Friday, 24 May 2019
Computational Thinking introduced by OMGTech! Founder was Pam Fergusson paraplegic; a solo Mum of four boys who bought them a computer. From this a family tradition evolved of being a tech entrepreneur and then being able to bring it into the community. One son developed a charitable trust teaching children to innovate using technology (playing with robots, meeting other children, scaffolding and using new tools). Trailblazers: Match students a mentor from the technical industry such as e-Pou, IGD, Mana Tangata, Institute of Awesome, Voluntari.ly Tech and Environment can be fused together in the outdoors/nature. Identifying schools who can use the volunteers to come and implement these mini workshops with hands on practical learning.
Friday, 17 May 2019
Today we learnt about: Focus on Learner and Teachers (enable them to me more empowered). For example in regards to the PUM; striking against the government for better pay and conditions. Try to avoid the word “Agency” within the Tamaki community as it has different connotations for those involved with schools and agencies helping them. The reality of the situation is that some of our families only earn $19,000 p.a. The Tamaki housing development has existed for 15 - 20 years (state houses which are owned by NZ government)and now those properties are being demolished and new "warmer houses" are being developed. Whole communities have been dispersed and there has been some decline in local school rolls as a result. Manaiakalani is an educational organisation. Technology; adding to your workload and change your life to make things easier. Children arrive at school as five year olds with a mean age of 3 with limited language and low cognitive skills compared to their peers. High decile children have 32 million words (amounts to conversations with family and people who talk to them). Interact with meaningful language that holds learning opportunities for children to gain vocabulary. Teachers need to set up 5+ (blogging posts) including words commenting with each interaction. Oral and written combined. Young people to be empowered, visibility needs to be at the forefront. Empowered whole whanau (access to Wifi, learners taking home devices). Teaching whanau how to go online and use tools that can be accessed from home such as banking, school apps, local council; changing people lives within a community. Groups.google.com (Create group) red button. Invite not add people. Manage group (members). I had an opportunity to sit the Google Level 1 exam today and did not pass. Even though I passed the multiple choice section I was hindered on the theory based working out problems where I missed 3 questions at the end and ran out of time. Even though I feel disappointed I will attempt to sit the exam within a set timeframe as recommended by our course co-ordinators.