Thursday, 14 April 2016

NCEA results term 1

Level 2 NCEA results term 1

Level 1 NCEA results term 1

With term 1 results just in its a chance for me to reflect on how digital technology has affected results.

What I have found is exactly what I experienced at Tamaki College when Google apps were initially used for teaching an learning

The disengaged students were still dis-engaged. They spent most of the time on Facebook and game and little time engaged in learning. They quickly found proxy servers to navigate around the teacher dashboard highlights.

On the positive side, engaged students learning has been accelerated. Many students gained merits and excellences. This was above national averages.

This graph enough reminded me that new initiatives don't always work immediately. Sometimes you have to take a step back to go forward. At Papakura High until the staff become confident users and change their pedagogy, as well as the students being mature in their use of the web and its distractions, things may well go back before they go forward

The important thing is that we realise the bigger picture and the long term benefits to digital enablement

Friday, 8 April 2016

Rewindable learning for staff

At morning briefings at Papakura High we have created a two minute slam session time where staff can share their digital tricks and tips.

Staff who have something to share book themselves in on a google doc.

In conjunction with this presentation I have set up a site to make this learning rewindable. On the site, the staff that share are asked to provide an overview, screenshots and better still a  screen-cast on how to use the digital feature. This makes the learning rewindable to staff. when they come to use the feature they can go back over the steps involved in using it.

So far we have had presentations on a wide range of digital features including sites, gmail, Hapara, and bookmarks

Click on the link below to view the Papakura High school 'How to site'


Monday, 4 April 2016

Using video to self assess communicative delivery


A big thank you to Maria Powell from Papakura High school and her willingness to share to the staff her website she has created.

Maria agreed me to video her. I set the I pad and swivl on her which followed her around and picked up her voice on a marker attached to a lanyard. I also spoke following Maria. 

When we both viewed the video we both were fascinated with how we delivered the message. I spoke with a lot of ummming while Maria spoke finishing sentences with a 'allright'

The video and microphone allowed us to self reflect on how we communicate. For me every-time I speak in the classroom and publicly I am now aware of this. Hopefully this will lead me to become more articulate.