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  • Hamish Hislop 15 Sep 2016 2:55pm () in Communities of Online Learning

    I think its a terrible idea. Copying a failed concept from the states terrifies me as an educator. We can do better than this. 

  • Hamish Hislop 29 May 2015 3:53pm () in Student Management Systems

    I taught in an Area school and we used Kamar. It was really good for the secondary school but average for the junior school. At that time it was hosted on our school servers and was not accessible outside of the school environement. I know there are work arounds for this and changes might have been made with KAMAR. I am currently teaching in a year 1-6 primary using ETAP. This is great. It is hosted online and really simple to use. I dont know how a secondary school would get on with it, especially with NZQA links ect. I like the fact I can get access to our SMS from home, out of school on EOTC trips or wherever I needed it. Tech support is available to everyone promptly from within ETAP and the training provided has been first class. I would recommend ETAP but if it will not support NZQA then another online SMS will be the way to go.

  • Hamish Hislop 17 Feb 2015 3:10pm () in Google Forms

    Hi Tim,

    Flubaroo was what made me think of creating these forms. It looks like a really useful tool for spreadsheets. Thanks for your ideas everyone.


  • Hamish Hislop 17 Feb 2015 7:55am () in Google Forms

    Thanks Kelly, I am trying to make different forms, each one a different set of practice questions. It's not the formatting I want to copy but the need to re enter all the questions individually onto a form. Trying to save time but maybe I just need to invest some into this project and get it done right. I guess once it is done, it will always be there.


  • Hamish Hislop 16 Feb 2015 9:47pm () in Google Forms

    Hi everyone,

    I am trying to create a set of google forms for which the students will use for basic facts practice. There will be multiple forms of graded number practice questions on each form. I am trying to find a way to create these forms without having to make each form individually. I was wondering if anyone knows how to create a form from a spreadsheet or another way? 

  • Hamish Hislop 14 Nov 2013 8:24pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    I agree that the document is valuable. I am about to begin a new job and the eLPF will give me a framework to begin a review of the school infrastructure and planning for e learning. I also have directed it to the SLT at my current school to continue to use it to reflect on our current situation. It opens your eyes on where you head and what your gaps are. Excellent.

  • Hamish Hislop 12 Nov 2013 7:53pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I always find the Core Ed Trends a useful place to forward plan from. http://www.core-ed.org/thought-leadership/ten-trends

    These show general ideas that you can vision for your school. I have been working on ubiquity with planning my current school infrastructure. To allow any device to work in the environement- to print, access drives, go online. These basics working alongside pedagogy and PD will lead to other shorter term ideas to work for staff and students. It is not an easy thing by any stretch of the imaginaiton. Is it really worth staying ahead of the game or consolidating the knowledge for a while?

  • Hamish Hislop 11 Oct 2013 7:37am () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    The idea of a school support system for staff to improve understanding of how technologies work is useful but sometimes a waste of time. Staff always need take up time with change but a leader such as a principal would want to see some implementation.  I have been running tech support for my staff for years and nothing really changes with their teaching practice other than experiementation. The students are not seeing the benifits. The biggest impact on staff has been attending conferences such as Ulearn and becoming inspired by the best practicioners in the world with technology. Principals should be making sure the road blocks for technology are lessened and activlely encourage inspiration for staff. I believe that is as rewarding.

  • Hamish Hislop 21 Sep 2013 7:30am () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    My school has had a similar experience with knowledgenet. Staff have had extensive support through PD, EDI and specialist classroom teacher time to embed this into their teaching. unfortunately once the time came for staff to manage ths on their own it fell away. I can't help feeling that the majority of staff don't or can't cope with change. We are investing in iPads and I worry that they will end up gathering dust in some classes. How does the principal lead this? Principals make sure funding, pedagogy and bots are all I line but it still takes a commitment from staff acting professionally and reacting to change.