Yesterday I hosted TeachMeetNZ meets ACCoS. TeachMeetNZ is about New Zealand teachers connecting online. The project reflects the research and work of New Zealand educators in action. These live events are convened across all education sectors to address the emerging technologies, trends, and challenges poised to significantly impact teaching and learning. TeachMeetNZ has been live streaming since May 2013.
This session’s focus was to highlight some of the fabulous learning happening in Kāhui Ako across New Zealand and especially from our Auckland Central Community of Schools (ACCoS) Kāhui Ako and was an initiative approved by our ACCoS Lead Principal, Jill Farquharson. Somehow she trusted that TeachMeetNZ would be an important strategy to help share our work across the Kahui Ako. Jill often hears me say, ‘If I cannot see what we do then it does not exist.’
Nearly two years have passed since I have hosted a full TeachMeetNZ session. The system has changed a lot since that last time and in some ways is a lot more stable and a lot smoother. I now launch a live stream via youtube using Google Hangouts. Before I would do this the other way around.
As I prepared the team of educators for the session, I had a few challenges. My main one being that several are not yet on twitter so in some ways that forced me to use email for communication. The challenge with email is that the conversation is closed where as on Twitter, using the #TeachMeetNZ hashtag enables the conversation to be open and transparent. I liken it to eavesdropping because you can move in and out of conversations by listening and often you do not need to say anything, just listen.
Therefore the main organisation was via email. I had put out the call for presenters via our Across School Leaders and via our Google+ community yet still most of the presenters were gently persuaded with a bit of arm twisting.
I love the numbers of any event and here are some numbers.
Yesterday 8 presenters took part.
- 1 principal
- 1 across school leader
- 2 in school leaders
- 3 classroom teachers
- 1 external facilitator
In addition there was
- 1 Timekeeper
- 1 Twitter broadcaster
- 21 people registered for the event via eventbrite
- 1 winner for SOLOTaxonomy and English Language Learners.
- 85 tweets were sent during the session.
- 60 people popped in and watched the live stream, mostly from New Zealand.
However the power of asynchronous communication means that many more will come and visit the recording after the session.
I have learnt to make use of playlists on Youtube so on the TeachMeetNZ Channel there are
- 9 ACCoS mini videos sharing work across our ACCoS Kahui Ako.
- 3.45minutes was the fastest presentation
- 5.13 minutes was the longest presentation
After the session I had evaluations completed from 7 Educators, one quote I liked was ‘Interesting range of topics. Wonderful opportunity for sharing within and beyond our kahui ako.’
What happens after the session with the individual videos has always been enlightening. Each presenter has their video clip on their TeachMeetNZ wiki page. Some will complete the triangulation of learning and reflect about the process. Some will go back and share their video and slides with their staff. Some will investigate twitter and join the global staffroom. Some will take time out to rest and recharge because they have been through a huge learning curve.
However all will return to their places of work with a spring in their step knowing they have achieved a huge milestone in their careers and that is to share what they do in such a visible way with the global community. From an event such as this I usually sit back and watch what happens to the team and smile as those hesitant steps of sharing with technology become stronger. So to the following educators who helped make the session the success that it was, thank you.
TimeKeeper: Catherine Palmer (ASL) @CatherineP63
Principal Kohia Terrace
|Principal’s ASB APPA Travelling Fellowship 2017|
|Esol Strategies at Kohia Terrace School|
|Using WeChat for Parent Engagement|
|As a matter of PaCT|
|Engaging the Community – Reporting to families|
|Learning Maps for reading|
|Using See Saw as a digital portfolio for junior school learners to share with their families.|
|Viv Hall||Growing Kāhui Ako leaders|
So where to next?
This week I leave for Hamilton to attend ULEARN and I am running a session with Sue, Erin and Catherine, three other Across School Leaders in the Auckland Central Community of Schools. The title for our session is ‘Lessons learned from an Across School Leader in a Kāhui Ako’. Our session is Fri, Oct 13, 2017 10:15 AM – Fri, Oct 13, 2017 11:15 AM at the Claudelands Events Centre.
In addition I am with Christine Trimnell as she shares ‘Global Projects – 21st Century learning in a digital world’. This is the work we have done with Flat Connections. This session is: Fri, Oct 13, 2017 8:30 AM at the Claudelands Events Centre in the Holman Stand room.
I look forward to catching up with old faces and new faces at ULEARN, I look forward to meeting my digital buddies face to face and to connect with other Across School Leaders from other Kāhui Ako. I especially look forward to getting a #Grelfie with Brad Waid an old time twitter buddy. Then when I get back I need to start my piece of writing for EdBookNZ another collaborative project that I coordinate.