Wednesday, 13 December 2017

 First Professional Learning Activity.

Monday, 28 August 2017

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The  significantly higher results of the summer Learning journey  in the subjects of writing (e-asTTle) and reading (PAT) scores in Term 1 2017 (after the summer programme) for participants, is  more than enough reason to continue with this worthwhile endeavour. These promising results can only be a sign of future growth and our learners reaching for the stars on their learning journey in life.
The Manaiakalani kaupapa has been instrumental in helping our students in achieving these results.
UBIQUITOUS LEARNING  - free access  24/7  imposes no restrictions nor any time constraints on any learner. They can learn at any time and any place which is suitable to them.
VISIBILITY OF LEARNING - with the learners learning being visible to the educators and the world at large, students have taken ownership and agency of their learning. This in turn engenders an increased level of responsibility.
CONNECTEDNESS - The Manaiakalani network has an excellent means of connecting learners an teachers. The learning is shared and can be hooked into quite easily.
EMPOWERED -  Manaiakalani learners are empowered with a wealth of resources. These resources enrich the learning and empower the learners to attain greater levels of achievement.
Being empowered gives the learners the power to choose the learning pathways they will follow, making informed decisions.
REWARDS - One of the major incentives to the learners to participate in the summer learning journey, was the rewards to be reaped at the end.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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3 ways to increase traffic to your blog.

Keep on updating your blog, by constantly adding the learners learning to your blog. A blog that is perpetually changing is a living blog and it will attract more viewers.
Add a picture or pictures to your text. A visual with your text can be very attractive to the blog readers. The traffic of viewers will increase when a blog is presented attractively.
(a) Choose a clear and easily legible font.
(b) Choose colours which are easy on the eye and which have a calming effect.
(c) Choose a simple layout.The layout should flow and be easy to follow.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Blog Post D.I.3

Blog Post
19 / 05 / 2017.
DI Session 3.
These are some of the skills I have learnt and understood from this Friday’s PLG.

An Introduction to Calendars.
  • Creating events.
  • Inviting other people to events.
  • Editing my calendar.
  • Sharing my calendar / events with others.
  • Accessing the calendars of colleagues.

Mail in my browser.
  • Using “themes” to reset the background to my mail.
  • Using “Undo Send” in my mail. Adjusting the time limit to the maximum of 30 seconds.
  • Not leaving the mail site, or I Will lose the Undo Send option.
  • How to do quicker searches, by using the words ”sent” and “from” to access or retrieve mail.
  • Using the “archive” option.

Google Hangouts.
  • Created an event on my calendar for Thursday 25 May 2017 @ 7:45am.
  • Named this event “Digital Intensive”.
  • Invited James Hopkins to hangout.

Google Hangouts Follow up.
  • Could not connect initially. ( Google Hangouts denied access)
  • Set up a new event for a different time on the same morning.
  • Successfully connected with James.
  • Initially had visuals but no audio.
  • I then realised that the Activboard speakers were connected. This effectively cancelled out all the sound.
  • Removed the connection and had a successful conversation.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Cars of the World

Manaiakalani Digital Immersion Intensive :
Day 2.
These are some of the skills and learning experiences which I have practiced today:

  • Creating Google Forms- to be used for, amongst other things - questionnaires, quizzes, surveys, opinion polls etc.
  • Using various types of questions: eg. Multiple choice, check boxes, short answers and paragraphs.
  • Sharing newly created forms with the group.

  • Using a created form  (questionnaire), information was collated. 
  • This information was then entered into a spreadsheet. (Google sheets)

Google Maps
  • The map below was created using the information from the spreadsheet.
  • How to embed a map onto my blog.
  • How to publish this new post on the blog.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Room 3 becomes a 1:1 Learning Room!

                                                      Room 3 becomes a 1:1 Learning Room!

Term 2, 2017 has seen the introduction of 1:1 i pads in Room 3, Years 2 and 3.
We have enjoyed  learning about the i pads and the kawa of care that goes with the responsibility of managing these digital devices.
We have also enjoyed learning how to take photographs with our i pads.
We learnt, among other things:
  • How to focus, when taking photographs.
  • How to avoid getting too much light in your photograph.
  • Setting up your background.
  • Making the object your centre of the photograph.
  • Avoiding blurry pictures.
  • Removing distractions in the background.
  • Using landscape and portrait options. 
An exciting introduction with lots more interesting developments to follow!