Friday, June 10, 2016

You are part of a rebel alliance...

I valued the opportunity to connect with educators from across Asia Pacific at the Google Educator Groups Summit last week. GEGNZ is unique. As New Zealand's only Google Educator Group its strength is an awesome nationwide community supporting both our GEGNZ events and GEGNZ Study Groups.

Most APAC countries have locally based GEGs with Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines including upwards of 30-40 groups in each country. I especially admired the determination of the GEG leaders in these countries who are championing professional learning in their communities. 
Many face challenges of geography, access and bureaucracy however,  this has not been a barrier to them connecting, learning and importantly challenging the status quo. 
The force has definitely been awakened by educators like +Steven Sutantro and +Gusman Adi. Check out their blog post ... inspiring stuff!

Keynote and GEG program founder, +Carolyn Wendell advocating professional learning choices based on what you want versus what you should do.
My GEG APAC Summit presentation also includes links to additional resources in the speaker notes. 
Shout out to +Philip Tanpoco #GEGAPAC and all the GEG Leaders who contributed to the success of the summit. He aha te mea nui o te ao? What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata...It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Friday, May 27, 2016

a.k.a. anything not Google

This term I am contributing to the Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy (MDTA) Digital Immersion PLG every Friday. Our focus for this term is 'create' via a different digital medium each week. I am enjoying supporting our Beginning Teachers plus appreciating the opportunity to learn and create via media I don't use everyday... a.k.a. anything not Google ;-)

Last week's challenge... create a short film to share learning during the past week, edited in iMovie. Each day we filmed short snippets to provide us with the raw video to edit on Friday.

I have used many iterations of iMovie over the past 10 years and valued this time to edit and explore some of the features I was not familiar with. Bonus... learnt lots from my MDTA colleagues in the process e.g. split screen thanks  +Georgia Dougherty 
Check out the MDTA blogs - linked from this photo.
Thanks also to the learners in the schools I spend my week with Stonefields, Ruapotaka, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Puau Te Moananui A Kiwa, Sommerville Special School. Bring on this year's Manaiakalani Film Festival.

Our shared doc of iMove Tips

If anyone can tell me how to stop my playhead skipping back to the beginning of my timeline when editing, I'd appreciate a comment below. Thanks

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Learn. Share. Inspire. Empower.

Great to connect with the #GEGNZ  community today at #gafesummit Auckland with +Justine Driver and +Rob Clarke

Lots of korero around Google Certification and Study Groups, plus sharing ideas about how educators can support events locally.

We're excited about the #SparkshopAKL event at Ormiston Primary School on Saturday 28th and the possibilities for similar events in other locations. Thanks to participants who shared their learning in the GEGNZ G+ Community today.

#GEGNZ  will also be at the Wellington and Christchurch events too!  Check out the slide deck for event information and recources.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

"Are they learning or playing?" *

Shout out to everyone who participated and contributed to #educamprotovegas and #educampwelly today. 

Travelled from Auckland this morning with +Justine Driver  and +Karen Ferguson - bonus car korero extending the learning (and we did not travel the furthest!) 

Inspiring stories from passionate educators at Rotorua Girls' High (+Steve Katene ) punctuated by connected conversations and tempting tweets flooding a trending stream via #educampwelly   

Great to connect with +Shona Poppe who also fixed the date for #educampBOP on the wiki calendar

Huge thanks to our hosts +Annemarie Hyde +Marnel van der Spuy +Alex Le Long + the awesome +Philippa Nicoll Antipas and the #WellyED team... ka mau te wehi!

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

+Caroline Bush  EducampNZ wiki

Friday, January 15, 2016

Chrome Multiple Users - Update

View on Mac OS - click 'People' to add person
or switch between accounts. 

Shared previously the benefits of creating multiple users in chrome especially in my role across a community of schools.

Multiple users enables me to personalise Chrome for each of the school accounts I am using, including blogging admin accounts, and saves a lot of time when switching between different Google accounts.

Even if you are accessing two accounts e.g. GAFE account and a account, creating another user is recommended rather than adding an account.

Adding accounts can result in conflicts when using other applications that need to be signed into with your Google Account e.g. Hapara Teacher Dashboard.

Recommend alerting your learners to this as well. Remind them to add a new user rather than signing into another account from within their existing account on their Chromebook. I have noticed this can also display as an issue when viewing student accounts via Hapara Teacher Dashboard.

Kasey Bell has created an awesome video with step by step instructions, including removing accounts and adding new users. Recommend you add +Kasey Bell on Google+ and follow @ShakeUpLearning on Twitter too!