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  • Annemarie Hyde 20 Aug 2014 1:06pm () in Google Classroom or Hapara Dashbard or Both?

    Can someone explain how these conflict or complement each other please? 

  • Annemarie Hyde 20 Aug 2014 8:26am () in All the groups I set up have disappeared

    Sounds like you may have used a different login?

    If it was a while ago and there has been no action the groups could have been archived.

  • Annemarie Hyde 17 Aug 2014 8:36pm () in Maths week - 11 to 15 August

    At Mokoia Intermediate we had a daily problem which had students skidding into my office each morning, to win the class prize. So much fun! I did remind some that they could use their email (I'd made a point of emailing each problem to every student).

    We also had basic facts activities to fill the teacher ketes and a large jar of jelly beans in the office which students paid 50 c a guess for (money to our kapa haka regional entry funds).

  • Annemarie Hyde 06 Aug 2014 4:41pm () in FORUM: Network 4 Learning: Managed Network - what it is / learning and teaching | An Enabling e-Learning event

    We've been on the N4L for most of this year.

    I remember when the "customer acquisitions manager" @Gary-Wicks came in to talk to us about N4L. I laughed at the title; he sounded like the wicked witch from Hansel and Gretel, "acquiring" customers.  He told us that as a "Smart Net" school, we were able to be in the second roll out of N4L. He outlined what this meant. The principal just stared. 

    "And?  What are the fish hooks?"  No fish hooks.  Just free UFB. Great! And we should see an increase in speed of access, particularly upload speed.  Naturally, I immediately followed Gary on Twitter, so I could find him if that didn't come true!

    N4L farms out the installation, and I have to say that I was a little disappointed that I found myself crawling around in the server cabinet, one hand on my cell phone, as I tried to install the Cisco router with phone instructions from Smart Net.  All good, and the technician we employ from a local firm, who comes in once a week to do the "hard stuff," checked that what I had done in the cupboard and in the "works", was all okay.  Anyhoo - it all worked!

    Our SNUP and fibre installation both took place last year, so we were like the Thunderbirds - all go.  We hadn'tt been worried with speed previous to N4L however; issues in some blocks were fixed when we installed the Unifi units.  

    However - there are issues with speed now which we haven't sorted out.  The problem is that while we think our wireless system is good  - Unifi enterprise units - one between two rooms, we certainly didn't go for top cabinet stuff.  We also now have a huge number of devices going a lot of the time - maybe 120 or more at any one time, and in a school with 11 classes, that is a lot. Because we are an intermediate, a lot of it is gaming, coding or video.  Heavy on the system!  However - we all like instant, so speed is relative.

    I've just done a speed test at 4.09pm and have to say, it doesn't look great and there are only a dozen devices going right now:


    As a self taught "fixer" I only took on the roll because I was teacher in charge of elearning and that meant everyone assumed I knew how to do the nuts and bolts stuff too.  So I do depend on good advice.  I am the DP - not a technician.

    I'd love someone to tell us how to fix this. I got on the phone with N4L and had great service from a great technician - sorry - can't remember your name - who assured me that the upload and down load speed I could see was okay when it was an ethernet port connection.  Granted, that day both wireless and ethernet were 50-70mb/s. What I want to know is why IS it worse since the connection? Our dear technician can't help me on that one.

    The help desk has been MARVELLOUS. Instant help on opening and closing sites; when we were first connected, we lost Youtube which these days we recognise to be a very useful source of flipped learning. And I couldn't access Twitter, which, anyone who knows me, is a must!

    We were running a Connected Rotorua meeting last week on Tweeting and Blogging at another school; a quick phone call saved the day! And @andy_schick answered my tweet - at 4.45 on Friday afternoon. 

     So - the good side: free UFB which we were clocking up before. Neat people who try to help out from afar.  The downside - dedicated folk nearby who can wave a magic wand and fix stuff.  

    All advice appreciated!

  • Annemarie Hyde 06 Aug 2014 9:22am () in Educamp Minecraft

    Great to see people posting in this groups and there are lots of ideas and questions. Why not come to Rotorua to an educamp at Mokoia Intermediate where we can share these successes and queries? The link is http://educampnz.wikispaces.com/Educamp+Minecraft

  • Annemarie Hyde 03 Aug 2014 7:12pm () in The real reason children fidget

    Thanks for reminding us that children need to move.  We all know how hard it is to sit in a lecture that goes on and on with no interactivity - and we still do it to children.  I shall be sharing this with our teachers.

  • Annemarie Hyde 03 Aug 2014 12:15am () in Connected Rotorua - Eportfolios - 5 September 2014

    When: Friday 5 September, 4.30pm

    Where: Selwyn School

    Let's share ideas about eportfolios/ contribute to the presentation here: http://bit.ly/1rVCmRv

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  • Annemarie Hyde 31 Jul 2014 1:53pm () in Music Composing applications on PCs

    Brent and Nathaniel - thanks so much! Thought about it afterwards and remembered Audacity and also Acid Express. I've used audacity to edit sound clips, but the teacher actually wants to compose so I'll need to sus them out!

  • Annemarie Hyde 31 Jul 2014 1:08pm () in Music Composing applications on PCs

    Hi folks - hoping someone can help. Our music teacher wanted to load garageband on our PCs for a class and of course, he can't as it's for ios or Macs. What is the PC alternative? 

  • Annemarie Hyde 21 Jul 2014 8:49pm () in Reward/Incentive/Behaviour Management Systems

    From Rachel Weinberg:

    "Hi everyone,

    Welcome back to another busy term! As part of our regular self-review at Westbrook, we are looking at our behaviour management and incentive system school-wide to see if we need to make any changes. I would love to hear from you if you would be willing to share with me, the system you use in your school to manage behaviour and also to reward those children doing the right thing. Also, if you have a system in operation whereby children strive to achieve accolades such as badges, awards or certificates, over and above the “norm”, I would love to hear from you."

Annemarie Hyde

I am deputy principal and e_learning leader at Mokoia intermediate. In 2013 Terms 3 and 4 I was seconded to work .4 as a BeL facilitator. I am co-starter for #connectedrotorua and cohost of #educamprotovegas.