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Imagine a rainbow – the Arts and learning

By Rachel McNamara – inspired by uLearn20 keynote Peter O’Connor Have you ever watched a group of 3-year-olds dance? It’s gold! I laugh. I cry. It’s better than any Dancing with the Stars episode I can tell you. They don’t care who’s watching – they’re in boots and all. My daughter is honestly beside herself

Good teaching is like good cooking!

With a background as a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts, Pedro Noguera was an inspired choice of keynote to open day two of the uLearn20 (virtual) conference. He didn’t
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Wellbeing and resilience in Aotearoa – act now!

Dr Lucy Hone’s keynote at #ulearn20, What do we need to learn for lifelong success? was all about reimagining success, learning and tomorrow. In this blog I share some insights from Lucy’s kōrero. As director of New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience Lucy cited evidence of the high levels of distress among our tamariki
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Reimagine tomorrow for tamariki

By Alicia Ngaropo-Tuia –  inspired by uLearn20 keynote Janelle Riki-Waaka If you hadn’t heard already, uLearn20 was epic! After 15 years of phenomenal, boundary pushing, innovative and disruptive face-to-face learning, uLearn went online for the first time. Transforming this event from a physical to a virtual space was no mean feat, but for our people
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In pursuit of ora

This blog is about my approach to life, wellbeing, and ora. What I share is my personal understanding, and the understanding of those who have shared knowledge with me. Some information comes from the study of Māori health at university. The blog is designed as a taster, hopefully highlighting aspects of ora for you to

Gaming up your te reo Māori

Learning a new language can be a confronting and terrifying experience for many people, and in this I am speaking from experience. As a Māori, not knowing how to kōrero Māori confidently, there were, and still are, many barriers and anxieties when it comes to my own reo journey. In my journey I’ve found that
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Talanoa Mai: Pacific early learning services engaging online

Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga. Prepare yourself a gift for your travels. This Samoan proverb asks people to prepare for the road ahead. It highlights the importance of honouring, respecting and sharing the gifts of life’s journey. Aupito William Sio, Minister of Pacific Peoples, used this proverb recently in an interview with Radio New
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How to make the most of a virtual conference

2020 has been a year of many firsts for the education community. Here at CORE we are taking our uLearn20 conference online for the first time. It is an epic and exciting undertaking, and offers an opportunity for us to explore new ways of learning collaboratively by distance. If you have been to uLearn or
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Online conferences: an in-depth example of getting value for you and your team

Derek Wenmoth, Principal Consultant, CORE Education With Dr Wendy Bamford, Principal at Wānaka Primary School CORE Education’s Deep Learning Lab (DLL), held during the recent school break, provided many New Zealand educators with their first opportunity to experience a fully online conference. Normally a two-day event in a physical location somewhere in New Zealand, this

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