Friday, 1 June 2018

Digital Intensive Fluency (DFI) : Day 1

Today was my first session at the DFI. As a CoL teacher I have been popping in and out of these sessions but actually being involved from day one is quite amazing.

My understanding of Manaiakalani kaupapa and pedagogy?
Dorothy's talk about the origins of Manaiakalani truely touched me. It took me back to the years to when we first started and how this journey has brought us to where we are today. Teachers sharing their knowledge, skills and working collaboratively to improve children's learning.

What did I learn that could improve my confidence, capability or workflow as a professional?
We worked on using Google documents and how to set the norm and workflow for children using Google doc's on their device. I now understand how using headings can make learning specific, informative and it's so quick and easy to access information.

Some new tools that I discovered within Google Doc was the:
-Table of contents
-Show document outline
- The comment box that can give specific feedback and support-the idea of anywhere, anytime and anyplace.

What did I learn that could be used with my learners?
For Year One children in a 1:1 iPad environment
Some of the learning/ideas that I got from today can be implemented to my learners for example:
Labelling your project with the date.
Saving your work as we do not have revision history.
When children save their work it needs to go to the correct folder in their drive.
Always saving as a video file or image.

Gerhard showed me how children can use voice text on their iPads to record their thinking making
learning rewindable.Susan and I discussed how we could use this idea for children to publishing their writing on their blog.This means they read their written story(in their books) to the voice text on their iPad, draw a picture on their iPad or take a photo of their picture, save it as an image to their drive ready to put onto their blog.

Although learners have Google doc's on their i Pads they are not yet capable of working on the document. I am hoping that some of my capable learners may towards the end of Term 3 start using Google Doc's.

What did I learn that could improve my confidence, capability or workflow in my personal life?
I will be using Google docs with headings and table of contents when I am planning for the term or making notes. When my children are capable of using Google documents I will revisit the site and ensure that I set up the necessary structures, norms and routines which will enable the children to be smart learners.


  1. i Khismira, It is so good having you as a full participant in the DFI cohort. I am pleased that you are finding things you can learn and consider to improve your teaching and workflow. I also felt that special connection when we spoke about our origins and remembered how people like you and Jenny She we so brave and open to new learning. The innovations you implemented have created the foundations for teachers and children in junior classes around the country.
    Thank you so much


  2. Kia ora Khismira, it is so nice to have you join us for the whole nine weeks of DFI! I am very much looking forward to having the opportunity to connect further as he weeks progress. As Dorothy mentioned, I am also pleased that you have identified opportunities and ideas for both yourself and your learners to implement from our first session. Effectively utilising headings and structuring docs clearly can have a big impact on the time we spend searching through large planning documents, particularly when they are used collaboratively with colleagues!

  3. Hi there Khismira, I also thought about the origins of Manaiakalani when Dorothy talked about it and subsequently thought about our Ako Hiho journey and how much we have gained through those journeys. I also got a lot out of using headings and table of contents when using google docs for meeting minutes etc.
    I like how you are going to use ideas gained from the session into your classroom. See you again tomorrow for another action packed session.