Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Digital Fluency Intensive(DFI) : Day 8

I today's session we talked about the "Google Level 1 Exam". The important thing to remember is time management and just giving it a go as it will be a good opportunity and learning experience

The Cybersmart Curriculum

It is important that when children are given their digital device the teachers scaffold the learners by preparing lessons, supporting children step by step as they work and learn on their device. In primary schools, a Cybersmart lesson for Year1-8 must be delivered weekly. The programme needs to be delivered in a positive approach enabling our learners to make smart decisions and choices when working online. This programme builds values and develops positive citizens. A Cybersmart person is a powerful person. Smart learners leave Smart footprints.
In schools presently teachers focus for:
Term 1-Smarts Learners - care of your device, management, creating folders in the drive.
Term 2 Smart Footprint- talk about being in the right place at the right time online, making the right choices and decisions.
T3-Smart Relationships connecting with people, looking at others bogs. Be positive, thoughtful and helpful.

I really enjoyed the Digital Dig session. I found it interesting and quite challenging.
Some key points I got from this session:
- Working on a Chrome Book and putting myself in the learner's shoes.
-Small device and small screen were quite tricky.
-Learning the keyboard shortcuts - when children use the digital terms it makes it easy to transfer this knowledge no matter what device you give(iPad, Chrome book, iMac) for example, when I work with the juniors I use the terms copy, paste, duplicate, save your project, inspector, delete and so on. I know it's important for children to learn the vocabulary which will make it easier for them as they move up the year levels.

I might grab one of this and practice over the holidays.

We also had an opportunity to use iPads. I was given the opportunity to talk and share about how my learners use their class site to access their learning. We looked at Explain Everything and projects that teachers created within Explain Everything. The group had a chance to complete the activities using various tools, for example: take a photo, copy paste, duplicate, listen to instruction on sound byte and complete task. 

This is my fifth year in a 1:1 iPad class and I am continuing to learn as we create and share. We have a School News Network callled, Pt. England News Network (PENN) where classes share their learning. My children were buzzing with excitement when they watched an animation of a marble run created on Hyperstudio by Ms. King's students(Year 3-4). I observed the children's engagement and told them that we could create a marble run on our iPads. During the last week of Term 2 we created a marble run animation on our iPads. It involved skills (copy, paste, duplicate, add a page, duplicate page). When children recognized the patterns and made the connections they were able to complete the task with support from me/their peers. There was a high level of engagement and we finished the term feeling proud of our achievement. We should not underestimate the ability of our younger learners. We must give them the opportunity to explore and learn.

The create part of our day was to: Create a tutorial on one thing we have learned during the 8 weeks of DFI. I decided to make a make video of how I use the extension, Toby Mini to help with my workflow. With Toby Mini you can organize your browser tabs and access key resources in one-click instead of seven. 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Digital Fluency Intensive (DFI) : Day 7

In today's session we talked about connections and making learning visible.

Dorothy talked about equality and Equity. It is not about each child havin a device or an iPad but it's what we do with it. This message was very meaning to me. When learning is visible it allows all learners to access the content at anyplace, anywhere and anytime.

This means having these set on default
Class site
Lead the learning visibility through sites.
Hapara teacher dashboard- visibilty into documents
Whanau need to have visibility of leraning through the site Learning outcomes, Assessment Outcomes and WALT (We are learning to)
Sharing learning on their blog
Parental portal -parents have access to children works gets them in to their own childs account.

This is a quote from Stuart McNaughton. It describes the progress of our young children measured longitudinally over three years of national test scores in Writing.

I really enjoyed learning more about Google Keep. I am familiar with Google keep but was good to learn about creating labels and making shopping lists that can be shared with others to make it easier.This was really exciting and the group had lots of fun discovering tips and reminders. Well for me, this is goodbye to paper lists on my fridge.

Google sites:
We had an opportunity to explore teacher's sites, evaluate and set goals for developing our class site.
We are able to connect with ours through our class site and it provides us with an opportunity to share resources and elaborate. It is important that it flows. Gerhard mentioned something most relevant "Three clicks to get to where you need to go"
Each person had a turn to share their site to the Apple T.V and we had to evaluate their site by filling out a Google sheet. This proved to be very useful and I received some good and helpful feedback with some things to work on. It was good to way to receive this feedback and reminds me to always view my site through "Incognito window"- I get to see what my children, whanau (family) and the public see. I enjoyed looking at my colleagues sites especially teachers teaching in higher year levels. Each teacher demonstrated innovation and creativity.

DFI Class Site Critique & Feedback (Responses)

We had a big laugh when Dorothy showed us her Google GPS tile to track basically anything.
-Your child walking home from school
- Children in the shopping malll
-locating lost wallets/keys
-Tracking you luggage when travelling

Always losing your keys and hunting around like crazy!

Tracking a loved ones destination.

Another good day with lots of learning and fun. We have formed good relationships with each other.
Hard to believe that we have only a few sessions left.
Thanks Dorothy and Gerhard for another great session.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Digital Fluency Intensive (DFI) : Day 6

 In today's session Dorothy talked about being empowered. Teachers need to be empowered for learners to be empowered. The things we do and learn at Digital Fluency Intensive sessions allows us to focus on ourselves and learn. It gives us the opportunity to discuss and learn from each other and then takes this learning back and implement it into our pedagogy.

Digital devices are life changing, for example:
-being able to look at products online and order online.
-Having an online medical practise, and have a medical consultation were you can diagnose patient and give a prescription.
-Data from research shows that children in lower decile schools enter school with having academic performance of a 3yr old. They are two years behind their peers.

Using technology can empower our learners- LEARN CREATE SHARE.
VISIBILTY is an important component to empowering our learners, whanau (family) and our colleagues.

I really enjoyed the second half of the day where Gerhard shared with us some tips and tricks around our workflow.

How to manage your workflow?
1. Google calendars-  I felt anxious using the school calendar and messing up events and booking times so I used ical instead. I always wanted to learn how to use Google Calendar. Gerhard showed me how to use the sharing settings.  I used the time at DFI to add things to the calendar and am quite pleased with myself. I like the update on my gmail where I am able to view the calendar as I read my mail.

2. E-Mail- learning how to archive your e-mails and DO NOT TRASH them. How to organise my e-mails and set up filters.

3. Managing tabs- Using extensions for example: one tab, add a person, bookmarks, Toby and Toby mini. I particularly liked using Toby mini and over the weekend have set up my tabs to help manage my workflow. It is great, easy to use and a life saver . Thank you Gerhard- definitely saves my time and makes workflow manageable. I don't have to go into my drive or hit the search tool to access my slide decks, spreadsheets and documents. 

4. Hangouts-An interesting session with lots to learn. We had a whole class hangout and then broke into two groups to complete a task using hangout. Lots of fun however I feel that with practise I will be able to do much better. I am looking forward to my Hangout with Gerhard on Wednesday morning.
I would like to hear and learn from others about how they/we can use this formof communication  and learning with our juniors on their devices. A great start would be for Susan and I to have a hangout session with our children sharing their learning. We could use our laptops and iMacs.
Below is a recording of our Hangout session:

A great day with lots of information and ways to help manage workflow. I will definitely share this with my colleagues, family and friends. Thank- you Dorothy and Gerhard!

Friday, 20 July 2018

Digital Fluency Intensive (DFI) : Day 5

Another busy day, with lots of interesting hands on activities. We started the day with making connections. The key points that stood out for me was that:
Teachers now understand that teaching and Manaiakalani are not separate things. We are part and parcel of the Manaiakalani.
Children  must blog 2- 3 times a week and it needs to be quality posts rather than quantity.
We are ambassadors. As we learn at DFI we need to share/support our colleagues, take this message to our principals and it is up to us to change their mindset so that it can benefit our learners.
Gerhard talked about the importance of being connected. The Manaiakalani Programme enables us to be connected in a wider network of schools. Digital technologies enable us to stay in touch and have visibility to see what others are thinking and learning. In 2015 more schools joined the cluster through relationship and a sense of belonging. When we are connected to each other it is more meaningful, it is a long term commitment. 

Learn Create and Share has become contextualised. We all on the same journey, we going through this process and its a journey and we are able to do this together. We have a connection because of a shared language for example: Learn, Create, Share, Cybersmart (right time, right place right attitude)Smart Footprint, Blog comments ( positive thoughtful and helpful). It is important for teachers and children to be referring to this language to empower our learners.

The Manaiakalani website gives us information about toolkits and PLG's. The cluster wide website helps us be connect with other schools. Another way that keeps us connected is the Twitter feed. Every time kids blog it goes to the Manaiakalani twitter feed which engage with the learners. There are over 201 thousand blog posts on is twitter feed.
Another way to create further connection is blog Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu run by Tanya. 
One class is grouped with another 3 classes and each class devotes one week of their time 
to comment on the other classes blog. The children are connected with each other and 
the learning is authentic -(develop Smart Relationships) 

Connected learners share and the connection is two ways, you got to give to get. As educators we have to be prepared to blog on our professional blog and it is a valuable professional learning opportunity. Teachers and learners are creators of content. The second half of the day was with the OMG Tech team. Zoe Timbrell, the co founder and general manager talked about the Future of technology and how we need to open our minds and hearts to new ways of thinking.

The key points that I got from this session:

-As technology expands, technology is blooming. We want to fix in the future, 
making sure our kids have their voice heard. 
-We are makers. Technology is about creating which helps us interact.
How we use technology outside of our screens.
-New Zealand has the most relaxed policies. Our value system is valuable and our technology needs to reflect this. For example: Hapara (Teacher Dashboard) works for us NZ teachers. 
-We have world leading creative technologists for example: Peter Beck, Lord and many others. 
-Creativity and innovation - an important technology is a new form of creativity: play based learning. It is important that children need to play, explore and work together, 
-Creativity and play - digital technology allowing the space to play.

My first attempt at Scratch.
Looking forward to working on Junior Scratch.

I am looking forward to using Junior Scratch with my Year 1 learners on iPads. I  need to practise and get confident with the tools before I can introduce it to my learners. Thank-you, Gerhard for offering to support me with this. 

Taking apart a CD ROM
Two circuit boards.
Lots of tiny screws.

An exciting  part of the day was using a 3D pen. There is a plastic filament inside the pen which is melted before using. These pens are used to make 3D designs on papers or on top of any other shape. I can just imagine how much fun my students will have at creating and making designs  using these pens. May suggest we get some for our Makerspace area. It will be awesome!

Using a 3D pen to create an object. 

Very tricky, but was really amazing. Had lots of fun.

A fantastic day. Lots to practise and talk about and share with colleagues back at school.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

DMiC end of Term 2 Reflection

We have reached the end of the Term 2 and a few of the learners in my group have definitely come long way in terms of their behaviourial and cognitive engagement. Some children are getting better at being able to focus and concentrate for longer periods. I am continuing to work on setting up norms and culture in the classroom for example: "We are here to learn, I want you to try harder, playing with the counters is for another time, you have a job to do here, are you helping/supporting your partner?

We are continuing to solve a problem by:
-talking to each other.
-explain to the group "What the story is telling us?"
-having a conversation with our partner and discussing the method we are going to use to solve the problem.
- listening when someone is sharing.
- repeating and show an understanding what others have said.
- being able to notice that we have different answers, having the confidence to explain/talk about the method/strategy they used to solve the problem.
-being able to agree/disagree and having the confidenece to explain their thinking.

What I have noticed: 
-Some children that have a good knowledge of numbers are starting to make the connections and see the patterns and are therefore able to use this knowledge to solve the problems, for example: if 2+2=4 then 20+20 makes 40.
-Doubles plus one more, for example if :6 and 6 makes 12 then 6 and 7 makes 13-we are just adding one more.
The capable learners are able to understand/comprehend the word problem (I am getting more, I am taking away, I am sharing)  
A few children in the group can count in 2's up to 30, count in 10's to 100 and are using this knowledge to solve problems. 

Children that lack number knowledge are struggling to keep up with the their partner. When given a challenging problem with large numbers they struggle and then they get restless. They end up annoying the others who are working. They play with counters and often miss out on the good learning opportunities that come out of the session. Don suggested that they find/use resources in the classroom to support the with their counting, for example: number line and hundreds chart. I  followed up on this yet once again I find that the engaged learners use it well because they can read, locate and find the numbers they need and the less capable learners need support.

What next:
I need to work on developing a good number knowledge and in order to do this I  probably need to work at the level/ability of these learners- have flexible groupings.  I need to motivate the unable learners and  build their self confidence by creating opportunities where they experience success.
I need to continue working on follow up activities that consolidates the learning after they leave the teachers table.
Work on the language/comprehension when reading the problem. May have to visualise the problem, use counters, more hands on tasks.

Some follow up tasks that children completed on their iPad.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Digital Fluency Intensive (DFI) : Day 4

Today we had a very interesting and busy day. We started with Dorothy talking to us about share. She took us way back to April 2005 when YouTube (where you are able to broadcast yourself), Twitter (empowered the rich famous celebrities), Bebo, and Facebook, (where friends share their lives) was born and brought about a new form of sharing. This brought about a new form of sharing and is what our children use to make themselves known.
At our school children use Blogger to share their learning. A blog is set it up where every child's blog is owned by Board of Trustees.Teachers can see what children share because all their work is visible through the teacher dashboard.
The Blogger app is used by both students and teachers. Blogger is a tool for supporting the Cyber Smart curriculum. It has specific guidelines that teaches children how to behave appropriately when sharing with to an  audience.Children learn how to be positive, thoughtful and helpful commentators.

I have a class blog and the children in my class have their own individual blogs. They love looking at photo's of themselves, their friends and their learning. It is powerful learning tool that shows a snapshot of their learning journey. Children like looking back at their older posts, for example, when they started school or the time they did something special. It shows progress of learning over a period of time and for many children it is something that they can be proud of. Family/whanau and friends can visit their work (anytime, anywhere and anyplace).

Dorothy talked about the Summer Learning Journey. Researchers at Wool Fisher looked at data and found that children who blogged two times a week (maintained their learning) and children that blogged three times a week (results were high). As teachers we need to encourage and set tasks to keep the children engaged in their learning so that we can maintain/accelerate learning and raise achievement.

The second half of the day day focussed on Multi Modal learning. We had an opportunity to visit some sites. The key idea is hooking the learners both behaviourially and cognitively, making children excited about their learning and engaged with the curriculum in many ways: watching a video clip, using hyper studio to draw, create animations, dance and drama.Teachers can be creative as well by hooking the learners for example: Immersion assembly.

Our task for the day was to create a site and the theme we used was "Garden with Science." The teachers worked in age level groups to collaborate, share ideas and resources. Susan and I worked collaboratively on this site. I found this task really easy as I have been using sites for more than 3 years. As a school we started with Classic Sites and now with the New Sites. I prefer the New Site because it is much easier and also looks nice on an iPad. I found that managing my folders and labelling my work helped me access what I needed easily. Our school has a shared folder of projects that teacher have created. We can download the activities or add to it (repurpose) and re-share it again. We keep adding to the shared folder and now have a wide range of activities for all year levels. This  makes workload easier and allows for children to have a wide range of learning opportunities.

The children in my class access their learning through their class site. I use visual images and symbols to hook and engage my learners. They can independently go to the class site and download their tasks for the day.