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  • Juliet Revell 21 May 2016 7:55am () in Enabling e-Learning forum: Collaborative projects for NZ students

    Atā Marie

    Just thought that I'd add to this discussion with some examples of collaborative projects in my classroom. I am Juliet Revell, a teacher at Mahora School in Hastings. I use my PLN for some collaborative projects, as I have found that when you have a personal connection with the teacher it's easier to be able to touch base as you need to.

    One of the first projects that really impacted my kids was a couple of years ago when we were reading blogs from classrooms around the world. I picked up these classrooms via my twitter PLN. They were classes that were similar in age to my kids, who at the time were Year 2. Kathy Cassidy (Canada) had her kids take us on a tour of their classroom. My kids were fascinated with this, particularly because her kids had lockers and had to change into snow clothes to leave their classroom! We began commenting as a class on their blog, and made our own video of our classroom for them. We were able to Skype them a couple of times after that which enthralled everyone, particularly given of the difference in hemisphere!

    Stephanie Thompson, in her time at Tawa Intermediate re-created picture books such as 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' with her class. These were designed with junior classes in mind, and were an absolute hit with my kids. Kids love teaching kids, and kids love learning from kids, simple.

    We also collaborated with an Auckland class using our class Mascot. 'Marvin' was posted to Auckland and taken on adventures up there. We were able to Skype them while he was there as well. Another recent project was 'The Travel Buddy' blog, set up between Australian and New Zealand schools by Australian educator, Chris Betcher. I am still a bit scared to catch up with him however, because Kev and Koko were last seen at my school, and I definitely posted them forward to someone on the list! Just kidding, I think he's okay about it!

    There are many collaborative projects available now for NZ teachers, and the amount is growing all the time. I was involved with KidsedchatNZ for some time, and found it valuable for my learners on many levels

    Collaboration can be simple, taking place between two classes. While there are many NZ-wide opportunities now, we don't have to participate in those to enable collaboration. Many teachers may prefer to start small, and possibly local, using their personal learning network. Collaboration works well when you are connected as a teacher, and are able to utilise your PLN to foster connections for your kids. Have fun with it!



  • Juliet Revell 01 Jun 2015 1:29pm () in Chromebooks - advice to parents around managing safe use at home

    Thanks Hamish.

    Have made a copy. Thanks for sharing. Always valuable to get another school's insights/perspective on this important topic.





  • Juliet Revell 29 Mar 2015 10:50am () in Using Meraki as an MDM? Changes to standard (SM) accounts

    Hi everyone

    I am just reading through the changes to Meraki that have been made, and are effective as at 24 March 2015.


    I've copied the key changes from the Meraki website below, and am currently chugging through the reading. 

    What are the key changes?

    We are streamlining the product model from two versions of Systems Manager (Standard and Enterprise) to a single version, consisting of the full enterprise feature set. All new Systems Manager customers will have the entire enterprise feature set and can enroll 100 devices for free. Enrolling more than 100 devices requires Systems Manager licenses.

    If I have less than 100 devices, then do I need to purchase licenses?

    No - if you have fewer than 100 enrolled devices, then you will be able to use and operate Systems Manager with every existing and new feature. Customers with fewer than 100 devices who want phone support will still need to purchase a license and can do so by contacting sales: https://meraki.cisco.com/form/contact

    I am trying to find out the cost of the licenses for our school going forward - we will require an "Enterprise" contract (over 100 devices.)


    Keen to hear thoughts/ advice from others in the similar position.

    Should we revert to using Apple Configurator?

    Are there some good alternatives that other schools are using.




  • Juliet Revell 15 Feb 2015 6:30pm () in Educamp HB - 16 May

    Thanks for sharing Barb, will get the registrations open shortly.



  • Juliet Revell 18 Aug 2013 8:37am () in Blogging with juniors

    Hi everyone

    I have a Year 2 class, and find blogging with them invaluable for their learning, particulary literacy. Where do I start? I can tell you so much about how our blog enhances our learning. Ok, I'll start with engagement. My iKids are so engaged by their blog. They are proud of it. Visually, it's punchy and that helps. There is wonderment and awe every time there is a new post! Yes, STILL! It has certainly enhanced our class culture. We are proud of each other when we achieve something amazing and we record it on a new post.

    The blog has been relatively easy to maintain. Yes, I write most of the posts myself. As the children’s awareness and enthusiasm has grown, they become more and more interested in adding to the blog themselves. Initially this means that they begin to offer suggestions for content rather than physically adding posts. They are keen followers of other schools blogs – particularly those at their own year level. They love to comment on the other blogs and have their questions and comments replied to.

    Commenting is a BIG part of our blogging experience. I get really frustrated when people make comments that our blog is all "Teacher written and directed." SO WHAT!! MY KIDS ARE JUNIORS! Would you rather I didn't do it at all? What are you saying - that it's not valuable?! That's just ignorance! (Sorry - rant!!!) Certainly, it appears that most of it is Teacher input. However, if you dig deeper, and take a look at how the blog is used in our classroom, you will see that the posts are commented on by the children, and used for shared reading, writing and discussion. Most of my kids begin the year at 6 years old, and finish it at 7. Later in the year, yes, they are able to write more and post themselves. Prior to that, there is great learning involved in reading, discussion and commenting on our own as well as other Junior Blogs. We have a list on our blog roll that we follow. Our blog is used to connect with our parents and community. 

    This year, we have made great connections with Lynne Laburn's class at Point View School. Lynne's class commented that our class mascot, Marvin might like a visit to Auckland. An incredible journey transpired, we shared so many experiences that included Skyping and sharing about our local environments. 

    Over the year, the children’s confidence with the idea of the Internet as a concept grows substantially. They become aware that they are in control of the information that we share with our audience. They love that they have people from all over the world commenting on what they have been up to. They are very proud of each other’s efforts and often suggest “We could put that on the blog.”  I post all the children’s art, so that all parents and whānau can see their child’s efforts when they are not able to make it into the classroom.

     I use twitter to introduce new posts, and generally include relevant hashtags. This ensures that the children’s audience is expanded that little bit further. I would highly recommend twitter for teachers – the use of a PLN (personal learning network) has been invaluable for me. 

    Of course it helps that we are using ICT as a tool to connect. We love technology and have become aware of the connections that it can help us make. The children love the comments that they receive from similar aged children at other schools. The children are learning how to be safe on the Internet, and what sort of language we need to use when we write for our audience there.

    The most significant aspect is that our learning has an authentic audience outside of the perimeters of our small rural community. We have had over 50,000 visitors to our virtual classroom and we have lost count of the different countries! The children have been very good at being able to read big numbers, but unfortunately now, the numbers are getting a bit beyond most of them! We have a map in our classroom that has stars on the countries. I have printed out the names of the countries that we have received hits from, and included pictures of me in many of those countries, at a famous landmark. The children see me on the wall beside “Big Ben” and know that that is in the United Kingdom. This is yet another manifestation of authentic context that the blog has created for their learning. 

    My advice is to get in there and have a go! Your kids will love you for it!