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  • anne robertson 15 Jun 2018 3:58pm () in Coding and robotics at Intermediate level

    Kia ora Heather

    The 'kidspeak' progressions are available from the Connected Learning Advisory. And we can support you getting started with a "Start Up" workshop (or provide you with the resources to run it yourself if we can't make a face to face visit). Drop us a line at CLA via our online form, or call 0800 700 400. 

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Anne Robertson

  • anne robertson 19 Jul 2017 6:45pm () in FORUM: Connecting Communities of Learning through technologies

    I guess that before Kāhui Ako (Communities of Learning) and schools/kura choose how they want to connect, they need to consider a couple of things:

    1. How their teams already work together...are they effective teams, are they communicating and collaborating well, does everyone have an equal opportunity to express their views - do they feel that they are working in a 'psychologically safe place' (see this news article about how Google found out what made an effective team). If they don't already have robust teams, then the magic wand of a digital tool will not necessarily make true collaboration happen.  

    2. What do you want to achieve? What is the purpose - purely administrative, to build teacher capacity, to develop teacher practice, to share inquiries, to connect with the community...? All stakeholders also need to have a clear understanding of why they are being asked to use a collaborative tool. What is the purpose of sharing, do they believe that it will make a difference to student outcomes, and will it add anything to what they already do? Decide first what you want to do, think about the features you need from the collaboration/communication tools and then explore what tools are out there and choose what suits your organisation. 

    It would be interesting to hear what schools and Kāhui Ako are using and how effective they are for all members of the community. 

  • anne robertson 29 Jun 2016 2:07pm () in 3 things students should have before they leave high school

    How are you developing your professional image online? -  I have been developing my online 'identity' for quite some time but only recently have I thought about it being a 'professional' image. I think this is because I never saw myself as needing a professional identity. My online presence came about just because I was interested in technology and how it could help me in my teaching and my students in their learning. Gradually the number of accounts I had grew and then I started to share ideas and present at conferences and so I needed a place to share resources. So it has all happened up till now in quite an ad hoc way. The challenge now is pulling everything together into a cohesive portfolio!

    How important do you think this is? Having a positive digital footprint is essential - we live in an online world and it isn't going to go away. A friend recently applied for a job and the company didn't want a CV, they wanted to see her LinkedIn profile. I think this is the way more companies will go - one place where they can see your professional identity with recommendations from different aspects of your professional life.

    In what places do you share professionally? Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, The Pond, VLN, my blog on Wordpress to varying degrees

    How do you keep your professional and personal separate online? And should you? I believe we do need to keep private and professional separate but given that companies will also be able to trawl the net to find your personal identity, it does need to be 'professional' too.  The lines do become blurred in a way that personal and professional pre-internet didn't for most people.

    In what ways are you encouraging your students to develop a professional online profile? What are you doing to demonstrate the importance of this?  I am not in a school now but when I was we talked a lot about the idea of having a positive identity online e.g.

    • thinking carefully about your email address - you have to live with it forever so don't choose something silly and also think about which email provider to use
    • appropriate behaviour online in terms of interacting with people
    • sharing photos and media - appropriate referencing
    • choosing the most appropriate platform for the messages you want to send out
    • developing a portfolio
    • that you are 'allowed' to be a teenager - the identity you build needs to show development, growth, understanding.  Employers won't expect to see the profile of a 30yr old at the age of 15
    • developing a portfolio of learning - what you need to put into it, what you shouldn't! How it can help your learning and your personal growth. 
    • Of course we also talked about online dangers but only on the context of being sensible and aware of what they might be and working out ways of mitigating them - all the above will help with that.
  • anne robertson 22 Jun 2016 6:13pm () in Is anyone using Versal for online learning?

    Hi Greig,

    There is a range of Learning Management Systems out there, the choice you make really does depend on what you want to do with it in terms of teaching and learning. The interfaces are different, some look sleeker than others, some look less appealing. The functionality is similar - most will have a space for adding resources and building units of study, most have a means of teachers setting and students uploading assignments, some have spaces for students to have their own eportfolio space so they can showcase their learning ad reflect on it, and some have the option of allowing parents and the wider world to comment on work and for students to reflect on their learning. 

    What makes the difference in engagement with the online learning space is the preparation that you invest into the vision the school has for learning. If teachers have a shared understanding of the purpose and the potential of an online learning space in terms of learner outcomes, then they will engage with it and in turn the students will too. An easy user interface will definitely help in encouraging people to use it, though as you suggest.

    It is useful, if you are a GAFE school, to have a system that easily integrates the GAFE suite of tools if that is what students will use. However, it is equally important that the system allows for easy upload and download of a range of media types and the embedding of resources from sites such as Prezi, Padlet, Youtube ...

    It is worth taking the time, as you seem to be doing, to research what is out there and what will work best for your school environment. Consider where your teachers are in their learning around integrating digital technology into the curriculum and ensure that they have adequate time to shift their thinking (if indeed they need to) and change their practice.

    You have already mentioned Moodle, Schoology and Versal; you could also use Google Sites, Canvas, Edmodo, Seesaw. Google Sites works well alongside Hāpara. 



  • anne robertson 11 Mar 2016 12:35pm () in Posting photos of children online

    Interesting discussion. My youngest son (aged 16) doesn't like his photo being posted on Facebook. He doesn't seem to have a philosophical objection in that his discomfort is not based on privacy concerns, more about embarrassment at his friends seeing his Mum post photos of him. Teenage angst, sort of thing.  So I am very careful about asking him before I post a photo and getting his approval first. If he deems it to be "ok" then I post but I don't tag him so it doesn't show up on his friend's feeds.  

    I have had the discussion frequently in school with students (all girls) about the "rights and wrongs" of posting photos on social media and they are much more relaxed about it as long as they are the ones posting photos of themselves. They definitely don't like their photo being posted by someone else.  Ownership and control is an important factor. We had an interesting discussion when we were doing a google search of their names as part of a digital citizenship lesson when some of their photos appeared linked to their old schools' websites.  Some of them were quite proud others were very embarrassed and upset.  I guess that comes back to the point made above - their parents had clearly given permission for their photos to be used but the children had not been consulted. 

    So, it is all about informed consent and parental responsibility, isn't it? What else do children under 16 have the "right" to consent to?

    Medical treatment is an interesting case in point; the Medical Council of NZ states that "People under 16 years of age are not automatically prohibited from consenting to medical, surgical or dental procedures so judgement of the patient’s competence to make an informed choice and give informed consent is needed in each instance".  Under 16s can't vote but they can drive a car and get married.  As was also mentioned earlier many students have a much deeper understanding of the implications of social media than their parents do and so involving them in the decision-making makes sense. 

    Just to throw another spanner in the works - I recently read an article in a UK paper which I now can't find, but in it the police were making parents aware of online stalking and grooming. They made the point that if, as a parent, you condoned/supported or even encouraged your 8 yr old to have a Facebook page and lied about their birth date to set it up, then your now 13yr old appears as an 18 yr old on his/her Facebook profile and will therefore be subject to all the unsolicited adverts related to their posts and profile, etc depending on the privacy settings of their page. They are also "fair game" (words of the police, not me) for the trollers out there. Food for thought. 

  • anne robertson 07 Aug 2015 6:23pm () in Appraisal, codes and standards and your e-learning goals

    Hi Tessa, 

    I have this presentation - also on Pond - that I am happy for people to use to help explain the way that RTCs can be mapped through inquiry.  I have found that many teachers and principals are still not aware of the changes.  

    This is a link to the document that the DP and SCT at Waikato Diocesan developed after going to the workshops last October. 

    It is published under a CC License and they are happy for it to be shared.

  • anne robertson 09 Mar 2015 9:38am () in Google Docs for Teacher Appraisal/Registered Teacher Criteria - Inquiry

    Just wondering if the templates here take into account the new system for registered teacher criteria and appraisal which has been introduced.  I am in a PD session now at our school.

  • anne robertson 22 Jan 2015 1:25pm () in Google hangout/chat

    Hi Natasha,

    That is highly likely.  It depends on your school policy regarding :"chat rooms".  I think that Chat is an optional thing that has to be turned on but is easy enough to do.  Google Hangouts are part of Google + which is not usually enabled as a matter of course in schools as you have to be over 13 to have a Google + account.  Administrators can switch it on for different categories of user depending on how they have the users set up.  If students under the age 13 try to access Google + it locks down their whole account! 

    Hope that helps


  • anne robertson 20 Jan 2015 11:00am () in Google Docs for Teacher Appraisal/Registered Teacher Criteria - Inquiry

    I use a Google Site  https://sites.google.com/site/anneslearningjourney/evidence-portfolio - it's looking a bit tired now as I created it a few years ago but it still serves a purpose.  Teachers at my school use whatever suits them so, some are using Google Drive to upload evidence and write reflections, some still use box files, a couple also use Evernote.


  • anne robertson 19 Nov 2014 1:22pm () in 2014 e-Learning reflection

    I have a similar story of sharing.  We had a successful "Sharefest" at the end of the academic year last year and decided to do that again this year.  Our focus for PD has been on Blending technology and traditional pedagogies to promote students engagement and learning.  Here is a blogpost I wrote following this year's "celebration of learning".