The Wellington Loop Facilitators

The Wellington Loop has three facilitators this year to help schools with their PD and technical requirements.


Alex Perry
eLearning Facilitator

My focus is on providing quality ‘In school’ PD to Loop schools. The PD will be planned based on the needs of the school, will be delivered on site, and followed up with group and individual support and visits where needed.

Possible PD themes:

  • ‘The implementation of BYOD from the pedagogy perspective’,
  • ‘Digital Citizenship’,
  • ‘eLearning Planning Framework’…
  • “Making the most of Moodle”

Who will I work with? I am keen to work with whole staff, small groups and individual teachers, to develop eLearning capabilities, and ability to then share that knowledge with their colleagues.

PD delivery could be as a presentation, small group workshop, individual tutorials and mentoring…..

Please contact me to make a time to meet and discuss your staffs needs this term.
alleyperry@gmail.com


Calum McGonigle
eLearning Facilitator

My focus is on organising group meetings and speaker sessions. I will also liaise with external agencies (Netsafe, Creative Commons, WCC etc.) that can offer our schools opportunities.

Helen and I will organise the Technical meetings and will be working with Technical partners to try and offer schools better pricing and service. We have four VLN teachers across the Loop. I will provide set up support to them. Currently I am providing administration support for the Loop Steering and Trustee meetings.

I will support Alex with in school PD.

Please contact me to with any ideas you have.
calum.mcgonigle@gmail.com


Helen Jones
Technology Facilitator

My Focus is on helping schools make the best of their ICT systems.  I will help schools source & investigating new technology solutions, and help them with the best way to implement these changes into their school.

Possible ICT Projects across the Wellington:

  • Hapara Teacher Dashboard for schools using Google drive
  • Ruckus Wireless
    • implementation of Ruckus Wireless admin and logging tools
    • sourcing of hardware for schools
  • ICT asset management software for the auditing of hardware and software
  • Centralised solution for storing multimedia content in the cloud for schools

I will works closely with both Alex and Calum to help school get and use the technology they need.

Please contact me if you require any technical help
h.jones@wc.school.nz

i like i wonder

I Like I Wonder is a new monthly event for innovators and creatives in Wellington. Organised by DK.

I Like I Wonder events are about gaining creative wisdom from visiting international speakers through not just listening but by applying your new found insights in a hands-on workshop which follows. The workshops focus is on creating content, extending thoughts, heightening interactions, disrupting models, challenging paradigms, all within a inventive space and through facilitated conversations.

Numbers are kept small to ensure a quality experience—this is not a money making exercise but a exploration of creativity with exclusive groups of like-minded folks.

For more detail and booking information going to the I Like I Wonder website.

PD for term 4

Here is a quick overview of the PD we have locked in for this term:

-DK (ex CORE education / social media expert) on Automating Social Media use: Thu Nov 8  10:00am – 11:30am
-MyPortfolio hands on session with Pascale (MyPortfolio trainer): Tue Nov 20  9:30am – 3:00pm
-ICT leaders get together: Tue Nov 27 12:30pm – 2:30pm

There may be some other sessions also (but they are not confirmed) i.e. We are looking at getting Fronde in to talk about Chromebooks, Chrissie Butler is planning to work with the Learning Support Teachers and Microsoft are planning to do some training on 365 / Onenote etc.

For more information on these sessions talk to your DP / Loop trustee or contact Calum.

The Wellington Loop to meet with Celia Wade-Brown

In the spirt of collaboration The Wellington Loop has been invited to meet with Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown to discuss how the Wellington City Council can work together with schools in the Wellington region.

The Wellington City Council was integral to the inception of the Wellington Loop and it is a wonderful opportunity to renew this relationship.

The Wellington Loop is meeting with Celia Wade-Brown on Tuesday the 25th of September.

ULearn 2012

The ULearn12 programme is structured around three key themes focusing on aspects of learning and leading. The three themes include Collaboration, Innovation, and Education. The event is being held at SkyCity Convention in Auckland from 10-12 October. With over with over 1450 delegates attending 300 workshops, and world renowned keynotes.

The Wellington Loop has 28 delegates attending ULearn 2012 in Auckland.  The Wellington Loop delegates are looking forward to the colbaration experience.

http://ulearn.core-ed.org

 

Catalyst Open Source Academy

Some of you may be aware of the Catalyst Open Source Academy.  For those that do, the 2013 Academy will be the two weeks of January 7th to 18th and we are accepting Applications / Expressions of Interest now.

For those that haven’t heard of the Academy, it is two weeks of introducing Open Source technologies and projects to Secondary School Students.  We want to get students excited by what they can do and what they can contribute to the various community driven Open Source projects that exist.

The first week consists of tutorial sessions covering the various open source tools that will be used as part of the second week of the Academy when we have them working on an Open Source project.

They start out installing Ubuntu onto a laptop, then they work through subjects such as My First Server, How the Web Works, Four Freedoms, PostgreSQL Databases, Graphics with The GIMP and Inkscape, PHP, Event Driven Programming, Java for Android.

The ultimate goal is to teach the students enough to be able to guide them through the process of making a public contribution to an Open Source project, something they can point to and say ‘this is what I did’.  Previous projects students have contributed to have been Koha, Mahara, Drupal, DAViCAl, ACal, Map of CPAN.  Probably the biggest success has been Koha, with a couple of this year’s students continuing with some regular contributions.

So if you know of any students in their last couple of years of school that are interested in technology and could gain something from spending some time learning from the developers at NZ’s largest Open Source company, get them to head to http://catalyst.net.nz/academy and download the Brochure for the 2013 Academy fill it out and get it back to us.

Keep an eye on the Academy web page at http://catalyst.net.nz/academy for any further updates, follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/CatalystAcademy

ICT PD Term 4 2012

The Wellngton Loop has some great opportunities to connect and share innovation during professional development events in Term 4 on:

  • My Portfolio – How your languages department can make better use of MyPorfolio in the classroom.
  • Social Media – How Wellington East Girls College is using Facebook.
  • Microsoft Products – What Microsoft offers schools for free, from tools in the classroom through to server based products to help your school technician streamline their ICT infrastructure.
  • e-learning leaders – the e-learning staff from each Wellington Loop school will get together to discuss their year and to start planning for 2012.
  • PD for 2013 – Focus group on what PD The Wellington Loop will be giving for 2013.

Keep an eye out for these events and if you want to know more about any of these upcoming events, or how you can be a part of the Wellington Loop then get in touch!

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The Loop is a learning community that actively supports schools and teachers to connect, innovate and collaborate together in the digital age.  Through conferences, forums, breakfast sessions and with projects and networks supported by our staff, we provide a platform for shared learning and innovation.  Eleven secondary schools and three primary schools in the Wellington area are already collaborating and learning from each other through the Loop.  Get in touch and become part of the Wellington Loop.