Breaking down the walls

2016-02-27 12.18.40I spent today at EducampWelly. It was about 5 hours of educators having the opportunity to share and discuss all things education – what’s on top for them. I always love these events because you see the real passion of teachers come out, especially since they have made the decision themselves to use up one day in their weekend to continue to grow and develop for the benefit of their students… our children!

The thing that stood out to me is how in so many ways at the moment, schools are trying to break down walls.

  • Breaking down walls of their classroom (sometimes literally) and reimagining what learning is, how, where and when it can take place.
  • Breaking down the school fence/gate and getting out into the community; encouraging two-way communication and engagement between what goes on inside the school and outside it.
  • Breaking down the silos of subject teaching – integrating more across subjects (particularly at secondary) and reimagining assessment.
  • Breaking down the barriers between the various sectors; realising that all sectors can have something to offer to all others – early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary.

That last one was the big one for me today. It was so good to see a range of educators from across the sectors.

Let’s keep breaking down the walls and continue to engage, discuss and learn from one another.

EduIgnite Wellington 2014 – Engaging students online

Last year I presented in my first EduIgnite evening. I blogged about it at the time, including the presentation: EduIgnite Wellington – My presentation.

I have just received the video of my presentation and discovered it actually went better than I thought! Still though, I would say… don’t try to bring your masters research down to a 5 minute presentation! It doesn’t work!

EduIgnite Wellington – My presentation

I had the enjoyment on Thursday evening to take part in EduIgnite Wellington. This was a relaxing evening connecting with teachers and educators from across the region for fast-paced presentations Р5 minutes each with 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds.

EduIgnite evenings have some rules (other than 5 minutes as above). The first evening is a freebie. You can turn up and just enjoy the evening. From then on, if you attend an evening you must either present or bring a friend. As I had been before I had to present something.

I decided to present on my masters research, which as it turns out was probably not the wisest decision! Getting 30000+ words and two years work into a 5 minute talk is not possible, at least not for me. I managed to fumble my way through though and I think a couple of the key messages got out.

Here are the slides for my presentation. EduIgnite presentations are recorded also and will be made available soon.

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Others that presented had some great messages to share! Check them out on this Storify (thanks Karen!).