Day One at Learning@School – New Zealand

Thanks to Blogmeister Maven, Tom Sheehan for this picture.  It looks like I was having a good time.  The truth is that I rearranged my slides earlier in the morning and for most of the presentation I had no idea what slide was going to appear next. 😉

I have so much to reflect on — so many amazing conversations.  I was engaged in one when suddenly my name came over the conference center intercom, directing me to the presentation I was supposed to be doing.  I’d completely lost track of time.  Probably has something to do with the date line.  Not sure though.  But things are certainly very interesting here.

One tid-bit is that they make a point and take great pride in the fact that teachers are respected as professionals here.  Curriculum (what and how learning happens) is largely determined at the classroom level.  Teachers are trusted as professionals, and it is clear to me as they talk in that same language that I’ve heard in Canada and Scotland, it’s a language of professionals.

I took a long walk this afternoon, taking some pictures of the flora and fauna of the Rotorua area, especially around the lake.  I’m very tired now, and beginning to wonder how much of tonights banquet I’m actually going to be able to remain awake for.  The big day is over, with the keynote and two presentations behind me.  I must say that the video games presentation is starting to come together.  I’ve found some ways to make it much more interactive, exploring the elements of gaming that are already happening in our classrooms.

I certainly do hope that I get to return to New Zealand again — although I must be careful.  I’ve already run into a number of people who vacationed here from the U.S. and never left.  It could certainly happen.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.