I'm presenting a workshop in Melbourne next week on 'Developing a Makerspace in the Primary School Environment - The future belongs to the curious, the ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out". Crafting my presentation has been a very reflective process.....how to capture it all in 75 minutes (including an 'explore time' with robots too of course). I've submitted to present this workshop at Ulearn this year too so perhaps I'll get the opportunity to share it with a NZ audience too.
This week as well as our 'Antiqued Recycled Art' we've also been exploring OSMO in the Senior school (Tangram - 'hard level' was a hit with Year 5/6's....a challenge they thrived on), making 'how to' videos on using Makey Makey kits to turn everyday objects into a touchpad eg playing music with an apple and a banana, , making 'whirligigs' with at least 4 moving parts, and even constructing 'brains'. Did I mention I LOVE my job!
I watched the 6 o'clock news and had to have a giggle over the 'digital curriculum' piece.....those of us that have been doing it and living it for more years than I can remember are already years ahead of what they're preaching. 40 million dollars to upskill teachers......Money doesn't change attitudes, or set schools and learners up for success, great leaders (who are and who employ transformative educators!) do that. He aha te mea nui o te ao, He Tangata, he tangata, he tangata. If schools aren't teaching with and through digital technologies they're doing their kids a disservice in my opinion. The digital curriculum is definitely a step in the right direction though...
At the very least digital technologies enable students to collaborate, to capture their thinking and their voice and then to share it globally . As educators we should nurture wonderment and awe each and everyday, encouraging students to explore, to problem solve and to tinker both with low tech and high tech.