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What is the metaverse (and why should educators in Aotearoa care)?

By Josh Hough, Professional Learning Services Programme Manager CORE Education. Imagine yourself as a young person taking your first steps into a new environment on the first day of school. Perhaps the school is steeped in history. Perhaps this all feels very grown up. Perhaps you're anxious about where to go, what to do, and
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Disruptive educators and quality learning design

Complexity and challenging times We’ve encountered many new kupu/words/terms recently that describe different approaches to the delivery of learning. Hybrid learning, online, off-site, blended learning, synchronous, asynchronous, remote learning, are just a few. These disruptions come at a significant stage in our national curriculum refresh, as we near our vision for learning in 2025. I
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Matariki – our past, our future

Ahhhh Matariki, here you are again. This year, I think, your presence will be different. This time more people know your name. This time they will look for you. This time, the ancient being you are, will be honoured. Mānawatia a Matariki.  I paused just the other night and looked at the sky cloaked in
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Building relationships through letting go of control

Existing in relationships triggers everything. Manulani Aluli Meyer (2008) What does it mean to exist in relationships in the context of a classroom? One of the first things I was taught during my teacher training is that relationships are key. Up until recently I believed I was doing my best to foster relationships between myself,
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Everyone belongs….don’t they? Creating safe spaces

Growing up in England, I often felt culturally different – not only to my peers, but also to my parents and extended family. School and home were two different worlds for me and neither overlapped and this left me feeling a sense of isolation, disconnectedness and voicelessness.  I have sensed those same feelings being re-lived
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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

I am Māori. I whakapapa Māori, therefore, I am Māori. Although I am visibly white, my own upbringing follows the same as many Māori. My Nana was Māori but she hated it. She distanced herself as far as she could from te ao Māori, her iwi, her hapū, her whānau. She faced battles that she

uLearn21 reflections: Thriving individuals and communities

This year’s uLearn allowed me to introduce one of our Pasifika academic activators Leali’ie’e Tufulasi Taleni, but more importantly it was a chance to immerse myself in the wealth of Pasifika knowledge shared throughout CORE’s two-day online conference. uLearn21 also gave me the opportunity to reflect on the journey of the Pasifika diaspora to Aotearoa

“From the other side of the fence; let’s break it down.” – Part 2

“I hope to give you a deeper insight into how you as educators can interact with these bright but damaged youth and how the education system is the place to build life-saving bridges.” Taken from Māia Goldsmith’s activator session at uLearn21, this is the second of a two-part blog that shares Māia’s story. This blog

“From the other side of the fence; let’s break it down.” – Part 1

Wahine Māori, Māia Goldsmith, faced multiple challenges from an early age. She was suspended, stood down and expelled – three times. Today, Māia has recently gained her second Bachelor’s degree. Her story shares what it was like to be “excluded from the education system” and the impact of being labelled an “at-risk” rangatahi. Touching many

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