Thursday, September 21, 2017

Digital Intensive-Session 9

Finally, we have reached week 9, our last session with Dorothy, Matt and Gerhard. In these nine weeks I have learnt a lot and definitely I am taking all these digital techniques with me and would be applying some of these in Term 4 with my class. 

Huge Thanks to Dorothy, Matt and Gerhard and also my Glen Innes team for providing this great opportunity to attend this course. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Digital Intensive - Session 7 Google Keep

Something totally new and exciting for me!

I learnt about google keep today on how to take and keep notes. I have installed google keep in my phone as well so now I would experiment some of these things in the weekend. 

...and believe me it's awesome...!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Digital Intensive Session 8 - New Google Sites

Today we learnt about New Google Sites and I found it very easy to create and you can see in this screen shot how I managed to create one: 

Then I clicked on CREATE that took me to new sites.

I was successfully able to create my site that had six buttons with images and was linked to various important sites. This is how my landing page looks like:

Later on I uploaded my other colleagues class sites as well for future use. Here is a snapshot and a link to Sandhya's Sites:

Hence, it's much easier for me now to get all my stuff from one place. Since ERO is coming next term, I believe this site would be a great help!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Digital Intensive Session 7- Effective Class Site

An amazing session with my colleagues to work around our class sites.

Today I learnt about how to make my class site look more appealing and functional as well.

We looked at other school teachers sites and had a brainstorm on what we liked and what were some of the things that could be improved. The major one I picked for my site was creating a slideshow and putting it on my home page. It was quite challenging and Dorothy and Gerhard assisted me but still there is some work to be done. It's not really perfect but will get there by next week!! I also embedded the timetable on the home page and a beautiful picture of mine with the professional blog link inserted. My site looks much better but in the days ahead I have to do bit of more work.

Here is the screenshot of my class site

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Digital Intensive Session 6- Creating a Professional Site

Today I created a site for my professional use. I used invisible HTML tables and also used colorpick eyedropper to match color values.

I was in Level 2 group with Gerhard. Indeed it was a great session with Gerhard who patiently explained and guided us step by step in creating the site. We started off creating a site with Dorothy and we also planned how to use our table first. It's much easier to manipulate with the HTML before we add any content. I found this part little bit difficult but then practising it several times, made my work much easier.

I could proudly say now that Iam much confident in creating a site and putting images with various links using the correct width and height for page layout.

Here is the link to access my site STP

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Digital Intensive Session 5 Creating a Multi Modal Site

An amazing session for all of us. I created a multi modal site based on The Lion and the Mouse.

We used the multi-text approach to meet the diverse literacy needs to meet learners learning style, interest and readiness. From there we created our own sites individually. Some of the multi modal modes we looked at were - youtube videos, pictures, audio, play, blogs, animations, writing activities and Explain Everything activity.

Finally, I chose one of the themes from the following and created my own site using the images followed by links.

  • Being Helpful
  • Size Doesn't Matter
  • Everyone has different skills
  • A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed
  • One Good Turn Deserves Another

This is a screenshot of the site I created for my Year 2/3 level.Please use this link to access my site The Lion and the Mouse

Thursday, August 17, 2017

WALT: use Screencastify on a Chromebook.

I have chosen one of the child's post and commented on it using the “positive, thoughtful, helpful” guide we all use in Manaiakalani Schools. Then I created an instructional video explaining how I have looked at the Cybersmart lesson and used it as support to leave a comment. I have made connections with the post in a positive, thoughtful and helpful way. Finally, I used screencastify to record my message and then I shared it on my blog.

Digital Intensive -Session 4 An activity based on Explain Everything.

My task this afternoon was to share my learning using an Explain Everything (EE) Activity. I selected an Explain Everything (EE) Project and downloaded it on my iPad. I used the voice recording tool to explain how to use the EE tools and activities to support the learning. I found it very interesting and also very useful. I am definitely going to try out with my children next week during their Reading class.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Manaikalani Digital Intensive Session 3-Google Quicktime Hangout

It was a great day with Matt and Gerhard. I learnt lots of new and interesting things today. The best part was creating an event and inviting guests for google hangout.

This is what I actually did:
  • Create a video recording of a Google Hangout between groups of three.
  • Use Quicktime screen recorder - each group will need a Mac user to create the recording. Trim ends on QT to remove ‘fluffing around’ at beginning and end of recording. Send it to a Google Drive folder (make visible) at the end so you can embed in blogs.
  • In groups of three, host and record a hangout.
Choose a child from the posts here,  read what they have posted and base your discussion on this one post -*Tip* make it easy - scan through and pick one that has a creative looking post to discuss!!

Our conversation was basically based on these questions.
  1. What learner empowerment is demonstrated?  Do you detect signs of learner agency in this post? Did they have any room to make choices?
  2. What supports / scaffolds might the teacher have set up to get this creative activity to occur? Eg scaffolds, rubrics, templates etc etc
  3. Explain/reflect/demonstrate learning, through creation - How has creation given more opportunities for deep learning and cognitive engagement?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Manaikalani Digital Intensive Session 2

I had a very productive day and as such I have learnt to create google form and explore other related tools. Moreover, I had a hands on experience in creating spreadsheet and learn about how to find sums and average using a formula. The most interesting part was creating a map out of Google forms about our favourite holiday destinations.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Buddy Reading in Room 3!

I have started my Buddy Reading in mid Term Two. When I introduced this program in my class, my students showed lot of interest and were keen to read with their buddies.
I strongly feel that Buddy Reading program has a great positive impact on my students reading.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

My professional inquiry is based on Buddy Reading Program in Room 3.

Through peer to peer Buddy Reading Program in Room 3, can students well below national standard expectation make accelerated progress? Paired reading is a research-based fluency strategy used with readers who lack fluency. In this strategy, students read aloud to each other. When using partners, more fluent readers can be paired with less fluent readers, or children who read at the same level can be paired to reread a story they have already read.