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The MindLab

I started this journey on the first day – literally. The very first Monday session in the first intake. I loved the first sixteen weeks, despite a fairly hefty workload. I enjoyed meeting people from diverse backgrounds and quite enjoyed discussing ideas with teachers who worked in schools that were far and beyond my own […]

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Ethics relates to the “learned behaviours shaped by societal influences” (MindLab portal notes) and many professions have a Code of Ethics, to which all employees and organisations are expected to follow. In Year 12 Computer Science, for example, we examine the Code of Ethics to which computing professions must adhere. In my current classes I do not teach […]

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The Code of Ethics for teachers, as stated by the NZ Education Council, is summarised as: Commitment to learners Commitment to parents/guardians and parents/whanau Commitment to society Commitment to the profession As a registered teacher, it is therefore my duty to establish and maintain professional relationships with my students and colleagues take an interest in […]

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We were asked to reflect upon our views on social media in education, so I thought it pertinent to begin with a definition. One of the most straightforward and unambiguous interpretations comes from Google (define: “social media”) – “websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” If […]

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The two main issues that are relevant to my teaching practice are coding in schools and the maker movement. The UK have just embarked on their second year of compulsory Computing education. The impetus of this new curriculum, from primary through to early secondary years, spear-headed by the then education spokesperson, Michael Gove, was to rekindle the […]

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In completing this activity I realised I had more current professional connections than I thought I did. Below is my mind map, which will be referred to in the rest of this post. Current Professional Connections These are located on the left-hand side of the mind map. Cambridge International Examinations I am the Cluster Leader […]

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Stakeholders The stakeholders in my professional community are varied, with the five dominant illustrated below. Each stakeholder influences my practice because they hold me accountable for what I do and why. Students At the end of the day I wouldn’t be in the teaching profession if it wasn’t for my students. I have high expectations […]

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The first point that struck me as interesting in this article was related to Reflection ‘in’ and ‘on’ practice. Often when I consciously ‘reflect’ upon something, I’m essentially looking back. What I’ve come to realise during this course however is that being reflective does not always need to be about thinking back to what has been, […]

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Trying to pin down what I’ve learned about myself as a learner during the first three papers was tougher than I first thought! I initially brainstormed a host of topics and then realised that most were not focused on my learning, but more about ideas in general. On my second attempt I did something that I rarely […]

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Welcome to my blog! This is the first activity for assessment one in the Applied Practice in Context paper at The MindLab by Unitec. What I Teach I’m head of ICT and Computer Science at ACG Parnell College, Auckland, NZ. I’m in my 11th year in the job and I’ve been teaching solely in this area […]

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