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FLIP videos for teaching languages

Flip cameras and languages
Mark Trudell
St Andrews Middle School, Hamilton

Can contact local university and see if they will fund a trip to another country for you

Using Ako’s principles of learning with the students, teachers and students learn from each other
Teaching as inquiry

Action research project
Does the use of video as a reflection tool help students learn a language?

Met with students and set personal goals
Came up with ICT tools that they used: FLIP video, Audacity, Voicethread, Voki

(Toon Do?)

Students came up with own success criteria

Gathered baseline video of students having a basic conversation 
Comparative data showed longer more authentic conversation
Progression data, first unit teacher-led, then every other unit was run by students

WALTS co-constructed by students
Then students complete self-assessment via FLIP video 

Using Learning Language Series available from TKI

Techniques can be used in other subjects or topics
Video and then show it to the kids and ask how things could be improved. Work on those things, video again and compare.


February 24, 2011 Posted by | hardware, Learning@schools, technology | 1 Comment

Genius cafe – PD using Google Apps

Genius cafe
Professional development using Google Apps

Presented by Nelson cluster – 7 schools
Isaac Day

‘None of us is as smart of all of us’ Ken Robinson CROWDSOURCING

Have a chance to see every other school in cluster. This could work in Wellington.

Genius Bar is basis for this. Walk in IT support? From Apple.

Document started with title and national goals
Then TASK table, columns which tracked completion

Important basis for this was that the teachers led the cluster, even within the parameters of the normal school day. Also, based on student leadership.

The process looks like this:
-Contribute to shared doc
-Develop plan

Get a space and divide it into sections
Creativity centre (sandbox and Geniuses and FOOD and COFFEE)
Innovation centre (trade centre)
Play centre (have a go playing with technology)
Learning centre (run by students, specifically targeted learning, 3 minute sessions)

Asked vendors to come along
Brainstorm ideas for each section, each centre
Allowed an hour and a half per session in the sandbox.
The idea is to give teachers a chance to try out and play

Geniuses were told to deliver info short and sharp and not to do it for the teachers.

Nelson handed out laptops, no need to bring own, had power cords available, etc.

Genius cafe will probably be running on the 15th of April 2011

Asked students the question: what do you know that teachers need to know?

Then they picked the best three. Put them on a big card next to the genius. Ask me about…
Gave students GENIUS t-shirts
Students would offer their services to teachers.
Intention was for teachers to be able to choose from the posters.

Geniuses were selected from all the schools through applications.
Chose students based on social skills.
Students found it a little difficult to fill out a CV.
Next time, would choose a team of four from each school so they can go back to the school and give back there too.
Had two training days.
Told TWO things
-Our hands off, their hands on
-3 minutes maximum
-Send them away, preferably to the sandbox to play with the idea

What about kids teaching kids? Slightly different focus than this project. Practice day was with other kids.

Had a morning and afternoon sessions. Reached 82 teachers.
Released teachers with cluster funding.

Ewan McIntosh ‘Don’t tell people what they need to do; pitch to them.’
And choose carefully, you could pitch to the students instead.

Have a keynote speaker via a video. Make an area where people could watch it.

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Learning@schools, pedagogy, Professional development, technology | 1 Comment

Book talks from CORE

Booktalks from CORE Education


Need screen, lapel microphone, speakers, Skype

Go to Getting Started page and make an account
Then use the login to get into the site

Currently over 40 authors on the site

Can use drop down menu to Search. Can only search one option at a time.

In the author page, times available, cost, book titles.
Often other links or information available too.
Payment is between organization and the author.

In future, some sessions may be available through funding through NZ Book Council

Can also work with Writers in Schools through the Book Council

Book Council is also offeringCreative Consultancies, where authors come and are writers in residence in your school. Perhaps across all LOOP/ Wellington schools.

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Learning@schools, Video conferencing | Leave a comment

Digistore Learning Paths

Finding your way with Digistore Learning Paths

Rochelle Jensen

Te pataka matihiko http://digistore.tki.org.nz/ec/p/home
Software for learning

What is a learning path?
Why create one?
How do I create one?

A collection of links that can be accessed all in one place 
Collection of learning objects with teacher comments

Once created, students do not need password to get in.

(have a look at the real friends collections for year 12 media, animation to recorded interviews)

To learn how to make one go to http://digistore.wikispaces.com/Learning+Paths
-what is the purpose?identify learning goal/purpose
-locate relevant resources
-add digital content
-add teacher notes

Use Advanced Search or About this Site to find content.

-Strong in maths
-Strong in content for juniors
-Strong in New Zealand content
-Includes primary learning objectives

Go to Using Digital Content Wiki and choose Additional Sources

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Digistore, Learning@schools | Leave a comment

The future of technology-mediated teaching and learning

The future of technology-mediated teaching and learning
Scott McLeod

How do you bring the big ideas into the classrooms

Leaders must be proactive, to prep school organization for what is in the near future (3-8 years)?

Lots of schools are looking at applied knowledge. How do we measure that?

College workforce readiness assessment
Computer delivered assessment, 5-6 tasks to complete
About 90 minutes to answer each task

Based in problem solving skills and presenting information in a very different way than typical writing required in secondary school.

What does success look like?

Remission, game that helps kids deal with effects of cancer?
Serious games about social consequences, etc.
Find shelter for the night, UNHCR 
Conspiracy code

Florida Virtual School http://www.flvs.net

Virtual environments

Technological deterministic, it IS coming. These online virtual game-like environments are in the future. (Did look mostly like a game-like version of Blackboard)

However, simulations work by knowing every parameters? Can students really learn about unexpected or flawed outcomes within the realm of everything being known?

Because the software is doing certain aspects of the job, we have to figure out how to fill the other hours. If the basic stuff is being done by software, then skilled teachers will create rich, divergent project-based possibilities to add to these.

Environment needs to be created where at least half the time there are rich interactions with teachers. Must not allow those policymakers to replace all teaching with software and accept mediocrity as ‘education’

School of One
What problems are there with this sort of thing?
What about higher level thinking?
How do you account for qualitative marking, higher level thinking?
Sylvia Martinez – ‘Orwellian’
-Confused vocabulary in the video.
-Delivering content is not teaching and it is not learning.
-basic skills drilling is not good for kids who don’t get it.
-Through these sorts of tasks, basic skills, the idea that there is a secret answer that everyone else knows is confirmed.
-Kids can be trained to test better, but it is not applied or confirmed or real knowledge.
-Giving kids more tests is not the answer.

Electronic essay grading? Can judge mechanical aspects of essay.
Matched with physical teacher, sitting side by side.???

It is important to know that this is coming down the line and to grapple with it. And to come up with good answers and opinions based on real research and not just instinct, which is often based in fear, desire to preserve our current state of being. To be involved with the initial discussion about it.

E-books, can we still call it a book?
Innovation comes from the edges, rubbing against each other
Traditional path of innovation of core and it spreads out is reversed?
And what implication does that have for education

Chris Anderson of TEDtalks on video driving innovation

Science of visual experimentation?

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Assessment, Learning@schools, pedagogy | 2 Comments