Feedback from Home Group and Regional meetings

What are these?
Home Group meetings are held once a term and involve all Project Directors and Cluster Facilitors in the region.
They are facilitated by the National Facilitator for the region.
Regional Meetings are a day of professional development related to the goals and needs of the MOE ICTPD. They are attended by Project Directors and Cluster Facilitators and are open to any cluster staff. They are great days full of practical and mind stretching stuff.

BOP Home Group Meeting Term 2

Held at Welcome Bay School, attended by Rochelle Jensen (Rocky), Rochelle Williams, Judi Buckley, Nikki Keys, Paula Jamieson, Jan-Marie Kellow and Lead teacher, Juliet A and Margaret C, Suzi Gould, Lyn Ross, Lorraine Watchorn and 2 Principals from the Rellco Cluster.
Cluster Snapshots were shared, here are the points of interest:

Lynn Ross - Ohope Cluster

Shared secrets to getting the online community happening well within this cluster in its second year and second faciliator.
By buying a domain name, their interact site hosted by centre4 is more accessible as the url is a difficult to remember.
She believes that online communities such as this should be open and not passworded so that all teachers can share good practice across the country.
She coaxes staff to contribute to the space and spontaneous contributions made by choice are rewarded with winegums and chocolate bars!
Visit their cluster happenings at www.ebest.co.nz

Lorraine Watchorn - RELLCO (Rotorua East Lakes) Cluster

Shared how this cluster has been established with a bang.
In its first year the teachers are well on the way with their ICT for learning journey. Visit their learning here
Of particular interest was the combined BOT meeting held in term one that enabled the BOT to get a good handle on the contract goals.
Check out this inquiry game based concept being explored by a class and their families all through a collaborative wiki - it is powerful! http://digikidz.wikispaces.com
Principals are already required to report on how their staff are developing with their ICT goals - this is as a form of recognition to the staff as well as growth in the cluster
A class has started a wiki totally immersed in Te Reo - they would love interaction from other classes who can contribute in Te Reo.
Visit the RELLCO site to find out more.

Margaret Civil - Reporoa Valley Schools Cluster

Shared this resource "Standards for the 21st Century Learner" AASL_Learning_Standards_2007.pdf
Shared a Lead Teachers reflection on the learning gained from the contract
Shared the two online spaces used: interact hosted by REC and the Cluster wiki
Rochelle shared how voicethread is connecting some of our senior classes

Jan Marie Kellow - Coromandel Cluster

Discussed the challenge of distance with this rural cluster and a change in 4/5 Lead Teachers for this second year

Judi Buckley - Waimarino Cluster

Thanked other clusters for members contributing to their mini conference on June 20.
Reflected on the success of the mini conference last year and that this personalised approach seemed greater value to more teachers than L@S conference.
Shared ways to review and survey cluster development

Paula Jamieson - Te Whakatipuranga Hou

Cluster is in first year, started this term, shared her workshops on web 2 tools.
Visit their space here
Fifty Lessons
http://www.50lessons.com/
Principles of Backward Design
http://www.ltag.education.tas.gov.au/Planning/models/princbackdesign.htm
Top 10 things to learn
Click here
MANY THANKS TO ROCHELLE WILLIAMS FOR PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION, see her Reporoa Valley Schools Cluster Wiki here
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BOP Home Group Meeting.....
Venue: Lynmore School
Date: September 5th 2008
Links
Centre4
Tessa's Home Group Website
Online Publication
Globster
Wix


Sites/Links sent through from Tessa

CHANGE:
http://www.kwfdn.org/map/map.aspx
KnowledgeWorks - map of Future Forces Affecting Education
"2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education. Created by a range of experts and analysts, the map is a forecast of the future, and each element on the map represents forces that could affect learning in the next decade...One of the values of a map like this is that it allows you to hold in your mind, at once, the complexity of several forces of change." A great tool to drill deeper and promote discussion -into those catalysts that effect change in education.

This website has Creative Commons PowerPoint presentations for you own use... in an American context of course. But one presentation "Understanding the Winds of Change: Future Forces Impacting Education" by Dr. Monica Martinez talks about, "The End of Cyberspace is about the end of the separation between digital space and physical space. This driver is about the augmentation of our physical world with information, media, and connectivity. Increasingly places will be interactive and aware as they become superimposed with data and media using global positioning, GIS, sensors, and mobile computing devices like cell phones and PDAs."
http://www.kwfdn.org/map/AidDetails.aspx?ID=1

COMMUNICATION:
Transformative Experiences at Change Agency
This blog entry looks at new ways to connect with live streamed video such as stream
http://www.ed421.com/?p=356

Utterz
Utterz lets you share text, pics, video and audio with your friends, even from your mobile phone
http://www.utterz.com/all

For more Video Conferencing and Live Streaming Tools see Suzi Vesper's links
http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Video+Conferencing

GLOBALISATION:
In light of global issues//social conscience and online global communications:
Global Mindshift
http://www.global-mindshift.org/index2.asp

Global Voices Online
http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/

Free Rice
Website shared by Jan-Marie Kellow. On this site you play educational games and for every right answer a donation of rice is made to the UN World Food programme. There are a number of different subjects such as vocabulary, maths and geography which can be accessed through the Subject tab.
http://www.freerice.com/

RESISTANCE to TECHNOLOGY:
Technology Fear Factor in Education
An interesting take on shaking up teachers to teach with new technologies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNVFuPJyN1Y

Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?
Provocative blogpost from The Fischbowl
http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2007/09/is-it-okay-to-be-technologically.html

MORE THOUGHTS:
For some additional ideas and a chance to 'talk on the wall', visit
http://www.netvibes.com/homegroups#Theory%2C_Readings_and_Media

Profiled Cluster links can be found @
http://centre4.interact.ac.nz/tessa