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  • A.Vermeulen 13 Jun 2014 11:00pm () in Comfort Zone teaching.....breaking the habit?

    What have you found best works for motivating teachers that are fearful of using Google apps in their classroom practice?  Teachers can sometimes resort to their comfort zone when pressured to trying something new or challenging.  What are good strategies to support these teachers? 

  • A.Vermeulen 09 Apr 2014 11:51pm () in writing

    Talofa....one of the greatest tools is actually discussing with the child what is it that puts them off writing and how could we make it better. I had two boys last year that kept telling me they hated writing. When I sat with the boys and we dug a little deeper it was because 1. They were told by a previous teacher that they were no good at writing and 2. That they felt ashamed that they could not come up with ideas alone. So we brainstormed ideas and from then on the two boys wrote collaboratively on either Google docs or ether pad. They drew ideas out if each other. They ended up on stage reading their writing to the school and so were so proud of their writing for the first time!! Another way is to give the students the voice and choice in what they write about. I am the teacher in charge of writing this year and have just completed some walk throughs with a large group of students. They all said a way that teachers could engage us in writing is to have guided writing Groups instead of whole class writing sessions, collaborative writing with the use of IT and choice....simple but powerful!!! Hope this helps.

    Remember that we are guide on the side and our most powerful teaching tool is children!!!

  • A.Vermeulen 09 Apr 2014 10:11pm () in File management best practice in google docs ???

    I believe that the best solution to organising the education Google realm is to bite the bullet and pay for teacher dashboard....the only way to really manage files and the easiest way to monitor students Google accounts,set whole class or team documents and also link into blogs....it is safe and documents can be loaded without needing emails to be attached. Cost for our school is $4 per student.

     

  • A.Vermeulen 20 Dec 2012 9:33pm () in Great app for the music lovers on iPad

    Video star App for making music videos. You must have music on your iPad/iPhone first. 

  • A.Vermeulen 20 Dec 2012 9:33pm () in Great app for the music lovers on iPad

    Video star App for making music videos. You must have music on your iPad/iPhone first.