This year I have been tasked with teaching Yr 9 digitech. Which has been a real challenge, but hopefully I’ve now got a handle on what we are doing. I have leaned really heavily on the AMAZING Gamefroot resource at https://takaro.gamefroot.com/ that Dan Milward and Gerard Macmanus put together, it was a real life saverContinue reading “Giving Yr 9 digitech a go”
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Flow charts using smart art in Microsoft Word – or you don’t know what you don’t know.
I recently asked for some help (boy do I need it) on how to scaffold planning for practice and outcome design and development for the digitech course I am teaching this year. It is a massive learning curve. I was hoping to get a ‘generic’ plan, which was not forth coming. (although I did getContinue reading “Flow charts using smart art in Microsoft Word – or you don’t know what you don’t know.”
We should maybe aim for not bad
Because not bad right now would be REAL great. Things seem a bit grim when you are quoting a lego movie song on repeat in your head to try and get through the first day of school. All over my PLD networks, I am seeing exciting posts about how excited people are, what amazing thingsContinue reading “We should maybe aim for not bad”
Reflections from ICT PPTA meeting November 2019.
Last week I was up in Wellington for the PPTA ICT committee meeting. It was quite a busy meeting, with a LOT of discussion around equity, in terms of access to devices, access to support, some issue with PLD, and digital assessment. There was then a run down of the progress being made by theContinue reading “Reflections from ICT PPTA meeting November 2019.”
Recording learning – how do I get this right?
I’ve been thinking a bit lately about how I/we/the system records learning. My thinking on this has been challenged a few times, and was kicked into gear way back in 2015 when I saw an amazing learning conversation around a thermos flask take place, that these students couldn’t write down but could explain very clearly,Continue reading “Recording learning – how do I get this right?”
It is poetry week at my school this week, linked to New Zealand’s (I’m assuming it is New Zealand’s, it might be all over…) poetry day this friday (23rd August). I am currently avoiding others tasks, but have been spotting all sorts of beautiful poems on twitter, and it has made me think of someContinue reading “On poems”
This year I ‘swapped’ classes to pick up a yr 7 class part way through the year. It has been an interesting challenge, for two reasons. 1) I have not taught yr 7 Science before, and 2) I found it ‘difficult’ to pick up a class when expectations and routines had already been set. ItContinue reading “Modeling ‘microbes’”
So, a short and sweet post about one of my favourite low tech demonstrations for redox – I don’t even know what it is called, and I learned it from the fabulous Murray Vickers who was my associate teacher when I was a trainee teacher 10 (oh my goodness 10!!) years ago. It is aContinue reading “Redox demo”
Putting some technology into our digital technologies module
Last year, Kevin and I taught a yr 7 digital technology module based around the digital technology curriculum. (If you like, you can read about our efforts here and here). Part way through last year we got a new Technology HoD, who has ‘encouraged’ us to include more from the technology curriculum, and we areContinue reading “Putting some technology into our digital technologies module”
Having a go with flipgrid to explain graphs
I have been a little bit slow to jump on the flipgrid wagon – I have used it a few times when I have been part of a project to give my response, and have had a look at other peoples flipgrid ‘grids’ when they have gathered responses. You can learn about flipgrid from theContinue reading “Having a go with flipgrid to explain graphs”