This post is an update of that article.
This post is an update of that article.
Welcome everyone to you our F2F audience and also to our global audience who have joined us who are have joined us virtually. I take this time to say thanks to my twitter buddies who have tweeted and retweeted this session to help us celebrate. The session today is a live google hangout. We have 7x educators from around New Zealand presenting. In addition we have 3x support educators with various roles that they will explain. The session is live on our wiki and also on google+
Talofa Lava, Malo e leleli, Bula Vinaka, Kia Ora, Ni Hao Ma, Anyoung Hasayo, Konnichiwa, Namaste and Welcome everyone to TeachMeetNZ Session 5 I am Sonya Van Schaijik a teacher from Newmarket School in Auckland New Zealand. The greetings are the language of our children from Newmarket. TeachMeetNZ evolved from my Core Education efellowship inquiry into Hyperconnectivity. The TeachMeetNZ site and framework was collaboratively developed during my TeachNZ sabbatical year.
The site continues to evolve and grow and currently there are over 20 mini presentations from New Zealand educators and growing. Just how much does ICT contribute to better outcomes for our learners and also for you to hear our teachers share their learning stories.
TeachMeetNZ is part of my ongoing learning with Hyperconnectivity that I began as a Core Education efellow in 2011. SOLO allowed me to identify that at extended abstract I needed to create an event for teachers so this is it. SOLO Taxonomy has allowed me to rethink the ways that teachers can share learning and has framed my next steps.
I will briefly highlight the story around setting up TeachMeetNZ. There is a fuller version on youtube embedded on the wikispace that I shared on the Virtual Learning Network.
“TeachMeet is not about technology 100%, it is about the Teach first of all, and the tech is instrumental to achieving what we want to achieve pedagogically and never the other way around.” Ewan Macintosh
TMNZ is aimed for New Zealand Educators and our one is the first that I am aware of presenting using Google+ as the virtual venue. The history explains the process. However I want to acknowledge our first team.
In 2013 at Ignition I placed a notice up if anyone wanted to trial google hangout and to present a nano presentation. There were 6 people who joined the discussion and I shoulder tapped others. The first group agreed on a date and my team of helpers supported me in ironing out all the glitches. We live streamed all the training and mistakes. So that they could be rewound and learnt from.
Implementing the project involves these tools and putting time aside to work with the presenters virtually. Ah Huh moments
This year as I have been reading around the topic of collaboration and making connection my aha moment is when I knew that I was on the correct pathway with TeachMeetNZ in that we focus a lot on the children but teachers also need encouragement and recogniition.
On TeachMeetNZ teachers can come together and share their learning. For presenting they will receive a digital badge for their portfolio and a video clip of their presentation.
This is the fifth session of TeachMeetNZ and I am proud to welcome the stunning line up that we have for today.Soon I will pass it over to our team to introduce themselves and then to our presenters. So Marnel over to you first, then I will ask you to hang up as I will use your camera on the audience. I will come back at the end to run a Q&A session that will be monitored by Marnel and that will be 10 minutes. So please audience think of some questions for us. We use ChatWing for questions and answers and that is currently being monitored so from wherever you have tuned in, please join in the discussion. Tell us where you are from. Keep on tweeting and keeping the energy going using the twitter hashtag #TeachMeetNZ.
Thank you all so much for joining us. A special thanks to our amazing presenters who worked with me over the past month getting ready. A big thanks to our wonderful support team who joined in to help with todays session.
Within the next hour we should have a full recording live on the front of the wiki and on google + and over the next week I will tweet out each presenters page so you can revist and rewind and share the topics with your PLN and own staff in your schools and communities.
We can continue the discussion on Google +. So look for me and remember to use the hashtag.
We are always looking out for presenters for future sessions or even if you wish to run a topic specific session. The framework is already in place and all the templates are available to help ensure a smooth session.
Please do get in contact if you would like to join us. TeachMeetNZ is a great way to share your ideas and learning not just in New Zealand but to a global audience. We do ask that to present if you can be a New Zealand Educator, even if you are teaching overseas.
I mention Arjana Blazic who has inspired me along the way and suggest to you to look out for TeachMeetInternational as a way to present with Global educators sharing Global projects.
Please complete the evaluation form on the wiki and give us your valuable feedback. This wraps up our fifth session of TeachMeetNZ, Good bye everyone.
(Cross Posted from TESOLANZ Newsletter December 2013 Vol 22 #3)
A collaborative effort using google Docs by Sonya Van Shaijik, with Margaret Kitchen and Maree Jeurissen
Anytime, anywhere connectivity can change the face of learning. Just look at the Hole in the Wall Project below. Learning is about collaboration and co-creating, and E-Learning enables this. This article reports on Sonya Van Shaijik’s (E-learning Lead teacher and ESOL teacher from Newmarket School) Ministry of Education TeachNZ sabbatical which was to investigate the relationship between pedagogy and student learning using ICT. A long-time advocate of bilingual learning, Sonya visited Asia to enrich her understanding of the children she teaches.
India: The Hole in the Wall Project
Sonya’s visit to one cell of The Hole in the Wall Project illustrates the changing face of learning. In 1999 a team from NIIT (an Indian company specialising in educational learning solutions, information technology and much more) carved a “hole in the wall” that separated the NIIT premises from the adjoining slum in Kalkaji, New Delhi. Through this hole, a freely accessible computer was put up for use. This computer proved to be an instant hit among the community, especially the children. With no prior experience or teacher intervention, the children learnt to use the computer on their own. Sonya was taken to meet three of the earliest users at one cell by Dr Ritu Dangwal, a researcher in the project. One of these first users is now a shop owner, another is in the second year of teacher training and one is training to be a lawyer. Sonya also watched the children step up to use the computer. One boy comes every morning to talk to his grandfather in another city, the grandfather also using a “hole in the wall” computer. The project’s instigator Dr. Sugata Mitra hypothesises that: The acquisition of basic computing skills by any set of children can be achieved through incidental learning provided the learners are given access to a suitable computing facility, with entertaining and motivating content and some minimal (human) guidance.
Sonya also was able to virtually meet Dr Suneeta Kalkarni the face behind the Granny cloud project (http://solesandsomes.wikispaces.com/Home) which is the next stage of Sugata’s work. This is when learners do not need supervision but that does not mean that they do not need ‘benign mentors’. Indeed, is it not the role of grandparents, uncles, aunts, [and sometimes parents and teachers too!] to be benign and friendly mentors instead of just ‘supervisors’?
Flat classroom conference
Sonya participated in a flat classroom conference in Hawai’i, a unique event that included 200 students and 40 educators from 9 countries working together in teams. Flat classrooms are about educators and students being part of learning communities using leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling.
|Hui Mei Chang, Sonya Van Schaijik
Anita Chen, Bill Brady, Ryan Fujii
|Sonya reconnected with Ryan in Japan later on in her journey|
Pedagogy and Student Learning
Sonya used her TeachNZ sabbatical to establish connections with educators around the world. Schools in Europe and then in Asia were visited and different learning environments observed. The educators who allowed access to their domain were educators who have a history of sharing professional practice and responding to children’s learning by using Technology in Transformative Ways. Whilst on her journey Sonya was able to observe how schools in Europe learn a second and even a third language. Many schools visited begin learning a second language by about 9 years old and the language is kept separate by teacher or by subject. Language and content learning are fully integrated and two or three languages are learned concurrently by all students – food for thought for the NZ context.
While away on her TeachNZ Sabbatical, Sonya used the following tools to communicate with educators both in New Zealand and globally.
More Information on Sabbatical Teacher Awards
This Saturday I will be presenting at #RSCON4. The date and time of my session is Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland). However you can access the site and locate when this is in your time zone. I will have just returned to Auckland after having presented #TeachMeetNZ at the National ICT conference #Ulearn in Hamilton.
So do you have any interesting travel memories?