongoing conversation. I wonder how this conversation might support or even amplify horizontal connections. For example, I wonder if an inquiry into what it means to be a participating and active citizen could be quite powerful and authentic. And I wonder how we might also develop these conversations about digital citizenship and horizontal learning by folding digital fluency into the discussion.


  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 02 Sep 2016 12:15pm () in FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections

    Kia ora Barrie and LEARNZ

    I agree that authentic context is absolutely key to building horizontal connections - particularly when these spring out of learners' own questions, wonderings and curiosity. LEARNZ is a fantastic resource to bring the outside world in, and to showcase what is possible when we are connected.

    I wonder what other schools are doing to foster authentic contexts for learner inquiries?

  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 26 Aug 2016 10:44am () in FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections

    Kia ora Matt,

    Thank you for sharing this story of your Year 11 Science class. I think it provides an excellent example of what is possible when we look for genuine connections between our learning areas. Increasingly, in my personal opinion, senior secondary courses should be looking for these opportunities. After all, outside of school, we don't knowingly switch from our 'Maths brain' to our 'English brain' at predetermined, scheduled points in the day, our skills and knowledge are integrated and brought to bear on the task at hand, as required.

  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 16 Aug 2016 2:53pm () in FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections

    Tēnā koutou katoa,

    I'm Philippa and I work with the Connected Learning Advisory and am based in wonderful Wellington, like Tony. I'm 18 months out of the classroom, where I have a background as a secondary school English teacher, Head of Department, and eLearning Leader.

    A driving educational passion of mine is design thinking. I've explored various contexts in which design thinking can be used, including in a Year 8 English classroom, as a basis for professional learning and professional learning facilitation, and with school leaders. (If you'd like to know more about design thinking, or explore some resources, this bucket in Pond should help.)

    There are so many aspects to design thinking that excite me, and I could do a full-on rant, but in the interests of time and, well, possibly other people's interests, I'll condense it to two things: developing empathy, and its ability to offer authentic, trans-disciplinary learning. Hence my mentioning it here. This blogpost is one of a series I wrote earlier in the year, and talks more about the "why" of design thinking.

    I look forward to connecting with others on this topic and to hear your thoughts.

  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 07 Jul 2016 11:49am () in SMS - LMS etc.

    Kia ora koutou,

    The Connected Learning Advisory has very recently published this guide on Managing Student Data that may be of use to you. They could also help you to evaluate and consider your school's needs around an SMS and LMS.

    Ngā mihi

  • Philippa Nicoll Antipas 24 Jun 2016 10:42am () in New ways to reimagine PLD in 2016

    I agree, Tessa, offering blended synchronous and asynchronous tools for professional learning can be powerful. It can give a variety of ways to contribute voice. I think the key is finding a few useful tools that work for people's preferred ways of learning. For example, I know Twitter floats my boat but hate Facebook for these kinds of conversations - and I'm sure there are people out there for whom it is the exact opposite! Just like our school learners, considering Universal Design for Learning and giving different ways to access and create knowledge, is important.