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PD - CSER Digital Technologies Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

I signed up for the Foundation-6 Australian Digital Technologies course, sponsored in part by Google and the Australian Education Department.
This is my entry for the #cserTask1 of "Task 1: Introducing DTs".

Task 1: Introducing DTs RocketLab heads for Orbit!


A Digital Technologies solution has many parts to the whole. RocketLab in New Zealand is in the final parts of testing its 3D printed carbon composite Electron rocket, with the aim of becoming the foremost rocket launching entity in the world from one of its launchpads in Mahia. Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1, illustrating the first point of collaboration.
Collaboration both within a business (its people and administration structures) and outside (with other business partners) is an important way to bring success to a company in today's interconnected world.  Security of your data and information as it crosses the world is vital within this collaboration, but today it is possible to have different parts of your team working in different physical locations, all contributing to a project. Digital Technologies: Skyping, shared screen conferencing, collaborative documentation (eg Google Suite, Project Management) etc. all contribute to the success of a project like this.
RocketLab is seeking to provide fast and affordable payload deployment, in a way that no other firm delivers payloads and 3D Printing is an important part of this. By using 3D Printing the business can have an efficient and affordable design process from ideas to design to testing through to reiteration.
RocketLabs employs a wide range of jobs with the needs for Digital Technologies related qualifications and skills such as: Structural/Electrical/Mechanical/Electronics engineers, Designers,  Website Developers, Testers (Quality Control is a wide range of areas), Communications Specialists, Graphic Designers, Media specialists, a wide range of programmers over different coding languages, a range of networking positions, Systems Specialists, as well as management of all these aspects.
In their most recent test flight, RocketLab completed a post flight analysis to ascertain where faults could be addressed and improvements made, this follows any good design thinking process or computational process where problems are broken down and data is analysed to find solutions so that the next flight can be more successful.
Check out a look at the launch site in Mahia with the Electron rocket ready to go.
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Hattie and Effect Size

Darcy Moore (John Hattie and his research. The synopsis is
that there continues to be a "cult" around the work of Hattie and that despite published papers and lack of response from John Hattie his research continues to dominate a lot of Australian thinking.
How will it help you? How has it helped me?
Take the Hattie research with a large grain of salt. As educators we must be very aware of what the latest 'fad' is and how it may even have 'research' behind it and STILL be very misleading.
So What?
Keep in mind balance as we move into an era more dominated by big data, robotics and AI and the consequent impact on society. How will we create a fair and equitable society that also rewards effort and ideas?
Further information to follow up on:
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Visible Learning in a 1:1 Class

See it, know it!
These are words that summarise my focus for 2014. An expedition in visible learning. I will have a Year 5 class with 1:1 devices and we (teacher and pupils) are the second year of my 1:1 implementation journey. After twenty years specialising in ICT training I went back into the class in 2013. As 2013 progressed we implemented a range of online learning tools including: Google Docs, Spelling City, Study Ladder, ReadingEggs, ForallRubrics, Ultranet (our LMS- Learning Management System), we Skyped, setup blogs, participated in Quadblogging, used a range of computer based software, mixed in iPad use and more.
However, as time went on I realised that we needed to tie our learning together in a far more unified and visible way. So, as part of my reflection over the break I have been focusing on thinking through concepts of visible learning. From progressions that fit with with the NZ curriculum areas, especially in literacy (reading, writing etc.), Social Studies and the key competencies. Through these progressions and learning tools, I am looking to blend the pupils' 1:1 device learning in a way that differentiates learning, allows flipped class learning and gives a balance between offline and online learning activities.
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