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Community pānui: Around the virtual watering hole March 2019

Kia ora, here's the latest summary of conversations happening across Ngā Kiriahi for the start of 2019. What kaupapa have you been engaging with? What new ideas have you gathered and/or trialed as a result of the pīkau (online courses) or ahikaroa (meet ups). What questions do you have? We'd love to hear more, as we grow this learning community together.

Please note: To contribute to the following discussions, you will first need to be a member of the group hosting that discussion thread.

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How do you learn best? Are you more like Mahuika or Māui? and Maui or Mahuika We're reflecting on how we each learn best. Which are you? Will this change as you engage further into the programme?

Māori Medium

Ki tā te Māori tirohanga, he aha ngā pūmanawa o Māui rāua ko Mahuika? Hei tā Pania Reiri-Smith, ko ngā tino pūmanawa o "Mahuika - He mareikura, he wahine tipua. I a ia ngā maruāpō ki tā tērā o te kaipoipoi, o te kaiwhakaaweawe, o te katoa o te whare tangata." He aha hoki ō whakaaro mō te tipua nei? He wānanga rawe tēnei e haere ana, piri mai.

Me pēhea te whakamatariki ki ngā tohutohu māmā ki te hanga hātepe mō te papatono rorohiko? E mea ana a Haley Stewart, "He rawe te mahi, he māmā ngā whakamārama hoki.  He pai te whitiata o te momo papa tono i te hākoritanga. Ka wani kē rātou." He aha kē tā koutou ki te whakamatariki i ngā tohutohu māmā ki te hanga hātepe mō te papatono rorohiko? Ka tino whaihua tō whakawhānui i ngā kōrero e iri nei. Haere mai rā!

English Medium

What excites and concerns you about teaching Digital Technologies?
 Clive Francis reflects that students, learning about and creating with DT | HM could shine in ways that were was previously not possible, but worries that teachers may not have the time, expertise or resources to implement. What do you think?

What aspects of computational thinking do you recognise in what you are already teaching? Give one... Teachers are sharing just how much computational thinking already happens classrooms everyday. 

I was surprised, now that I understand what computational thinking is, how much I apply it in every day life and situations. It's about following logical problem solving routes to make solutions easier, like getting a class to the library, or sorting them into groups. Adam Alexander 

Years 1-6: Feel free to share your experiences of teaching DDDO - the good, bad or ugly. Gerard MacManus blows us away with some very useful and entertaining design options in response to real world contexts and issues. Tip: Look out for the rat trap still frame animation movie!

The Sorting Network Activity and Sorting Network: Viv Hall share some ideas when using the sorting network activity and and Tracy Henderson illustrates the concept that 'decomposition' happens in each rectangle demonstrating how computers can only compare one thing at a time, yet can be programmed to do some complex tasks. Have you used this activity yet? How did it go?

Virtual realityVR and AR: Is this something students can produce? Clive Francis adds another perspective to AR and VR, that we should consider providing students with the tools and skills needed to create (rather than just consume) AR/VR experiences and that the option available are not necessarily complicated or expensive. What do you think? Creating and/or consuming, where does this technology fit into learning?

Have you seen students engaging with some form of programming? Razmi Pal and Viv Hall share how their students are programming using Beebots and Scratch. Viv also shared an iPad related coding programme, Daisy the Dinosaur. How are your students programming, share your plugged or unplugged ideas here.

DDDO or CT: Members have been commenting on Jo Fothergill's observation about designing and developing digital outcomes with limited resources for younger students. Is this a reality in your school?

Enjoyed going through the Module and discussion. I have been doing STEAM projects with students and incorporated some of the electronic stuff. However, DDDO & PO became much clearer as I went through the videos & discussion. I like the idea of sharing resources. Thanks for sharing the websites and examples. Kamrul Jajil 

The Beebot Junior adventure: An engaging junior example of CT and DDDO using Beebots and a 3D printer. What feedback would give these students from Rāwhitii School if you could?

Design thinking and hangarau matihiko in a kura kaupapa setting
: Check out the students from Te Kura o Matapihi are thinking, designing and creating using digital technologies in very innovative ways. Has something inspired you?

What will schools look like in the future?
 Keep an eye out as we continue to upload videos to inspire and challenge our thinking about the digital age we live in and the implications on education. Feel free to share these videos with your colleagues and add more as you find them. Fairy tales

Computer science concepts as told through fairy tales: Algorithms are just step by step instructions, stories can be used to illustrate computer science concepts. Have you used stories in this way of know of other resources to share?

Ethics and morality of AI
: Tony Caines asks, will we examine the ethic and morality of AI algorithms in policy as well as the functions? The debate about the effects of technology on humanity in a digital age is an important conversation to have. You thoughts?

Best robotic kits for beginners
: Clive Francis shares a useful guide from Enabling e-Learning on considerations when selecting products to support DT & HM. Any other recommendations?

Learning with the internet of things
: In this example shared from Technology Online, students at Bradford Primary School describe how they used their new knowledge in electronics to solve problems in their school. How clever are these students?



Unanswered discussions


How do you learn best, like Māui or Mahuika? Feel free to show some manaakitanga (support) and dive into any one of these unanswered discussion posts, you might even like to start your own.


Ways of learningAyngel Henry: I think I am a mixture of both ways of learning Maui & Mahuika I like to get a good insight of what it is asking of my students but also being playful, getting into the subject straight away.

Pīkau 01Olwyn Johnston shares how we all have aspects of both [Māui and Mahuika) depending on the task and the environment. Right I'm practising using this forum. Let's help awhi Olwyn into this space?

pikau discussion: Kiran Swamy: I am a bit of both, I feel good if there is a structure for my students, but I also want my students to be creative and learn together.

Maui: Sandra Campbell: Impatience,  wanting to get on with it, then learn from my mistakes.

MahuikaHow I learn best: Tracey Burgess: I learn best when there is a purpose that I can see I will then implement. I enjoy the reading of new information but I retain it better when I can see an application I can then do with this information. I have read about many pedagogy but the ones I can apply in my current situation are the important ideas. 

Boots and all: Adam Alexander: Maui, definitely jumping in boots and all.

Learning: Ruth Holt: Like many here, bit of both and it also depends on the situation.

It depends: Katie McGrath: I think it depends on how comfortable I am with the learning. If it is something I have done before then I can be quite wizzy and quick. Otherwise I tend to observe for a while and then take my time with it. 

Māori Medium

Me pēhea te whakahaere pakirēhua? - Nā Peata Leef E matapaki ana a Peata i tana whai hua i ngā kōrero rangahau a Josh Campbell ki te whakatakoto pakirehua hei whakaako i ngā pūkenga matihiko. "I whakapuaki ia i ētahi o āna pikinga, o āna hekenga me ētahi o āna rautaki rongoā.  Kua whakamātau ahau i tētahi o āna rautaki mo te kohi taunaki - koinei tētahi o ōku tino mateā, o aku tino āputa mō aku whakaakoranga matihiko i tēnei tau!" Kei te aha koutou i ā koutou akomanga? He wāhi rānei o te pakirēhua ki te whakaako tonu i ngā pūkenga matihiko?

He tau hou, he wawata tuhiwaehere āu? He tono nui, he inoi nui tā Hinerangi Edwards ki a tātou katoa e kawe ana, e hāpai ana i te ako i ngā tikanga tuhiwaehere. Anei tāna, "Ko tāku pātai, ko wai mā e pirangi ana ki te whakatū roopu pērā ki o koutou taone, hei kawe i tō tātou reo Māori? Ki te pirangi koe, tuku kōrero mai. Ka whakarite he kauhaurangi pāhekoheko (arā ko te webinar). Ka wānanga tātou i ngā nekenekehanga i mua i tō whakarite kaupapa." Tēnā he tautoko nui tēnei i ngā tini kaiako, otirā i ngā tini tamariki puta noa i Aotearoa ki te ako i ngā tikanga tuhiwaehere. Tēnā, whakapā mai, whakairi mai.

English Medium

A world full of robots: What happens when agile and fast robots, including artificial intelligence replace humans in the workforce? Are you having conversations like this at your place?

What aspects of Computational Thinking do you recognise in what you are already teaching? Mike Buckham shares how students (Senior History and Junior Social Science) have to search for information, then sift and sort what they find to decide which evidence they should use. How else do secondary students think like computer scientists?

AbacusWhat aspects of Computational thinking is already in practice: Iqbal Hussein shares how, in Maths students work in small groups to solve a authentic problem using different strategies. Groups share their thinking and different strategies are compared.

Incorporating digital content into teaching and learning: Having looked at progress outcome 1, what opportunities do you see for incorporating the new digital content in your teaching? Feel free to share your plans or intentions.

Database task and infographic - action calendar - DDDO 3/4: Gerard MacManus shares a rich and full lesson plan demonstrating DDDO for progress outcomes 3 and 4. Any feedback for Gerard?

...with end users in mind: In this pīkauTim Bell talks about several key elements (fast, efficient, reliable, secure, usable, intelligent, scalable, delightful) to think about when designing/producing/programming something digital that people will use - so that this becomes something people will want to use. Any other top tips for students as they become programmers and producers?

It's your time to shine: You might already be trialing activities, where younger students (Levels 2 and 3) are given opportunities to become designers and creators; using a variety of digital technologies. In this forum we invite you to share any; lesson examples, ideas, templates, resources and more.

Reflections on the course webinars? If you attended the webinar series by Catherine Johnson and Trevor Storr, they'd love your feedback and further sharing of resources, stories, successes and challenges. 

Group discussions

For all other discussions resulting from Ahikāroa or local meet ups, click on the Group discussion tab in your designated groups.

And if you're new to Ngā Kiriahi, check out the help videos (EM) and a previous webinar on Ngā Kiriahi (EM) below from Hei āwhina (help group).

Image sources: Abacus, Pxhere CCO Public Domain, Fairy Tales photo by Shamia Casiano from PexelsVirtual Reality Lives Technology Vr Sunglass, CCO Max Pixel. 

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