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I attended the first Tech Angels meeting and came away very impressed and inspired. It is clear that the use of technology is a tool that has huge potential to revolutionise the learning environment. I had a brief discussion with colleagues after the meeting and I came away with a number of observations and challenges.

Observations (What?):

  • Many akonga have skills and talents that are often not ‘exposed’ or ‘tapped into’ in the traditional learning environment.
  • It is interesting to note the learning environment that can evolve when akonga are given ownership, choice and responsibility.
  • The topic or context around which learning takes place hugely impacts on the learning environment. i.e. relatable, relevant, etc.

Challenges (So what?):

  • How do I conceptualise learning and the learning environment? Is it very ‘traditional’ or do I allow akonga to explore, connect and develop ideas freely? Do I challenge them to think or do I ‘feed’ them the knowledge?
  • How can I incorporate the use of devices in the science lab to revolutionise the learning space and really become a facilitator to learning, rather than a driver or director of learning?
    • further what impact could this have on akonga ability to self manage and develop intrinsic motivation?
  • Can my classroom become paper free? Is this a good idea? Are there negative impacts on learning for this?
  • How do I effectively use devices in the classroom for learning when all akonga have different levels of ability? And how much time can I spend teaching this when, as a science tech teacher, I have limited amount of teaching time with akonga?

Next steps (Now what?):

  • Begin an inquiry around digitalising the science curriculum and the impact on learning.
  • Research other science teachers who have effectively digitalised their curriculum.
  • Continue to attend Tech Angels meeting (and others) to further develop my own skills and knowledge.
  • Read some of the research around MLE that constantly use devices and identify the pros and cons.
  • Check the availability of suitable devices for use in the science lab. Do I have enough?
  • Begin to plan how I could digitalised the science curriculum.

Criteria this relates to:

4 – Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and development of personal professional practice.,
5 – Show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
7 – Promote a collaborative, inclusive and supportive learning environment.,
9 – Respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests and needs of individuals and groups of akonga.,

Code of Ethics 
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others
4 – Truth – to be honest with others and self

Key Competencies 
2 – Relating to others
3 – Thinking

Tamara Bell said:

Great first reflection Veronica – it is really exciting to see you inspired by the mad skills our tamariki have and begin thinking about the implications this has on your own teaching practice. I look forward to seeing your inquiry develop further and what gains our kids will have from your new learning. Kia kaha!

– 29/02/2016   

Scott Thelning said:

I’m so excited as the Principal to read your reflections and thoughts. Your questions are meaningful, well considered and could lead you to some great outcomes! We talked about these students and it is frightening how much we are potentially numbing them to bits in our classes. Great job.

– 16/03/2016