Learning Network New Zealand

NZConnectED Conference 2010

15 - 16 July 2010
9.00am - 4.30pm
Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Mt. Wellington, Auckland

Member Price $500.00 +GST    Non-members $550.00 +GST   

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You can now make your workshop choices - please read these instructions carefully!
  • On the left of this page click the green login/register button and enter your email address and password (1234 - unless you have chosen your own or reset it to your own, which you will be able to do once you have logged in.)
  • This will bring you to your Personal Portal where you can view Your Details - here you can see your Upcoming Events. Under the event (in this case – NZConnectED Conference) there is a button saying edit this registration - here you can choose or edit your workshop selections.
  • Please print off or make a note of your workshops to bring with you as this will make your conference experience much smoother.
Please note that if your registration has been done by another participant you will need to go through their Personal Portal to make your selections, so you may need to ask them for assistance.

Unfortunately we are unable to enter workshop choices for participants as this would be extremely time-consuming for us, but do contact us if you have any queries or problems.

Please do not try to choose workshops by going through the ‘view workshops’ button on this page, as this will re-enrol you for the conference.

Multiple booking discounts apply for 5+ enrolments from one school made at the same time:
$450 members / $500 non-members.

Following the huge success of our 2009 Curriculum Connections Conference, we are committed to supporting your school with its NZC journey.

This conference will include sessions with a leadership focus as well as practical workshops for classroom teachers - perfect for a school team. A range of international and NZ practitioners and experts will inform and inspire, and arm you with clear strategies for the way forward.

Keynote speakers:

Tony Ryan: 'Zest practice' in the key competencies

The key competencies are not merely a slight reworking of curriculum documentation. They are a framework and an inquiry-based exploration for a life fully lived. This keynote will clarify the innovative nature of 'Zest Practice' for the key competencies in everyday classrooms.

Key questions to consider pre-conference:
  • If you're an educator, then you have some exceptional talents (this statement is not negotiable). What specifically are your present talents within your professional role? And how do you know this?
  • If there was one professional skill in which you most need to advance, what would it be? How would you further learn this skill during 2010?
  • What is professionally different about you between the start of the year, and now?
  • What everyday professional experiences inspire you?
Tony will also deliver the conference closing: "Now What?"

Click here to watch Tony Ryan talk about transactional vs transformational teachers, thanks to EDtalks.

Julia Atkin: Picking up the gauntlet - doing justice to the spirit of the NZC
The NZ Curriculum has been warmly welcomed by NZ educators, but the apparent freedom if offers comes with significant responsibilities. What are these responsibilities and what are the key elements of the development and review process that will ensure your school does justice to the spirit of the NZ Curriculum?

Graham Watts: The class of 2023
In 2023 the children starting school this year will leave school. What is the future of teaching? How are we going about preparing our youngsters for unknown jobs and a future that is ever-changing? We need to develop the skilful thinkers with transferable learning skills.

Key questions to consider pre-conference:
  • How much of your learning at school has served you as an adult?
  • What new learning has been essential to you as an adult? Was this formal or informal learning?
  • What learning do you predict for yourself by 2023?


Full workshop outlines, including pre-conference questions or reading, can be seen by clicking 'view workshops' at the top of this page. However, please do not make your workshop selections that way or you will re-enrol for the conference. Instead, please follow the instructions at the top of this page.

Tony Ryan:
Great ideas - ten practical strategies from classrooms around the world
Talking sense - practical strategies for encouraging your students to engage in meaningful dialogue

Julia Atkin:
Leading successful curriculum development - using the EPS (Educational Positioning System) to plan and take action on your future direction (two-part workshop)

Graham Watts:
Leading learning with the key competencies
The key competency of thinking

Murray Gadd:
Literacy and the NZC

Mark Treadwell:
The Global Curriculum: Implementing competency
What is thinking?

Roween Higgie:
Connecting with the NZC - build on or strengthen your NZC development process.

Bek Galloway:
An inquiry classroom in action
Real learning 4 real life

Perry Rush:
Understanding Children's Understanding

Diane Hobby:
Making connections: Encouraging Maori achievement in your classroom

Mark Osborne:
Open source e-learning
e-portfolios: big progress from little steps

Chris Arcus & Christina Ward:
Curriculum principles – some school stories

Len Cooper:
Inquiry learning in mathematics

Diane Hobby:
TBC (Maori achievement focus)



Registration from 7.45am
8.45 - 9.00am Housekeeping
9.00 - 10.15am Keynote 1: Julia Atkin
10.15 - 10.45am Morning tea
10.45 - 12.30pm Workshop 1 (includes reflection & goal-setting time)
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 3.15pm Workshop 2 (includes reflection & goal-setting time)
3.30 - 4.30pm Keynote 2: Graham Watts
4.30pm Drinks & mingle


8.45 - 9.00am Housekeeping
9.00 - 10.15am Keynote 3: Tony Ryan
10.15 - 10.45am Morning tea
10.45 - 12.30pm Workshop 3 (includes reflection & goal-setting time)
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 3.15pm Workshop 4 (includes reflection & goal-setting time)
3.20 - 4.30pm Closing address: Tony Ryan

Accommodation: Special rate for delegates of $145 +gst per night per room. Please arrange accommodation directly with Waipuna, preferably using this booking form.

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