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  • cathie zelas 21 Feb 2014 10:29am () in Self directed learning in a MLE

    Hi Neil

    What you are doing sounds very exciting and exactly where our thinking is taking us. I will talk to the rest of our Lead Team next Tuesday and then be in touch.

    Cheers

    Cathie

  • cathie zelas 20 Feb 2014 12:20pm () in Self directed learning in a MLE

    Hi

    We are currently having our school completely rebuilt as an MLE and are keen to explore ways to encourage self directed learning in our new environment. Does anyone know of good moels of practice in this area?

    Cheers

    Cathie

  • cathie zelas 10 Sep 2013 3:22pm () in e-learning support for pre reading, letter, sound recognition, and formation.

    Hi Anne

    I agree some guidelines can save a lot of time and wasted money. We've developed a google doc that we add good apps to As we discover them. Book Creator and Puppet Pals are two of the best non free apps we've found to  support literacy learning in Y0-2.

    Also yesterday I came across a lovely free writing app that looks great for juniors? It's called "Write about this". Have you tried it?

    Cheers

    Cathie

  • cathie zelas 10 Sep 2013 2:49pm () in e-learning support for pre reading, letter, sound recognition, and formation.

    Hi Anne

    We've found iPads to finally be the breakthrough here. At last a device simple for New Entrants to really use independently. We are only in the initial exploratory stage but a a search of free alphabet apps brings up heaps of options. The downside to restricting it to free apps is many only allow you to access only some letters of the alphabet. A few very simple ones our NE teachers have used are below. Nothing very creative here but good for practising letter formation and making letter / sound connections.

    ABC alphabet touch- identifying correct letter or sound. Modifies according to child success 

    Alphabet is Fun -3 simple games to build letter / sound links. 1 letter formation tracing activity 

    Blackboard- good for practising letter formation, HF words or just drawing 

    Blobble Write hand letter formation practise

    Cheers

    Cathie

  • cathie zelas 10 Sep 2013 2:08pm () in Game-based learning: Are you playing?

    Maybe it comes down to the quality of the game. Minecraft seems to have lots of great possibilities e.g. For designing your new school but I still struggle to see the educational benefits of some others.

    I was at a workshop with Kevin Honeycutt yesterday and he had a suggestion that goes off on a slight tangent from this discussion but is probably worth sharing. With his own son he had a requirement that once a week his son showed him something he was using his device for that was enhancing his learning. Maybe this would encourage some reflection on the purpose,of some game choices??