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  • Nic 22 Aug 2015 8:02am () in FORUM: Inclusive education: What does this mean? 19 Aug - 18 Sept

    Cross Blogged with http://virtualicteltpd.ning.com/profiles/blogs/udl-involving-the-students

    This week on Twitter, Chrissie Butler shared student perspectives on why UDL is useful http://www.bcsc.k12.in.us/Page/13054

    This got me thinking about how I can involve our students more in designing their learning and get them thinking about UDL. 

    I spoke to them about the 3 principles of UDL and the children made up the acronym "PEE" which they found highly amusing! (presentation, expression and engagement) 

    I shared "example by squirrel" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc-5FCd7t0U Students really got this and said things like, "we all learn in different ways and need different tools to help us to get where we need to be"

    For the next few weeks, we will focus on the "p" asking the children did you understand what I was teaching you? What worked for you? How could I improve my lesson? Did you understand?

    Here is my (unfinished at the moment as I am working on it with students) presentation UDL at Worser Bay School

  • Nic 18 Jul 2015 12:47pm () in Gmail policy and procedures for students

    Hi Jane, 

    We co-constructed an "acceptable use of technologies agreement" with the children. It is based on our school "rule" of respect (respect ourselves, respect each other, respect the environment) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wcg8eZsGfc6O_tzBIhWkvpGRRZAaXvFHXB-FBgP_UhA/pub This is taken home, discussed with parents and brought back to school. Children's accounts will not be set up until we have the document. 

    Digital citizenship runs through everything that we do. 

    I would highly recommend having a parent information evening as they will have lots of questions/ concerns etc. 

    We use Hapara Dashboard so that we can monitor children's emails and documents. We have not had many problems in the 3 years that we have been using GAFE.

    Recently, we have felt a need to introduce email etiquette and expectations. This has also been co-constructed with the students:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EkcDYch00LLFNE_MNvnrZ2fEWwGMgnwgS1Lq0r0_pbs/edit

    Good luck with your journey and feel free to get in touch nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz


  • Nic 13 Jul 2015 11:26am () in Forum: Universal Design for Learning

    Thanks Lynne,

    I will check out the Connected Learning Advisory team. Thanks for sharing NZC pages on the Inclusion principle too. I will have a read. I am not sure if I will be at Ulearn this year...



  • Nic 08 Jul 2015 7:53pm () in Forum: Universal Design for Learning

    Hi Tessa,

    Thanks for sharing the webinar with Linda Ojala. I love what she has been doing in her classroom. We have also been trying to give our students more choice. 

    Lynne Silcock introduced me to UDL at Ulearn a few years back. I was blown away and I was sold. I was doing lots of this stuff already, but now I had more of a focus and something that I could share with the rest of the staff. 



    Kaye- let me know if you need to know anything more about Hapara  

    Hamish- thanks for helping :)



  • Nic 02 Jun 2015 4:19pm () in Forum: Universal Design for Learning

    We have been trying to give our students more choice about what they learn and how they present their learning. We also try and represent what we are teaching in different ways.

    We have been sharing the UDL principles with the students and have been asking them for feedback on our teaching. It has been great to get children to explain what has/ has not been working for them. This has enabled us to change aspects of our teaching according to the needs of the learners.

    We use iPads and chromebooks at school. Children can choose technology to assist them and are using a variety of different applications for different purposes. Sometimes, there is not enough technology so we have started BYOD in our senior classrooms. The use of GAFE (Google Apps for Education) alongside the Hapara dashboard has also lifted the learning ceiling. the use of Hapara has enabled us to monitor everything that the children do with their Google Accounts.

    Students are able to share their learning with teachers, parents and other students. This has led to a more collaborative approach to learning, giving feedback, working on the same documents etc. Google Apps is a student-centered tool and is shifting the classroom toward a more student-centered environment.





  • Nic 19 Feb 2015 6:29pm () in International classes involvement in quad blogging

    Hi Lisa,

    We would also be keen to collaborate with you. We are a group of Year 4-6 students from Wellington. 

    Our blog is http://matarikiwbs.blogspot.co.nz/ and my twitter handle is @NStevenson

    My email is nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz



  • Nic 26 Jan 2015 8:36am () in What is In Your Backyard?

    That is awesome Steph- thank you!


  • Nic 15 Jan 2015 9:49am () in 2015 quadblogging

    I would be keen too. I teach Year 4, 5 and 6.

    My email is nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz and our blog address is http://matarikiwbs.blogspot.co.nz/

    My twitter handle is @NStevenson

  • Nic 15 Jan 2015 9:42am () in What is In Your Backyard?

    Our first inquiry this year is called, "What is in your backyard?" It would be great if we could get as many schools as possible to add to this What Is In Your Backyard? answering the following questions:

    1. What school do you go to?

    2. What is something special about your school?

    3. What is something you have enjoyed learning?

    4. What do you most like about living where you live?

    5. Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourselves, your culture or your community?

    6. Is there anything you would like to share about your learning, your class or your school?

    Please include a photo of your view.


    It would be great for our students to see the differences in different schools. 

    We will add to the presentation when we go back to school.