Unfortunately our new space has had a slight set back with the council delaying the start date........we were due to be in on Monday. So robotics and gadgets have gone into classrooms and our huge multitude of making materials have taken up temporary holding places around the school. We cross fingers that work will start soon as the project itself is not a big one.....to all those that are requesting visits I will keep you in the loop re the building progress. You are also more than welcome to come and have a conversation with me, I can still share with you 'how we roll' and share photographs, video and reflections with you.
I'm working on my top '50' picture books for the Makerspace and adding lesson ideas so will have that released for you very soon.
I'm also working on producing a series of multi touch books for students (who have access to iPad) ......you can download all of the free resources here...
During the school holidays I was extremely privileged to be selected to attend the Apple Distinguished Educators Academy in Melbourne as Alumni along with our two new ADE's (Trudi Fausett and Dorothea Collier). New Zealand was extremely well represented with 5 new ADE's for the class of 2017, for a very small country we are certainly at the forefront of utilising Apple Technologies to truly make a difference to our learners.
I was also selected to present a 3 minute showcase and a 75 minute workshop on 'Developing a Maker Space in the Primary School Enivronment'. I'd have to say that the Showcase was one of the most nerve racking things I have ever done. The showcase is run 'game show' style with me needing to walk up on the stage in darkness when the person on the other side of the stage has one minute left to speak, when they finish a spot light goes on (and you can't see all of the masses in the audience which is a bonus!), you have a stopwatch counting down and just 3 minutes to speak with the auditorium lights switching on when your time is up regardless if you have finished or not. Oh, the pressure! I have to be honest, I thought I felt quite confident speaking but when I sat down afterwards I thought we were experiencing an earthquake......only to come to the realisation that my chair was the only thing shaking!
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.