Friday, 23 March 2018

Reflection day 4 of Digital Fluency Intensive

Today I had my most daunting experience of the course. I had to present my Pepeha in Te Reo with my slide deck. I practiced all week. Fortunately, I had Ngaire Tauhara-White assist me with the writing. She then read my Pepeha to me while I recorded. this allowed me to practice during the week.

Leroy Paul was also of great assistance. He has been encouraging me to use Te Reo in the classroom. Over the year he provides me a word a day. I practiced for Leroy and he encouraged me and gave me tips on how to be strong with the language. No matter how poor my Te Reo is, Leroy encourages me to persist and I appreciate his influence. He is making me believe I can learn Te Reo. Here is a voice recording of my presentation

Later in the day, I used screencastify to speak over my Pepeha. As I had used screencastify a lot ofver previous years I was comfortable with this tool. Below is the video

Friday, 16 March 2018

Day three of digital fluency course

Today we spent the day creating using google drawings and slides. I was interested to see how many of the functions are transferable between the two products.

In the afternoon I created a slide presentation of my pepeha using some of the functions that we learnt. I tried to be creative and use as many as possible.

In the past, I have used slides a lot for students to create. I would like to explore using drawings more for visual creations.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Reflecting on session two of Digital Fluency course

I had another great session on the day two. I always knew google sheets would have many functions that would be useful and today I explored some of these. What I found particularly useful in the ad ons. Having Dorothy Burt share the add-ons that are useful made me want to explore more.

I feel like I need a day or two too continue to play with the features I learnt today. In particular, the formulas in spreadsheet interested me. I had come across formulas before and I feel like now I have a better understanding of how to create these.

Simple functions such as freeze rows and columns will be useful. Having used spreadsheets for over 8 years I never could work out how to do this. I didn't realise it would be so simple. Likewise creating charts is something that is so much easier than I expected

I found the 'my google maps' quite niggly. I need more practice in using google maps. Below is a road trip I created and intend on completing in July.

I could have spent hours more time exploring sheets. there is so much to learn. Right now, however, it is a Friday afternoon and it is very hot. I need to relax with a cold drink

Thursday, 8 March 2018

My 2018 inquiry

After discussion with my critical friend, I have decided to focus my inquiry on achievement and engaging my Level 2 PE students.

I have found in previous years that my Level 2 PE students have underachieved in relation to their  Level 1 results.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to consider a range of digital tools and culturally responsive strategies that could potentially raise achievement and motivation.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Day 1 Digital Fluency Intensive

I had a great day at the Manaiakalani Digital Fluency intensive

It was great to hear the backstory of Manaiakalani and the journey from 2006. Although I was working in a Manaiakalani school over this time I had no idea what was going on in the background.  I was inspired by the forward-thinking approach in the early days and it made me proud of my small involvement.

Today I learnt how to use google docs to use creatively and efficiently. With my learners, I will be using docs in a way that doesn't always involve text. By using the explore option I will encourage my learners to be more creative in their presentation of their learning.

Today I created by making a personal document with my touch Rugby team. Just tried to use all the features we learnt today. I was just trying to be creative and use the skills learnt.

I hope to help other educators out with the ideas gained next week.