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  • Penny Kinsella 07 Jul 2016 11:20am () in SMS - LMS etc

    Hi Warren. Penny at Onslow College here. We use PCSchool for most of what you've stated. Email me penny.kinsella@onslow.school.nz for more info. Don't worry about out of office message - I'm around. 

  • Penny Kinsella 31 Oct 2015 5:07pm () in Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015

    What Tony wrote really resonates. This year has had a huge focus on making sure we are ready with the infrastructure that will make teacher and student use of IT in teaching and learning as seamless as possible. SNUP played games with our wireless that has led our IT team on a merry dance. For them, it was a real plus that I was trialling aspects of the Office 365 suite in my own teaching. I was able to identify (and communicate) any network issues as well as issues using computer labs and students using laptops from our bookable COWS.


    Seeing how OneNote ClassNotebook worked  was a real highlight as I got to collaborate with other teachers in my Learning Area - That's not always easy for a senior manager! I could work with student frustrations like login problems, slow synching, access from home, creating and saving work, and collaborating effectively. As well I could support the other teachers in my collaborative group with any of their problems.


    I have been able to use my learning to develop tools for other teachers to see and use - for example I created a Class Notebook for appraisal.  Before you say anything, I know there is a Staff Notebook but I haven't learned to do that yet! Being in a senior management position puts me a great place to share with other teachers as a fellow practitioner!

  • Penny Kinsella 31 Oct 2015 4:45pm () in Sustainable Strategies: Integrating e-learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015

    Over the past two terms we have been planning a BYOD trial for 2016. This was initiated via a staff committee and, as acting Principal, I was keen to be a supportive and enabling leader. Hooking in with our BOT and our IT manager we were able to support teachers to develop their own skills and find out how this works in other schools. One thing that was inspiring was sending two IT Committee members and a BOT member to a Manaiakalani open day. This led to a proposal for a BYOD trial  from the committee in time for the Principal's return. Another Manaiakalani trip ensued, this time for Senior Management and another BOT member, and the planning phase was all on!


    IT Committee teachers and other volunteers including me (back in my normal DP role) engaged in some Office 365 training and then trialled a number of initiatives in their classrooms like Cahoots, OneNote Class Notebooks, Twitter, etc. Following this we shared our ideas in several "market days" in the teacher professional learning slot - very well received. The Principal and BOT ran a parents IT consultation on the first day of the holidays and now we are in trial planning mode!


    Our IT initiative will be included as the third part of our teacher professional learning. This year we focussed on developing inquiry skills for all teachers using the aim of improving the reading comprehension levels of target students in Years 9 & 10. The development of IT skills for all of our teachers to support these initiatives will be supported by having the seed teachers in the BYOD trial sharing their learning with the staff through our TPL.

  • Penny Kinsella 23 Apr 2013 2:05pm () in Hopefully you have all been invited to join the official group

    Hi folks - this group isn't actually the official one for the conference. You can tell because the icon for the group is monochrome. If you are not a member of the official one (where we will place the resources) then check your group invitations. If you didn't get an invitation please email Chris at TRCC (chris.m@trcc.org.nz). We will copy over any resources we find here.