Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lead Teacher Day

I missed the last lead teacher day.  It was probably the first I had ever missed.  Today I arrived late due to an IEP, and have felt like on catch up the rest of the time.

I did arrive in time for Belinda to share her presentation on purpose that she did.  It was a timely reminder about purpose as we come to the end of the year.  Bridget who does ICT with me is on maturnity leave next year and we have an amical difference of opinion over blogging for next year. It does occur to me that the staff at our school need a revisitation of purpose for blogging to encourage them to do it well.

We looked at the app book creator and used pictures from a sophisticated picture book (Rose Blanche) and wrote our own lines to it.  Most had not seen the book before.  Book Creator had a couple of foilbles, like all programs.  I think Year 5/6 children would take to it really easily.  We also had a look at Story Bot which is good for ESOL, new entrants, and slow progress students as it teaches sentence construction.  Creativ...uilder was looked at to.  We were split into two groups so I looked more at Story Bot.

I have not done so well with my ICT this year.  Some is because of the frantic year I have had with Year5/6 and all their interruptions, not being able to get the laptop pod so frequently which was bad for me but good in that other staff are doing more, and all the work we have had to do to ensure that students are meeting the National Standards.  (hah!!)

Next year I am teaching Year One so am looking forward to see how well I get them using ICT.

I was reading in the previous gazette about ICT and ensuring students are having opportunity to have them using equipment and creating rather than being users of content.  A key aim that is close to my heart.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Finally on my laptop and blog.  Am at a leader teacher day and it has been frustrating not being able to comment on the things we have seen so far.  Will try to catch up.

Our Smackdown had some excellent teacher websites like pininterest, and Sen Teacher.  I was reminded again of mathzlinks and

We chatted about the "Cloud."  EPS are now google doc orientated for planning etc and emails and SPS are going that way too.  BDS has our student management on the cloud and looking at the rest as our server is upgraded.

Now we have been listening to various classes using ipads and ipods and the applications.  Some really appealing maths ones for learning maths facts and spelling.  I can see the appeal as a reward to use for behaviourly challenged children who need incentives.  The students showing us their skills on these tools are very impressive.  Their Year 6 teacher likes the students to be creative and finds the ipod a bit more difficult.  They are still on the learning curve.   It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm from the kids.

Discussion on mobile classrooms was interesting.  There is lots of implications on the whys and where's of students bringing a device from home, different application loaded, what parents say they can have verses the school, and how to set up. 

Interesting point is that Belinda as an ICT teacher has an ipad and laptop and still needs both at this time.
Some teachers may get away with just an ipad.  Excellent  discussion on mobile classrooms.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lead Teacher Day 15/3

Visit to Stonefields School.
The visit was very interesting seeing the modern learning hubs and leadership hub.  I like the idea of collaborative teaching although I have concerns of myself with sharing a room and the extra noise level. I am not very good at extraneous noises.  I am not an aural learner. 

I really loved their teaching stations with the flatscreens, little pull out drawers for netbooks, and the pull out desks to sit keyboards and laptops. 

I thought there had been a lot of thought in their inquiry journey to link it to the quarry and their environment.

As planning is done oneline in google docs it is not necessary to print their planning out. I think it would be good to do that to save paper as well as mine would look neater.