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  • Vicki Hagenaars 09 Dec 2015 10:16pm () in An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language?

    I can add some more to this especially useful for PC users on one front and those using Windows 8 or 10 on another.  Have you heard there is an Hour of Code going on?

    A few years back I was giving Scratch a go as well but needed to pull back a step or two to bring the reluctant ones in.  I stumbled across Microsoft Game Lab's Kodu at about the same time.  In other countries this would allow the students to create a levelled game that could be played on their X-Box.  After creating our first games we discovered this was not so in NZ - the students needed their laptops.  

    The coding itself is exceptionally easy to work with for students.  I, like others have mentioned here, taught myself the basics, found Microsoft's instructional videos and unleashed my class on it.  There was far greater buy in from the students, they loved playing classmate's games and challenging each other to push the boundaries ever further.  There was a core group of boys who were in my room in wet lunch hours, also involved in Minecraft and part of the Wanganui Intermediate medal winning Lego Mindstorms robotics team as well.  

    How did I use it in the classroom?  We created settings for use in descriptive writing, developed characters for the same purpose, explored the sustainability aspect within the game structure, collaborated, trialled, problem solved and communicated in ways I could not have planned for in your average lesson.  

    Kodu also has a much newer and flashier big brother in the form of Project Spark which I have not personally played with nor coded in.  This is available to the students on X-Box so the game they create can be played, added to, changed, and improved.  Any feedback on their game can be given by many players - not just their classmates.

    Like those above I encourage you to give it a try, let go of being the expert and enjoy watching the learning happen around you.  Get involved in the Hour of Code that is taking place this week.  Simple coding, similar to Scratch, broken down into bite sized chunks with how to videos that teach the students as they go.  What do you have to lose but an hour?

  • Vicki Hagenaars 07 Dec 2015 8:58pm () in Maker culture, is it really all that new?

    Hi Tessa

    You have inspired me today with your incentive challenge.  I also spent time on Twitter tonight and discovered this wee gem from Edutopia - Making Makerspace - Top 20 Tools.  Might be worth a look for those considering where to start and what is important that adds to the great resources already here.

    Vicki H

  • Vicki Hagenaars 07 Dec 2015 7:07pm () in Leading learning and responsive PLD at Ngatea Primary School | What happened PT 2

    Wow! Having just read both blog posts to date I am looking forward to the third one.  

    Neil, congratulations on overcoming the barriers you and your learning community identified for professional development.  It is great to see a senior leadership team prepared to put the time into allowing teacher capacity to grow through release at a time of the day that ensures the learning will be absorbed.  Having time to not only digest but dissect the learning undertaken is also another bonus and one I am fully aware of as a year-out-of-the-classroom facilitator. I love that the students have also been included - it is good for them to know their teachers are as much a learner as they are themselves.

    Meeting the needs and being flexible enough to change directions as teachers have an 'aha!' moment is something that is straight out of Universal Design for Learning.  It equally sets the scene for teachers to be prepared to do this themselves as their own learners build knowledge. I love the independent, individualised timetables, the spaces that allow different styles/modes of learning and teachers who are working in a collaborative environment. 

    The Twittersphere is a powerful learning tools for teachers.  This is one form of social media I drop in and out of about as regularly as I do the VLN - which is not as often as I should!  I will look for Neil on my next visit and follow him - it seems the journey he is on is one that aligns with my own philosophy and beliefs.  

    My own journey into developing my professional learning community occurred when I joined another amazing online educator network - the VPLD (Virtual Professional Learning Development).  I have been lucky enough to be mentored through this group by some amazing people, now mentor others myself and my growth has been exponential - I have found my tribe! 

    For those of you out there reading this that are lurking in these communities - offer your voice.  Neil and his team would not be where they are now had they not done that, neither would I and a hefty number of my colleagues.  Your voice, story, ideas, wonderings are important and will feed the reflective thought of others who read them.  Then comes the real magic - the chance to think about, reflect on, question about and read further information when you get your replies from other community members. 

    Well done to NPS - you are definitely setting a benchmark that others will follow.



  • Vicki Hagenaars 28 Sep 2015 2:06pm () in MLP or just Effective Pedagogy

    Hi everyone

    This is a thread of discussion that has been on my 'round-to-it' list for a couple of weeks, particularly as it is directly linked to one of the presentations I have put forward for Ulearn15.  

    Thanks so much for the collective thinking that is in here.  I too have struggled with the whole modern word in relation to MLE/MLP and, likewise, the idea that the pedagogy is new or that we should be looking for the next one to come.  And as for the wealth of acronyms... 

    I have followed the links and will have a read of those as well as my day progresses. Thank you, Neill, for the fly over of your school.  Love the spaces :)  

    The 'book' or wiki or whatever would indeed be welcome - but how powerful would it be to develop it as a collaborative project for those that have been in a range of learning spaces and flexed their wings in the areas suggested as chapter/page headings?  Those 'in the know' can often share stories of what worked and what did not that others could learn from. 

    Lots to think on and I look forward to seeing the ideas that come as the thread continues.

  • Vicki Hagenaars 02 Jun 2015 3:14pm () in Digital Literacy Progressions

    Hi everyone

    Have stumbled back across this as I seek out resources for my schools just beginning to grapple with these ideas.  What a great dialogue to share with them and encourage discourse in their own settings!  Love the bone saw analogy!

    Without re-igniting the whole discussion I would be interested to hear what further thoughts you may have to add nearly 12 months down the track?  

    For myself I know if and when I re-enter the classroom things will be done considerably differently to when I left it - and I somewhat shared that with Nathaniel, Justin and Leigh at a hui last week.  It will take as much parent education as it will student and fellow teacher education.  I know I could not work in a permanent position in a school where the senior management did not like or support me shaking a stick at a few things we do 'because that's how it has always been done'.  

    I hope Janet did get her question answered in the end....

  • Vicki Hagenaars 12 Apr 2015 10:04am () in Flexible Timetables

    Something tangible I have seen in use at Bulls School quite successfully for their senior students are these clever wee bottles from Sparkle Box called Mustard Must-Do, Mayo may-Do and Ketchup Catch-Up. 


  • Vicki Hagenaars 12 Apr 2015 10:01am () in Flexible Timetable for a Junior classroom

    Hi there

    I have seen these 'mustard must do' reminders used at Bulls School as I have worked with them and wondered if they may be of some use for those of you looking at the flexible timetables:



  • Vicki Hagenaars 11 Apr 2015 5:38pm () in Flexible Timetables

    I also am out of the classroom but had been playing around with this concept while teaching at intermediate level after seeing it in action at Tawa Intermediate.  Like Tracey I had a list of must do activities for the week and shared this on the Ultranet each week.  Like Louise I shared the planning - including those delightful non- negotiable times we have in intermediates - and had students that I conferenced with regularly as they needed a more teacher driven organisation of their learning. 

    As often as the timetable allowed, these conferences were undertaken within the first hour of the day so that the students then had direction for their day with goals to be completed that they had chosen but knew I would check on. I would touch base with them again as needed later in the day. This freed me up to be facilitating in the classroom for the other students needing my time. If it was a week where my time was in high demand a booking my time list would begin to appear on the board - completely student driven.

    The way things were when I stepped away from teaching at that level were by no means perfect, and the fact we were not set up for collaborative docs made some of the learning community work quite paper driven in spite of my class having greater access to devices.  Work on devices was often kept in one person's folder and required me to access it if that person was away. This was a frustration to me more than the students as they did not know what they were missing where I did! Very clumsy compared to having GAFE or O365 up and running properly.

    I look forward to following this discussion further and love ideas that have now been shared. Good luck as you give this a go, Bronwyn. 



  • Vicki Hagenaars 31 Mar 2015 8:33pm () in Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder!)

    I was introduced to a Canadian based one called Planboard BUT it has the NZC attached to it.  It is easy to use  and you can set groups etc within it as well. It is online and can be accessed from any device. I have not tried with Google Docs but did discover this ahead of those.

  • Vicki Hagenaars 31 Mar 2015 8:21pm () in Ipad 2 Mirroring to Activeboard

    I have used Apple TV, Reflector and Airserver in the past all with great success in different situations. However, when searching for something to maintain the interactivity of the Activboard I was recommended to use Airserver - that was three years ago and it worked superbly.

     If you need to go through a PC the latter are the two best.  It comes down to personal choice and the way you think it will be used.

    I would also agree that it can depend on your wireless as to reliabilty.  

    Good luck :)