Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Write that essay workshop

Key take away points

  • Stop, drop and write (5 mins of writing on any topic at all then. they share 1-1 with a peer and give feedback to each other) 
  • kids need to train in order to be able to produce the amount of writing they need 
  • 3 sentence styles that I will focus on in Food Tech this term explore the subject, w start, red, white and blue 


  • Try out the cut-up sentences and the kids have 5 mins to make as many different sentences as possible using all the words (the children played on the beach with their new friends) try it out first as 3 phrases cut up (The children played, with their new friends, on the beach) How quickly can you make 6 sentences. 
  •  Think about your sentence like a train. Start with the subject, 
  • Use the phrase "add a carriage" meaning go and add more detail 
  • Can we move the carriages around? 

  • Can we add in a coma 
  • Up the anti 

12 ways to write a sentence 



Starting with a simple sentence and then expanding "cheese is a dairy product" 




Saturday, 2 November 2019

Manaiakalani Principals Hui 2019

Manaiakalani Principals Hui 2019 



Well, it was a nerve-wracking day but months of work came to fruition and all the Manaiakalani Innovative team presented their digital tools to all the Maniakalani Principals in Auckland. Really inspiring to hear everyone's projects and definitely inspired and thinking about where to next.. It has been the best professional development journey being a part of this group and each and every person in the team has inspired me in some way.

I presented my Miss Cameron's Word Website digital tool and it was great to hear all the feedback afterwards. next step is to offer the tool to other teachers to use and develop it even more.

See my presentation below: click on the settings to view speaker notes. (slides are duplicated due to presenting in a Pecha kucha style 10 seconds per slide)


Saturday, 24 August 2019

The Surprising habits of original thinkers

The design process and trying to think originally 

This TED talk popped up on my recommended watch for today The surprising habits of original thinkers - Adam Grant. While I watched it made me think about the design process so far with MIT2019. A few quotes resonated with me 

"To be original you don't have to be first, you just have to be different and better"


"Being quick to start but slow to finish can boost your creativity, You can motivate yourself by doubting your ideas, and embracing the fear of failure."


"You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones"



I love his depiction of the creative process:



It's ok to doubt your ideas and also to just have bad ideas:



Monday, 12 August 2019

KPMG Term 3 (I think I might finally be getting somewhere!!)

Welcome to the Dragons Den!!!


So...... after the Sydney trip, I got a little bit of a panic after receiving an email reminding us MIT2019 crew that the end is coming and we really need to think about what we have to share with the Principal summit in early term 4. For me, I could honestly say I still couldn't clearly state what my "tool" was. The original idea has always been in the back of my mind all year of my vision of an "interactive word card app" 

So imagine these:


But I wanted the "TOOL" to be:
  • interactive (touch screen/iPad friendly) 
  • images that relate to the child/classroom/environment  
  • the ability for the teacher to change images quickly and easily 
  • the ability for the teacher to add words quickly and easily 
  • needed to be able to be used for ALL students from NE- year 2 (and even higher year levels for students with early literacy needs) 
  • the ability for the student to have access to extra phonics/blends scaffolding/lessons/songs etc 
I had been so stuck on the thought of creating an iPad app and not having the skills or time to do the actual app making I'd kind of forgotten what the purpose was and what I really wanted for my kids. 
Finally, I had a lightbulb moment and thought "I can make a google site quickly based on what I envision an iPad app would look like. I can easily and quickly change images, add words, videos, links etc" I needed to stop fussing with the "app"

So that's how Miss Cameron's Word Website was born (less than 2 weeks ago)



The home page is basicly an alphabet card. I have used photo images as I think it makes it more 'real' for the students and would be great to add in images of our own i.e. Miss Cameron for M. Students can touch the image and it will go to a word list for that letter:



Words can be added constantly and emojis will be used as much as possible. I have also added a video for each letter and will look at adding Yolanda Soryl ones (as then it will have the kiwi accent).

Also very excited as I just discovered today that on the iPad you can hold the word and get it to 'speak' the word!!!!!


I have added blends and people words page so far and will add more as it pops up that the kids need it (already starting on a 'places words' page and if I had done it last term I would have had a 'Space and Planets words' page as that was our inquiry. 



Really excited to see how this tool goes in supporting the kids writing!


Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Manaiakalani Teacher only day Term 3 - Creating High Expectation Classrooms

Creating High Expectation Classrooms

3 Key elements of high expectation teaching 


Ability grouping 

  • Detrimental effects 
  • Students motivation and learning (students know they are in the lower group) 
  • Should be moving to mixed ability grouping 

Teacher expectations bias and stereotyping 

  • background research shows that taking account of achievement, teachers have low expectations for minority and indigenous groups 
What am I going to do to better support our Maori students? 
  • Remember the "flea in the jar" don't put a lid on our kids!
  • Relationships are key! get to know your students and share yourself with them too
  • We are starting our check-in check out system 
  • More opportunities for tuakana teina approaches to learning 

Culturally responsive pedagogy  and high expectation classrooms

High expectation classrooms

Mixed ability classrooms

Rangatiratanga – a platform  for students to become self-  managing learners resulting in  increased student engagement  and effort
Ngā whakapiringatanga – a  positively, well-managed  classroom
Ako – effective teaching,  valuing student background,  promoting student autonomy  and decision-making

Positive class climate

Whanaungatanga – building strong  classroom relationships, collaborating;  welcoming, personable, approachable
Kotahitanga – classroom community,
sense of
unity, respect, committed to Māori  student achievement
Manaakitanga – supporting students  academically and emotionally,  understanding culture, connection with the community

Goal setting

Rangatiratanga – responsibility  for learning, autonomy,  engagement, motivation;  teacher monitoring and feedback
Wānanga – joint goal setting, encouraging of questions
Mana motuhake – teachers care
about student performance, clear feedback, goal-focused;
self-motivation, improvement-focussed,  perseverance and resilience


How can we foster intrinsic motivation 


Examples of non-contingent rewards i use so far 
  • Caught being good 
  • Class dojos when they have done the right thing (unexpected not 'when I do my work can I have a dojo point) 






Benefits of intrinsic motivation 


Use student interests to motivate students, promote peer communication and reduce disruptive behaviour and increase student/teacher relationships 

Goal setting 

  • Clear, specific and achievable 
  • Relevant kids need to be taught to set goals

Effective goal setting framework 

  

Ed Tech Summit Sydney Day 2

Ed Tech summit Day 2 

Ideas to take back to the rest of Taipa team: 
  • 20 time ( google and other companies use this idea and 20% of workers time is given to them to work on their own passion project that may benefit the company, school or environment. Awesome idea to put forward to the older kids in school! Could we make Fridays our Passion Project day (also blogging, digi day -introduce new digital tips, tricks, ideas each week??)
  • 'Flea in the jar' - what limits are we placing on the kids or ourselves??
  • reemphasize mindfulness at the start and end of the day - we already do Maori tai chi at the start of the day get it going at the end of the day as well  


Thought for the next term: How can I help our kids (Taipa students) jump higher? 

Take away thought from yesterdays ending talk by Nick Brierly 'The excitement and fear of learning" :
Excited kids stay in the class, bored kids leave. What am I (or we as a school) doing for our 'struggling' (behavioural and learning) kids to get them excited about learning??


Unlock student engagement with Breakout EDU

Apps and tools for making thinking visible with Lorinda Ferry and Kimberley Hall


Sharing ideas



  • Flipgrid -Flipgrid is where your students go to share ideas and learn together. It’s where students amplify and feel amplified. It’s video the way students use video. Short. Authentic. And fun! 
    Does not require a login!
    Video response tool
    FANTASTIC online support materials and community (check out #flipgridfever on Twitter!)

Recording audio online 

  • Talk and comment - Make voice notes.  Anywhere!
    Talk&Comment is a free app that lets you make and send voice notes in any app or site. 
    Simply record your voice from the widget in your browser or phone, and paste the generated voice link anywhere you want! 
  • can add video clip to a comment in docs, webpages etc 



  • Screencastify - Record your desktop, browser tab or webcam capture. Narrate with your microphone audio. Annotate your screen with a pen tool. Focus a spotlight on your mouse. Videos automatically save to Google Drive. Can easily be added to Google Slides or Sites
  • EdPuzzle - Embed questions into videos, Great for flipped lessons and grading


  • VideoNot.es - Simple way to take notes and leave annotations on videos

MUST have apps in your life.......






Perfect for the one-device classroom
Students use answer cards to indicate answer choice
Teacher creates questions on phone, tablet or from PC
Teacher scans the audience and gets instant feedback
Teacher account (on PC) keeps all      data from questions 

Engaging Flashcards, Diagrams, and Study Sets
Works with Google for Education API
Allows users to practice using flashcards, spelling, typing, assessments, and games!
Users can search for sets, share sets, and create their own study sets
Looking for some collaborative competition? You have to try Quizlet Live!
Automatic Class Join Link - Click here!

Socrative - Baseline assessment before teaching a topic (quick question or quiz function) Anonymous response submissions Competitive quiz - class or individual (Space Race) Quick Question - get a quick, visual representation of the class responses Student-created assessments.  Socrative Shared Quiz List
 Create beautiful designs with your team. Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print.  Canva provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts.

Learn more with Dynamic Learning Project Strategy Menu

Use the Dynamic Learning Project Strategy Menu to review thought-starters for instructional strategies, explore tech tools and start tackling your challenges as an educator.

Top tip- to quickly open a new doc or slide etc just type into the omni bar "slide.new" or "doc.new"


Session Two - "supercharge student voice with flipgrid" with Kim Pollishuke

  • Immersive text reader (will read instructions to the students)
  • Check out all the different features with the immersive reader 
  • frozen- they can see it but not post 


Put students stories on the map with Kim Pollishuke

  • to force a copy of doc, slide etc with a preview add 'preview/template'
  • Check out the true size of 

Idea - Could use to create an interactive pepeha...

  • can do a collaborative story using forms and then import data into a layer on maps 



Tour creator 

  • Create google tours (get the students to do it!!!)
  • Move peg man on maps to see differetn views 
  • vocaroo to record audio to add to map 
Tip - Use QuickTime to mirror your phone to your computer 
To do - Check out Google expeditions put app on phone 
Get students to add 360 photos using street view app to maps 
Check out google maps and go to google voyager 

Monday, 8 July 2019

Ed tech summit Sydney Day one

Day one Rooty Hill High 

Here we go into it at the Ed Tech Summit 2019 in Sydney! Two days of teaching, learning and creating! Looking forward to getting lots of new ideas and skills to bring back into the classroom next term!

First up my Playground Presentation (excited and nervous!) 3 rounds of 10mins to get across how to use Explain Everything and sharing how I use it in my class 






Digital storytelling tools to support the diverse range of learners with Fiona Thomas 


Awesome ideas for literacy and making it more exciting in the classroom:



create VR sight words using thinglink

Google drawing with Joanne Ryken 


Time to help out a fellow Manaiakalani buddy and be a support person for Joanne as she runs a workshop for Google Drawing, go Joanne!! 




Making movies with Jim Sill 



-Tip for Chromebook users use wevideo for editing videos (I use iMovie) 


The 4 stages of production 

  • The big question and design = Pre-production
  • observation and the doing = Production 
  • analysis (did I get enough?) = Post-production 
  • Conclusions and publishing = Evaluation 

What is your style? 

Montage - pictures of kids doing things put together and music added (usually copyrighted) 

Continuity- continuous movement through a story 

Tip- youtube audio library  free music you can download and use 
Check out silent partner on youtube audio library as well, think about how long your clip is too and match the audio clip (can search under duration on youtube audio library) don't just cut or fade out leaves the viewer feeling unfinished 


The 4 shot story 

  1. Establishing shot  (where am I, set the scene)
  2. Long shot (Character in the location that you have established, connect it to the last scene ie same building but closer, shot of prison outside and then man inside viewers get the connection that they are a guard or prisoner because of the connections)
  3. Medium shot (who am I? show character detail)
  4. Close up "the size of the object on the screen is equal to the importance of it" -Alfred Hitchcock 



Loved this session with Jim great ideas to use with the film group I will be starting next term with the year 5-6 kids backed up a lot of the skills I learnt from Harley the other week, looking forward to sharing these ideas with the kids!