Sunday, 21 February 2016
SPARK MIT 2016 Inquiry
Over two weeks of getting my know my learners I have uncovered these problems.
NCEA success is limited. Less than 30% of Level 1 students gained NCEA level 1. In PE a subject where students are capable of achieving only 51% of students gained 16 credits or more. Merits and excellence endorsements are almost non existent.
This could be due to a number of underlying problems
The absenteeism is high. For each of my classes attendance is between 70% at the lowest and 84% at the highest. In my Level2/3 class 5 students go to a hospitality course every Friday
Students rarely use digital technology to assist learning. Most students in my class have never used a google doc, or had a teachers site to assist in learning. I know this because when I asked the students to open a google doc, the majority opened a word document instead.
Behavior management is an issue. Gaining the students respect is a challenge. Many students are disengaged with learning.
As a result of not achieving academic success many students have low self efficacy. This makes them less likely to take on challenges
On the positive side, the majority of the students in my Level 1, 2 and 3 class are cable writers.
In my Level 2/3 class 13 out of 16 students have internet access at home.
This inquiry will focus on using digital tools to achieve NCEA success. Specifically focusing on the Manaiakalani principle of learning anywhere, anytime and anyplace.
By having a site as portal into learning, I hope to make learning less ambiguous for the students of Papakura High.
This is also an opportunity to explore how technology enables teachers to make learning rewindable for senior students
This supports children who learn more slowly, who need more time exploring messages, who are absent - and who forget
This makes the ‘smartest’ learner the child who knows how to access teaching and learning, not the child who is on the teacher’s ‘wavelength’
I also hope to influence other teachers in the school to embrace the learn create share model.