Sunday, 5 November 2017

Maths PD with Jo Knox

This year our School wide inquiry has been around Maths. Throughout the year we have really good informative PD sessions with Jo Knox. I have especially found the Team 2 sessions with Jo helpful. Some fresh ideas for working with groups or whole class. Seeing Jo in action with some of the student has been great. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive

Really disappointed today the exam was a challenge. Need to spend some time in the holidays to go over the parts of the exams that I need to work on. Not really much to say. 

Thanks to Dorothy, Matt and Gerhard for their support this term, lovely to meet more
teachers in the Maiakalani Cluster. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 8

Week 8 and our last week of Learn, Create, Share with our amazing support Dorothy, Matt, Gerhard and today, James. Thank you so much for sharing your passion with the 2017 Term 3  Digital Fluency Intensive Group. What a term this has been, high points during the term for me were getting to Learn, Create and Share with other Manaiakalani teachers it has been a pleasure spending Friday's with you all. 

This Friday we spent time working in New Site. We all created a new site which we have linked our Class Blogs, Class Sites and Professional Blogs which will be a good way to keep in touch with each other. I also linked our Multimodal Brainstorm activity for the story of the Lion and the Mouse. Google New Site was so much easier to work with then Google Create a site, so thankful I got this opportunity to get support  and a whole day to play and work on this.  Below is a screen shot of my learning, and a lot of creating and the end result with a link to this site.                                                                                                                        

In week 9 we will all sit a 3 hour exam for our Level 1 Google Education Badge. Good Luck everyone.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive.

Week 7
Today we looked at making our site page visible and engaging for learners. 
When looking at my own site I wondered what my learners thought about it because they are the ones that will use this site everyday.
In our discussions I found out that the students thought it was too busy and there were buttons that had no links, they wanted something new and different. Below is the learning site page.
I took into account all the things my learners discussed and made changes. So far I have my WALT, all the books for the week in it's own box,  word work is in it's own box and activities in the other. The box to the right is something different  and new the students have not seen this, they are Ready to Read audio books. 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 6

Week 6: In DFI last week Dorothy talked about the importance of Visible teaching and learning. I have since looked at my learning site page I made at the beginning of the year for my learners. Having a year 2 class is great, the potential to make our learning site page more visible is endless and I look forward to being a part of creating a new Team 2 collaborative learning site page for our new SHARED LEARNING SPACE next year. 

We looked at building our very own Professional Standards for the Teaching Profession site using tables and HTML. I really enjoyed this because we split into 3 small groups and got time to work at our own pace and really focus and understand the technical side of site building. Thanks Gerhard for assisting us in setting up our Professional Standards site page. 
Below is a snapshot of my Professional Teaching and Our Code Our Standards.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 5

Making a New Google Site Page
Today I learned to created my own Google Site for a text called 'Lion and the Mouse'. I collaborated with a group of junior school teachers and together we used Multimodal a good model to represent the joint representations we searched such as audio, youtube clips, wikipedia, and images for a literacy unit on values. The screen shot below is my site page for our literacy unit. My site has audio of sounds lions and mice make. An activity made in Explain everything app on an ipad. Some creative writing prompts and recount writing opportunities. It was really good to see how sites are created. I could spend a lot of time being creative with a site. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 4 Screencastify

Screencastify is an app which you can record yourself while moving in and out screens.
I learned how to Screencastify today.  Below is a short video of how to leave positive comments.The focus of this video is to explain how to leave positive blog comments. Always greet the author and read their post thoroughly and comment on something you thought was interesting and caught your eye when you read it. My learners don't always read the post properly before they comment so this is an area that I will work on this term.  
I just listened to my recording and realised I kept saying blogging when I really should be saying 'keep posting'.  

  Thanks to Fiona, Kashmira and Gerhard

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 4 Using Explain Everything

Fiona and Kashmira joined us today and we had a really good session on Explain Everything. I looked at Kashmira's EE on Positioning and I thought it was very well done. The EE had opportunities for students to learn how to duplicate images, cut and paste images. Most importantly it teaches the learners the common direction of left & right, up & down, under & on top, a really good EE. I must remember to look in Team 1s folder. I'm sure there will be activities for my target group.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Working with Jo knox. This is our groups continuous and discrete 
questions for part-to-whole and whole-to-part.

Hexagons working with Jo Knox

This group did some amazing Maths with Jo Knox this week. Team 2 had PD with Jo Knox as part of our inquiry into Teaching. our team focus was Fractions Jo worked with my top Maths group.
Fractions on a number line was the learning focus. The students did really.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


I had a very quick Hangout conversation with Dorothy this afternoon before my team meeting. This is a screen shot of this afternoons Hangout. Thanks everyone. 

Maths PD with Jo Knox

This year our School wide inquiry has been around Maths. Throughout the year we have really good informative PD sessions with Jo Knox. I ha...