New Zealand’s biggest education conference kicks off today in Auckland, with more than 1500 educators from early childhood through to tertiary level gathering to attend CORE Education’s uLearn18.

This year’s uLearn programme boasts an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, including Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Dr Hana O’Regan and Mike Walsh. They will speak to this year’s conference strands, which reflect current areas of challenge and change in New Zealand’s education system.

This year there are 300 presenters. There will be presentations in both English and Te Reo Māori.

Spotlight Sessions and the Breakout programme feature more interactive workshops and targeted presentations from educators at all levels, providing insight into research, innovation and the practical application of how educators can implement these back in their schools and classrooms.

“This year there is a drive for educators to fully understand the newly strengthened Digital Technology | Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content,” says uLearn events manager Becky Hare.

“uLearn offers loads of hands-on opportunities to give things a go. There’s a pop-up Makerspace Playground, and a ‘Passion to Play’ games evening with drones and robots, new Māori medium games, new online games, and loads more to try.

“It’s about getting comfortable with this stuff, enjoying the learning, and being able to share these with our tamariki to stimulate new ways to learn.”

uLearn is CORE Education’s 18th annual conference and runs for three days at SKYCITY and nearby venues in Auckland.

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