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Started by Suzie Vesper 04 Nov 2012 10:36pm () Replies (33)

Hello and welcome to everyone that has been joining the group. I am keen to hear what everyone's interests are and what we could discuss here.  I thought we could all do a bit of an introduction too!

I'm Suzie Vesper and I currently work two jobs: a national Digi Advisor for schools and an online ESOL teacher for 16 Year 7/8 students from around NZ. However, next year I am heading back to the classroom to teach Year 7/8 at Mount Pleasant School in Christchurch. I am keen to talk about anything and everything related to teaching at this level and hope to learn a lot from everyone else. I'm particularly interested in how people run their literacy and maths programmes at this level. If anyone wants help related to web 2.0 tools or Google Apps, let me know as I use these quite heavily in my online school.

So what about you?  What is your background and what are you interested in?


  • justin hickey (View all users posts) 13 Nov 2012 3:40pm ()

    Hi my name is Justin Hickey. I am y7/8 teacher at Awahono School, in the grey valley, in from greymouth. I have been flipping my class this year, mainly in maths. I have been using the 'teacher tools' online facility and have used educreations on the ipads to try and create my own online tutorials. I would ssay that it has been successful. For literacy I am integrating my topic units. The students are using their research material as text for exploring comprehension strategies. For writing I have begun to look at online games to inspire and motivate students writing, Games like http://www.howrse.com/ , csi:web adventure http://forensics.rice.edu/ and CSR Racing (ipad app.) are proving to be very popular with the students and the interests levels and quality of writing has definately improved.

    We have also looked at changing our classroom this term so that some of the desks have been removed and we have created work spaces instead. The students love it and again, their response to it has been very positive.

    So all in all we have had a good year and look forward to exploring e-learning even more next year. We have some positive projects planned and would like to continue the good progress we have made this year.

  • justin hickey (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 10:35am ()

    I have just checked out both games. The kids love and have commented that is is really challenging but fun. How do you see them being used?

    I have been giving the students time on the games and then get them to create a character within those games. They have been using the games to help develop their settings and then having them create their own complication and resolution. I am sure there are other ways to incorporate these games into my literacy program, but am not quite sure how at this stage.

    How do you use the games, or how do you see them being used?

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