Spotlight sessions are led by invited speakers who will explore aspects of the uLearn18 conference strands as they relate to their work and expertise.
Navigating a VUCA World - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous
How schools and society can help individuals acquire the competencies to navigate a VUCA world, is at the forefront of world-wide debate. Leading the way is an OECD project, ‘Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030’. Lane will explore and discuss how the Key Competencies are positioned to drive profound curriculum change.
Lane Clark, a native of Toronto in Canada, has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's leading experts in powerful pedagogy and in the design and delivery of engaging, rigorous and meaningful curriculum. Lane has been presenting around the world for the last 25 years, and has worked across New Zealand, visiting twice a year, since 1994. Consequently she has a deep and broad understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum and national context.
Lane is the author of two books: ‘Where Thinking and Learning Meet’ and ‘Where Assessment Meets Thinking and Learning’, both published by Hawker Brownlow in Australasia. She has developed an inquiry learning model; a thinking framework; 9 micro-processes for learning; a suite of evaluation tools; and an organisational tool, the 'Thinkchart', that guides learners in the explicit construction and deep processing of schema.
Lane was a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Thinking. She is an outstanding workshop presenter and facilitator and consistently receives rave reviews for her insightful, thought provoking approach to teaching and learning and highly practical knowledge.
Creative, digital and competent learners in the DT & HM Curriculum
Invigorate your class programme using the new Digital Technologies Curriculum to deliver your existing content. Looking at the progressions from senior Primary through junior Secondary, we will explore learning in a digital curriculum: where learners are heading, how teachers can help to get them there, and ways to make transitions as smooth as possible.
Chris Dillon is currently involved in the DT & HM Online for NCEA project for the Ministry of Education, is an executive member of Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa (DTTA), and is on the PPTA ICT Advisory. A teacher for over 14 years, he also teaches Digital Technology & Electronics at Cambridge High School. Previous roles have included VLN Coordinator and teacher of Art, Media Studies, and DVC. For 20 years prior, he worked as a multimedia tutor, freelance design consultant, graphic artist and design-studio manager here and overseas.
You cannot be what you cannot see
Engaging young women, and other underrepresented groups into STEM and entrepreneurship is instrumental in improving outcomes and addressing inequalities. The impact of automation will not fall evenly and we need to urgently address women's current concentration in the fields set to be automated, coupled with their relative absence from the fields set to grow.
Whilst still at school, Alexia’s passion for female success led her to create GirlBoss New Zealand, an organisation which encourages young women to embrace male-dominated entrepreneurship, leadership, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields. GirlBoss captured the zeitgeist, and in just two years has more than 8,000 members across New Zealand. Just returned from a space mission with NASA, Alexia’s own mission is to get young women to the table - the boardroom table that is, and she believes the decisions made while young are crucial in paving the way. She has become the Gen Z go-to for organisations wishing to engage with and support the next generation of ambitious young women.
Alexia’s passion for future-focused education is why she was named the most influential woman under 25 years at the 2016 Westpac Women of Influence Awards, Most Creative in Education in the 2018 Idealog Awards, a Top 30 Global Teen Leader and was personally awarded a Queen's Young Leader Award for services to the Commonwealth by Her Majesty, The Queen.
Developing deep and meaningful ako relationships with iwi, community, industry and universities
Presenting alongside some of his students, Nick will share recent examples of successful collaborations in order to provide powerful learning experiences and benefits for both his students and community.
Nick Pattison started New Zealand’s first STEM immersion class at Rongomai Primary in Otara in 2016 to show how STEM education can provide accelerated learning for the students. His primary classroom led the testing of homes for mould in South Auckland.
As Learning Designer STEM at Ormiston Junior College and Primary, Nick is pushing the boundaries of what a modern New Zealand education looks like. He is leading projects with large companies toward community outcomes such as increasing fishing stock, monitoring bee population health, creating biochar from plant waste to sequester carbon and grow food crops all while making it fun and engaging for the students, scientist and community.
Co-founder of Smart Fish, Nick is currently working on projects such as how to improve mathematics instruction for underachieving students by using robots in collaboration with the University of California, AUT’s STEM Centre and developing new systems for using the latest in technology within New Zealand’s classrooms.
Va‘atele: Creating reciprocal partnerships and digital translanguaging opportunities with Pasifika learners and their whānau
Rae will talk about digital translanguaging, and what schools need to do to enable genuine two-way knowledge sharing and the development of reciprocal partnerships between teachers, learners and whānau. She will share voices from the Pasifika Early Literacy Project, and examples of digital translanguaging processes and products that have been developed by teachers, Pasifika children and their whānau.
About Dr Rae Si'ilata
Dr. Rae Si‘ilata is a Lecturer in Biliteracy–Pasifika at the University of Auckland, in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She has been a teacher, principal, PLD facilitator, researcher, project director and lecturer in Aotearoa and Samoa. Her areas of interest include bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Māori and Pasifika Education, second language acquisition, translanguaging and reciprocal whānau-school partnerships.
Māori success in our education system
Are ‘schools’ culturally safe places? Are we talking past each other around expectations and what Māori success looks like? What changes do we all need to make? Wharehoka will discuss collaboration within iwi and kura/school settings, and his on the ground experiences with Kāhui Ako.
Wharehoka Wano (Taranaki, Te Atiawa and Ngati Awa whakapapa) is Tumuwhakarito of Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust (iwi's post settlement governance entity). He has more than 20 years experience working in the education sector, and is known for his leadership in the promotion of te reo Māori in the community.
Making future-oriented change less frightening for your school community
Most educators know that the ways our learners need to learn in order to thrive are very different from the ways their parents, caregivers or even older siblings learned. This session will walk you through a set of tried and tested futures tools and techniques that you can use to engage your school community in conversations about what the future might look like and why learning needs to be different right now - and how it's OK to let go of what school used to be.
Stephanie Pride is a professional futurist who heads StratEDGY Strategic Foresight, a consultancy helping sectors, organisations and communities anticipate and adjust to change. She has worked in New Zealand, Australia and the UK and currently has a particular focus on the changing nature of work.
Prior to setting up StratEDGY, Stephanie designed and led the State Service Commission’s Futures Programme for the state sector and was Chief Advisor for Secondary Futures, the New Zealand arm of the OECD Schooling for Tomorrow programme.
In addition to client work, Stephanie has initiated a number of public good futures events to help build futures literacy for all. She has served on the board of the international Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network and the New Zealand Futures Trust. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Studies Federation.
Artificial Intelligence - New Zealand opportunities
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most talked about technology of our time, promising to transform fundamental aspects of how we live, work and play. The capability of AI to perform tasks that were previously the sole preserve of humans will free people up to focus on higher value activities - but also creates a sense of unease about our very usefulness in the future. Ben will discuss the many opportunities and challenges arising from AI, and how this will impact education - from personal AI tutors through to tools to help teachers focus on higher value tasks to the new ethical concerns arising from AI.
Ben Reid is the Executive Director of the AI Forum of New Zealand, an independent membership-based organisation which aims to raise levels of awareness and capabilities of AI in New Zealand. The Forum brings together citizens, industry, academia and the government to help connect, promote and advance the AI ecosystem to help dramatically improve New Zealand's future prosperity and social outcomes. Ben has a long and diverse career background as a software technologist and strategic consultant in the technology industry in the UK and New Zealand and internationally.
Collaborative learning of subject content and computational thinking
Teachers face unique challenges and opportunities to support children’s curiosity about computer science. Computational thinking (CT) provides a versatile bridge to computer science and serves as a powerful problem solving skill across the curriculum. Be inspired to integrate CT into your content lessons to support the learning of both subject content and computer science. Proven success lessons, designed and field-tested by teachers in grades 4-6, and important strategies and resources for teachers will be shared.
About Dr Youwen Ouyang
Dr Youwen Ouyang is the Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Information Systems Department at California State University. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching a wide range of Computer Science courses at both undergraduate and graduate level. She is also the principal investigator of several National Science Foundation grants focusing on computer science education in K-12 settings.
About Dr Katherine Hayden
Dr Katherine Hayden is Professor Emerita in the School of Education in California State University. She has more than 25 years in public education, first as a classroom teacher and later teaching educational technology to pre service candidates. Her areas of research include professional development of teachers, online learning and integration of computational thinking in classroom curricula.