Monday, October 5, 2015

ICT Cluster Meeting Mangere East Thursday 10 September 2015

ICT Cluster Meeting Mangere East Thursday 10 September 2015

Anthony gave us an overview of Mangere East’s ICT journey, and how this is constantly evolving

This led to a discussion on various cloud based options, and experiences from other teachers present.

Steve Voisey from TTS:
Gave a presentation of the SAMR model and how technology should enhance it, by adding more capability to do things differently and creatively, and to collaboratively engage in higher thinking skills:

Substitution - Device acts as a direct substitute with no functional change

Augmentation - Device acts as a direct tool substitute with functional improvement

Modification - technology allows for significant redesign

Redefinition - Technology allows for creation of new tasks previously inconceivable

As we go forward in SAMR there is more creation and more collaboration.

We ended with mixed discussion soon after 5pm.

Thanks to Anthony and Mangere East school for hosting and providing a tasty afternoon tea.

Our next meeting will be in Week 3 of Term 4 at Papatoetoe Intermediate.  This is a new school to our group as they have expressed in the things we are doing, and are keen to join our meetings.  More details later.

ICT Cluster Meeting Manurewa Central 6/8/15

ICT Cluster Meeting Manurewa Central 6/8/15

Issues or frustrations:
*Breakages - iPads - screens, updates
*teachers not using initiative - one solution is a problem solving sheet - Steve to put on Google Docs
*lack of computers for student use, when using Google Docs
*using iPads for Google Docs (not ideal) - solution: use Chromebooks
*Computers in homes program (Finlayson Park)
* using iPads for things they are best at - hands on apps for juniors, Explain Everything, photos, video and evaluation, portability, etc.
*Websites - wix - build your own web site, Google,

Getting Staff on board:
ICT Staff meeting - at least one per term
Syndicate Meetings - have ICT bites - short presentations
Teacher mentoring
Barriers - time constraints, lack of confidence,
Teacher inquiry - e learning component - staff choose an ICT aspect as a goal or next learning step.

Bring back Smackdowns to our meetings - short sharp presentations 2 mins max each
A speaker next meeting:
Possible topics:
*Google Workspace -
Also would like people's suggestions re storage, security and necessary add ons when introducing devices please.

Next meeting - Week 8 Thursday: 10 September - Host school to be announced

Friday, June 5, 2015

ICT Cluster Meeting 7 May at Flatbush School Thursday 7 May

Schools: Flat Bush, Fairburn Rd, Redoubt North, St Josephs Otahuhu, Papatoetoe South, Puhinui, Randwick Park, Manurewa Central 

Flatbush journey - Emily
1:2 ratio chromebooks, iPads, laptops, touch screens
Using google docs - 3rd year
hapara plus google classroom - like e portfolio

Discussion on different situations in different schools
Range between 5 per room to 1:2 or in some parts of the school 1:1 iPads
1:1 schools saw greater responsibility from students about looking after the devices.

When there are 1:1 devises kids take much better care of them
New word! Googleised :)

Any issues or topics that you would like explored at this meeting.

Any apps or ideas that you or your school have found useful, that you would like to share with the group:
iPad Apps - Aurasma - augmented reality
         Explain Everything
Tumble books - Auckland Library
Encyclopedia Britannica
NZ Teachers(Primary) Facebook Page
Khan Academy - charge
Typing club- free typing skills, help with spelling
Ed Alive - Typing Tournament
BBC Schools
Poplet - Mind mapping - good for younger children
Skoolbo - needs to be set up as a whole school thing - It is free & web based 

Steve to report back on the GAFE Summit he attended at Albany Senior High during the holidays:

Keynote: Dr John Bailey

The internet is changing the world around us, and how we see the world (eg: Google Earth, Google Maps, Street View etc) .  Student view: Google Cardboard
Google is changing education, how students learn, and how we manage the internet.

Martyn Hughes/ Steve Voisey:
We all need to be responsible for and comfortable with technology - the challenge.
Think digital
Students and parents can be empowered
Kids and adults are in a new partnership
Make technology easy to use - challenge
Growing up digital: 

Chris Bell:
Making a ‘yes’ culture: ‘Yes and...’ not - ‘yes but….’
Future ready schools
Take risks - explore - empower
Inspire and be inspired. Empower teachers to empower students
Use Youtube to help students learn. 
Tutorials for staff
iPads: App: Explain Everything

Schools should be built around trust and empowering.

Some presentations and resources:

Google 101

Google Goodies

Google Apps and Tricks

Google and the iPad

Virtual Field Trips

Connecting the Dots: Using Hapara and starting a 1:1 classroom

Setting up individual student blogs

Thinking and ICT:
Making Thinking Visible
Critical Thinking
The Right Question is Andy
Plus and

There is much more that I haven’t fully digested and don’t have time to include.
Just an awesome two days.

We are now working on Google docs at our meetings. If you have a google account you can share in the discussion using this doc. ( if not don’t worry, you can still share).  Let me know if your school email is a google account, or if you have a google account and we can share it with you. 

The next meeting will be at Manurewa Central School Thursday 11 June, with a cuppa at 3.30 and a meeting start at 3.45pm.

Monday, May 4, 2015

ICT Cluster Meeting Brookby School 26 March 2015

ICT Cluster Meeting Brookby School 26 March 2015

We are now working on Google docs at our meetings. If you have a google account you can share in the discussion using this doc. ( if not don’t worry, you can still share).

For details of our next meeting at Flatbush on Thursday 7 May please scroll to the bottom.

Below are topics/issues that those at our first meeting this year identified as being worth looking at this year.  Please add others if you wish.

Some things we would like to focus on this year.
Google Apps for Education; maintenance of iPads, using iPads with creative apps; (Adobe Voice); BYOD; cloud technology; getting staff on board with ICT; storage; security.

Contributions 26 March:

*Helpful hint: Apple TV: Pair remote with an iPad - can be used if remote is lost.

*Example of a good appraisal system:
Appraisal system

*Emily (Flat Bush)
I was at a Google Docs Master Class today.  These two Google map games were shared with us and I am hoping to try them out with my class to develop critical thinking skills and to encourage digital exploration of the world.  You might want to have a go as well.  

Fun activities: It's a geo game that uses Google Maps. It shows you a (more or less) random place in Street View mode and you have to work out where in the world you are. It's a great game to play with your students to improve their observation, reasoning, logic, and of course mapping skills. Answer trivia questions and drop a pin to win points - has different categories and is available as an app in the ios and android store.

Go back in time with Street view:

Back in time with Google earth (satelite)

Virtual Field Trips:

Google cultural institute - high quality photos of artworks

Cultural institute

Art project over 40 countries have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture. Some paintings are available in ‘gigapixel’ format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level to examine incredible detail.

Museums  National Gallery of Aust Slide along to see all the artwork or go on a virtual tour (check out flor plan, walk up to artwork and click the icon to get information)

Many cultural institutions have extensive archives of information, much of which cannot always be put on public display. Our partner museums and curators have created exhibitions to bring these archives to life and make them available online.

Explore Historic Moments, Cultural Figures, Science & Technology, and other categories to browse through photos, videos, manuscripts and documents on a wide range of topics – from Nelson Mandela’s handwritten prison letters, to the ‘La Dolce Vita’ era in Italy.

eg Cultural Figures

Nelson Mandela Center of Memory

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Constitute - the world's constitutions

The Comparative Constitutions Project cataloged and tagged nearly 350 themes, so people can easily find and compare specific constitutional material. This ranges from the fairly general, such as “Citizenship” and “Foreign Policy,” to the very specific, such as “Suffrage and turnouts” and “Judicial Autonomy and Power.”

Thanks to everyone who shared.

Next meeting at Flatbush School Thursday 7 May Week 3, with a cuppa at 3.30 and a meeting start at 3.45pm.

If you have a particular issue or topic that you would like explored at the next meeting on Thursday 7 May just add it to this doc and we’ll try and have somebody who is knowledgeable about it at the meeting.

Please also come with an app or an idea that you or your school have found useful, that you could share with the group.

Steve also will report back on the GAFE Summit he attended at Albany Senior High during the holidays.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ICT Cluster meeting Thursday 11 September St Josephs School Otahuhu

The 3 carriage train - spend more time in the second carriage
-willingness and enthusiasm rather than directives

Google Apps - Google Classroom:

Need strategic plan +school google account
select teacher
create class
invite students
give them the code (ie: as with Edmodo)
sign in
stream/ students
put up videos
watch videos in own time - comment
Make announcements - youtube - add instruction -watch and add a comment.
Assignment -eg: volcano research -find info about rangitoto
due date comes up automatically.

My assignment - create
name and title goes up automatically

use research tool - annotates - cite
finish work

turn in when finished editing - cant change after turn in.

Teacher gets assignment notification
Grade /100 or whatever (numerical)

Post feedback comment - important

TTS will come into school to move the middle carriage - say once a term

Hapara + Google Classroom complement each other

Not a soup kitchen handout but a shared collective where all efforts contribute and are valued.

Twitter: @stevevoisie

Questions/ discussion -
#Youtube ads: turn on ad blocker (abp) on chrome or firefox

#N4L: n4l  has three levels of blocking -have one person on staff to alter as well.

#short urls - more convenient to type in
Meeting ended with a tour of new classroom block.

Friday, August 22, 2014

ICT Cluster meeting at Manurewa East. 7/8/14

ICT Planning ahead ...where to next? Decisions to be made.

ICT provides the digital tools to help make the pedagogy work. Teachers need PD in ICT and pedagogy to be able to make the best use of the technology.

Look at TKI e learning planning document. Link:

Choose questions from TKI survey to ask staff about their ICT level. Say we are just seeking data so we can personalise your ICT PD.

Working with technology and e learning not just for e learning classes but the whole school. Teachers are on a learning journey, as are students.

Now is the best time to start on ICT PD because the infrastructure is established, (fibre, UFB, fast wireless etc)

Gradual move to cloud based technology. Start looking at options.
Cloud based options: there are many but here are a few. Google Apps, Office 365, iCloud.
IPad/tablet cloud based apps such as Edmodo, Evernote.

Storybook on-line - worth looking at.
Twitter is a good source of e learning help. Follow educationalists like Kevin Honeycutt
Also #edchatnz

Barriers/solutions to ICT development:
Need for teacher PD. One idea: Have an ICT component on teacher appraisals.

Need time to explore and become confident and familiar with programs/apps,
Confidence in using devices - comes with practice.

Availability of devices - home and school - BYOD or provide, or both? Parent rent to buy options. Zero interest store specials. Parents qualify for school discounts through TTS.

Lack of internet access and parent support at home still a problem for some.

Ability to relate digital technology to current pedagogy. ICT is the tool - needs to be driven

Connectivity ..need time to buddy up with colleagues and mentors ...enthusiasm spreads!
Not hierarchical change but teachers working with teachers.

Upskilling parents of kids ...Finlayson Park School has been running after-school parents classes for 10 years. Parents are more computer literate and more involved in kids' school work. Offering free internet for close families.

Digital books v libraries v internet. Changing habits and preferences of each generation. Digital natives more likely to choose technology.

Chromebooks v iPads; tablets v laptops. Chromebooks are well suited to cloud technology, especially Google Apps, but iPads are excellent tools in different situations- open ended/ creation apps best.  Give kids the choice of device for a purpose and let them make mistakes. Kids should be working with different devices for different purposes.

Need to develop a culture of collaborative learning.
Transformational learning - look for personal transformational moments.
A whole bunch of new literacies emerging.

We need to be developing collaborative, creative students for future workforces!

Next meeting Week 8 at St Josephs Otahuhu. Thursday 11 September. Details later. Please mark it in your diaries.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rosehill Intermediate

iPad use - Steve
Apps and uses of iPads - borrowed from Greg at TTS

SAMR - Jason at Rosehill Intermediate

Staff from Rosehill Intermediate visited Pt England and shared some of their observations
PT England - Learn, Share, Create


Successful use of ICT from students is reliant on input from the staff which follows on from their PD and the interest levels of the staff.

Cognition - staff PD on Inquiry process into using ICT. 



3D Printer
Rosehill Intermediate demonstrated their 3D Printers. Amazing the amount of learning, planning and problem solving involved in using these.  The possibilities are endless. View the video.

Thanks to Rosehill Intermediate for hosting.  See you all at our next meeting at Manurewa East.