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  • Tessa Gray 22 Feb 2017 9:44am () in Using Seesaw as an eportfolio for student engagement, collaboration and reflection with year 3 students

    Kia ora whaea Sarah, you might like to come and join us in the following event and share some of your own experiences with Seesaw? We'd love to hear more about how kaiako are using this tool in schools and kura...

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Diving into Seesaw, 29 March, 3.45-4.45pm


    Come and join us for a hands-on experience to find out about Seesaw (digital ePortfolio) and how you can use it in your learning environment. Katrina Laurie will take us on this hands-on tour. 

     

    In this webinar we will explore...

    • What is Seesaw?

    • Why should I use it?

    • Experience Seesaw as a Student

    • Classroom Ideas and Examples

    • Class Setup & Time Saving Tips

    • Digital Citizenship

    • Questions, Help and Resources

     

    This webinar is interactive, so REGISTER NOW and see what you'll need prior and during this live event. This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Technologies group and hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray.

  • Tessa Gray 22 Feb 2017 9:39am () in Finish this sentence: This year I plan to...

    Sounds awesome Rachael, Allanah and Janine smiley

    As a working parent I have been frustrated, that I haven't been able to go on field trips or help out in the classroom more. The only real window I've had is the online connections, so it's really exciting to hear your plans for a blog Rachael, maybe you can share your blog with us when it's up and running. Here are some blogging tips and resources that might help you out too.

    And for all those interested in Seesaw...we've got something a little special coming up for you too.... See you there!

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Diving into Seesaw, 29 March, 3.45-4.45pm


    Come and join us for a hands-on experience to find out about Seesaw (digital ePortfolio) and how you can use it in your learning environment. Katrina Laurie will take us on this hands-on tour. 

     

    In this webinar we will explore...

    • What is Seesaw?

    • Why should I use it?

    • Experience Seesaw as a Student

    • Classroom Ideas and Examples

    • Class Setup & Time Saving Tips

    • Digital Citizenship

    • Questions, Help and Resources

     

    This webinar is interactive, so REGISTER NOW and see what you'll need prior and during this live event. This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Technologies group and hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray.

  • Tessa Gray 20 Feb 2017 5:10pm () in Moving towards mātau

    Moving towards mātau at Te Ara Whānui  Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Kohanga Reo o Te Awa Kairangi

        

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    Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Kohanga Reo o Te Awa Kairangi have always been proactive about nurturing high performing and self-managing learners. You might remember them from the ICT PD days or sharing at He Waka Eke Noa and Ulearn. Te Ara Whānau has continued to remain focused on growing 21st learners and 22nd Century thinkers, and while they have always been on this journey; early on they discovered a structured tool that would enable them to reflect, reposition themselves and undertake the evolutionary changes that are needed for their tamariki and the wider community.

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    As early as 2013, staff were introduced to Te Rangitukutuku by LwDT Māori Medium facilitators. With an already sound and well-thought through infrastructure, their point of entry was to take the tool, with its focused dimensions, and enable individuals (and kura) to collectively drive their next steps towards sustainability.

     

    Each time they used the self-review tool, kaiako were able to reflect, position themselves and then develop their own PLD pathways - based on the needs of their ākonga. Collectively as a kura, they have been able to identify areas to make stronger, while also highlighting developments and celebrations they might have previously taken for granted. For example, aspirational goals similar to the following have been identified:

     

    • In our classrooms, safe and responsible use of digital technologies is deliberately included and woven through a range of curriculum programmes. Deliberate acts of teacher modelling is included in planning, visually available and reflective discussions encouraged. 

    • Students taking responsibility good choices, considering in their plan how technology helps their learning. They can articulate what they are doing and why.

    What happened

     

    Te Ara Whānui have reviewed themselves against Te Rangitukutuku over the past three years no less than five times already. What you get is a very holistic, ‘big picture’ resulting in the following accumulative shifts.

     

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    Note: For some aspects there is no reading for 2013. The tool has evolved over the 3 years and changes were made in 2014 which included the addition of new aspects to some strands.

     

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    Note: In 2015, staff used both the e-Learning Planning Framework online tool as well as the Māori Medium online tool. From discussions with staff their preference was to use the English Medium tool as this was more understandable. While they have native speakers on staff the Māori language used was difficult to understand.

     

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    As a result of using this tool, other goals have also been identified and addressed indicating a targeted, growing momentum across the school. For example developments have been made such as; building internal capacity, growing e-learning leadership and self-developed/tailored PLD; where kaiako have been able to model, extend knowledge, practice and understanding across the school. Change management continues to align to a clear vision for learning, and a focus on weaving the practices of Tu Rangatira alongside the digital technologies, is also evident. The inclusion of the use of Tu Rangatira was an addition and innovation, to add further learning to their e-learning strategy.

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    Note: Kura only reviewed the Teaching and Learning dimension this time round

     

    Te Ara Whānui KKM identified the Teaching and Learning dimension as a key focus going forward. While they felt that the other dimensions were being well attended to, they wanted to drill deeper into their classroom practice. This has highlighted to them how their Kaimahi (guardian) see themselves as Kaitiaki (worker) and Kaiako (Teachers)  equally in advocating for, being visionary in their work, managing their learning and networking beyond than their kura.

    Where to next

     

    Each time Te Ara Whānui have used Te Rangituktuku to self-review their e-learning capacity, it has enabled them to:

    • focus on key dimensions and address goals within those
    • induce new staff into current and new ways of working
    • have a stronger sense of confirmation, understanding, engagement,  celebration and affirmation

    Because technologies are changing so quickly, Te Ara Whānui believe there is still a lot of work to do around sustainable practices and sustaining new understandings. They want to keep at the edge all the time - always looking for ways to grow individual teachers, regardless of age or stage. A focus here is to enable experienced kaiako to support the capacity of younger kaiako (who are often early adopters of e-learning tools), so that they in turn demonstrate core pedagogies while also ensuring tikanga and te reo are sustained.

     

    Big thank you to Kararaina Luke (Tumuaki), Justin Roberts and Kathe Tawhiwhirangi (LwDT facilitators) for this story.

     
  • Tessa Gray 20 Feb 2017 11:49am () in 'Teaching' Digital Citizenship

    Your resources are always so well thought-out, rich, accessible and relevant Warren. Fantastic! I especially love how much your digital citizenship agreements are written in the first person and require some call-for-action (tick boxes etc).

    I'm also loving the scaffolded approach - leveled to meet the needs of students across the school.

    One question: Who has helped create these resources in your school?

     

  • Tessa Gray 20 Feb 2017 11:40am () in Finish this sentence: This year I plan to...

    No-one up for the challenge yet? I'll start us off...

    I've recently visited a parent evening where the principal highlighted how the curriculum is owned by everyone - aunties, uncles, grandparents, friends of families etc. His invitation is that through more authentic integration of the curriculum, parents/whānau will be invited to become more involved/engaged in learning and visa-versa where the students will be able to make authentic connections with the local community and wider world. Can't wait to watch this unfold, exciting!

    What you have got planned at your place?

  • Tessa Gray 09 Feb 2017 4:09pm () in Finish this sentence: This year I plan to...

    One way to use technologies with your parents/whānau

     

    Each year we kick off with a wero or challenge to consider. Here's one for the beginning of 2017... 

    Finish this sentence: "This year I plan to use **INSERT TECHNOLOGIES HERE** to make connections with parents and whānau so that...."

    This forum is an opportunity for you to think about ways you and your students are going to 'seep' out from the classroom into the rest of the world. What have you got planned? Feel free to add your comment below smiley

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  • Tessa Gray 08 Feb 2017 12:31pm () in Safer Internet Day 7 Feb: Updates from Netsafe with Karen Spencer

    A big huge thank you to Karen Spencer for celebrating Safer Internet Day with us by sharing the latest thought-leadership, resources and practical support from Netsafe for schools and the wider community.

    This session was particularly valuable because the hangout..

    • enabled us as educators to be part of a bigger national event - Safer Internet Day | Netsafe
    • allowed us to share some common language around digital citizenship, digital literacy and digital fluency
    • reminded us we're not alone in their current realities - ie: cyberbullying outside the school gates
    • affirmed what we're doing well already in schools
    • provided some useful tips/actions (strategic, targeted) going forward
    • shed light on new updates, resources, links and personnel to connect with after this event (Netsafe and Connected Learning Advisory)

    Links shared during this live event:

     ·        Safer Internet Day – Staying Safe Online: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/staying-safe-online/

    ·         HDC in Schools: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/hdc-in-schools/

    ·         Netsafe’s work in schools: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/netsafes-service-schools-kura/

    ·         SID and schools: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/safer-internet-day/

    ·         Pilot participation: Email karens@netsafe.org.nz

    ·         Kit: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/

    ·         Netsafe Education resources: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/advice/education/

     

    Feel free to watch this again or send to a friend. Any more queries or questions for Karen, are most welcome here too smiley.

  • Tessa Gray 08 Feb 2017 11:53am () in Teachers say what makes an ideal principal

    Teachers were asked what makes an ideal principal and this is what they said...

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    What 140 characters would you add?

  • Tessa Gray 07 Feb 2017 10:13am () in Safer Internet Day 7 Feb: Updates from Netsafe with Karen Spencer

    Please Note: Google Hangouts on air/Youtube streaming only gives you a permalink 15-30 minutes or so before the live event is scheduled to start. Unfortunately up until then, the link keeps changing so the actual link will be posted in the VLN and Twitter closer to 3pm. Keep an eye out for this.

  • Tessa Gray 07 Feb 2017 10:13am () in Safer Internet Day 7 Feb: Updates from Netsafe with Karen Spencer

    Please Note: Google Hangouts on air/Youtube streaming only gives you a permalink 15-30 minutes or so before the live event is scheduled to start. Unfortunately up until then, the link keeps changing so the actual link will be posted in the VLN and Twitter closer to 3pm. Keep an eye out for this.

Tessa Gray

Enabling e-Learning online facilitator. I'm excited about the prospects of the VLN and how it can bring like-minded people together online. I am here to help promote discussions and share effective practice.