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  • Marnel van der Spuy 04 Jun 2017 2:47pm () in Blogging

    Thank you for your feedback Sheryl! I am aware of this easy blogger option, however I am reluctant to use their blogging platform (as our students already have their own blogger blogs). A couple of years ago, I used Kidblog and things changed with them too... With Kidblog students were not able to carry their blogs to the next year level, which I think is also the case with the easy blogger platform, unless you pay for it... With blogger however, this is possible.

    I am still hoping that something similar to easy blogger will become available for students to use again with their blogger blogs.

  • Marnel van der Spuy 04 Jun 2017 2:39pm () in Blogging

    Thank you Leigh! :-)

  • Marnel van der Spuy 31 May 2017 10:13am () in Assessment is so much more... Connected Rotorua meeting

    You are invited to join us for the first Connected Rotorua meeting where Sue WintersDirector of Learning at Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru and her team will discuss:

    1. “Learner Engagement” and “Achievement as Future Focused Learners”

    2. What contributes to above and how a focus on Learner Agency can increase both “Learner Engagement” and “Achievement as Future Focused Learners”

    When: 16:30 - 17:30, 9 Jun 2017

    Venue: Sunset Primary School, Rotorua

    Fees: Free

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Marnel van der Spuy 20 May 2017 5:24pm () in Blogging

    Thank you for asking this question Merryl! I have been searching for an alternative as well, now that easy blogger jr is not working anymore. Really frustrating, especially with junior students!

    Can you also use Blog Touch Pro to upload videos (like you could with easy blogger jr) into a blog post, Helen?


  • Marnel van der Spuy 22 Mar 2017 1:03pm () in Maths OTJ

    Hi Cas

    Are you aware of this 'triangulation' that can support you with making OTJ's? It is available on the TKI... http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/National-Standards/Key-information/Fact-sheets/Overall-teacher-judgment.

    Although JAM is an assessment / 'Tool outcome', you can also use this as a part of your OTJ... (it includes strategies & knowledge questions).

    I hope this is of help to you.

  • Marnel van der Spuy 01 Mar 2017 3:00pm () in Expression of Interest

    You are invited to join us for some great PL & D at Connected Rotorua. 

    Thank you to all the people who have responded, we really appreciate it. We are still in the process of gauging interest for future meetings - once a term on a Friday afternoon at a school in Rotorua. Below is a short form for you to complete. We will be looking at responses to make a decision by Friday 10 March 2017 @ 12.00pm

    Looking forward to your responses!

  • Marnel van der Spuy 01 Sep 2016 7:29pm () in Blogger junior

    Hi Christina

    I've started using Easy Blogger Jr with my Year 1 students at the start of this year. What I found to be worthwhile is that they can 'take' their blog with them to the next year group / class. Their blogs also have links on our class blog, which parents can easily view.

    I am not sure what you mean with using it for "communication back to ECE centres", but if ECE are interested to see what their prior students are able to do [now], they too can view the blogs, as it is public.

    Hope this helps! smiley

  • Marnel van der Spuy 23 Feb 2016 9:45am () in Future Focussed Learners and GAFE

    You are invited to join us for the first session of 2016 at Mokoia Intermediate where the following will be discussed:

    1. Engaging future focussed learners in Authentic Rotorua context

    2. GAFE (keeping the learner at the center)


    For more information, please visit our group calendar.

    We look forward to seeing you there.
  • Marnel van der Spuy 13 Feb 2016 2:21pm () in FORUM: One word to define your school | An Enabling e-Learning event (11 Feb - 3 Mar 2016)

    One word: Partnerships

    How to make it happen?

    • Active, personal and regular communication with parents/whānau
    • Build relationships and ensure that parents/whānau are heard and respected
    • Invite parent(s)/ whānau to work with students on learning activities in classrooms and school activities outside the classroom

    Thanks for asking me to contribute, Nathaniel!

  • Marnel van der Spuy 24 Nov 2015 9:41pm () in Expression of Interest

    Attention: No Connected Rotorua meeting on Friday 27 November. The Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru (NPeW) learning team will be looking at the possibility of hosting a Connected Rotorua meeting on Friday 4 December.

    The NPeW learning team would appreciate it if you could complete the following form to help them with their future planning.

    Thank you!

Marnel van der Spuy

Deputy Principal. SENCo. ICT / Digital Technologies Lead. NE /Yr 1 Teacher. CORE Education eFellow14. Seesaw Certified Educator. Apple Teacher.