ULearn15 - Rewards, Research, Reflections & Rest...

It's a wRap!
ULearn15 was my first! First time attending, first time presenting, and of course, first time working at this four day extravaganza. CORE Education certainly knows how to put on an inspiring conference, which caters for ALL, inlcuding Māori Medium, Pasifika, Research, and Reimagining teaching, leading and learning.

Perler Beads, Polymorph, Romo, Coding...Future Inventors/Problem Solvers, Today
'Poppa' Tom Robson, NZQA, also working at ULearn15


The superstars - teaching the teachers
I loved having my whānau at ULearn, teaching the teachers, in the Maker Playground, with Mark Osborne. If you missed them, or the Prime News clip, check it out:
Of course, they were also featured in the most recent Ed Gazette.

Breakout Session 1:

Following on from our fantastic Keynote speaker, Grant Lichtman (earlier post), I was involved in a breakout session which was jam packed. The link to the Padlet, provides you with a copy of the slides, plus here is a glimpse of the powerful learning, prototyping, creating and collaboration that occurred (more photos here).

Apart from informal feedback, I was hoping that participants would complete the online evaluation. I welcome and value feedback - feel free to get in touch here.


Sarah and I have worked all year virtually - it was great to finally connect F2F, along with participants currently on our Empower MLP programme.

Research Strand:

This was a new strand at ULearn this year. In preparation for the event, as part of the Connected Educator (#CENZ15) month, a few of us participated in an online session to promote our research - you may wish to view.

ULearn's second keynote speaker, Dr. Ann Lieberman, focused on Teacher Leadership, and what's to gain? Check out the links from  the CORE Education blog, graphic illustration and EdTalk.
Hosted by Dr. Noeline Wright from the University of Waikato, Martin (MEdLM Programme Leader at Unitec) and I both presented research from our theses, slides here: - Appraisal and Leadership Development of Middle Leaders. 

Interestingly, though not necessarily surprising, our research was conducted in 2012, yet it seems, from the subsequent research, that not much has changed. We have several ideas we are wanting to develop further - watch this space!


Derek Wenmoth's summary and challenging questions posed
How will you answer: 
What did you learn?
What did you learn about leadership?
What will you share back?

 So What? Now What?


Bring on #ULearn16

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