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Marvin --- Much Fun!

Well I've finally set a bit of time aside from doing my last assignment to play with Marvin.  I have had a great fun becoming a kid again and making the characters do all sorts of werid and wonderful things.  I'll be testing out the program with my class on Tuesday as a bit of treat after they have sat their PAT test.  I think it'll have to be something that we use with our buddy class to create a review of the year and definately something we show off in assembly to our wider community. 

If you haven't had a chace to play yet, give it a go, there are many easy to follow tutorials available for download.  I managed to create my own background image using Art Rage and my own voice using Audacity.

Here is my first attempt at making a little video I'm going to add to it and use it to introudce our class topic on Tuesday...





I'll post more complex examples as I create them.

Ulearn Notes - Pre Conference

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Here are the notes I took during our pre-conference workshop with David Anderson - Thinking Teacher - Thinking Classroom.





The list of attributes a thinking teacher should have...


Goal setting as a thinking teacher...

ULearn Notes - Breakout 1,2,3, Monday Keynote

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As promised here are my notes from ULearn 09.  My battery tended to run out by the end of the keynote or even before we got to the keynote hence some of the notes being in pen & paper versions rather than digital.  I used my tablet laptop and inspiration where I could to write my notes in a mind map sort of form.  I haven't used inspiration extensively before, I found it useful to write my notes rather than type them and the ability to move them around within the mindmap made it easier to organise and link my thoughts together.


Martyn Weatherhill - Nine in 90 The Best E-Learning Tools in 10 Minutes or Less - Breakout 1

I used onenote to record my notes for this breakout.  I didn't write a lot as we were given a CD with all of the information we needed on it.  I really enjoyed this breakout and the software that Martyn chose to introduce us to.  I'll definately be looking into a few of them for schoolwide installation.




Andrea Tele'a - Authentic Presenters for an Authe…

ULearn Notes - Breakout 4 & 5, Thursday Keynote

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Gary Stager - The Best Educational Ideas in the World - Breakout 4




Tony Bryank and Amanda Prosser - Embedding ICT into 21st Century Classrooms - Breakout 5




Derek Wennmoth - The Future's Not What It Used To Be - Keynote Thursday

ULearn Notes - Breakout 6 & 7, Friday Keynote

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Andy Penman - Qwizdom - Breakout 6




Jill Pears - Get Scratching - Breakout 7



Learning Journeys - Margaret Carr - Friday Keynote

Ulearn Day 3

Last day :(.  Breakouts first thing this morning were a little hard to get up for after all the great entertainment and food at the conference dinner last night.  I made it.

Interesting to find out about Qwizdom this morning, how it all worked and potential applications in the classroom.  Probably not somehting I would consider but always worth having a look at these new technologies.

I'm off to learn all about using scratch next.

Ulearn Day 2

What a great day, a little tired from all the thinking I’m doing but still well worth attending the breakouts and keynote we had today. I have to take my hat off to Derek Wenmonth that stepped in and gave us a keynote at short notice. I think we need more educators who are willing to take the risks you did in your keynote this morning.


It’s always great to here from the people that are actually out there using ICT in ways that are allowing children to experience things that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. I think everyone around me enjoyed listening to the enthusiastic recount of what the Pt England children had been doing especially with the chance they had to talk with Will Smith.

Breakout 4 provided me with more challenges from Gary Stager, I wrote on my evaluation from – thank you for challenging the way I teach, I think all of us need that challenge every so often just to remind ourselves to think about why we are doing what we are doing and ensure we are able to answer that qu…

Ulearn Pre-conference & Day 1

Well I don’t think I can put into words the inspiration that I felt today during the Ulearn conference. As a first time attendee I didn’t really know what to expect so I just made sure I read everything on the website and emails that I received I also joined up to twitter earlier this year and watched with interest the excitement that has developed over the last few weeks leading up to the conference.


I have now attended my pre-conference workshop, the first day keynote and breakouts 1,2 and 3 and I’m really looking forward to the next installment tomorrow. I can’t wait to be challenged an inspired by the presenters tomorrow.

Notes from today will be scanned in soon.

Pre-Conference – Thinking Teacher Thinking Classroom – David Anderson
A challenging presentation that made me really think carefully about my classroom practice.

Breakout 1 - Nine in 90 minutes
Breakout 2 - Authentic presenters for an authentic audience
Breakout 3 - Showcase for the future
The one presentation I didn’t m…

ULearn Here I Come!

Well I'm off to ULearn on the early flight tomorrow.  Starting with a pre-conference workshop >> Thinking Teacher Thinking Classroom.  I'm really looking forward to it and the rest of the conference.  It is going to be a fantastic opportunity to share, network and learn I can't wait!

I'll be updating my blog as I go through the conference so check back soon.

What's Really Important?

In light of recent natural disasters I find myself asking - what's really important for me to teach the children in my classroom?  When I think about the tsunamis and earthquakes that struck Samoa and Indonesia earlier this week along with feeling a sense of despair because I can't help many of those affected it also makes me wonder about what children in those situations really needed to know.


Obviously some of us are in situations where we are more at risk of natural disasters or human made disasters than others. So why is it then that New Zealand is trying to make a standard that all children will be measured against, surely there are things that are more important to teach in some regions of our country than others, so how can we possibly apply the same standard to all children?


I may be oversimplifying here.  Wouldn't it be better for our children to be able to think for themselves, solve problems, see the big and the small picture rather than smaller goals like knowing…