CLA Leading Change workshop

When it rains, it pours for PL in Tauranga. This is the second session this week put on by CORE education. Hosted at Tahatai Coast School, we started being welcomed at a brief powhiri by a group of students (I managed to remember most of the words to ‘Te Aroha‘ in response…). The Principal gave a short greeting and was being followed around by a student who looked like he was being Principal for a day.

I met Teresa from Tarawera College in the morning and along with Jason from Greenpark and Andre from Tahatai Coast, had some productive conversations during the day.

Link to workshop presentation.

The first task was to look at Change leadership. Sometimes, this is like herding cats:

Started off by looking as aspects of Tu Rangatira with a short matching activity which splits up leadership into the following aspects:

  1. He Kaitiaki  – Guardian
  2. He Kaiwhakarite – Manager
  3. He Kanohi Matara – Visionary
  4. He Kaiako – Teacher/Learner
  5. He Kaimahi – Worker
  6. He Kaikōtuitui – Networker
  7. He Kaiarataki – Advocate

So driving change is hard. This quote from Michael Fullan provides some guidance:

‘The only way to close the achievement gap for all students is to drive change at all schools. No exceptions. But change is such a huge idea – where do you start?

The three critical imperatives:

  • create great leaders
  • stop boring students
  • drive change from the middle out rather than the top down.’


To investigate change further, each group did a jigsaw activity based on four models of change leadership – Fullan, Cynefin, Kotter, and Tu Rangatira. I had Kotter’s 8 steps to investigate and present.

So, a bit similar to this idea of the three carriages for leading innovation. I had a crack at making a quick Powtoon to feedback this model to my group.

Here’s a link to the padlet where each groups shared their presentations.

So then, how to lead change? Well, don’t underestimate the power of the first follower.

Now having an understanding about leading change and collaboration, we move to linking in with digital tools. A good place to start was to think about inviting people to a party. How do we get people to come?

  • Send invites
  • What is the purpose of the party?
  • Welcome people at the door
  • Recognise every individual
  • Engage in conversation

Moving to the digital tool, think of a Black box. If we want digital tools to support this collaboration, what are the features that will support collaboration? Here’s a link to my template which was a useful way of helping think of suitable tools.

Some new tools to try:

  • Flipgrid: student responses by video
  • Yammer: communication tool similar to Slack
  • Wix: Easily create great looking websites
  • Weebly: another tool for free websites
  • Flask: Simple to do lists you can share.
  • Today’s meet: Online discussion tool
  • brainstorming/mind mapping
  • Draw Toast: Problem solving activity with resources.
  • Game storming: an approach to developing innovative ideas.




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CORE Digitech Roadshow

CORE Eduction were hosting a free day with a focus on the draft Digital Technology curriculum. Hosted at the new ACG Tauranga, the day began with a keynote by Mike Walmsley of Code Avengers. Mike again reinforced the potential of the IT industry in NZ for creating jobs for our students in the near future and how important being exposed to digital experiences is throughout the education.

Here’s a link to the day’s collaborative notes with some additional take outs for me below.

Breakout 1 – Design Thinking with Nicki Tempero

Have blogged about this before and this session presented the 5 steps in a slightly different fashion.

  • Link to the presentation
  • Filtering the ideas: Safe bet, Long shot, Darling
  • Feedback on the pitch: Rose (Positive), Bud (Opportunity), Thorn (Challenge)


Breakout 2: Coding and Robotics

Final breakout was a walkthrough of Code avengers – a site initially designed to support on line learning for NCEA Digital Technology curriculum.

Made a connection with Tessa Gray  and joined up to CORE’s Edspace, and a couple of VLN groups. On one of the posts, found this video which resonated with me about the challenge for schooling in the 21st Century.


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Keynote – Richard Wells

Some takeout from Richard Well’s day 2 keynote.

You don’t see the rugby coach on the field, opposite in the classroom.

Playground games – kids don’t need a teacher to play. They know the strategies.

Oblique strategies – by Brian Eno. Strategies to get out of creative funk

Students need to given strategy to play on the pitch without the coach.

Activity should recognise the individual, rather than teacher relationship.

The smartest person in the room is… the room.

Link to Tools for Student Learning – results from Crowd sourced tools.

The known unknowns

Use of Mr G to demonstrate key competencies

Give student tools to structure their work e.g. Slides template gallery

Classroom as a place where students feel they can contribute.


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Digital portfolios with Kern Kelly

Notes for workshop

Link to resources with Kern Kelly

Logistics – student account

Idea for CoL – have one GAFE account for student. Stays with them until they leave. Kern’s school district buys a Domain name for each student and uploads all their work.

Whitelist domains so that students can transfer from intermediate domain to secondary domain

Also paid for service with Backupify

Google Takeout or Transfer (move data to a different Google account) or Cloudgopher (paid for service)

Students digitise work

SD card with wireless connection – (Eyefi) automatically upload to cloud album. Can do the same thing with an iPad and Google Photos (shared album)

Go from handwritten to digital with Rocketbook. Draw then scan with App to upload.

Intermediate students up should do it themselves, younger need help.

With group math problem solving, students upload their work (rather than teacher). Student do the heavy lifting.

Use a Google Sheet for students to add links to for required work.


Showcase web site – students choose their best pieces of work. Example from a student.

25 books – Google Books. Create a My library then add shelves. Add a shelf for each year to show how many books they have read in that year. Could also use Goodreads as that has a reading challenge.

Keep up to date with What’s New – Google.

Use students as tech support. See example of TechSherpas. Set up so teachers can fill in a form with query, students will prepare a how to video that shows them the solution within a week.

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Workshop – Digital Tools for your Community of Learning

Thinking of coming along? Just fill in a couple of brief  details and you’ll get a link to my presentation. Three parts to this workshop:

  1. Listen – I’ll share some background and use of tools in my experience as an Across CoL teacher
  2. Discuss – share some thoughts with others about how to best evaluate digital tools
  3. Do – have a play with all the tools mentioned then we’ll crowdsource an evaluation of some common platforms.

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