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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?


  • sandrafraser (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2012 6:51pm ()

    Hi, my name is Sandra Fraser. I am an Assistant Principal in charge of eight year 7/8 classes (4year 7 & 4 year 8).  I also teach a year 7 class.  This term I have been lucky enough to be given an iPad to use in my classroom. I am trying new things and like others always on the lookout for ideas on how to use it in the class.  I am sure I will get many ideas from forums such as this.




  • sandrafraser (View all users posts) 02 Dec 2012 12:26pm ()

    Hi Susan,

    I am quite new to all this, but have a real passion for using technology as a tool in my year 7 class. 

    During this term as part of a literacy tumble the students had to take a photo of something around the school using an ipod and then upload it to our class blog and write a blurb about the photo. This was a new concept for me but it seemed to go well, the students helped each other and were definetly engaged.  I sent the link to the parents and the staff at school.  We have had a few comments but would have liked more, but it is a work in progress and I am sure we will get more comments.

     I wanted to trial a blog in term 4 as I am keen to start one in term 1 next year, these students have been my guinea pigsLaughing

    Feel free to check it out and leave a comment if you would like to.  The students do enjoy seeing the comments


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