Friday, 6 April 2018

Reflection day 5 digital intensive

Today we focussed on google keep and google sites. I have had experience with both of these applications in 2017, however, I was still interested in learning new functions and understanding the good practice.

One of the best tips I gained from today were from google keep. I learned how to grab image text from google keep. I can see many practical ways this could be used, especially with those teachers new to using digital technologies in their teaching.

In the second part of the day, we looked at using new sites. I have already made many new sites over the past year and I am currently switching my teaching site from classic to new. What I did enjoy was the idea of a multi-modal site to engage learners and give opportunities for different learning styles. This is going to be in my mind when developing units of work for my learners.

This is a screenshot of a multi-modal website collaborated on today

Here is the link to the site  link

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Inquiry 2018 Re think

After much thought, I have decided to change my focus in 2018

I would like to focus on engaging whanau through student blogging.

The reason for this is that after two years of teaching at Papakura High I have a hunch that student engagement could be linked to whanau involvement in their learning because by the fact that whanau is taking active involvement student motivation to learn will increase. Visibility, as well as comments, will help drive this.

The reason for the change is that it relates to my role working in Kootuitui as a facilitator. As of this moment, I have set up 250 student blog accounts within Papakura High School. Almost all Year 9 and 10 students have a blog account.

Last week I set up a blog website so staff and students can get ideas on what quality blogging will look like. I would like to thank colleagues within Manaiakalani for allowing me to use some of the resources

Blogging website

Next week I intend to start on a staff meeting on quality blogging. I will be asking for support from some of the teachers within the school. I will attempt to tie this in with another literacy initiatives already happening.

Next term I will look to engage whanau on how they can support their children's learning. this will include how to comment and access their child's blog.

There are many people who I will need to work closely with in this inquiry and I see this as a long-term inquiry that could cover a couple of years.

Fortunately, I have a lot of models with my colleagues in Manaiakalani and I am already looking for previous inquiries to get ideas.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Reflection day 4 of Digital Fluency Intensive

Today I had my most daunting experience of the course. I had to present my Pepeha in Te Reo with my slide deck. I practiced all week. Fortunately, I had Ngaire Tauhara-White assist me with the writing. She then read my Pepeha to me while I recorded. this allowed me to practice during the week.

Leroy Paul was also of great assistance. He has been encouraging me to use Te Reo in the classroom. Over the year he provides me a word a day. I practiced for Leroy and he encouraged me and gave me tips on how to be strong with the language. No matter how poor my Te Reo is, Leroy encourages me to persist and I appreciate his influence. He is making me believe I can learn Te Reo. Here is a voice recording of my presentation

Later in the day, I used screencastify to speak over my Pepeha. As I had used screencastify a lot ofver previous years I was comfortable with this tool. Below is the video

Friday, 16 March 2018

Day three of digital fluency course

Today we spent the day creating using google drawings and slides. I was interested to see how many of the functions are transferable between the two products.

In the afternoon I created a slide presentation of my pepeha using some of the functions that we learnt. I tried to be creative and use as many as possible.

In the past, I have used slides a lot for students to create. I would like to explore using drawings more for visual creations.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Reflecting on session two of Digital Fluency course

I had another great session on the day two. I always knew google sheets would have many functions that would be useful and today I explored some of these. What I found particularly useful in the ad ons. Having Dorothy Burt share the add-ons that are useful made me want to explore more.

I feel like I need a day or two too continue to play with the features I learnt today. In particular, the formulas in spreadsheet interested me. I had come across formulas before and I feel like now I have a better understanding of how to create these.

Simple functions such as freeze rows and columns will be useful. Having used spreadsheets for over 8 years I never could work out how to do this. I didn't realise it would be so simple. Likewise creating charts is something that is so much easier than I expected

I found the 'my google maps' quite niggly. I need more practice in using google maps. Below is a road trip I created and intend on completing in July.

I could have spent hours more time exploring sheets. there is so much to learn. Right now, however, it is a Friday afternoon and it is very hot. I need to relax with a cold drink

Thursday, 8 March 2018

My 2018 inquiry

After discussion with my critical friend, I have decided to focus my inquiry on achievement and engaging my Level 2 PE students.

I have found in previous years that my Level 2 PE students have underachieved in relation to their  Level 1 results.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to consider a range of digital tools and culturally responsive strategies that could potentially raise achievement and motivation.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Day 1 Digital Fluency Intensive

I had a great day at the Manaiakalani Digital Fluency intensive

It was great to hear the backstory of Manaiakalani and the journey from 2006. Although I was working in a Manaiakalani school over this time I had no idea what was going on in the background.  I was inspired by the forward-thinking approach in the early days and it made me proud of my small involvement.

Today I learnt how to use google docs to use creatively and efficiently. With my learners, I will be using docs in a way that doesn't always involve text. By using the explore option I will encourage my learners to be more creative in their presentation of their learning.

Today I created by making a personal document with my touch Rugby team. Just tried to use all the features we learnt today. I was just trying to be creative and use the skills learnt.

I hope to help other educators out with the ideas gained next week.