Friday, 26 October 2018

Online toolkits

Last night I hosted my first online toolkit. This can be viewed in the video above. The topic for discussion was making an online quiz using google forms. Some interesting ideas came out of this including having students make quizzes based on their learning and then sharing that on their blog.

Having students make quizzes for other students is a great way to reflect on their own learning and it would also make for an interesting interactive blog post. The more interactive a blog post is the more likely it is going to be viewed and commented on.

I would be interested to hear if anyone has tried this already

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Using a video to promtote a High School rugby game

Eric Teloa has made a series of videos promoting the Papakura High School Rugby fixtures. He did this in his ICT class using adobe software. These were shared and promoted on the school facebook page.

Eric's is a Year 13 student at Papakura High School. His e mail address is

Friday, 21 September 2018

Working in Maori language immersion class

I had my first day today facilitating in a Te Reo immersion class at Kereru park. I was astounded by the ability of the students to speak so articulately in Te Reo. I was showing a student how to publish a slide presentation too blogger and this student made a screencast translating my English explanation into Maori. This was done in one take without any prompting. Very impressive

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Leadership reflections by senior students

My principal John Rohs is supporting sharing by having his Year 12 leadership group make weekly reflections via blog posts. I am really enjoying reading these reflections and it is great to see the students articulate their achievements via their posts.

We need an authentic audience for these reflections. Please click on the links below and leave a positive, helpful, thoughtful comment.


Monday, 10 September 2018

Waiata afternoon with the staff

Enjoying Maori language week with a staff waiata afternoon. Great to see so many staff enjoying Waiata

Thursday, 30 August 2018


Over the past term, I have been participating in a Wolf Fisher initiative called developing in digital worlds. The initiative is based around the concept of argumentation and having students evaluate a question and consider evidence. I was interested in this because of the data that showed that less than one percent of the teaching at Papakura High involves critical thinking.

What I have found most interesting is the how students present an argument, the consideration of the evidence and the classroom discussion that can come from argumentation lessons.

Here is the Year 10 Health unit I have made as a result of participating in this initiative

The cannabis debate

This unit I made based upon other PLD I have been involved in over the past 3 years. Multi-model information is evident through a range of text and video.

Discussion using open-ended questioning has been a key feature of both small and large group discussion.

In terms of argumentation, I have tried to have the students consder the sourse of information and think if that information is fact or opinion.

One of the excellent discussions we had was about the reliability of Wikipedia. Students had opinions on both sides and the debate got heated. The point was to consider different viewpoints. 

Although teaching this class is difficult I am enjoying the challenge of engaging these students and have them think, as opposed to producing work. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Sharing blogging resourses with PHS staff

Today I started my blogging push at the high school

Blogging website

I have managed to cobble together blogging resources and collated them onto a website. This has now been shared with staff.

For me, I have begun blogging with my 10OTUU Health class. Today we looked at Facebook and whether it should be blocked to students during school time. There were some excellent argumentation writing by the students, many of whom had strong opinions

These blog posts can be found on this link

Blog posts

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