Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Places I have visited

These are the places I have visited.

Go Animate Cat Presentation

Cats by Joy Paton on GoAnimate
This is my Go Animate....

All about me

This is my All about me poaster that I made in Google Draw. I learnt how to take a snapshot of myself and how to add shapes to my poster.


This is my Google Presentation on Recycling. It focuses on things that can be recycled.

My Holiday

Once upon a time there was a young lady named Marie. She was on a Cosmos Tour travelling round Europe. She felt excited and tired. The tour was very full on as she had to get up at six o’clock in the morning. It was a very long day for her because she had to travel on the bus to get to her exciting countries in Europe. In Marie’s tour group, there were lots of nice Australian people in the tour group. She felt safe around these people and enjoyed the company of: John, Joyce, Pamela, Tasha, Jason, John, and Mary. These kind people looked after Marie.

Marie visited lots of interesting places when she was on tour. She visited: Paris - France, Nice - Monaco, Barcelona - Spain, Sorrento, Florence, Rome, Venice - Italy, Athens-Greece, Olympia, Lucerne- Switzerland, Amsterdam - Netherlands.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Digital Learning Ako Hiko Cluster

Digital Learning

This is an Animoto presentation of the Digital Learning in the Ako Hiko cluster.

Learning Presentation

This is my slideshow on what learning is and how I learn best.

All about me

 Today I have been learning to use Google Draw. I learnt how to insert word art and how to take a photograph of myself.

All about me poster

 Today I have been learning to create an All About Me poster in Google Draw. I learnt how to insert call outs and how to take a picture of myself.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Addnan's Three Little Pigs narrative

...The Three Little Pigs Narrative  Retold By Addnan...

Once upon a time, there lived three pigs and their Mum. Their mum said “You three are growing now. You should build your own houses and live in them.” The youngest pig made a house out of straw. The second oldest pig made a house out of sticks. The oldest pig was clever and he worked hard so he could get bricks to build his house.

Then one day the Big Bad Wolf came to destroy their house and eat them. The Big Bad Wolf came along to the youngest pig’s house. “Little pig, little pig let me in” the Wolf said. “Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin” the youngest pig replied.
The wolf said “Then I will huff and I'll puff and I will blow your house down”. The wolf blew the house down and so the youngest pig ran as fast as he could to the second oldest pig’s house. When he arrived to the second oldest pig’s house, he screamed “Please let me in. Please let me in”, So the second pig let the youngest pig in.

Then the big bad wolf came to the second pig’s house. He shouted “Little pigs, little pigs, let me in”. The youngest pigs replied “Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin”. “Then I will huff and I will puff and I will blow your house down” the wolf replied. So he did and the house went flying away. The youngest and second  oldest pigs ran to the oldest pig’s house and shouted with terror “Please let me in, Please let me in”. The oldest pig let them in.

Soon the wolf arrived and said “Little pigs, Little pigs let me in”. The three pigs replied “No, not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin”.

The wolf shouted “Then I will huff and I will puff and I will blow your house down”. The pigs laughed. The wolf huffed and puffed and huffed and puffed, but nothing happened. The wolf had an idea. He climbed on the roof and went down the chimney. The pigs were ready and they had a pot of boiling water by the chimney. The wolf fell in the pot. “SPLASH!”. The oldest pig quickly put the lid on and said “No more Big Bad Wolf anymore”. The pigs gathered round and lived happily ever after.

Narrative By Gozan

Narrative Introduction
Here is a picture to give you an idea for a narrative.  Think of an interesting story and write THE INTRODUCTION ONLY.

Remember to include
  • the setting, time and place
  • characters
  • adjectives
  • a hint about the problem

One beautiful morning  Mr Engernair was delivering mail. Then he came to this house which looked very strange and very very old. Suddenly he saw a red nose dog who looked very angry. It kept on looking into mrs Engernairs eyes and stared at him.Then when he was about to put the mail in the mailbox the dog broke out of its cage and started to chase him then he was running down the road he was running his fastest he kept on running far far away. when the dog got tired all of the mail fell out of his mail bag. He was looking very scared and very tired.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Story Web: Bart and Orville

Today I learnt ..... how to create a story web using Popplet. I had to answer questions on who was in the story?, what happened? (plot), where the story took place? and why the story was written.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Room 19's time at camp

Room 19 went to Chosen Valley camp site. They had a great time and did some amazing activities. The activities were: BMX, Kayaking, Archery, Raft Building, Rope Maze, Balance Island, Sling Shot and the Confidence Course.

Using Book Track

Click here to read my poem

During these last two sessions I have been learning to use Book Track. Book Track allows us to


Future Me We Video Presentation

This is my prediction on the future. Who knows where the future will take us.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SPX Bart and Orville

This morning we have been learning to......

Monday, November 10, 2014

My Animoto Presentation on Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

During this term we had a visitor from Vector Energy come and speak to us about electrical safety. She spoke to three classes about how we can be safe at home and around power lines. I learnt that....

NWS Rm 12 Blog posts that link to the curriculum areas

This is the data I gathered from Avara. Avara's data shows that she posted the most in Maths. Avara published the most posts in Maths because she sits daily basic facts tests every day and she posts to her blog the results. In Physical Education Avara had the least number of posts. This might be due to PE being an outside activity.

NWS Rm 11 My time at Golf

During these last four weeks the students of New Windsor School have been learning to play golf. They have key words / themes introduced to them each week such as courtesy, respect, sportsmanship

Rm 11 Golf

Curriculum areas that have been posted on my blog

Inquiry had the most blog posts. I think inquiry had the most blog posts because it covers a number of areas.  Photographs gathered from trips tend to fit under inquiry. Social Studies and Science fit under inquiry.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My Padlet on Solids and Liquids

This morning we have been learning about Solids and Liquids. We did a class brainstorm to gather information on what we currently know about Solids and Liquids.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hosana's published blog posts from April - November

October was the month in which Hosana posted to her blog the most. This was because she has had a lot of practise in using her Chromebook and with using blogger. The month in which she published the least number of blog posts was April and May.

NWS Rosie's blog posts from April - November

October had the highest number of blog posts posted on the blog.
April had the least number of blog posts because Rosie was learning how to use blogger, it was towards the end of the month she was shown (beginning of term 2) and she was still new to using her Chromebook.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SPX My comment to Asipeli

This is my comment I made to Asipeli on his recount about Taekwondo. I liked his recount because he used lots of describing words.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tellagami Paid Version

Paid version Tellagami - paid version

Testing out Tellagami

Miss Paton's Bio within 30 seconds This is the free version of Tellagami.

Making an electrical circuit

Today we have been learning to use Photo Snack to create a slideshow. When I was making my circuit I had to use: I learnt that..... I found making a circuit tricky because....

Making an Electrical Circuit

This is my slide show that I have made using Photo Snack.


This term we have been learning about electrical circuits.  The equipment we needed was: wires, 9 volt battery and an LED (Light Emitting Diode). In my group I worked with .....
What went wrong? -what I needed to do the first time to ensure everything worked

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPX Taekwondo at St Pius X School

This picture shows the students in Room 5 at Saint Pius X School taking part in Taekwondo. The class had an instructor called Miss Yu. Every Monday for five weeks Room 5 attended Taekwondo sessions. The class went after morning tea at around 10:50am. They learnt a range of new skills such as elbow hits and kicking the pad. Mrs Middleton was not used as the target for practise. Room 5 played games as well such as helicopter and jumping over the rope. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Understanding Electronic Symbols

This afternoon I have been learning about the symbols used in electronics. These are just a few symbols used.

Creating a Circuit drawing

Today we have been learning about circuits in electronics. We had to use a 9 volt battery, wired clips and and LED.

Understanding electrical symbols

These are the symbols used in electrical drawing.

Drawing a circuit with electrical symbols

 Today we learnt the electrical symbols for batteries and LED's. Check out my drawn circuit.

Making a circuit

We learnt how to make a circuit. An LED light needs to be connected to the positive and negative side of the battery for it to work.

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Future Me Prezi

This is my Future Me prezi. I had to answer questions on what the future will be like and how I can be successful for the future we are about to face.

My Prezi on Future Me WIS Rm 8

This year we have been looking at what the future maybe like. We had to come up with our own questions about the future.

Monday, October 13, 2014

New Zealand Cities

Today we have been learning about how to plot cities in New Zealand on a Google Map.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Exploring New York

Today we have been learning about places in New York City. I had fun looking at the images of some of the well known places in New York.

Places I have visited

During these last two weeks I have been learning how to use Google Maps. These are the places I have visited in New Zealand and Overseas.

Monday, September 15, 2014

My interview animation on the future

Joy's Animation by Joy on GoAnimate
This is my Go Animate about the future. I have asked questions on how education will be different in the future.

Places I have visited

This morning we have been learning to use Google Maps to plot places we have visited in Auckland, New Zealand and Overseas.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Smart Money Part 1

Today we learnt about being safe online. I learnt that if I got a text to say I had won some money......

Monday, September 8, 2014

WIS 8: My Go Animate about the Future

Future by Joy on GoAnimate
Over these last two weeks we have been using the application Go Animate. We have been looking at the future and predicting what the future may look like.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Matthew's Writing


My trip to New York

This photograph was taken when I was on holiday in New York. I was very lucky to be so close to Times Square.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Comment to Losaline

This is my comment I made to Losaline on her book review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Coral Reefs from around the world

These are the reefs from around the world. I learnt...

New Layer Added to my Google Map

This week I have been learning about where the New Zealand medal winning athletes are from.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

All about me Google Presentation

This is my Google Presentation on All about me. I had to answer questions on...

Monday, August 4, 2014

Smart Shopping

This is my Google Presentation on Smart Shopping. I have learnt...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Coral reefs map

This afternoon I learnt how to

Well known coral reefs

This afternoon I have been learning to use Google Maps. I have been learning to plot different reefs from around the world. I have added in photographs and videos to my map.

Half Poster

Today I have been learning to express half. I used Google Drawing to create my poster. I had to insert shapes and find half of a shape.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Electorates in Auckland

Today I have been learning to plot the electorates of Auckland. I have colour coded the suburbs within one electorate

My Electorate Map

Today we have been learning about the electorates in Auckland. Here are some of the electorates. I have colour coded some of the electorates.

My Commonwealth Games Map

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Comment to Lucas ODS

Today I have been learning to make comments. I chose Lucas to make my comment to as he has done some amazing photo collages and has been working with students at his school on Paired Writing.

ODS My Go Animate Presentation on Plants and Insects

Plants and Insects by joyp on GoAnimate

Smart Money - Scammers

Today I learnt how to be safe online with my money. Last week we watched a clip from the Paul Henry Show in which he phoned a scammer. The advice given was to never give bank account details out to someone you do not know.

Smart Money - Scammers

In the Power Hive we have been learning about being safe with money. I learnt to not reply back to text messages if I have won a huge sum of money. If I didn't enter the competition, then it is too good to be true.

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Questions on Bees

Today we have been brainstorming questions on what we would like to find out about bees. I would like to know why bees can survive the cold?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tricks used in food advertising

Today I have been learning about the tricks used in making burgers for television advertisements. I learnt that you can never believe what you see or read on television, newspapers, magazines or online.

NWS Secrets used in Food Advertising Rm 11

Today I learnt to never believe what I see on television, magazines or online with advertising. There were lots of tricks used with making burgers for television advertisements.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

End of term evaluation

NWS End of term 12 by joyp on GoAnimate
This is my end of term evaluation that I made using Go Animate.

My Go Animate Mihi

NWS Mihi Rm 11 by joyp on GoAnimate
This is my Go Animate Mihi. I had fun using the application. I had to choose my characters and music.

My Go Animate Presentation on Space MRS 15

Space 15 MRS by joyp on GoAnimate
This is my Go Animate on facts about space.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Milk Interview

Milky War by joyp on GoAnimate
This morning I created a Go Animate Presentation which used multiple scenes, composition, motion, and music. I also had to add expressions to my characters.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tricks used in Food Advertising

Today we have been learning about the tricks used in advertising. I learnt that the meat pattie is only cooked for 20 seconds each side and the sesame seeds are glued onto the bun. Check out my Popplet.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Go Animate Presentation

This is my Go Animate Presentation. I have written about my favourite Holiday in Hawaii. Hawaii by joyp on GoAnimate

My Go Animate Presentation

My Holiday Plans by joyp on GoAnimate
Today I have been learning to use the application "Go Animate".

My Animoto Presentation MRS15


This is my Animoto Presentation on the Stardome Trip.

My Go Animate Presentation

Space MRS 14 by joyp on GoAnimate
This is my Go Animate Presentation. I am sharing my new knowledge on space using this very cool animation application.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SPX Working with Mr Slade

Laughing president by joyp on GoAnimate
My Go Animoto

SPX My Go Animate Presentation on Milk

Milk 2 by joyp on GoAnimate
Today I tried out this very cool application called Go Animate. We had to choose a background and character. Our character had to give out information on milk.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Special Effects Collage

Today I have been learning to use the website fotor.com
This is my Special Effect collage that I have made. 

My Collage of Buddy Writing

This is my plain collage that I made using the website fotor.com

Mintie Wrapper Challenge

Measuring the length of Mintie Wrappers

Wayde's Mintie Wrapper was the longest. His wrapper measured 115 cm. Wayde's wrapper was the longest because he took his time, he took this task seriously and he ensured that he tore his wrapper thinly.

Cheyene had the shortest Mintie Wrapper. Her Mintie wrapper measured 9cm. Her's broke and it was ripped close to the edge.

Tillam and Sio's Mintie wrappers measured the same. They measured 57cm each.

Next time I need to avoid distractions, take my time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mintie Wrapper Challenge

Whose wrapper was the longest? Samuel's mintie wrapper was the longest. His Mintie wrapper was 130cm long. Samuel's Mintie wrapper was the longest because he took his time, and he ripped his mintie wrapper thinly. Whose wrapper was the shortest? Were there any wrappers that had the same measurement as each other? What would you do differently next time to ensure yours is the longest wrapper?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Flipping eBook on Past Education

This is my Flipping eBook on Past Education. I learnt that in the past girls and boys were taught separate subjects. The boys leant wood work and the girls learnt sewing and cooking.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Stardome Animoto


This is my Animoto on the Stardome Trip. I learnt the names of the planet and that Mercury is the closest planet to the sun.

My Flipping eBook on Past Education

This is my Flipping eBook on Past Education. I learnt how to use a website called Flip Snack to make an interactive book.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Movenote Presentation on Statistics


My Flipping eBook on Past Education

This is my Flipping eBook on Past Education. I had fun using the website: Flip Snack. I enjoyed choosing my template, cover and background.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How long is your mintie wrapper?

Today we tore Mintie wrappers.

My Animoto Presentation MRS 14


This is my animoto on my necklaces using beads. We focused on making patterns with the beads.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How long is your Mintie Wrapper?

JT's Mintie Wrapper was the longest. His Mintie Wrapper was 81 cm.

Monday, June 9, 2014

My Flipping eBook on World War 2

Today I have been learning to create a Flipping eBook. My Flipping eBook is on World War 2. I enjoyed choosing my template, cover and background.

The Future

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Flipping eBook on

This is my Flipping eBook that I made using Flip Snack. I used Latisha and Tim's Presentation on World War 2.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Using the Research Tool

Today I learnt how to use the Research tool and I made this presentation on dogs.

My Recording of my preknowledge of planets

This is what I knew about space and planets before I started topic.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Movenote on McCahon Class Takeaways

This is my Movenote on interpreting McCahon Class takeaways

My Flipping eBook on Milk

This is my flipping eBook on milk. I made it using the website: flipsnack.com I had fun making my flipping eBook as I was able to choose the background and cover page.

Using Movenote

This is my Movenote presentation.


My Flipping eBook on Past Education

This is my Flipping eBook on past education. In the past teachers used to strap their students if they misbehaved. I used the website called Flip Snack to create my Flipping eBook.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Room 5's favourite colours - SPX

Red was the favourite colour in Room 5. Sixteeen students chose red as their favourite colour. Blue was the second favourite colour. The least favourite colours were yellow, pink and purple. These colours were liked by the same number of people. Only one person chose each colour. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Flipping eBook on World War 2

This is my Flipping eBook on World War 2. This morning I learnt how to make a flipping eBook. I liked the way I could make my flipping eBook interactive. I also liked the amount of choices I had to make on the cover and background.

My Flipping eBook on: Past Education

This is my Flipping eBook on Past Education. This morning I learnt how to create a flipping eBook using flip snack. I had a choice as to how I would like my flipping eBook to look. I chose a bright cover page.

Friday, May 23, 2014

My questions on sound

Today I brainstormed questions on sound. I used Padlet to type my questions onto. I look forward to researching my questions and understanding more about sound.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Comparing the stories: Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Today I learned how to compare two different stories and to show my thinking in a Venn Diagram. There are many similarities between Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

My Venn Diagram on: Little Red Riding Hood

Today I used the website: lucid charts to make a two circle Venn Diagram. I compared Little Red Riding Hood with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There are a lot of similarities between the actions and characters in these stories. Click on the above link if you wish to use Lucid Charts.

Transferring text from a Google Doc onto my blog

Today I am learning to create a post on my blog.

This is a test to see how successful I am at transferring information from a Google Doc onto  my blog.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Venn Diagram on comparing Glen Innes and Panmure

This is my Venn Diagram on comparing Glen Innes and Panmure. We found out that there were a lot of similarities between Glen Innes and Panmure. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My questions on Future Me

This morning I learnt how to use the application Padlet. Padlet is a great tool for brainstorming topics. Today we typed out as many questions we could think of on the future. Check them out.

Friday, May 16, 2014

My Popplet on Sound

This is my popplet on sound. Sound is measured in decibels.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Collage on the soccer game

This is my collage I did using fotor.com
These photos were taken of Room 12 learning soccer skills on the field. 

My collage on Soccer

Today I learnt how to make a collage in fotor.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My comment to Miss Quano at Pt England School

This is my comment I made to Miss Quano at Pt England School. I really liked her animation that she made on buoyancy. Here is the link to her blog:


Monday, May 12, 2014

Questions on the word "Camouflage"

These are my questions on the word "camouflage". I used an application called Padlet to type my questions onto.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Look up: You Tube clip

This YouTube clip provides a lot of food for thought. I believe that there needs to be a balance with the means of communciating to people. I am in favour of face to face contact, there's nothing nicer than sitting down with a person and having a chat. You can have that physical contact and sense their emotions. However, there is a time and a place for online communication.

Today was my mother's birthday. As I live in Auckland I bought her presents up here and posted them down to her in Christchurch. This afternoon we chatted on Skype and I was able to see her open her presents. It was very special and I could sense her feelings of pleasure when she opened a box with some Peter Alexander winter pyjamas. In the past the only way I could speak to my mother was by phone. It was not the same as I could not see her opening her present live.

Google Apps For Education Summit

I thoroughly enjoyed the Google Apps for Education Summit. I learnt so much and was very inspired by the Key Notes speakers and by the Presentations.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jill Sill's presentation on the Google Art Project.

Here is the link: https://sites.google.com/site/mistersill/art-project

I particularly liked how you could actually visit the great art galleries overseas and could zoom in on the artworks. It is great for the students to view the famous galleries overseas, as we are so isolated here in New Zealand. The artwork overseas goes back centuries. During the session we used the Palace of Versailles to view the artworks and to visit the rooms inside the palace.


The Google Art Project website was great as it allows you to compare different artworks, artists, collections and mediums. I liked how it gives you a description of the artwork and artist.
It also allows you to create your own galleries which I think would be fantastic in the classroom, as students would be able to have ownership over their favourite artworks.

Another presentation that provided a lot of food for thought was Rich Lambert's presentation on organizing your school with Google Sites. I was most inspired by what I saw. I was impressed how Google sites were used. The orientation manual had a Google Site made around such things on procedures and had such things as daily notices, staff birthdays, updates etc. He showed us another Google Site on Syndicate planning. Within the syndicate teachers would gather online resources in Maths and there would be a Google Sites made for the curriculum levels. I thought this was great as I know from my own experience that searching for online resources takes time. The same resource could be searched by five or six people within a team for a period of time and linked onto a whole lot of Google sites. Yet I think that if it was on one site, imagine the amount of time saved. I feel teachers have enough administration work to do and having a team site where it is a one stop shop is the way to go.  

When I get into senior management I would simply love to set something up like this, where teachers can work collaboratively to share resources online for the curriculum areas. It would be great to set up new organizational practises where orientation manuals are created in a Google Site.

Term1 Reflection

This year I have been given the fantastic opportunity to be a facilitator for the Manaiakalani and Ako Hiko Clusters. I have enjoyed my new role. It has been great to put the theories I have learnt from completing my Masters into practise. I have to say adult teaching is completely different from classroom teaching. Adults bring a new perspective to learning that I've never experienced before. Adults are interesting, some can bring with them baggage, mixed feelings, passion and positivity. It has been a huge transition and it has taken a while to find my feet. I have learnt that I can't use the one size fits all model with classroom support. In some ways I cannot repeat the same lesson on the same day at the schools I work in. Everyone is working at different levels and even within schools teachers are at different levels. It is about knowing the learner inside out and outside in, their environmental conditions before moving them forward. It is about understanding their limits and capabilities, but also being able to move them forward at a manageable pace.

Sometimes when we introduce digital learning or any new form of learning at a rapid pace, teachers switch off, their attitudes change towards it and they avoid implementing it on their students or they use blame as the excuse. I have the belief it is ok to work at a different level, just like students it is the amount of progress over time that matters most. No matter what level of learning whether it be adults or children, everyone deserves respect. Relationships are critical. I have noticed this more and more in my new role as a facilitator. There is this element of trust. From personal experience depending upon the person, in my early years of teaching I would get nervous around visitors / facilitators coming into my classroom. I would be anxious if my class misbehaved and whether feedback would be given to me around the learning environment or whether it would be blabbed to the principal. I do understand feelings of anxiety and I consider it to be a real privilege to work in other teachers classrooms where relationships are professional and are built on trust.

In my role, I feel it is important to learn about the whole person, take an interest in them as people and to learn their hobbies outside of school, children, grand children, travel, events, etc. Being able to connect is an essential key element to this role. It also needs to be reciprocal as well. The power of listening helps as well. Before every lesson, I ask the teachers what are you currently learning at the moment and where are you up to with this? I think hard and model a lesson using one of the apps / websites that link to the learning content.

It's funny when you walk into somebody else's classroom. I think at the very beginning the students would think I was some sort of relief teacher. However, with my years of experience I tend to laugh it off with any trick and say to them that I'm going to teach them something very exciting that they will do on their Chrome Books. This diverts the behaviour early.
I know deep down that I will never be at the same level / status as the classroom teacher.
There is a special bond between classroom teacher and students. Students are very clued up and can read the teachers movements and emotions. It is fascinating. I do miss that very special bond, especially being on the same learning journey with the children throughout the year and watching them grow with confidence over time.
However, I feel I am leaving my mark in a way with over 300 students once a week in sharing my love of digital learning with them.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What Next?

2014 brings new learning and a fantastic work opportunity. This year I have been seconded for one year to be a Facilitator. I will be working for the Ako Hiko cluster for three days of the week and two days of the week I will be working in three Manaiakalani Cluster Schools.
Last year I was given the opportunity to work with three new to netbook teachers as a facilitator within my own school (Panmure Bridge School). I worked .2 in their classrooms. The facilitator role was very successful and I enjoyed it. My team of teachers were enthusiastic and had a positive attitude in giving things a go. We had lots of fun, making movies for the Manaiakalani Film Festival. All of my team are equipped to use the school video camera, to transfer footage from the video camera to their computer, to edit and publish their movies onto their blogs. As a Facilitator I loved going along to Toolkit sessions and then the next day saying to the teacher "I went along to this amazing tool kit session yesterday afternoon, it's on...... would you like me to teach your class it?". They would say "Yes go for it". The students were very excited about being the first in the school to try this new application out, trying the app before my own class. The students enjoyed making flipping eBooks and after a while would present their learning on a flipping eBook. Skills that were taught in lessons were applied at a later date without me modelling to them or being in the room, which was great.

I look forward to working with teachers and their classes this year. It'll be great to share my knowledge and skills with others and to utilize my Masters degree. I would like to thank Mrs Dorothy Burt, Mrs Fiona Grant and the Manaiakalani Trust for giving me this wonderful opportunity to grow and to be part of introducing 1:1 digital learning environments in the Mt Roskill area.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MITA Evaluation

This project has provided me with an insight over the needs these new year five students have when they enter into a 1:1 digital learning environment. There is a need for the year five students to be learning the technical skills sooner so that the curriculum learning objectives can be covered right at the beginning of the year when they enter into the classroom.
When my target students were interviewed at the start of the year their knowledge and experiences around E-Learning and technical skills were limited. Some of the students had more experiences than others in being monitors and in using the three class desktop computers. There is a need to equip students earlier in getting them to use the Google Apps for Education Package and to be blog authors at year four level.

Since this project has been implemented six Chrome Books have been purchased and are used in the year four class. As part of my Manaiakalani Facilitator release I have created blogs for each student and have worked with every student to ensure each student has at least one post published on their blogs. My E-Learning Monitors: Caitlin, Angel, Jharda'e and Patrick have been a great support to the year four class and have helped the class teacher and students with Google Apps and Blogging. They have been called upon when I am teaching my class. Their knowledge and skills have been invaluable to this class as well as all the junior classes in the school. Some of the year four group who are confident fast learners with their class Chrome Books have posted a number of posts on their blogs. This year four group are also called upon by the classroom teacher to help the other students which is great. Every year four student has activated their Google Account and has been taught how to create documents. Some of the top performing students have created presentations. The class teacher has attended the tool kit sessions focusing on the beginners guide to Google Apps and class sites. She has got a class site in which the class can access their follow up reading activities. The teacher has been shown during a facilitation session the Teacher Dashboard and is getting the students to file their work so that she can comment on the students learning. The year four students have been given a great start to when they enter in a 1:1 digital learning environment. I feel these students will be equipped with the knowledge in the technical skills and the understanding of the pedagogy Learn, Create, Share. At the start of term 1 2014, there will be more of an emphasis of the curriculum and objectives, and less of the orientation around accepting blog invites and activating the google accounts (technical skills) which all takes time. 

This project has been very successful. It has been a real team effort. In order to equip students to become successful learners in a 1:1 digital learning environment there needs to be a collaborative team approach. A collaborative team approach entails: getting senior managers, classroom teachers, students on board and utilizing student knowledge (peer mentoring). I found the more I utilized my own students by getting them to share their knowledge to younger students, the more receptive these students were. I loved taking my students to work with me to other classes when I did my facilitation among the classes.

To view the current year four blogs, check out their class blog. The individual student blogs are down the side: http://pbsrm8.blogspot.co.nz/
I would like to thank the Manaiakalani Trust for allowing me to carry out this project and for giving me the opportunity to share this project at the ULEARN 13 conference and to the Learning and Change network visitors. It was a great experience to push myself out of my comfort zone especially in the area of public speaking to teachers as a lot of my work is done behind the scenes. This year has been a year of pushing myself out of my comfort zone and putting myself out there. Being accepted into the Google Teacher Academy was a fantastic learning experience to share my MITA project on a global level and to network with others from around the world in Chicago.