Thursday, October 31, 2013

Flatbush School

31 October 2013

Thanks for hosting

Martin Hughes

Google Apps
Microsoft 365

Some of the challenges teachers face

  • hard to plan, collaborate and co-construct
  • hard to use ICT effectively
  • hard to find stuff - on servers, email...
  • callenged by variations in location, device, software etc
  • overwhelmed by the technology
Some of the challenges students face
  • sometimes ICT encourages the behaviours we DON'T want or value
  • hard to access at school
  • easy to access at home
  • hard to find stuff
  • challenged by variations in location
We should meet the learner where they are at!

We should be doing less better.

3 forms of resource in schools
  • time
  • money
  • good will / motivation
ICT can either grow these resources or burn them all, at a terrifying rate!

Cloud Computing
Makes things more secure and easier to access

Chrome - Advantages
  • less confusion
  • can sign in - gmail, chrome (data follows into any computer)
  • Settings - where downloads, download to; set pages for start up;
  • more secure than the server
  • things can be in multiple locations
Need to effectively teach students digital citizenship

Google Apps
  • Mail
  • Drive
    • online 'Finder'
    • able to give feedback - 
    • saves as you go.  Cannot lose your work.
    • collaborate on a document
    • editing Word docs - go to word, file, new, save as, 
  • Calendar
Only 3 things to sign into - mail, chrome, google app

Mark Treadwell "Whatever!" 2007 - S Shape curve

If you want to go quickly go alone. If you want to go far go together. - African Proverb
We need to go far.... and quickly - teachers

Quick Office - for iPads to open Word docs.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Week 3, Term 1 Meeting 2013

Hello all,

We had a great meeting on Thursday 21st February at Puhinui School.

Thanks to Steve for showing us some of your school infrastructure and talking the group through some of your school eLearning foci for 2013.

A major component of our meeting was to decide the scope for our meetings throughout 2013. We want to make sure these meetings are supporting teachers in their eLearning/ICT journeys.

In discussion, we came up with this list of things we would like to have as part of our 2013 meetings:
  • sharing from each school (Smackdown format - 2 mins each)
  • meetings at a variety of schools
  • demonstrations
  • pedagogical discussions over ICT issues
  • school/classroom tours at venue school
  • guests & experts visiting (perhaps 2-3 times per year)
  • ideas shared for professional development in eLearning
  • Google Docs
  • Google Calendar
  • Security of devices
  • mini workshops (20 mins) at each meeting on agreed topics
  • sharing of good online resources, blogs people are reading etc
  • iPad app sharing (junior & senior)
  • possibly look at running a mini conference!
  • collaboration & sharing of classroom based ideas - practical
  • examine Core Top 10 Trends & Horizon Report - future focus
If you weren't able to make the meeting, please feel free to contribute any ideas you may have in the comments below this post.

Remember, meetings are held on Thursday afternoons in Week 3 and 8 of each term.

Next meeting: Week 8 (Thursday 28th March) at
Randwick Park School
3:30pm for a 3:45pm start.
Have a think about what you might share in the 2 min Smackdown!
Hope to see you there!