Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Moving into next year...

This years inquiry was so successful I will be implementing the process into my Team Meetings next year. This is to further innovate and design iPad activities that are level appropriate and align with the Learners Progressions. For more information check out my movie supporting my inquiry presentation:

Spark Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher 2015

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Term 3

Term 3 has flown by and so has my research. With my dissertation coming to an end five areas of discussion became apparent when using a 1 to 1 digital device in the form of an iPad:

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Room 25 Blogs

Today Room 25 are going to post their very first Blog! That was our title to Kick start and celebrate Day 1 of independent Blogging! Great day in Room 25...

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Ryders new way to write...

Today in Room 16 we tried a new way to remember our story for writing. In a small group we talked about a picture of a little dog surfing. The learners came up with some rich vocabulary which we used in our own story. Once the stories were memorised each learner audio recorded their own on their iPad in Explain Everything. The learner then had to type their story referring back to their recording when they were unable to remember what came next. Rhyder did a great job and even came up with the word 'frothy.' Although not captured on the video, the learners also had to draw the little dog surfing!

Ryders little surfing dog from Team 1 PES on Vimeo.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Reading, reading and more reading!

What have I noticed lately... there is no need for a reading tumble when working with Explain Everything on the iPads. The learners work throughout the whole session on activities created around the book they are reading and their learning needs. As a 'fly on the wall,' moving around Year 1 and 2 classes, the learners are engaged in activities that are more personalised, interesting, rewindable and recordable. Can't beat that!!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Same reading level vs different age

Even though a 5 year old may be reading at the same level as some 9 year olds it doesn't mean the post reading activities should be the same. When designing, or adding on to an Explain Everything (EE), it's an important thing to consider. The older learner may enjoy and cope well with the lower levelled activities but in reality they can be pushed, questioned and potentially think at a higher level.
So, let's add on pages to our  EE's for those older learners and get them moving towards 'higher order thinking'!