ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching
My class had the great privilege of unpacking 56 of the 70 new laptops we have leased to replace the dated and clunky desktops. Several commented that it was almost like Christmas as we were unwrapping and unpacking for a good 40 minutes. The Tech could only fit that number in his car to come from Palmerston North so we get to do it again timorrow on a smaller scale with the remaining 14.
It is a step in the direction of each Cluster of 5 classes having a number of laptops available to be distributed as they decide over the course of the week. No more timetabling of the Computer Suite, greater access to mobile technology and, hopefully, wise use of the also-new Wireless system that was put through the school in the last holidays.
These will be followed by more in March as our original lease of Netbooks and the COW trolleys to transport them runs out. Looking forward to seeing the challenges and changes this will bring to the way we teach our classes.
Topping this wonderful time off was the discovery of the method I can use to flip my class. I actually had it all the time and need to thank the 'Smartboard Queen' Adele for showing me! I have an Activboard which has the ability to record the lessons as I want to teach them. The best bit is you get to do over if there is a whoops - not something you get in front of the live audience!
I was able to introduce the teachers in our Cluster to Storybird during our meeting with lots of ideas buzzing about how we can be using this with our less-than-enthusiastic writers. I also shared the updated version of 'Did You Know' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwrGV_aiE&feature=fvwrel Thought provoking in itself!
To add the extra icing to our week we have revisited our class Blog which has not been very well nurtured in the race to get Science Fair, Speeches and the timetabled hockey lessons through. We discovered a class in Cardiff had visited us and asked if we can be Blog Buddies. Great! Collaboration here we come! Another incentive to keep the Blog more up-to-date was the over 400 hits we have had in less than a month from a huge range of countries across the world. There were some incredulous students sitting there gobsmacked as it dawned on them.
Our week will close with us participating as a speaking school tomorrow morning for the South Pacific Expedition field trip through LEARNZ. We will question Andrew and some of the students to discover more about their time away in the Kermadecs as they sail back to New Zealand aboard the HMNZS Canterbury. Andrew also has our class ambassador, Poseidon, in his care. My class have spent the week following his adventures with enthusiasm and laughter. We have already had questions asked about how he will have changed when he arrives back to us. The funniest thing to bear in mind is that these are Intermediate age students!
I guess we have had an absolutely digi-busy week!
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