Skip to main content

What is an 'Unconference'?

This afternoon I had the opportunity to present in an 'unconference' webinar organised by Tessa Gray from CORE education.  It was a great experience and I really enjoyed the other presenters, as well as the chance to share some of the things we have been trying at GBHS.  An 'unconference' is an informal meeting that aims to collect ideas from across the country and share them in real time with the opportunity for questions and input from everyone involved.  This particular event was concerned with 'inspirational e-learning examples and top tips'!

I was really impressed by the other presenters, especially looking into the collaborative work that Gaye Bloomfield had been doing with her senior psychology classes and her amazing website and blogs - you can find more information about how her blog came into existence here as well as other links to her blogs and learning sites - definitely gives me something to aim towards.

Anne Kennealy inspired me with her approach to teaching the class where the students designed the learning space and decided what was taught each day.  There was emphasis on ubiquity and BYOB to encourage and engage the learners - hopefully there will be more classes like this in the near future, I hope to be able to try some of these approaches with my PE classes!

Here are the slides that I used which summarise some of the blog posts that I wrote about social responsibility and google drive.  Overall the 'unconference' experience was brilliant, and it gives teachers an opportunity to be involved in professional learning without the boundaries of time and cost involved with transport and accommodation - for me being on the East coast of NZ this is great because I get to feed my mind with wonderful ideas without leaving Wainui beach!!!

Here is a link to the Virtual Learning Network site - it is an amazing place to learn and find others opinions about being a connected teacher and learner in New Zealand - come and join in!!  You can also find a link to the original recording of the webinar.


Popular posts from this blog

Learning analytics in secondary schools

What can be learnt from the challenges faced in the use of learning analytics in tertiary institutions, when considering its application in secondary education? photo by Frank Dabek I posed this question after reading several sources regarding the use of learning analytics in education.  As a secondary school teacher I was interested in finding out if there was anything to be learnt about the application of analytics in tertiary setting , before it is embedded into secondary schooling.  The NMC 2013 Horizon Report claims that within 2-3 years it will have developed beyond the 20% penetration point.  After summarising sources I found common themes in the challenges faced when utilising learning analytics. Driving forces behind analytics Error correction and data override Collection of valuable data Ethics, morals and privacy I will evaluate the considerations of each challenge when applied in the secondary context to raise the achievement of learners and inform successfu

Motivation and homework follow up...

Last week I wrote about setting a homework challenge to learn muscles of the body as an online game - the students then had to post screen grabs on google+ to show they had done it and to be in contention for the hallowed prize of 'King of the Muscles' and a cafe voucher. I wasn't quite sure how it was going to go, but by Thursday the buzz in all my senior classes was about ' poke-a-muscle '.  The boys were so excited about it they'd post a score, and then find out that someone had beaten them, and then rush out of the class at interval to get to a computer and beat the top score.  I even had an email on Saturday (two days after the due date) from two boys who had been practicing and spent the afternoon working together to try and beat the original high scores they had submitted with the homework!!!

Gamification of human anatomy

Poke-a-muscle and whack-a-bone are two really fun web apps that refresh understanding of human anatomy.  I'm using them today in my lesson and getting the boys to screen grab their best score and post it to our Google+ community to encourage some healthy competition between the students.  I finished the lesson off with a collaborative problem solving activity that I found on the TES website which asks the students to match up statements about functions of the skeleton !