To assist me with working alongside teachers in their classrooms, I have asked that an ICT capabilities survey be completed. Ten minute snapshot observations were also done. The next step from there is to sit with teachers and look at teacher inquiry goal setting.
I've been thinking that I will need some time to prepare and plan for and after teaching sessions with teachers and students so I've got to consider building this into my two days.
This year I work Mondays with e-Learners and am employed 2 days by the ICTPD contract servicing Putauaki (Tues-Wed). I have also picked up ICT work with Room 14 at Edgecumbe on Fridays.
I have expressed my interest too as an ICT specialist teacher with REAP in Whakatane and hope to study for a Certificate in Teacher Education with TWOA this year.
About two week;'s ago I was most fortunate to attend the Teachers Matter two day Conference run by Spectrum Education. Such a great way to get motivated again. I especially enjoyed Ian Juke's keynote and Jenny Mosley's enthusiasm.
I have registered four staff from South and four from Putauaki (as well as myself) to attend the Learning at School Conference in Rotorua. That happens in about two week's time.
I've been 'doing' the 365 Photo Challenge for about three week's now and I am finding that there are times when 'scenes and shots' present themselves and there are other times when I get really busy and forget.... until at least the end of the day. I have found incorportaing 'work activities' helps when I'm preoccupied.
The challenge has certainly made me 'think and do' differently. I am always looking for that great shot and taking sp:)
Next Term we have a group of Year 6 students joining our e-Learners team alongside Ryshawn, Rhys, Ethan, Zac and Justize. It will be interesting as the Year 7's have spent three Terms with me.
My intention as a Teacher/Facilitator is to have alot of collaborative online learning going on. I have registered for blogalong with Jill Hammonds, have thought about music mixing for the group of Year 7 boys and really want to give videoi student voice a go.
Thanks to Lorraine from RELLCO I have registered for the 2 day workshop with Lane Clark and we will be developing our own criteria that supports an area of interest and the curriculum docs we follow planning for Term 4.
Milestone 4 is due in Week 5 so thanks to the cluster shares I have evidential data that supports alot of what teachers in at least three of our PeaK-ICT schools are doing:) I have asked a couple of the Middle Team Leaders to send me more photos to showcase.
The last three days of the school holidays I will spend at ULearn:) Looking forward to networking and catching up with like-minded others...
We had a number of computer suite updates, extra-curricula activities happening within the school, I've been sick and Weebly has been 'playing up' so this Term has been rather mucky.
With the Folk/Art and ICT Cluster share coming up, we are going to have to move mountains to accomplish alot of the work we have planned.
Joanne is coming to share her knowledge of pop art and photography with students and we have quite a number of tasks on the go that need to be finished.
We've used ppt alot this Term since it's simple to use, print from and also load up to slideshare. Images and photography have been a major focus and students are really only just coming to grips with what the elements of a great photograph.
Looking forward to a great break:)
The holidays have just started and unbeknown to all of us Kristy went into labour Friday night. So... I am a nanny for the second time...Nylah Ngahuia was born Saturday 03 July 2010 at 5.01pm.
I must e-mail Judy and ask if she can follow-up on the spot prizes because my time will now be consumed going in and out of hospital and supporting my daughter.
I am planning our second cluster conference and as always, there seems like a lot to do in such a short time. We have a great line-up of presenters and I am soon to finalise our two key note speakers.
I will use Survey Monkey again to collate registrations - just need to modify last year's. I also have to print A3 flyers and get these out to schools via Principals:)
Our workshop was I beleve a success as 4 e-Learners presented themselves in a very professional manner and enjoyed 'sandpit time' with teachers who attended our session.
What made the whole day come together...
* Branding - t-shirts, lanyards and business cards gave that professional EDGE!
* Setting up the workshop area in advance and making sure IT equipment worked
* Rehearsing, modifying and 'winging' parts of our presentation
* Carol (mum of Shawn) transporting students over to Rotorua
* Mr More being there and supporting our thinking and learning journey
* Reflection and wind down time at the end
We have since sparked interest from a number of BOP schools and over the Term we envisage visits from a few.
Yes, a fabulous day had by all. We now forward to planning a couple of workshops for our up-coming PeaK-ICT Conference in August:)
Today was yet another great day with the girls at South. I will say that Ray, Cath and Sue have done a tremendous job motivating and enthusing staff to take the inquiry learning approach to planning. Last week we used a t-chart to organiser their WHAT, SO WHAT and NOW WHAT ideas. The girls also held a staff meeting that focused on the team's understanding and questions around inquiry.
Today was just a revisit to see what staff at South have accomplished thus far, what further support they require from me and where they intend to go next. I'm looking forward to the time when their planning actually goes to practice!
An activboard demonstration was also held at lunchtime. It's an awesome piece of equipment and compared with the interwrite board, this IWB is New Zealand branded and seems a little more user-friendly. I do so love the use of dual pens and the scroll banner that runs across the top of the IWB.
The 'planning for planning' t-chart I used with the girls that will no doubt come in handy with other schools follows:
"Write it on your heart that everyday is the BEST day of the year" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
South are ready to start going down the inquiry learning track. Cath, Raylene and Sue will support and direct staff along this pathway. Two dates have been set for in-school visits. Looking forward to those:)
Putauaki will continue using their inquiry learning tackle box. Senior teachers are supporting teams with unit planning.
North - Wendy is away- Harata still to brief her regarding our day and discuss what needs are required this year. Follow-up next week.
Central - IT infrastructure still not in place and teachers continue to voice their concerns.