I attended my first EduIgnite event tonight, hosted by The Mind Lab on Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland. If you ever get the chance, it’s well worth it.
These are held once a term, organised by Emerging Leaders of Aotearoa. The premise is that people give a 5 minute presentation, accompanied with a PowerPoint whose slides automatically transition every 15 seconds, about something that’s worked for them in education. There were people there tonight from primary, secondary and even tertiary institutions. There’s a mix ‘n’ mingle both before and after, with drinks and nibbles if you desire. Oh yes, and it’s free. It’ll only cost you a couple of hours of your time.
Some of the topics I listened to tonight included:
- Student blogging
- Focusing on the why of student writing in primary school
- An educational trip around in the world in 5 minutes
- The ethos behind the structures and setup of a new secondary school
- The importance of embracing Te Reo
- Giving teachers a voice in their PD and faculty work
- Parallels between working in retail and teaching
5 minute presentations with short breaks in between, to allow the next presenter to setup, is perfect timing at the end of a work day. It’s easy to concentrate in short stints and it’s also interesting to hear snippets of different perspectives and activities that are occurring in a wide range of New Zealand schools. It doesn’t matter if those schools are not like yours – it’s the sharing of ideas and experiences that counts.
It’s all about sharing. The first time you attend, there’s no strings attached. Subsequent attendance requires you to either:
(a) help to expand the group by bringing along someone else
(b) give a 5 minute presentation
Fair enough, considering it’s organised by volunteers!
The Mind Lab
I’d driven past The Mind Lab often since it opened in the old Christmas / Party store at the top of Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket. I didn’t realise how big the place was!
It’s very cool!
Their website states
The Mind Lab is a specialist digital technologies lab teaching hands-on, practical classes and courses in animation, programming, game development, robotics, science technology and film for students aged 4 – 14 years.
School groups, private lessons after school, home-schooled students and holiday programs that cover a wide range of activities; there’s something here for every one, I’m sure!
- stop motion animation
- green screen filming
- augmented reality
- 3D printing
- coding / programming
- science principles
Team building for teachers is also available. I’m wondering if they’ve got an electronics course for teachers – I’d be keen to sign up, for sure!
There’s a ’4′ in my age, but I still don’t ‘quite’ fit the 4-14 age range, dang it!