Monday, September 22, 2014

Connected Educator Month - are you ready!

Connected Educator Month is about to kick-off!: A global calendar of free online professional learning, offered by NZ and global organisations. Make October the month that you and your colleagues connect and grow your online skills and professional learning. Become a connected educator and be part of an online, networked profession.
· Want to learn about new digital tools? Check out the Starter Kete - 31 days of activities to help you connect to educators across the globe. Grow your skill and earn recognition through badging.
· NZ Launch Week! Sign up for some of these stunning activities, 1-3 October.
· Book Groups: Sign up to explore future-focused curriculum with NZCER, and innovative design thinking with Ewan McIntosh - and win a copy for yourself!
· Pick a pathway of professional learningBrowse the calendarand join in the conversations that matter to you and your school [NZ events  /  all global events]. Show schools how/why they can become connected in term 4.
· Sign up so you don't miss the news, including the livestream from ULearn14.

· Follow us on Twitter @ConnectEduNZ , Google+ and the hashtags#cenz14 and #ce14
(Thanks to Karen and Phoebe for sharing)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Melbourne reflection....

In the air – flying home – reflecting on the MAGICAL Melbourne adventure

Woohoo, what a MAGICAL holiday that was.  I can hardly believe how perfect everything was and what a wonderful time we had!  I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the highlights:
·      Spending 8 days on holiday with my girl.  What an incredible privilege to celebrate Katie’s birthday with a trip to Melbourne.  What a delight to find that your little baby girl has grown into such a wonderful young lady and your best friend.  The adventures, laughs, shopping expeditions, sore feet, and sightseeing were all part of the MAGIC of the holiday with my girl!  Memories forever!
·      The weather was an incredible surprise!  I had been expecting days slightly warmer than NZ, but when friends posted from a cold, wet, windy Melbourne weeks before, I packed some warmer clothes.  The good news is that they were the only clothes that never made it out of the suitcase.  The coldest day was 21 and the warmest 23.  We had a couple of hours of rain on the Saturday morning but apart from that it was clear skies and stunning sun!
·      Ticking the 12 Apostles off my bucket list.  For the longest time I have longed to see them but I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to see them so up close and personal, nor believed I would helicopter over them.  WOW!  They are amazing.  The entire Great Southern Road Trip was an amazing experience.
·      The show Wicked had always appealed to me so I was delighted to get us tickets.  When I was about 8, Mum took my brother and sister and I to my first ever movie screening at the Green Island Picture Theatre.  The movie was the Wizard of Oz and I loved it.  How surreal then, to see Wicked.  I loved the sets, the costumes, the storyline, the singing, I loved the whole show!
·      Mother’s day in Melbourne!  What an unexpected bonus this turned out to be added into our adventure.  The day was action packed full of my favourite things and I think it will go down in history as one of the best Mother’s Day ever!
·      The AFL game.  I had been to an AFL game five years ago at the MCG and spent most of the time crowd-gazing as we were seated at the top of the stand in a sell out crowd.  I didn’t understand the game and can’t say I really enjoyed it.  This time I was captured by Katie’s enthusiasm for the game and the adventure.  We had superb seats near the ground.  We wore our pink ponchos and really experienced the Breast Cancer Awareness at the event. We were sitting in front of a group of passionate, enthusiastic supporters who were very entertaining.  We decided to make up our view of the rules which I have blogged about.  Apart from the fact that ‘our team’ didn’t win, it was a perfect night.
·      Shopping, shopping, shopping!  Melbourne is the dream shopping spot.  I had two things on my dream list: purple boots and a purple laptop bag!  No problems with either of those, in fact I ended up buying purple, soft grey and orange boots!  I also bought a stunning purple laptop bag which is small and will avoid the problem I have, carrying half of the world with me in my laptop bag!  I bought a number of winter clothes and a heap more.  Loads of gifts completed the shopathon, and added to a very heavy suitcase.
·      Swimming in the very warm pool on the rooftop was a real treat.  A couple of early morning swims when it was so chilly out that you could see our breath, but so warm in the water were a lot of fun.  But the highlight had to be the late night swim with the stunning views around Melbourne!  The rooftop pool on the 17th floor allowed for stunning views up and down.
·      Total relaxation – well almost.  Sore feet aside, this was a stunning relaxing break.  I don’t think I have ever had such sore feet from pounding the pavements, or walking so many kilometres in one day such as around the levels at Chadstone Mall.  Sore feet aside – a very relaxing holiday. 

Friday - last day in Melbourne!

The day started with another wonderful sleep in followed by breakfast at the Espresso Bar!
Last day of shopping and today I am successful with gifts for the boys.
We have a relaxing time in the sun in Federation Square, followed by lunch on Southbank!

Thoroughly enjoy our last chocolate fondue!
Time for a little more shopping then pick up from our hotel to the airport.  Two very HEAVY suitcases laden with shopping!!!
Relaxing time in koru, followed by a fabulous flight, and a wonderful sleep in Christchurch!
Thank you Katie for a fabulous holiday - loved it from start to finish and every moment in between!!!

Thursday in Melbourne

Yet another wonderful sleep in in Melbourne!  We started the day with a leisurely walk up to the Queen Vitoria Market and stopped for a boost juice - yummy treat thanks Katie!

We walked down to Federation Square and got the bus out to Chadstone.. for the MEGA shopping experience of my life...  I do believe we walked at least ten kilometres!  My shopping blisters are impressive!
Bussed back to Federation Square, shopping our way back to our hotel!
Finished yet another MAGICAL day with dinner and a night swim on the hotel roof!

Wicked Wednesday in Melbourne

We started the day with a sleep in, followed by another morning swim.  
Breakfast at Coffee Espresso followed by a walk through town and a decadent chocolate lunch!  
Managed to buy another pair of boots - orange this time.  

Then to WICKED!
WOW how good was that show! We absolutley loved it from start to finish.  

 Then it was time for our drive down to Black Rock for dinner with Tash, Griff, Monty and Levi.

Yet another MAGICAL marvellous Melbourne day!


Tuesday 13 May 2014 in Melbourne

·      Sleep in YAY
·      Coffee at Espresso bar
·      Pancake Palace
·      Eureka Sky Deck by day

·      Dreamworx animation

Relaxing in the sun in Federation Square
·      Shopping
·      Lunch at Melbourne Central Mall
·      Relax at the Hotel
·      Chocolait – chocolate fondue platter – YUM

·      Eureka Sky Deck by night
·      Dinner at South Bank
·      Shopping

·      A long, tiring walk back to the hotel….