TechWeek 21

Interested in exploring innovative tech, like Augment/Virtual/Mixed Reality, Minecraft, Microbits, Internet of Things? What to learn how these technologies can be integrated into your teaching and across subjects?

The recent changes within the DT|MH areas of the curriculum has meant all teacher are required to integrate digital technologies into their teaching which focus on the construction rather than consumption of technology. 

This hands-on event is open to all educators interested in learning how you (and your students) can create their own experiences. The event will introduce a range of tools, which you can then apply in your own classes to support students learn across different learning areas.

This PLD event is targeted at all teachers (and pre-service), from Primary to Secondary, interested in starting their own journey into integrating the DT|HM and better linking this within a range of subjects.

The event doesn’t expect any prior experience, just an interest in learning and giving it a go.

The programme will be stretched over the day and you are invited to attend any session.

Day Session (8.45-3.30pm) a series of hands-on workshops around a range of topics, including VR, AR, Minecraft and Micro:Bit.

Evening Session (5-730pm – PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME) for those that can’t make it during the day this compressed session highlights some of the key activities that happened over the day.

Tentative Schedule

8.45-9.30Welcome and overview of the day
9.30-10.15Exploring the DT within the NZ curriculum
10.15-10.30Morning Tea (provided)
10.30-11.30Workshop A – Virtual tours
Workshop B – Basic introduction of Minecraft Education Edition (Digital Circus)
– how it works, teacher tools and the resources and ideas available.  Attendees will need to have Minecraft Edu downloaded onto their device to get the most out of the session. 
11.30-12.00Showcase A – PBL in STEM
Showcase B – Minecraft in Languages
12.00-12.45Lunch | Robotics Lab Launch
12.45-1.45Workshop A – AR with Merge Cube
Workshop B – CS Unplugged (Digital Circus)
1.45-2.00Afternoon Tea (provided)
2.00 – 3.00Workshop A – Micro Bits (The Mind Lab)
Workshop B – Scavenger hunts with AR
3.00-3.30Wrap up and end of the day session
5.00-7.30Approaches in MR (F:F and Streamed Online)

Event proudly supported by:

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hosting flanz2021 satellite hub

Day one of the FLANZ conference has seen some fantastic presentations from a range of academics around NZ and AUS. We have had two brilliant keynotes from Asha Kanwar and Derek Wenmoth, with another keynote by Gilly Salmon tomorrow.

Later today we will have our director Cheryl Brown presenting her work on Tertiary Students’ perspectives on the cost of textbooks. Tomorrow we have two students from the lab, Himasha Gunasekara presenting on Creativity in practice- Instagram as a divergent thinking tool in creative education and the recently graduated Carolyne Obonyo presenting on PhD thesis work – Re-Visioning Teaching in Initial Teacher Education Using Mobile Technologies.

DeFL is pleased to be hosting a satellite venue for this conference. We are the only hub for South Island! We have greatly enjoyed engaging with colleagues from the mainland coming together to discuss and share.

Looking forward to tomorrow, for more opportunities to learn and connect!