Organised by:FionaGrant and team

When:Saturday 24th July, 10am to 3pm

Summerland Primary,
62 Summerland Drive,
Henderson, Auckland

Acoording to
“The purpose of EducampNZ is to both learn and contribute. It is based on the OpenSpace Meeting Format . No real agenda has been set and it is up to attendees to determine the focus for the sessions, grow learning, network and have fun!”

Educamp is an opportunity for educators to come together and find out about new technologies being used for teaching and learning and also to contribute their own ideas and experiences.

Well over 50 educators came together for the day.

As soon as I greeted everyone and had introductions with people at my table I sat down and quickly activated the following.

  1. Set up my laptop to access Summerland Primary’s Wireless system.
  2. Opened up several windows on my laptop.
    1. Wallwisher
    2. Twitter
    3. Acesnet wikispace
    4. My own wikispace.
    5. A searching page with google so that I could keep up with the different presentations.

Dorothy B from Pt England School introduced us to “Smack down” .
Smackdown is an opportunity to share lots of cool tools and inspirational ideas in a short space of time. This is an opportunity for participants to present and share with minimal preparation and to let others know what you are interested in. Smorgasboard of ideas.
Only entries on wallwisher could get up and speak.

Dorothy gave participants a time limit of 3 minutes to share their ideas.
Here were some ideas that stuck in my mind. Most did not need the full time.
I was up first and shared about using wikispaces with our school community and also Superclubsplus for learning about cybersafety and cybercitizenship.

Then as fast as I could write I heard about the following

- Sugar is a free desktop environment designed with the goal of being used by children for learning. They looked quite radical and different. The cost is reasonable and an ICT cluster can team together to buy 100. Sugar was originally developed as part of the nonprofit One Laptop per Child (OLPC, a low-cost educational laptop project), Sugar is now developed under the umbrella of Sugar Labs, a nonprofit spin-off of OLPC which began operating in May 2008. – Wikipedia
- is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.

- is great for simple concepts that have a visual component. “Animoto is a web application that produces videos from user-selected photos, video clips and music. Animoto analyzes the provided photos, video clips and music, using them to generate a video similar to a trailer. According to the website, the song is analyzed, producing a unique video every time. The site also claims that no two videos are ever the same.” -Wikipedia

- National library: 21st Century Literacy & Inquiry shared with us the new collection. Have a look for resources to support reading, school libraries and 21st Century Literacy.

- www.**historypin**.com/ Historypin is the place where people come together to share their historical pictures and stories.

- www.**dipity**.com/ Dipity lets you create timelines that you can share with the world. You can share the latest news, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Twitter and more.

- GoAnimate is a way to easily create animations and share with friends.

- AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook. Over the weekend I was interested to see the feedback on Twitter from delegates regarding answergarden.

- We were introduced to Software for Learning from TKI A site for teachers to select and integrate software as part of a rich learning environment. I had already been watching this area.

- Auckland Computers in Education Society and the group running the Educamp.

- www.**jog**the**web**.com is a great tool for teachers who want students to go to specific sites. It’s like tabbed browsing through a set of saved bookmarks, but with the added bonus of allowing the teacher to post comments or questions at the bottom of the web pages.

- Students record up to five things they learn everyday. Teachers manage + keep track of their students and classrooms.

- a Paint programme online. Flash is required.

- Google have teamed up with online safety organization iKeepSafe to develop a curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible online citizen.

The following block of time was split and and delegates could choose where to go according to interest. I chose www.**google**.com/educators/index.html. Dorothy from Pt England shared with us their journey on using Google Aps.

Some of their learning includes using the same system as part of a life long solution. So even when the child leaves school, they can keep their same profile and continue to use google tools in life.

-each child has one document in preference to a folder.
-team meetings on google docs
-planning for school camp on the school field using google
-planning for the school productions.

I can easily see the school server being without a job.
Google backups are secure and cross country back ups are ongoing.

During lunchtime I caught up with Pete H from Summerland.
He kindly spent time with me discussing “Walk throughs”. Pete reminded me of a previous blogpost to reread

-no notice
-walk throughs is about practice
-walk throughs are to stimulate practice
-not to see what is in a room
-not to criticize or compliment

Some of the questions he raised with me included
Is the absence of what can be seen in a room a true indication that the children are learning?
How do we change practice?
-Adults change practice on their own terms

After speaking with Pete, I tagged along with Luke and the others as they toured Summerland Primary School. It was an amazing experience seeing the way some of the classes were set up. The library was beautifully presented. The high quality of artwork was stimulating and I gained many ideas. I really like the way the resource room was set out with clearly labeled boxes. The outside areas had sunshades. The staffroom was airy and set out in an inviting and friendly way. The classrooms were colourful and children’s work was well displayed. My favourite room was the room where the Educamp was hosted. It had 2 large data screens. It was light and airy. Unfortunately I came in later so missed walking through many classes.

After lunch I was introduced to geocaching. A totally geek activity.
From Wikipedia “
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware container or ammo box) containing a logbook. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is most often described as a "game of high-tech hide and seek," sharing many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, Letterboxing, and waymarking.”

Gerrard shared with us his experience on taking a group of student geocaching.
Teachers had their own cellphones.
Public transport was used. No last names on the name card. Only first name and cell phone number. His students covered 38 KM over 3 days.
School gathers data off the students GPS systems. They can be tracked as they move around the set routes. Students can add coordinates of heir current location and this can be tracked using Google Earth

He suggested Etrex GPS system. I visited Dick Smith that afternoon and bought my own system. One of my goals is to visit each of he Auckland mountain over this term so I can see personal use straight away. I bought the cheapest option because of technicalities. I also debated whether to just use an IPOD which would be double the price. So over the next few weeks I will use the device and write my learning.

After today. I have set personal ICT goals.

  1. Revisit the staff meeting planned for walkthroughs and make some changes
  2. Learn to use an ETREX for geocaching
  3. Bookmark school’s account with Google Educator
  4. Learn more about answer garden
  5. Explore some of the new web2 tools shared in the smackdown
  6. Share Educamp learning at the next Lead Teacher ICT day.