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Padlet Walls (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.com)

One of my schools has experimented with embedding a Padlet wall onto their blog, so I thought this is a good opportunity to post about this very versatile tool.

 

What is Padlet?

Padlet (padlet.com) is a free web-based application, you might have known it as Wallwisher previously. It is an online wall where you can place sticky notes. Depending on what privacy settings you choose you can have…

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Added by Monika Kern on February 14, 2018 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

The end of digital collaboration - or is it? ACEL e-Teaching 25 (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

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Earlier this year I was approached to write an article for …

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Added by Monika Kern on August 24, 2017 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Old meets Modern (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

A good six months into my new role as Education Manager at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a good point for me to take some stock. We have come far, but every time I reach the peak of a mountain, I can see the next mountain range I want to climb:) Looking back over the last six months, there has been lots of learning

  1. of the necessary historic content (and there is always more to learn)
  2. how to run experiences outside the classroom for different ages, topics,…
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Added by Monika Kern on August 14, 2017 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

The first post (cross blogged from thebelbird.wordpress.com)

This sounds much nicer than "the last post" though almost as frightening - what am I doing? Starting another blog, on a different topic, on a different platform? [In case you are interested in my quilting blog, you can find it here]. Maybe I can just blame someone - Hazel :-) - for getting me into this?

My name is Monika, I have been involved in education in New Zealand for the last…

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Added by Monika Kern on July 17, 2017 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Identity (cross blogged from thebelbird.wordpress.com)

Who am I? What am I? What makes me who and what I am? How much of who or what we are is determined by our genes, how much by the way we are brought up? How do we change over time? Which part of us is our culture, which is our ethnicity, our citizenship?



When you type 'identity' into wikipedia, you get loads of choices as they say Identity may refer to:

  • Philosophical topics

  • Personal conception and expression

  • Specifications of…

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Added by Monika Kern on June 15, 2017 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Success and Potential

{Be warned, more questions here than answers. As in most my posts, this comes from the heart and from 15 years in the NZ education system - but I feel I never have enough time to truly get to the bottom of other people's ideas and research that influence my thinking so I am thankful for anyone who can 'put the record straight' or help me answer some of my questions.}



In education in New Zealand there is a lot of talk about success and potential. Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success - is… Continue

Added by Monika Kern on May 20, 2017 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Museum Education in 21C (cross-blogged from http://thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

Long time no post and what exciting times these were! In January I was appointed as Education Manager at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds which is my first appointment into museum education. I am loving every minute of it, and the learning curve has been huge. 

Growing…

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Added by Monika Kern on March 12, 2017 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Museum Education in 21C (cross-blogged from http://thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz/2017/03/museum-education-in-21c.html)

Long time no post and what exciting times these were! In January I was appointed as Education Manager at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds which is my first appointment into museum education. I am loving every minute of it, and the learning curve has been huge. 

Growing…

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Added by Monika Kern on March 12, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

What makes an effective Innovative Learning Environment (ILE)? (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

The term Modern Learning Environment (MLE) has been replaced in NZ during 2015 by the OECD's term Innovative Learning Environment (ILE). Much of the original discussion was about the space and the furniture within this space, but increasingly it is recognised that it is what happens inside the space that matters+Michaela Pinkerton's May 2014 #TeachMeetNZ presentation summed it up…

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Added by Monika Kern on December 10, 2016 at 15:01 — No Comments

Why choose Chromebooks for students in Aotearoa / New Zealand? (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

Just recently I was asked this question again, and it was interesting for me to reflect on it from a teacher's point of view, in addition to my ideas as facilitator. This is the time of the year where many schools are thinking about their devices requirements for the next year. Here are my thoughts:

Firstly it is important to know what your vision is: What is the school vision, and how does this translate to the vision inside your learning…

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Added by Monika Kern on December 10, 2016 at 14:53 — No Comments

Chromebooks for 6 & 7 year olds (cross-blogged from http://thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz/)

Our school is well equipped with digital devices, all of us believe strongly that they are part of teaching our students for their future. I feel very lucky to be offered the opportunity to have 1:1 devices for all my students, funded by the school. But as I have always said, it's not about the devices, it's not about me - it's about how can these devices be utilised in the best way to transform student learning?…
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Added by Monika Kern on August 28, 2016 at 13:20 — 1 Comment

Minecraft and Literacy - midpoint review (cross-blogged from http://thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz/)

You would be hard pushed to find any parent or teacher who have not heard of Minecraft. An open-world sandbox game, it was first released in November 2011 and has since developed into the second best-selling video game (behind Tetris). According to Wikipedia, as of June this year over 106 million copies have been sold, across a variety of platforms. About 20 or so of these have been purchased…
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Added by Monika Kern on August 21, 2016 at 20:28 — No Comments

Changing World (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

"The future is unknown but not unimaginable" is a saying I have liked for a long time. Like many other future focussed educators I am trying to prepare the young people in my charge for an unknown future. There are different theories out there about what will be required to be successful in the future.



Our NZC's vision says:

Our vision is for young people:…
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Added by Monika Kern on June 27, 2016 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Passion Learning for Teachers (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

Having attended a number of PLD events over the last few weeks, I have been pondering my own 'passions'. While I thoroughly enjoy my current role teaching 'little people', I have found that one of my passions still endures: Supporting other educators to transform their practise. This starts with sharing information about PLD events with others, encouraging others to attend events I think they would find useful, with trying to make myself available for others who would like…

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Added by Monika Kern on June 25, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Lehrer's Kinder, Pfarrer's Vieh, gedeihen selten oder nie! (cross-blogged from thebelbird.wordpress.com)

This is an old German saying, roughly translates to:

A teacher's children and a priest's cattle will rarely turn out well if ever.

Does being an educator make a difference to raising our own children, does being a parent make a difference to our work as educators, and how?

Let's imagine you are a wonderful teacher BC (= before children). Your first child arrives and as for all parents your world gets turned upside down by the needs of this little person. If you…

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Added by Monika Kern on April 23, 2016 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Extra-ordinary (cross-blogged from thebelbirdbird.wordpress.com)

[I am on another one of my little rants here - just very passionate about it ;-)]

extraordinary: Adjective, 1. Very unusual or remarkable. 2. Unusually great.

ordinaryAdjective, With no special or distinctive features; normal.

normal: Adjective, Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.

What is normal, ordinary,…

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Added by Monika Kern on March 17, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

My thoughts on how our changing world requires change to education - cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.com

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I often marvel at how the world has changed... Here I am, in Brisbane, working, while I watch the Twitter stream from #gafesummit in…

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Added by Monika Kern on April 8, 2015 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

The Why and How of Projecting - cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.com

I was just reading a few posts on the VLN that mentioned projectors / Interactive Whiteboards. I felt this is an opportune time to have a look at projecting in general, not just at the tools that make it happen. I have talked about some of the options in previous posts (Apple TV and reflector app, …

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Added by Monika Kern on March 27, 2015 at 18:02 — 1 Comment

Educators as Learners (a navel gazing post) - cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.com

In my opinion, navel gazing is part of being a reflective practitioner. Over the last few months, a few pennies have been dropping for me, and I have decided I will share these 'aha' moments with you.

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For some time I have been thinking about the concept of truly modelling in professional development what we…

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Added by Monika Kern on November 12, 2014 at 9:49 — 1 Comment

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