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Thursday, June 12, 2008

elearning exchange Tauranga

Bay Central, Tauranga June 11
Thanks to Rochelle Jensen for organising this valuable ICT get-together for teachers in our region. Over 20 teachers from at least 13 different schools attended and it was a really positive, productive session. Dave Merton, Technical Manager from CORE was there and able to answer some of our more technical queries and to encourage teachers to enter students in the MADE awards (entries due 22/09/08).
Rochelle introduced the workshop with a discussion of the technology triangle which asked us to think about and place ourselves on it in regards to resources, skills and curriculum - interesting range of responses.
Jamin Lietze from Bethlehem presented a range of ideas that he uses in his class blog including student links and portfolios; Jamin also has his own professional blog here.
My presentation was based on Marvin software - a taster 'demo' rather than a workshop. There will be a workshop for this on June 20th at our Bethlehem mini-conference for the cluster group, and another full workshop scheduled for pre-conference at uLearn in October that Dave Ballard will be running.
The main outcome of our workshop yesterday was to establish an ongoing link between teachers so that we can exchange ideas and visits when needed on a less formal basis that will help to provide ICT PD between teachers when and as needed. Rochelle has already established a regional list-serve for online communication so educators need to email her to subscribe.

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