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'Digi Devices in Action' Open Evening at St Mary’s School Hasting

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Started by Diane Mills 19 Aug 2014 3:11pm () Replies (1)

Ki te maha ringa tīmata tatou haere

 With many hands our journey begins.

The words of the whakatauki are echoed by the words of a delighted principal:  What a fabulous evening! We were thrilled to see so many parents and grandparents observing and talking to our students, about how they use digital devices to support their learning.  Source:  St Mary’s Facebook

   Parent Evening at St Mary's School, Hastings Digi evening at St Mary's School Hastings

The eLearning team at St Mary’s had worked hard to encourage their community into the school to learn about Digital Citizenship and how students are using digital devices to enhance their learning.

Strategies were put in place to make sure that the message for their early evening event had gone out to all parents and that they were all welcome.  Twitter, facebook, blogs and the newsletter were all used to spread the word with a grocery voucher competition as added incentive.  Of course one of the greatest drawcards is students – so it was decided that after a brief presentation about digital citizenship, at St Mary’s, students would take over in their respective classrooms and share their learning with parents and caregivers.  Some students were purposely chosen to entice their parents in to the school.  The strategy worked – usual meetings draw about 20 parents, but this time over 80 parents turned up.

 The students rose to the challenge and loved sharing their work – they were articulate, confident and comfortable with what they are now able to do.  In fact technology is now a seamless part of learning and so embedded that students felt at home with the topic.

Students shared how they were using the LEARNZ activities in science, their maths and reading apps on the iPads, as well as work they had done with popplet, Book Creator and their class blogs.  Students demonstrated the ActivBoard in action and how they used their Chromebooks.

Parents summed up the evening with:

‘What a great night’

‘I enjoyed seeing the learning progressions through the school’

it is an eye-opener as to what is being done now in school’

‘I’m surprised at what the students could do in the junior end’

‘I now know how a digital classroom works’

‘Using Hapara has allayed concerns that children are accessing and doing what they want’

“By the way, the school looked fantastic and the students were marvellous the other night on Digi Night :-) “

Two High School teacher parents commented on how impressed they were at where the school was at.

Parents also liked the formal start to the program that explained the school cyber safety program and how the principal gets a printout of what sites students are using. They were happy that the school had clear processes to engage with the community about helping students learn effectively and safely online.


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