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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ULearn15 Keynote 3: Pat Sneddon

The Manaiakalani Journey - Pat Sneddon

Pat's Journey 

Pat's keynote received a standing ovation. He shared from the heart, his journey. He was prepared to stand up, identifying the need for an articulated personal voice. No longer will Māori be trivialised, we must stand up for what we believe. After Springbok, NZ was getting upset about racism overseas, yet we needed and need to look at ourselves, here in Aotearoa.

1982 - 2006 Māori Trust Board - recovery of whenua. Pat's long term commitment - positive outcomes and manaakitanga; a willingness and generosity, to reimagine what might our future look like?

What does the Treaty mean for Māori and Pākeha? When Rangatiratanga is affirmed, Kawanatanga is most effective. Our Whakapapa...

Pat shared the story of 'Room 18 are hiring!' - Job advert designed and created by the learners, for their new teacher. Outstanding response.

Learn Create Share Framework

- let's take it globally

Do it by doing it, not by saying we can't do it.
Parents and teachers - how might this work?
Affordances of digital pedagogies
Invent solutions to problems
Reduced choice, multiple opportunities
Netbooks - late 2010
Two things - finance it and pay for it - thanks Paul Beattie!

BOOF - sometimes we have to 'boof' through the door, and work out what is on the other side

The learners want the opportunities to succeed.
Researchers - working with parents, intersection between homes, whānau, partnerships

Not poor me, rather what's next?

Collaboration not competition
In order for this happen - we need to disrupt current practice
To develop Innovative teachers - bid for the chance to be part of
TESL - Teach Earn Study Learn - Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy
Mentor/mentoree - co teach
They are in the second year of this.
This is not for everyone,  it is a discipline,  an infrastructure, we know it works:- Decile 1 & 2 - raising achievement levels - respectful of their whakapapa.
CORE is actively involved working with the Manaiakalani Trust to provide experienced facilitators to support the clusters of schools in their Outreach programme. This team are actively sharing the deeper learning experiences.

"THAT" Orewa incident - reshaping our story

Reduce Choice, Increase Opportunity

Additional Links:

  • Plus review the #ULearn15 and #CENZ15 hashtag. 
  • Thanks Alex (@ariapopo22) for your storify curation.

In order to be transformational, we need a clear vision, a 'get up and go' attitude, be willing to BOOF through the door, take risks and opportunities, be resilient. Why? At the heart of the matter, is our ākonga, and the common goal of improved outcomes for ALL.

Aukaha, Kia Kaha!

ULearn15 Keynote 1: Grant Lichtman: #EdJourney in Aotearoa

Keys to Successful School Innovation

It was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet Grant Lichtman, and his wife Julie, at this year's CORE Education ULearn15 Conference. After discovering #EdJourney, and the subsequent interactions via Twitter, meeting Grant in person, was a professional highlight.

Here is the keynote post I captured as part of my CORE Education role at ULearn this year - my first ULearn also! There are numerous twitter feeds #ULearn15, #CENZ15 and of course, #edblognz, to explore. Loved the illustrator who captured the keynote visually - AMAZING!
In the Zone

Driving towards an innovative education for ALL
 Our fantastic EdTalk team have been extremely busy, yet efficient, here is the live stream of Grant's keynote here.

Grant has an amazingly funny sense of humour - seen here at the Gala evening, and of course, as he was preparing for his pēpeha! 

On the High Seas...

The key message:

There is URGENCY in our challenge/wero. We need to STOP talking, and start DOING! Spread the brushfire of innovation, prototype, push the educational boundaries, reflect, share and connect! 

Au kaha, kia kaha!

ULearn15: Education 2050 Panel

Reimagining Education

What will it mean to educated in 2050?

On the Panel with Derek Wenmoth, CORE Education

Welcoming the 'Passion on the Stage' featuring:
Marianne Malstrom - 24 years teaching, Minecraft, the virtual world of gaming, robust learning and collaboration.

Barbara Cavanagh (ASHS) - on books, reading and the need to READ READ READ! - "I had to inhale all the pages". 

Pam Hook - interested in learning - what was an educated person in the past, now and in the future? Equity issue? Hungry for the privilege for ALL. Access ways of thinking and knowing, Choice opportunity in their own l
"To be educated to get some sort of advantage"

Russell Burt - Pt England Principal, Manaiakalani Cluster
journey busted - tinkering was already broken. Make a difference
Māori and Pasifika - love joy and forgiveness - passion

Round One: 

PH - Much has been written on learning in the 21st Technology, learning spaces and society - let's focus on society - suggest that knowledge has always been about stuff, knowing stuff - level of meaning at deep or conceptual level. Level of learning. Interpreted within cultural context - reimagined it 
content - reimagined in cultural context of the time - advantageous, people already advantaged - keep it for their own family - increasingly, letting people in on the game - schools wanting more access - PhDs - no jobs, weird thing - certificates, credits and way of measuring, fall back, disappointment as 
rejection of specialist knowledge -  deep learning of how to do stuff, how to do things. 

RB - Aotearoa 2050 - Gardner 'Barbarians at the gate' - education, equity and access. Means Te Tiriti o Waitangi - address operational reality effective Treaty partnerships, cosmopolitan society - different people fortunate. Remarkable foundation. Work with, genuine partnership, outcomes that 
rugby - world beaters, real time it is happening, but not sure why we don't. Knowledge - ethical visible equity. Let's go beyond Hattie's visible learning - sustainability, real world issues. make without breaking

MM- my brain is hurting - American space
Love watching the 
timeless - sometimes so focused on the narrative - we have been on this planet for a long time, technology - access important issue
Clues  - the great equaliser - no longer have to be required to access the K from the elite. Sugatra Mitra - SOLE - not just having access, partnership, co learners - life literacy that they lack (digital fluency). We have things to learn from our students that we have never had to rely on. Giver of the K, mentor etc, kids are learning. Virtual space and gaming - a whole lot of learning is happening and it not in schools - self organised, no assessment, shared specialities. Replicating in my own learning 
inspire passion ability to learn - exposure to the great ideas, solve problems, dynamics are changing.

BC - some things stay the same - how much do we really teach our students to participate politically. Who I am? Identity? Teach them to be discerning, instant, internet access,  the extra bit - take them away from that -beyond the life they lead - being informed, well read, be there for kids as teachers to inspire to be thoughtful, based on evidence - opinions? Flash, flash - fast, global world they live in. Cultural literacy required. Who will be in parliament? Exciting - need to ensure that they are prepared. Solving world panels - Science - really change - teach Scie - solving things - heightened awareness to save the world
Adaptive expertise (Timperley) how do we know what will happen? Need to be adaptive, failing as a way of learning, collaborative. One of the things - computers can do just about anything - we want to make sure that we hold on to the HUMAN - fun, social, interactive, creating, problem solving, socialisation, empathy.


DW - Reiterated - equity, societal, emancipation, citizenship underpinning that, sense of who we are, purpose. Cultural literacy - part of a global economy. Big issues.


If these are the issues, what can we do as educators? Educational Structures? 

RB- population pressure, borders and boundaries, not tech driven, unlocated kids- move around, enormous challenge. Physically connect, not just virtually. Healthy land, food and water. Quest is practical - access - citizens of Aotearoa - educate for these - STEM subjects applied? The gifts are here - media bagging Fonterra, Zespri, natural things that we could be doing to make our country cleaner, better, greener. 

BC - bringing it back - struggle in schools - driver - flip schools on the head - challenge the system. Not if you are bright, how you are bright - justice in the world.Research - DO something about it! The traditions are destructive - they are WRONG!!! How do we build a school/education for everyone. Leadership mindsets - flip way of thinking

MM - I hated school too - disrespectful of the system - I did get an education - We do not have students at this panel - go back and bring your students in to the conversation - so partnership.

BC - Impact Day - not restricted by the times, hierarchies gone - advertising kids are capable - admit that and embrace, can't hold them back.

PH - the cars are parked more than they are driven - schools closed more often than not - open up school 24/7. Pay to learn from them. Learn through common sense. Explode school - disgregate school. not far fetched - some already there. Lets not limit to the school day.

RB - school complex set of technologies. Far more successful. What it does - 
School is awful for many globally. Enjoy what we have. NZC - - do all kinds of funky stuff. ERO want improvement.

Education Credentials? 

MM - what we have now, won't serve us. Robust learning outside school, yet inside the knuckle down. USA: Common core - whereas you are addressing the whole learner here in NZ

BC - Impact Day - BC - Liam at 16 - make sure you have PK - before you begin your Uni studies.

PH - credentials will grow, grow grow! Not allowed to do anything without a certificate, badge.

How do we decide what is advantageous?
PH - we created all the problems, that the learners need to fix! Consumer, maker, 

RB - What is advantaged? Encourage kids who they are where they belong and what they want. caring for people. Ancient wisdoms, spiritualities, with new hopes - nice, caring, don't lose sight of their whakapapa. 

BC - That is what schools are for - connections of the past - educative purpose, living in the present, with the wisdom of the past. I want schools, teachers, learners still - there is a place for people.

MM - physical space touchstone - still content driven in States. Holding on to community in NZ whole community/person

BC - Leader in the School - driven by National Standards - WHY? This nonsense has got to stop - write your own reports. 

RB - meet our legal obligations - but we have a moral purpose to keep 

Panel One Liners:

PH - a citizen, to belong, to know that you matter to others and you can make a difference for others. Mindset - my success is nothing unless we all are succeeding

RB - beyond Rangatiratanga & Maramatanga. Citizenship with full enfranchisement for all

BC- well read and versed in the wisdoms of the past cultural sensitivity, one view, an awareness of equally valid other views

MM- constant open and inquisitive agile and adaptive

To conclude, Derek reminded us of the Permision to Play panel with Jane Gilbert - collaboration essential part of this. As teachers, we are great at locking away and being convivial. We stroke each other's egos. However, for real collaboration - conflict and being prepared to stand back and see what emerges. 

As a panel - they are prepared to be uncomfortable. It is about US, not me. Great to have dissonance, provocations to challenge us, make us feel uncomfortable. WOW - stimulating, challenging, food for though, feeling uncomfortable - definitely! Thanks to you all - well worth attending.

Tēnā rawa atu koutou katoa

Additional Resources:
Storify - thank you Kerri Thompson 
Storify by Justine Driver - excellent collaboration :)
Live Stream #CENZ15 @ULearn #ULearn 
NOTE: As this was a live blogging experience - it may not completely make sense - it's not meant to!