CORE Education & Stonefields School 2016


The inaugural Changing Spaces event, a partnership between Stonefields School and CORE Education, held recently at Stonefields School, was attended by enthusiastic educators from across Aotearoa New Zealand. On the last day of the holidays no less!

The collaborative keynote was delivered by Mark Osborne, Senior Consultant at CORE Education and Sarah Martin, foundation principal of six years - (Shared collaborative doc).

Key Ideas:

Mark Osborne:
Preparing students for their future, not our past!
Industrial age of schools - one size fits all
The visible (bells, timetables etc) and the hidden curriculum (polite, punctuality, respect for authority)

Game changer - disruptive technology - not enough to get the right answer 
Exponential growth - Moore's Law 1997 - 2011 - every 18 months, 

 The Ages of Spiritual Machines  - #ProfReading:

Check out the CORE Education ILE White Paper - Mark Osborne has updated this paper which you can access here.
  1. practice AND space, buildings alone, are not enough
  2. Serial redesign 
  3. Collaboration - clear links between collaboration and improvement
Sarah Martin:
  • Who do you sit with? Who do you trust? And not trust?
  • Inquiry 
  • Relationships - Fullan 
  • Collaboration - the maker or breaker - basis of collaboration - learning, problem solving - the SUPER SIZER
It works - Hattie - collective efficacy - 1.57 impact 
Jane Gilbert - build a strong disposition of collaboration

"It's our job to shift outcomes" - deem to be important
Collaborating with diverse others + knowledge/expertise - what we DO with Knowledge and Collaborative expertise - 

Sense Making- providing conditions for collaboration
Conversational Intelligence - here 
Tracey Ezard - The Buzz:

TRUST - falling in love - oxytocin and dopamine - Judith Glasser (text)
= Synergetic level 
How do we have sense making conversations early on? 
High Functioning Synergetic teams:
Function - systems/procedures - sub culture - social sensitivity 
Moving from the I space to the WE space
Manage Conflict - 

Because they're worth it - the values and mindsets - our mantra

Collaboration in 'changing spaces' is the game changer

An inspiring collaborative keynote, followed by two opportunities to attend practical workshops, run by CORE Education facilitators and Stonefields School staff. Twitter was trending - and Tara Fagan from CORE Education curated a Storify here.

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With Term 3 about to begin, we are now looking forward to the upcoming CORE Education

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On Completing my first MOOC


Who says there isn't enough time in the day/week/month/year? I find that because we don't have a TV (from our Unitec MEdLM study days), we actually have...


Time to do interesting, relaxing and challenging things - like reading, solving jigsaw puzzles, helping the tamariki with their homework, and of course, completing a MOOC. Specifically, the inaugural #edchatNZMOOC, founded by Danielle Myburgh, aka @MissDtheTeacherYes - MOOCs have been around for a long time - yet I still had not been involved in one, until now.



For a start, I am proud to call myself a 'curious eduGeek'  - I love learning, love challenging myself, and others for that matter.  Part of my role at CORE Education involves online facilitation of Empower MLP / MLE courses. The MOOC was an excellent opportunity for me to actively participate as a 'learner' - to see how it feels to be on the 'other side'.  Rather than facilitating, I was able to enjoy the experience as a learner. Finally - as the topics involve future focused education which of course is my daily life at CORE Education! I am privileged to work with schools, leaders, educators and learners across Aotearoa New Zealand. As our world is rapidly changing, it is vital to keep up with current research, beliefs and experiences of teachers & leaders. 

My Tips:

Jo Robson (CORE Education)
  • Book in a regular time slot to work through the materials each week. Check in early on in the week to see how much additional preparation may be required
  • Use the iQualify notes section to gather evidence - something I did not really take advantage of, until too far in
  • Join a study group - or create one. Again, I didn't manage to make this happen, as my set time was a Sunday night
  • Share, share and share some more. I curate #ProfReading (read more here), and appreciate others sharing too #edchatNZMOOC

Things I found useful:

  • The recommended times for each section
  • The consistent format / clear layout and ease of access
  • the recorded webinars - to be viewed at my convenience
  • the range of readings / UDL format
  • When people commented, it was interesting to hear differing perspectives

My Wonderings:

  • Were there fewer people near the end? - I know I was playing catch up for a while, and perhaps we could have supported each other
  • Live chats with other study groups (for those not in a group)
  • Where to next? The second #edchatNZ conference is coming to Rototuna Junior High School in August - have you got your ticket?


Wahoo - a satisfying screen shot!

Tēnā rawa atu koe!

Danielle - I am so proud of you. Thanks for creating these opportunities for so many like minded people. Glad to be part of the exciting journey. Love that your bio on twitter reads:  founder. Education futures. Teacher. E-learning specialist. Masters student. MOOC maker. Learning junkie. Questioner. Complexity. 
No wonder we've always had a connection - and all the best on your Masters journey!

Us at HPSS - inaugural #edchatnz conference

Making a Difference:

Ultimately, we are here to improve outcomes for ALL our ākonga - our tamariki, our learners, our future...
"Confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners"

Wero: What will you do?

Keynote: Betsy Corcoran - Of Unicorns and flying elephants:

Is this the future of EdTech?

I have been fortunate to attend the inaugural NZTECH Education Technology Summit being held at Massey University. CORE Education ( is a foundation partner. Check out #techleadersnz.

CEO and Co-Founder of EdSurge (USA)  - 

Trends Matter to our ākonga

Trend One: Science and Tech

 Augmented Reality, HAPTIC tech, Robots, Synthetic biology - Neri Oxman 
Key Questions:

  • What are the questions we should ask about these emerging technologies? 
  • How do we want our students to use these? 
  • How do they want to use these in our lives?

Trend Two: Business 

State of Edtech 2016 report, Edtech investors club, more small start up companies and Unicorns - billion recent dozen years - 150 companies 2U, Lynda, PluralSight Udacity ABC Mouse - not really many in EdTech - and that is a good thing according to @betsy_ 

We have to ask - What is the value? Identify the problem and how to overcome these challenges? is there a tool that can help this?

Trend 3: Socio-Political 

Demographic shifts, differing starting lines, increasing racial diversity, growing English learner population 
% of workforce Changing- 

less agriculture manufacturing - higher creative and service

So what?

Key message - extraordinary technology advancements will continue to change our world. All of our tamariki will/need to be involved - we need to consider the role of technology and how we want to use it?
Where do we stand to ensure our ākonga have the power to ask questions, push back, and be true to their values and culture.

Tēnā rawa atu koe, Betsy.