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  • Catriona Pene 30 Sep 2013 12:15pm () in Why Twitter?

    Just through on my RSS feed from Silvia Tolisano's Langwitches blog 

    Grow your network become a detective

    Explains how to build your own twitter network, how to make sure your network works for you, how to decide who you want to network with and how to find new people to follow for a specific need.

    Great read.

  • Catriona Pene 26 Sep 2013 11:58am () in Online writing tools

    Hi Gavin and all other listeners,

    Here is the link to my 'engaging reluctant writers using e-lerning tools' presentation which combines apps and online tools to motivate writers.

    Another great source of resources is the Curriculum21 clearing house.  
    You can search for just literacy tools but there are lots of links for all curriculum areas.
  • Catriona Pene 25 Sep 2013 12:26pm () in Connected Classrooms: Making Change by using Connected Curriculum.

    Thanks TeAhua for generously sharing your presentation and your passion for connected classrooms and change. : ) 

    No matter how many times I hear you speak on your work in Kaikohe I never cease to be blown away by the story. Indeed when I was fortunate enough to visit you myself I was humbled by the ownership of your learners for their projects and how clearly they could articulate what they were learning and how they were making a difference to their community.

    Thanks again for sharing and I too look forward to hearing other stories and questions around connected curriculum.

  • Catriona Pene 24 Sep 2013 3:26pm () in What struck a chord with you?

    Kia ora again Claire and Jill,

    Thanks for your responses to this thread. 

    I hear that there are some things on top for you that you did not get a chance to share yesterday, now is our chance to start some new discussion threads to see how we can address them in this online forum.

    What are the issues facing you in your schools and how might we all be able to work together using e-learning to be a part of the solution?

    How can we use this opportuity to take the participants from the face to face meeting yesterday and create an online community which supports teachers and leaders in growing sustainable blended professional learning?

    Looking forward to your responses.

  • Catriona Pene 24 Sep 2013 8:07am () in IOS7 and education

    Hi Angela,

    Like Allanah I have now updated several devices without any issue but the devices do look quite different with the update so depending on the stage your staff are at you may like to give them a quick heads up on some of the changes.

    old apple photo icon     changed to    new apple photo icon

    The photo icon is now quite different, worth pointing out to staff and students. : ) 

    The one feature I really like for use in classrooms is the new ease with which you can switch from one app to the next. Multi-tasking made easier!

  • Catriona Pene 24 Sep 2013 7:44am () in What struck a chord with you?

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend today's face to face meeting in Whangarei but I was certainly there in spirit, following the google doc, reading the notes and viewing the linked presentations.

    So what now?  What is on top for each of you who spent the day together?

                                                     Question mark.

    What questions do you have and what answers or support are you seeking? 

    How can we begin to work together to build a network online, to establish, connect and grow e-leadership that is sustainable across our region?

    Looking forward to your responses.

  • Catriona Pene 22 Sep 2013 12:36pm () in Technology apps

    Hi Melissa,

    Sorry for my late reply I have just seen this thread. I have been working a school where the students were using popplet to plan their terrarium designs.

    It allowed them to draw, import images, add text and link to sites they had used for reference. Simple to use and saves as a jpeg or can be emailed.

    There is an iPad app and an online site - the online version allows you to embed videos as well as invite others to collaborate on a design.

    Might suit your purpose nicely? 

  • Catriona Pene 19 Sep 2013 2:20pm () in Ideas for Animation?

    Kia ora Roimata,

    My first question is what technology do you have access to? 

    In my year 3 class with macbooks we used i can animate to create stop motion lego movies around the themes of road safety, the importance of marine reserves, friendship and the school motto. We then improted them into iMovie to add sound effects and theme music. 

    As David has said it does take coniderable amounts of time : ) 

    If you have iPads I have also used the i can animate app but it was much easier to set up the scene and keep the background steady on a laptop. 

    Animation is great fun and hugely engaging frro students - just be prepared for a few hours work to produce a few seconds of animation. 

    There are hundreds of lego animations on youtube to inspire your students. 

    Let us know how you get on. : ) 



  • Catriona Pene 10 Sep 2013 3:59pm () in Looking forward to uLearn 2013

    Here are a couple of links to discussions around the relationships between literacy and maths language.

    This one is cross posted from the Secondary Literacy list serve

    and this one
    Here is another post on developing literacy through maths from the Class Teaching Blog. 
    My picks of the developing literacy through discussion activities from the blog are...

    Always, Sometimes, Never  - Students are shown a statement and are asked to decide whether the statement is always true, sometimes true or never true.  Students should justify their answer with examples and non-examples to the class.

    Odd One Out3 items – all linked (e.g. three triangles, all different types). Students must justify each one as being the odd one out in as many ways as they can.
  • Catriona Pene 10 Sep 2013 2:50pm () in Worthwhile Independent activities

    My year 3 class last year's favourite maths site was TutPup, where they can compete in fun, educational games against other students from all over the World.

    Tutpup screenshot

    It was a great motivator for them to practice their basic facts and because you can select the times table you want to learn, a great way to learn these too.

    They loved the competition and I saw real improvements in their speed and accuracy over the year.

Catriona Pene

Online and in-school Facilitator – Learning with Digital Technology PLD. Lead Facilitator - Literacy, ESOL and English Online.