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Started by Tessa Gray 27 Jun 2013 10:48am () Replies (17)

What does an unconference, open space meeting or open space technology mean?

Essentially it’s a method of running meetings where the agenda/content is decided on the day by participants. Some informal rules often apply to face-to-face meetings, such as:

Whoever comes are the right people

Whatever happens is the only thing that could have

We’re going to borrow these ideas, add a few of our own and meet informally, next Wednesday, 3 July, 3.45-4.45pm in Blackboard Collaborate. You're all welcome!

Unconference flier

So far, we have 7 presenters confirmed (more to come) with presentation ideas such as:

  • Flexible learning timetables - students opt into learning sessions, using devices used to support their learning [Anne Kenneally, BeL facilitator]
  • Psychology with yr 12 and yr 13 classes {Gaye Bloomfield, Nayland College]
  • E-Learning used to promote both individualised learning and collaborative teaching – through the use of Dropbox, class wiki, Edmodo, Apple TV and plasma [Rachael Baker, Clevedon School]
  • TeachMeetNZ – a virtual unconference where teachers from around the globe share their practice [Sonya Van Schaijik, Newmarket School]
  • Video (and Google apps) used to capture evidence in PE lessons (1.5 in level 1 NCEA PE). Google forms used for individual reflections, the data then analysed and shown as a graphical representation. [Tim Gander, Gisborne Boys High]
  • Valuable iPad resources – all in one site [on behalf of Allanah King, BeL facilitator]
  • Year 2 students using Padlet - individually and collaboratively in their virtual classroom. [Claire Francis, St Mark's Church School]

You don’t have to register, simply click this link to join on Wednesday afternoon:


Even if you don’t want to share, you may have some ideas of your own to add to conversations. Audience participation and interaction is highly valued in this unconference. See you there!


Links to further reading
Anatomy of an Open Space event


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 3:28pm ()

    We are pleased to announce, we have confirmed presenters for tomorrow's unconference and their names have been put into this online random shuffler. This is the order of presenters for tomorrow: 

    Random name shuffler

    Love to see you there!

    Thank you Sonya Van Schaijik for the idea Smile

  • Anne Kenneally  (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 8:07pm ()

    Woohoo.... Loving the random shuffler!  Very very excited to be part of this tomorrow!  Thanks so much for opportunity!!!

  • Vanitha Govini (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 4:23pm ()

    Kia ora Tessa, I would love to join this very valuable unconference, but I am attending a seminar at University of Auckland on formative assessment during that time. I am wondering if it is being recorded so that I could follow up later. Thanks for organising this amazing experience.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 8:42pm ()

    Kia ora Vanitha, yes the recording will become available in the Enabling e-Learning Recordings linkSmile

  • Vanitha Govini (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 8:49pm ()

    Thanks Tessa. It seems to be too good to miss.Smile

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 6:04pm ()

    Can't wait - see you all there! 

  • Tim Gander (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 8:03pm ()

    Number 2 on the randomizer!!  Exciting! See you all tomorrow Smile

  • Justine Hughes (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2013 10:28pm ()

    Gutted to be missing this but thrilled to know it's going to be recorded!!Smile

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 04 Jul 2013 1:34pm ()

    A big huge THANK YOU to all our wonderful guest presenters in yesterday’s very first UNCONFERENCE webinar. This couldn’t have happened without the generous time given to plan, prepare and present – all for our benefit.

    Thank you again to:

    Rachael Baker for her many ideas on how to mentor students to become self-regulated learners through the use of ICTs. Loads of gold in this presentation, which impressed many viewers yesterday. You can access Rachael's presentation here and find out more by visiting her wiki.

    Screenshot of webinar

    Tim Gander Tim Gander who has shown us a powerful process for secondary students to reflect on their learning using video and Google apps. The visual interpretation of the graphs, was very powerful tool for all learners. Participants were excited about this potential for this process to enrich learning. You can access Tim's presentation here and read about the process in his blog links: http://bit.ly/VjA7uN and http://bit.ly/14VkARF.


    Sonya talking Sonya Van Schaijik for her support of this UNCONFERENCE webinar and for sharing TeachMeetNZ - another powerful way for teachers to connect and learn from each other online. Sonya amazed us with her journey to help lead learning online for NZ educators. You can access Sonya's presentation here.


    Claire's Padlet


    Claire Francis for sharing her with us her students using web 2.0 tools like Padlet and Wordle to brainstorm/collate/create new ideas into new learning. Claire’s Ultranet web space shares a bit more of the magic she is helping to weave in her classroom.


    Anne Kenneally

    Anne Kenneally for sharing her vision and progress for creating flexible learning spaces and timetables - that reflect an effective e-learning pedagogy in the classroom. Anne inspired us to 'dream it, believe it and make it happen'. You can access Anne's presentation here.


    Gaye talking Gaye Bloomfield for sharing how her yr12 and 13 students can collaborate and act on their learning - using a variety of web based tools in her psychology classes. Again a secondary focus was well appreciated and as one person said, “Gaye’s website was amazing”. You can see for yourself with Gaye's links: http://gayebloomfield.blogspot.co.nz/ and http://naylandpsych.weebly.com. 

    Enjoy these presentations, and please feel free to contact these inspiring leaders for more informal support.

    For the full recording of the session, click here.

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 04 Jul 2013 6:47pm ()

    What a fantastic unconference it was Tessa! Well done to you and to all the presenters who gave their time and energy to presenting. : ) 

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 10 Sep 2014 11:22am ()

    This afternoon we're gearing up for another LIVE WEBINAR open/unconference event, starts 3.45-4.45pm. It was a hit last year and we're offering this informal event again this year. 


    No need to register, simply click on the following url to access the webinar.


    We've spun the Random shuffler again and pleased to announce the following presenters, in order are:

    Random shuffle order

    1. Anne Kenneally (LwDT Facilitator) - Connect with others, learn and share
    2. Jamie L'Huillier (Dilworth Rural Campus) - Google Edu environments
    3. Nicole Jenkins (The Cathedral Grammar School) - TVs, iPads and student reflection in a New Entrant classroom
    4. Miel Maclean (Hillcrest Normal School) - Supporting priority learners in literacy using digital devices
    5. Annemarie Hyde (Mokoia Intermediate) - The computer language of coding
    6. Cathie Stenhouse (Tauhara primary School) - Qr codes and Educreations
    A big huge thank you to our guests who have volunteered for this afternoon. We couldn't run an unconference without you!

    Can't wait to see what transpires. See you there! Smile

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 11 Sep 2014 1:44pm ()

    Having an unconference like yesterday’s event was very timely and relevant - in light of new developments in professional learning around:

    • networked organisations
    • technological influences
    • responsive PLD

    References to 6. Building regional capability through collaboration from The Future-focused learning in connected communities report , show during this live event, we as an educational community were:

    • investing in local and regional networks to create, foster and spread innovative practice
    • clustering and pooling resources to address common issues/trends locally and wider afield
    • celebrating leaders in our schools - who are proactive about building networks and being professionally visible online

    Feedback from one participant reads, I really enjoyed the Unconference webinar, more frequently than once yearly, would be fantastic!  We can certainly aim for that next year!

    So, a big thank you to all of our guest presenters, who can now download a Presenter’s badge to add to their profiles in recognition of their mentorship online.


    Highlights from the webinar include:

    imageAnne Kenneally (LwDT Facilitator) - Connect with others, learn and share

    Anne couldn’t be with us for the whole time due to connection issues, but the main thrust is about the potential for online professional learning networks/connections/resources for responsive professional learning. Links in Anne’s presentation can be found in this shared Google doc.

    Jamie L'Huillier Jamie L’Huillier (Dilworth Rural Campus) - Google Edu environments 

    Jamie shared the processes at Dilworth Rural Campus for enabling their students to become digital learners in a 1:1 iPad scheme. 'Leveling up' through the profiles models GAMIFICATION and encourages their young boys to manage self and show responsibility for appropriate and effective use/management of digital tools. Managing time, managing distractions, managing what you want to share socially online “Managing the Electric fence and the pot of gold.” Links in Jamie’s presentation can be found in this shared Google doc.

    Editing pictures Nicole Jenkins - (The Cathedral Grammar School) - TVs, iPads and student reflection in a New Entrant classroom

    Nicole shared a variety of ways she has used a TV and iPad to display junior work and enable students to reflect on their own learning and the learning of others in the classroom. Such as; editing images, feedback on handwriting, as well as showing their writing books and using the pointer to read their stories to the rest of the class. Nice visible ways to profile students work for feedback were shared in this presentation.

    Miel Maclean Miel Maclean - (Hillcrest Normal School) - Supporting priority learners in literacy using digital devices

    Miel shared how her students are using a variety of e-tools to express themselves about their new learning through Educreations. More specific examples and web links in Miel’s presentation, can be found in this shared Google doc.

    Annemarie Hyde

    Annemarie Hyde - (Mokoia Intermediate) - The computer language of coding 

    Annemarie shares how coding is like...learning to write the web. Our learners need to not just be ‘users of the web’, but ‘designers of the web’ too. This initiative at Mokoia Intermediate has started off with ‘teaching’ Minecraft within an Arts rotation programme. Coding uses literacy and numeracy skills, as well as develop collaborative, co-constructive skills. 

    As a result, they have since found normally disengaged students, have become self-moderated learners through coding/gaming. Annemarie also shared her coding programmes/tools and these can also be found in the Google doc.

     Cathie StenhouseCathie Stenhouse - (Tauhara primary School) - Qr codes and Educreations

    Cathie shared how she accesses QR codes that already exist (Pinterest etc) for her students to engage with - in literacy and art-based learning challenges. All of Cathie’s QR links can also be found in this shared Google doc.

    This is a quick summary, for more details watch the recording of this unconference, by clicking on the link.

  • Steph Kitto (View all users posts) 11 Sep 2014 8:31pm ()

    Thank you Tessa for organising the Webinar. I had to rush away after the webinar so didn't get a chance to fill in the feedback form - (I've just checked the shared google doc and couldn't see a link).

    Anyway, I thought it was great and I agree that it would be fantastic if it were a regular event.  I'm really keen to have a go at sharing next time, now I know how it all works.  Cathie's presentation on QR  codes was really interesting and as a result I have lots of ideas I'm keen to try in my own class.

    Thanks again, Steph Kitto Smile

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 15 Sep 2014 12:57pm ()

    Thanks Steph for your feedback, the actual form for further webinar feedback can be found here: /pg/groupcms/view/187645/

    I'm so thrilled to hear you're keen to share next time. We can defintiely make these informal events a regular occurrence. Who better to share innovative ideas, than innovative teachers? Cool

  • Cathiesten (View all users posts) 15 Sep 2014 5:37pm ()

    hi Tessa, having cut my teeth on last week's unconference, I would love to share again... Extensions of the same topics or something completely different!

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