Title: eConfidence & Connection - Inspiring and Scaffolding our students through eLearning

Rachel Boyd is currently a full time year 2 classroom teacher (6 year olds) and ICT/elearning Leader from Nelson Central School. In her 7th year of teaching she has always taught at junior levels, from years 1 - 3. Rachel has presented at Learning@School, Tuanz, Time4Online and ULearn ICT Conferences as well as facilitated workshops for several ICT Clusters nationally. Throughout the last 4 years, Rachel has enjoyed exploring the possibilities of web 2.0 with her students and pushing the boundaries of what 5, 6 & 7 year olds are capable of - little kids can "do" ICT too!


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Title: Confident and connected: an educational perspective on being part of an online world
We live in a digital media landscape that is evolving and adapting. The advent of the internet has changed the way information is shared between individuals and groups and turned everyone into a potential producer of content. In this keynote, we will take a closer look at a couple of real world examples that demonstrate the power of the online network. Then we will turn the focus to how we can help our students to understand and navigate successfully through these online spaces using examples from real classrooms mapped to the key competencies. Finally, we will examine some of the issues that need to be considered by school staff when bringing children into the online environment.


Suzie Vesper has taught at primary level both in New Zealand and in England. She became the ICT facilitator for the Petone Foreshore cluster in 2006 which involved working with nine schools from Petone, Waterloo, and Eastbourne. She joined the national ICT facilitation team in 2008 and now works with nine clusters in Auckland as well as working on the TakingITGlobal project. Suzie has developed knowledge around the use of web 2.0 applications and maintains a number of wikis with useful information for teachers including http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com and http://learningweb2.wikispaces.com.