Friday 10th October

He kohikohinga rauemi a ipurangi
I haere maua ko Piri ki tenei hui whakangungu - He rauemi i runga i te TKI tenei.
Plan your video work, Work your video plan - organising and use of a video editing programme called

Adobe Premier Elements


e-portfolios Basically another online tool to managae portfolios. I met a wonderful teacher called Claire who is using wikispaces at her school based in Dunedin. She will be visiting our space and talking to our students. We will all get to know each other over the next term. - Sam

Have a look at Claire's School Wikispace -

Thursday 9th October

Transformal Teachers

This morning I went to see Tony Ryan speak, he was truly inspiring. He spoke about how each of has the ability to to transform learning in this time of great change. He places much emphasis on individual choices and responsibilities and the ripple effect of what we choose to do, this can be positive or negative depending on that choice. As teachers it is our responsibility to be the energiser, the ethicist, the entrepreneur and the environmentalist... to find out more visit...

LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips


What a fantastic online tool. This is a teacher driven site, students can log in and travel with the teachers to different places in New Zealand. The site has links to most curriculum areas and this is highlighted at the top each lesson. All journeys are archived so you can access these anythime. Students have an opportunity to go to places they would not normally go through the medium of the internet. To find out more please click on the link. - Sam and Piri

Junior Inquiry teaching

Inspirational presentation from 2 junior teachers discussing their own approach to inquiry learning in a year one class. They provided fantastic examples of planning monitoring and assessment. Thei course powerpoint can be accessed through the Ulearn website. This was a favourite for the day it has given me a little more direction with content and e-portfolios - tracking the journey of learning.-Sam


Ivan and I went to this workshop we learnt a few new tricks with the Umajin software(animation). The software has been updated. I have the software please don't hesitate to ask for a copy of the demo or you can access off the website. There are some great new tutorials that we can use in our classrooms. It filled in a few more gaps.-Sam

Kia Ora Whanau
Wenesday 8th October
Kia Ora Whanau Day number two. We started our day at 9am in the Christchurch town hall listening to three keynote speakers. You can access more information about this conference through the following link Ulearn08
I attended 2 breakouts today below is a brief description of each.

Kia ora whanau

Well Kim c and Piri B went to Kidpix this morning. Um where do i start? It is similar to the Ppt and you can do some really creative things on it.
What else can we say Kim???
Um youu need to go and have a tutu on it and then you will be able to understand a bit more what we are talking about...

Have a great day

Wednesday 8th October


Mogulus is a web2 tool which you can feed all media through to create your own television channel. You can embed this onto wiki, blog or anything like that. It was a very busy 90 minutes where I did manage to create and establish a hatea-a-rangi television channel. So much to learn. I will have to spend some time having a tutu with this. A helpful wikispace link was provided. Below are two links that will give you more information and contact with the tutor. I found this breakout exciting and could see this working very well within our wiki.


99 Ways to use an interactive board

Some fantastic ideas about how to use interactive boards. Three teachers presented examples of teaching/resources they use within their classrooms. Below are power points and handy interactive sites which we can use.
Highlights for me:
  • Online music lessons using the board - virtual guitar/piano
  • interactive calendar and register in the mornings
  • tracing images for yr1-2 resizing colouring in copy
  • interactive inquiry sessions with students monitoring their own progress
Chocolate Bar for Oral Language.ppt
Copy of BrainGym PP.ppt
Trip Countdown AWESUM.ppt

Making the Big Cat Purr - Mac OSX Leopard

Ivan and I went to this breakout to have a learning session about our Macs. This session was taken by Stuart Hale from Renaissance Education. It was cool to learn about some of the features of the latest operating system, glad that I've got a Mac but am swiftly realising that learning about all of the wicked stuff it can do will be an ongoing journey. Sue

Kia ora whanau i have just been to my next breakout it is called "10 top ICT trends for schools"
Do you know how old google is? It is 7 years old did you know that whanau?
Ive got a DvD so vcome and get it from me and dowbload it onto your rorohiko!!!

Go and have a titiro at these sites (map of future forces affecting education)

Breakout 1
Learning Styles Andrew Churches shared site to see what learning style you are and then showed resources that cater for each learning style. I have a CD of the lot if you are interested in downloading it.
Breakout 2a taster
NZ history online – I enjoyed this taster to this resource for your mahi kaupapa etc. Passionate presenter: Steve Watters Historian
Media Gallery is a good starting place.
Good place for teachers to learn too.
Starting locally is a good way to start
Front page shows topics of the time eg Tiriti o Waitangi, ANZAC day
Today in History –something in NZ history for everyday of the year -NZhistory calendar The Encyclopedia of New Zealand English or in TE REO MAORI
Auckland museum site and you can trace their tipuna.
Breakout 2b taster Interactive Whiteboard use in Literacy
Simon from breathe that some of us met at Waikirikiri at the IWB training ran the taster and shared practical ideas for use of IWB in Literacy.
Kim C

Hooray my rorohiko is now going on Wireless...
The first breakout that i went to was called Living heritage: Bringing our past into the future
Go and check out the site it is

This is an online story template where you can go and work in and the cool thing about it is that it is in both languages Te Reo Maori and Pakeha. You can download stories and plans that you and your class have created about Tikanga a iwi / Social Studies and view other peoples stories and plans to.

Go have a jack whanau...


Showcase to the Future: The new the wild and the wacky.
This workshop was a taster of lots of different ICT uses in schools as well as new technology ideas for use in the classroom.
Fendalton School has a cool website - worth a look.
The apple man spoke about how great the new iPhone is and its uses in the classroom and with web 2 tools. One link he gave was Awesome site for encouraging reading.
Gmail looks awesome and hocks up with all of the google tools. (one I liked was the google presentation tool. An online powerpoint type of application.
Excellent site for Maths (Juniors) is - great for maintenance and seeing where the kids are at.

All I want to do is Teach - Carolyn Stuart

This was an interesting workshop aimed at providing strategies to shift teachers who are resistant to change. Lots of ideas about group norms, meetings, problem solving strategies. Was relieved that at Jeru I don't have dysfunctional teachers like other places do but still cam away with some good ideas for encouraging and supporting change. Carolyn is the Principal at Tawa Intermediate, her ppt can be found on the ULearn site. Sue

Tuesday 7th October
Ivy and Koka Arihia

Waikirikiri Kokas

Kia ora whanau Kim C and Piri B went to Juniors can. This is the link for the Ppt that Jill Hammond did with us so have a read it is some good stuff for you and your tamariki to look at!!!
Here is the website

What an excellent workshop. Both Sam and I love this software and it will be awesome to use for the next Nati Awards.
We picked it up within an hour and a half so that would be 50mins for the kids.
Could be used throughout the curriculum, ideal for oral language, presenting findings in a topic study, encouraging reluctant learners. So many applications and they are improving the software all of the time. Look at examples at

Kia Ora Whanau -
This is very cool software - I have attached a few helpful hints: - Sammy

Help Hints for using this software:

Load - Character
Delete - red cross
move up and down - green arrow -
File - Save as - name
Size of characters - click character size - lock size - change size
Background Size
Set Size for replay - Background Size - this needs to be put at the top of your script - 720 + 576
You tube- 480
Size - Move - Show - above each new character each character
To get rid of character right click and hide
Voice recorder - microphone on
If lose icons - view show icon again
Click on Generate and
when frozen restart - can sometimes freeze when it is big.
$200.00 for a five year subsription - this can be accessed through the Marvin Site.

Looking forward to the MARVIN workshop you'll take with the Cluster, does it work with Macs? Sue

"In the Swim" - Curriculum Design and Implementation

This workshop is being delivered by Julia Aitken, at present there is lots of conversations about the revised curriculum and what schools need to be mindful of. We have listened to student voice and the message from the kids is not new... relationships are the key, along with hard-working, knowledgeable, positive and enthusiastic teachers. There seems to be quite a divide in the room as the primary participants are embracing the revised NZC and the opportunities it brings whereas our secondary colleagues seem to be more focussed on the challenges it will bring them... I'm glad I'm not in their shoes as they have to shift their practice sooooo much!
The Educational Positioning System is an excellent tool for schools to use to reflect on "where they are at" - it also points you to your strengths and development opportunities. The lite version is free to schools, the full version will be at a cost. Links to the Core site and the EPS is in the wiki for this workshop.
Curriculum Design Wi