Wednesday, 16 August 2017

GEGNZ Student Summit - Reflection

Image result for gegnz student summit 2017This morning, the yr 7 & 8 extension crew from Pt England School, were given the privilege to take a trip to Ormiston School, South Auckland for the GEGNZ (Google for Education Group New Zealand) Student Summit. There were over 400 kids that showed up there. As I have mentioned before, everything was held at Ormiston Junior College. Our extension crew had to present 2 different presentations that we held at our own workshop. (Still at OJC). So, our teacher split us up into 2 groups. One group would present what they had learned about Scratch and would also share their experiences/knowledge with scratch. The other group would present how we do our school news. (P.E.N.N) I was in the group that was presenting Scratch.

So, first of all, once we had arrived, we had to register and get our Presenter Tags, Pens and these, Google for education things to wear around our necks. After we had done all of that, we wrote our names down on the tags and found our way into the OJC Hall. They had set up chairs and some schools couldn't fit so they sat down on the floor. I think that there were over about 7 schools there. I don't know for sure, but I'm pretty sure that it was over 7. Anyways, we went into the hall because they were holding a welcoming ceremony. Once all of the schools had arrived in the hall, a keynote from the, Young Ocean Explorers Team was presented. The Young Oceans Explorer Team is mainly made up of 2 people. A Father and A Daughter who wanted to learn more about our waters. They have travelled all around the world to learn more about our oceans.

Afterwards, a couple of girls from the Ormiston Senior College told everyone about the housekeeping rules. Then, all of the schools (including us) exited the hall and went on to presenting or for some other groups. The first thing that my groupTinkertime In Action." They had 4 different stations. "Makey Makey," "Tangram Puzzles," "MBot Coding and, "Ozobots Coding." We were there for 45 mins and then we moved onto having some lunch. Once we finished eating, we went to the OJC Room to present our scratch projects. We had a few people come, but we were only in a small room. Not much space for everyone.
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We also presented for 45 mins and then went back to the main area and had some more lunch. After that, we moved to the next session. My group went to this other yr 4 presenter group that showed us about how to use tellagami. Every single group presented for only 45 mins. They used that time to show people how to use things and to learn more about them. Then, we went back to the main area had something to eat and went into their personal school hall again for the ending ceremony. As soon as everyone had sat down and found a seat, someone named, "Suan Yeo," presented his keynote asked everyone about what they enjoyed about the day and he talked about his job at, "GOOGLE."

At that ending ceremony, they had prizes for people that got their names picked out of the draw. During the workshops, everyone was asked to write their names down on a piece of paper and their school initials. This is how everyone entered the draw to win a special prize. 4 people won a prize from our school. Their names are, "Simon, Mitchell, Ana and Yvonne." 3 of them won a case for their chrome book and Mitchell won a globe with a magic pen.

Anyways, the whole day for me was amazing. I enjoyed presenting and going to other workshops to do extra activities. We even got to see one of the teachers that used to work at our school. Her name is, "Mrs Lavakula". She teaches at the Ormiston Junior Primary. Well, after everything, we went outside to take a giant group photo. It was fantastic.

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