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  • Suzie Vesper 19 Jan 2015 9:05am () in It's 2015! What have you been thinking about over the holidays?

    It's that time of year when thoughts swing back to school. Over the holidays, I've been doing some reading in preparation for a difficult student I will be having this year. This led me to reading 'Whole brain teaching for challenging students' which I found very useful. It was also my first introduction to Whole Brain teaching and I am now planning to try out a lot of the techniques this year. http://www.wholebrainteaching.com/  What have you been thinking about in the holidays?



  • Suzie Vesper 02 Nov 2014 11:45pm () in e-asTTle

    For us, the issue wasn't reliability. We didn't get kicked off at all so I'd have to say e-asTTle was working for us. The issue more for me is that the way the text and the questions are displayed on the screen seems pretty clunky to me. You have to scroll up in down in the top half of the screen to read the text and the bottom half of the screen for the questions. While you can drag the area of each bigger or smaller, it is a bit of a hassle for the kids to navigate and I think they may have done better having the full text printed out next to them to make this a little simpler. I just wondered if anyone else felt this way too.

  • Suzie Vesper 01 Nov 2014 11:26pm () in e-asTTle

    Hi all,

    Wow - where did this year go? Can't believe that we in the fourth term. I imagine that we are all in the thick of report writing. We've just run some asttle tests using the online portal. Generally, I think this is helpful (particularly for teacher workload) but wondered what people thought of doing the reading online. I think it would be really helpful to be able to print off a set of the texts contained in the test so that the kids don't have to scroll up and down (especially on a slightly smaller screen like a Chromebook). What have other people's experiences been with e-asttle?

  • Suzie Vesper 29 May 2014 9:12pm () in google apps

    They can share docs with you. One way to make this more organised is to create a folder that you share all your students in to so that they can put docs in there to share with you automatically. Many schools such as ours are also using Teacher Dashboard which simplifies this by creating standard folders in the students accounts that you are automatically shared in to. Teacher Dashboard also gives you a handy interface to view documents in these folders for all students at once. Each student has a widget on the page showing the most recent docs in the folders. For instance, I have a literacy folder for each student in my class and I can go into Teacher Dashboard and see all of their latest stories in the same place. I just have to click on the links to open each doc for editing and commenting purposes. Teacher Dashboard does cost (I think about $4 per student). There is a free option called Google Classroom created by Google in the pipelines but I'm not sure when that will become available.

  • Suzie Vesper 15 Apr 2014 10:51pm () in Resource bank

    I thought that maybe we could share some resources we've found useful with each other using this platform. I've added the option for 'Group Resources' in the menu. When you click on this, you can search available resources or upload resources to share. While I have uploaded a couple, I'm thinking that we might not be too popular with the VLN if we go crazy with uploading so if you have a link to where you have the resource stored elsewhere such as a Google Doc, that might be preferable. 

    When you add a resource, make sure you choose the subject/s so that the resource is easier to find. Let me know if you want me to add more subjects. At the moment, I've kept the focus on literacy and numeracy.  It would be great if you could comment on this post to let me know if you think this is a good idea or not!

  • Suzie Vesper 04 Feb 2014 10:05pm () in Are schools having parents sign permission specifically for Google apps?

    We use the student's first name and then the last four numbers of their school enrollment number to make a unique account name.

  • Suzie Vesper 28 Jan 2014 7:47pm () in Google for planning

    Hiya - I don't have any issues with that :) 

  • Suzie Vesper 22 Jan 2014 9:33am () in Setting up a new blog

    I would normally keep one going and delete labels adjust sidebar as discussed but I've changed rooms and levels and had the room name in my address and title so I will be starting again :-) I do like the idea of the students helping to pick the theme etc to give them a little more ownership.

  • Suzie Vesper 22 Jan 2014 9:30am () in How to make a goggle presentation private in a gmail account that has multiple people on one password

    Agreed that there is no way to stop people editing or downloading if they have access to the account where it was created. If you have another Google account you could move the presentation to it. You can share the presentation with the other account and then change the other account to the owner once you've shared it. Then you can 'unshare' it from the original account and then provide access using one of Rob's ideas above. Google Apps for ed would allow you to give people individual accounts so you have more control of the content for individuals.

  • Suzie Vesper 21 Jan 2014 10:35am () in Google for planning

    Hiya. I use Google for all my planning and assessment too. I create a new spreadsheet every term that has different tabs (sheets) for the overview and timetable and then one for each week of the term. I use spreadsheets so that I can merge cells. Here is the one I am setting up for this term. Don't pay too much attention to the content at the moment as this is still developing!  The termly overview is in someone else's computer and I'm waiting for an email from him so haven't filled it in yet.