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  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 04 Oct 2014 1:40pm () in Citizens and Citizenship in a Digital World: A New Zealand Perspective

    Kia Ora everyone,

    I am currently undertaking a professional inquiry into Citizens and Citizenship in a digital world and would appreciate it if you could find time to take part in my survey.

    The primary aim of the project is to discover what the term "Digital Citizenship" actually means to Education Professionals, what are deemed as key concepts, and how is it taught. This research is part of the requirements for the completion of the Masters of Education at Massey University.

    I am looking for education professionals which fit the following criteria:

    - Are employed in an educational setting within New Zealand
    - Teach any year group from within the NE to Year 13 range

    This questionnaire should only take 5 minutes to complete and I would appreciate your assistance. Check here to take part http://goo.gl/forms/Nv6tCGFsOH

    If you have any questions about the research or survey then feel free to email me at amanda.neemia.research@gmail.com 

    Kōrero ki a koutou i muri,

    Amanda

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 04 Oct 2014 1:38pm () in Citizens and Citizens & Citizenship in a Digital World: A New Zealand Perspective

    Kia Ora everyone,

    I am currently undertaking a professional inquiry into Citizens and Citizenship in a digital world and would appreciate it if you could find time to take part in my survey.

    The primary aim of the project is to discover what the term "Digital Citizenship" actually means to Education Professionals, what are deemed as key concepts, and how is it taught. This research is part of the requirements for the completion of the Masters of Education at Massey University.

    I am looking for education professionals which fit the following criteria:

    - Are employed in an educational setting within New Zealand
    - Teach any year group from within the NE to Year 13 range

    This questionnaire should only take 5 minutes to complete and I would appreciate your assistance. Check here to take part http://goo.gl/forms/Nv6tCGFsOH

    If you have any questions about the research or survey then feel free to email me at amanda.neemia.research@gmail.com 

    Kōrero ki a koutou i muri,

    Amanda

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 04 Oct 2014 1:36pm () in Citizens and Citizens & Citizenship in a Digital World: A New Zealand Perspective

    Kia Ora everyone,

    I am currently undertaking a professional inquiry into Citizens and Citizenship in a digital world and would appreciate it if you could find time to take part in my survey.

    The primary aim of the project is to discover what the term "Digital Citizenship" actually means to Education Professionals, what are deemed as key concepts, and how is it taught. This research is part of the requirements for the completion of the Masters of Education at Massey University.

    I am looking for education professionals which fit the following criteria:

    - Are employed in an educational setting within New Zealand
    - Teach any year group from within the NE to Year 13 range

    This questionnaire should only take 5 minutes to complete and I would appreciate your assistance. Check here to take part http://goo.gl/forms/Nv6tCGFsOH

    If you have any questions about the research or survey then feel free to email me at amanda.neemia.research@gmail.com 

    Kōrero ki a koutou i muri,

    Amanda

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 18 Sep 2013 4:55pm () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Sylvie,

    Yes it is all fun and games at the moment. We do use a combination of Google and Ultranet. We use Google for planning and sharing assessment stuff and Ultranet for the storing of portfilos and conversing with the students about their work etc. To be honest both have their pros and cons. With Ultranet I can assign filo tasks and students can submit their work which I can mark, send back or submit to their filos. I'm not keen on the fact that I can't see in one place what they are doing at that exact moment in time but I do like how when they submit work to me it is in all the same place.

    We use a combination of devices and have found iPads, window based machines great for uploading documents, images audio etc to Ultranet but if we use Andriod we have problems. We have had to spend a good amount of time problem solving these issues and to be honest it has just made the students more determined to "fix the problem", and as long as I ensure time for this and reflection/discussion it really isn't an issue.

    When we use google docs the kids find some of the formatting a problem and really do need to use the appropriate document type for the task. They have found that uploading word doc to Google poses a few formating issues but it is, what it is. 

    I am pleased we have gone for the "we'll take anything" approach, even if it has caused a few headaches. We have had the best discussions about ways to get around stuff and the kids are just amazing at sharing their knowledge. I know that I am a competent user of technology and I find it easy to switch from one device to the next so I do worry about my colleagues who struggle. We have run a number of workshops for basic iPad use and have stressed the iPad use as opposed to just choosing a few apps and running with it, which I'm glad we have taken that stance.

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 18 Sep 2013 4:41pm () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi All,

     

    I was I found this online and thought I'd share http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-steps-for-a-successful-byod-adoption/

    I really like the one that states "Audit your network" as I think people would be really surprised at the state of their network. Often I hear "oh we can't do this..or that", when a majority of the time they just don't know what they've got or the capabilities, often leading to unforseen costs or bad purchasing decisions. I cannot say this enough but take the time to develop a good working realtionship with your Tech support and include them in the dialogue about where to next, whilst still maintain ownership of the network. 

    A

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 09 Sep 2013 8:33pm () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Suskya,

    We also have Areohive which we had installed by Telco. I found the technical support good and the system itself is pretty easy to use. One thing I did not like was the documentation which needs to be re-written for the education market. lets face it teachers are the "System Admins", well I am at my school :P

    As for the uploading/downloading, I am able to limit the students use by blocking off times of the day and days of the week eg 8.50-3 pm, Monday -Friday. I also am able to see the top users and slow them down. I haven't yet limited the wifi as it is not a problem. We have put alot of though into what our programme looks like with devices and it is not a case of pull out the device because the mood strikes. If asked, students are expected to talk about what they are doing and whether the approach they are taking will meet the objectives of the task. If they are not able to do this they get the hint pretty quickly to make changes to what they are doing.

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 09 Sep 2013 8:20pm () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Mark,

     

    I have always been interested in Orewa's stance to filtering. We have just brought a new firewall appliance with web blocking etc.. I am hoping that once we have consistent Cyber Citizens programmes throughout the school, we can move towards "relaxing" the reigns in the future. I will tell no lie when I say whitelisting sites is no fun at all and it's very time-consuming.

     

    Facebook is blocked to our students (Not Teachers), as we are an intermediate and most are not yet old enough to have an account. No, I do not believe that they do not have one and yes I do teach social networking as part of my programme.

     

    At the present time, the BYOD trial syndicate has a very strong programme based on the "Nine Elements of Cyber Citizenship". It is so ingrained into practice that I need I would have no qualms allowing Facebook (apart from the age problem), and know that I would need to do very little to "police" as 9/10 the students are very quick to peer regulate.

    I now find that if I do need to be the heavy, it is with students who I do not have direct contact with, which is kind of disappointing and moreso for them when they are locked-down to Ultranet.

     

     

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 01 Sep 2013 8:55am () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Sandy,

    For us I am sure that within the next year we will change over from Ultranet to ... but at this stage in the game we have to be very careful not to throw to much change at teachers. I remember one of the staff member saying " first it was Ultranet and now you want us to learn about iPads, which one should we focus on?". It was very clear to me that we did not do a very good job of showing staff how this fit together or that it really wasn't a one or the other. 

    In Term four we will be extending the trial out to other classes within the school, I am planning for at least 4 classes (total 7/19). In 2014, we are going school-wide so I am planning to continue with Ultranet and any changes to this will come from staff, students and what the wider community dictats. 

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 28 Aug 2013 12:08pm () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi everybody,

    A big thanks to Tessa for inviting me to this discussion.

    My name is Amanda-Ellesbeth and I'm the eLearning Leader and a classroom teacher at Maidstone Intermediate. This year we have started a BYOD trial within one of our syndicates ( 3 Classes total approx. 90 students), with the view to go whole school next year. Currently 80% of our students are bringing devices, mixed platform but predominately Apple. The journey albeit long has been met with many twists, turns and not to mention a number of pot-holes. Suffices to say, I have never been more excited or exhausted.

    One of the opportunities we needed to make the most of prior to our trial was our Learning Management System (LMS). We use Ultranet and within this is Uspace a place where we store the students portfolio’s Ultranet needed to be familiar to students and teachers as this was a project in itself. Most of 2012 was spent developing Ultranet into a working website, with classroom pages etc… and a committee oversaw the training of staff with a few members specifically trained students. I know there has been recent discussion on whether a formal LMS is really needed, but for our school we needed that central place as we saw that without one this could cause a negative impact on the teaching and learning. We did discuss possibilities of going Google as the three teachers in the syndicate use this for planning but the decision was made to initially go with what we had and explore it further before making any hard and fast decisions. I will note however that one teacher is using Edmodo and we have a number of contributing schools using various or no LMS so there will definitely be further discussion.

    Another opportunity was to develop a solid network which was more conducive for the direction we were heading. This is in terms of school infrastructure and support network. Staff were identified as major BYOD stakeholders and a lot of time was spent listening, identifying learning needs and providing training in order to prepare them for the whole school change and to upskill for the classroom iPad refurbishment. This year the school network has been Snupped, we have a new wireless system, a high grade firewall appliance incorporated and we have gone to UFB. A lot of work has been done to the physical infrastructure and to support staff and students.

    What I really wanted to achieve with this project was authentic teaching and learning via BYOD so it did mean I spent a lot of time planning, consulting and researching on how this could work for us. On the upside it meant I could do what I love without  some of the barriers. For me authentic teaching and learning looks like students and teachers using the right tool for the job and not forcing something that better left to pen and paper onto a device for the sake of it. I wanted devices to become a natural part of the classroom learning experience not seen as a reward, a toy or a time filler. That does not mean I don’t teach my students apps or "play' with what is out there as I love having those types of discussions with my students but that I am very selective and I always bring it back to how they can use this in conjunction with our learning.

    Like I said exhausting but very exciting.

  • Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia 12 Apr 2013 5:12pm () in The process to complete

    Hi,

    I have uploaded a checklist which you might find helpful. It offers a "place to start" and does highlight areas which may not have been thought of.  MaidstoneIntermediateBYODReadinessChecklist.pdf

     

    Regards,

     

    Amanda-Ellesbeth