Friday, 22 September 2017

Digital Intensive Week 9: Pedagogy and Kaupapa ..... More Opportunities

This morning we had the opportunity to go over some of the opportunities Manaiakalani teachers have to sign up for in 2018. I am thrilled to learn the various opportunities we educators have got in this cluster.

 Below is the slideshow which shows the huge number of opportunities:
  After going through the slides we all sat for the Google Exam. Apart from that today is the last day for our Digital Fluency Intensive program. I personally have learnt a lot and have also used most of the things I have learnt in my classroom. There is always more to do and build on. A special thank you goes to Dorothy, Gerhard and Matt and as for my Professional Blog I will continue posting!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Digital Intensive Week 8: New Google Sites

Another amazing thing we learnt today is about New Google Sites which, is way easier to create and organise. Below you can see where New Google Sites is written, just need to click on it and then create a site by going onto Google Drawing - to name your site, import the name as a png and then uploading the image from the downloads folder. Then choose an image which you like or you can even insert an image.



This New Google Site is way easier compared to what we were creating before where we had to play around with the HTML codes so that it's user-friendly. 

Below is a snap shot of how we went about creating our classic sites.




Anyway, the exciting part is that before I left this afternoon I was successfully able to create my own New Google Site as you can see below. 



I even was able to link each Site so that it's easier for me when I am here on this landing page. See below as an example...



Also, I was able to finish take a snap shot of each of my colleagues Class Site, upload the image, write their names and insert the link. As you can see below:


By doing all this on one page/ site it's going to be helpful in my appraisal so that everything is on one page and I do not have to search whole my computer for important bits and pieces. 

Digital Intensive Week 8: Empowering Teachers and Learners

James Hopkins from CORE Education was with us whole day today. He took a session about various ways how we teachers can be connected to teaching and learners can be connected to learning. The key word he focused on was EMPOWERING. 

Empowering will lead to greater achievement. This is because the learners and teachers will feel connected and will learn better and faster from each other. 

There has been a huge shift in overall learning and achievement provided the teachers keep their work visible to everybody.

As a group, we gathered Learner & Teacher Voice and Learner & Teacher Choice. 



Refer to slide 21 for more Learner Voice & Learner Choice.



Refer to slide 22 for more Teacher Voice & Teacher Choice.

Below is the slide we used:

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Staff Meeting - eTAP - Electronic Teaching Assessment Planning

This afternoon we had Philip from eTAP who came to our school to give some guidance to us teachers about how many different ways we can use eTAP. 


Once logged in it will successfully bring us to this page:


Where we can enter results, Create Reports, mark attendance etc.
Also if we click on the Learner Hub on the top right corner then:


On this page, there are heaps of different kinds of functions as well which we just need to use and get familiar with.



Friday, 8 September 2017

Digital Intensive Week 7: Google Keep

Google Keep is the way to keep all the important photos, notes, reminders etc.

Today I added the extension Google Keep onto my Google account. It's quite handy to have Google Keep on all the gadgets so that it's easier to manage life whether it's work related or personal from any of the devices.

I was successful at downloading the app on my iphone, take a photo on my camera and then upload it to Google Keep.



I also learnt that I can take a picture from a written text and just by using the picture I can retrieve whole text on Google Keep. 

Google Keep is just so amazing.


Digital Intensive Week 7: Connected Learners - Large and Small

It was reiterated again today that keeping the blog posts clear and visible to the audience is very crucial. By doing this we are opening doors for the family, learners, other educators and anyone around the world to access, see and leave a comment. It is one of the ways we connect to a powerful network. 

Below is a slide show which will provide more details.

Digital Intensive Week 7: Teaching As Inquiry - What should Kiwi Teachers be doing?

While going through the resources section this week - Teaching As Inquiry - What should Kiwi Teachers be doing? I realized that how important this site is so decided to make some notes to keep myself on toes all the time.

Link on TKI site.

Main page with lots of links:



As I scrolled down I saw :



When I clicked on Teaching as Inquiry:



And when I clicked on Spiral of Inquiry PDF, I located the spiral which, looks like this: 

And then the SAMR Model.


All these models are so significant in our day to day teaching we educators need to constantly monitor ourselves and our teaching practice via the Teaching As Inquiry. This is to empower and enhance teaching and learning. 




Digital Intensive Week 9: Pedagogy and Kaupapa ..... More Opportunities

This morning we had the opportunity to go over some of the opportunities Manaiakalani teachers have to sign up for in 2018. I am thrilled to...