Thursday, 7 June 2018

Digital Intensive Fluency (DFI) :Day 2

Talk about about intensive and information overload, today was full on. The morning started with Fiona talking about effective pedagogy and about "How learning looks different in every school." We have a pedagogy and practise to intentionally focus and harness the digital technologies. Fiona said "The Manaiakalani Programme is a silver bullet where effective teachers are raising achievement for learners through effective teacher practise." What she said meant a lot to me as I know from my teaching experience and working in a 1:1 iPad class, digital technologies are a powerful learning tool for our learners. Fiona also talked about the Wool Fisher research and data gathered in our cluster of schools. The data showing pockets of success and huge challenges in achievement. I find that this data informs my teaching practise and my colleague's and I in the junior department are always thinking of creating projects to help our children overcome these hinderances.

We worked on creating Google forms. I have filled them out at school on behalf of my children and had created one very quickly with support. I really enjoyed doing it from scratch and can see the benefits of using them as an additional resource with my children. I am thinking of using Google forms in practising Maths knowledge and facts. For example:

The interesting and most challenging part of the day for me was working in Google Spreadsheets. I use spreadsheets for planning and that's about it. However after today's learning I was amazed at how much more I needed to learn and practise. From conditional formatting to analysing data and inserting charts. As I completed set tasks I kept thinking of how I would use charts to measure or show progresss/shift in students learning.

Data Case Study:
One of our tasks was to study a student's blog post and statistically analyse the data using charts.
This is an analysis of Tara's blog post over the years.

This is an analysis of Tara's blog post during the year 2018.


  1. Hi Khismira, I was wondering about the graphs you displayed. Are they related to the WFRC data?

    1. Hi Dorothy, the data shown on the charts are of a student's blog case study. I am hoping to use charts in the future with our junior assessments.

  2. Kia ora Khismira,
    Great to read your refections on Fiona talking about effective pedagogy and what it meant to you. I really like the charts you have embedded as they are colourful. Remember to add an explanation of what they are about.

    1. Hi Maria. Thank-you for taking us through the session on Google Forms and your session with the conditional formatting. The charts were tricky but we worked it out with the help of Fiona and Gerhard. Thank-you for the reminder. It was a silly mistake of me hitting publish and not save to draft.

  3. Thanks for the idea about basic fact practice with forms. I also found the sheets part challenging, and something to practice.