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: 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
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

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:

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.