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Kai-oro-hoki 10-0239 MS4 Summary

Goal 5

Increase school community understanding of educational importance of e-learning

Year level

Years 0 - 8

Cluster type

Primary ICT PD

Context

Following on from our student led conference at the end of Term 2, schools were keen to encourage community involvement, by way of offering online and interactive programmes to help them understand what is happening in our schools.

Research model used

Continuing with our focus on developing and using an Inquiry approach to teaching, every teacher was asked to use at least one form of organiser with their class by the end of Term 3.  Although we had the Lane Clarke model, from our 2 day workshop in April, 2011, teachers were able to choose the organiser that best suited their needs.

Intentions

Schools would share with their whanau / community in a way that reflected their teaching, displaying the processes to parents, and guiding them through the steps taken to achieve the best results.

Interventions

Some examples from schools are set out below

Kohukohu

Cyber safety – lead by senior students at a whanau hui held at the end of term.

Impact on students/teachers/whanau

Very effective, put parents at ease about having students being able to access internet here at school – positive as it was delivered by staff. 

Parents and students learning new skills related to ICT – shared learning.

Kaikohe West

Impact on students/teachers/whanau

Shared parent day with presentations by students in Dance and Drama using ICT tools.

Links to your actual reflection  In term 3, the digital class used Inquiry learning as a very focussed learning tool.  Using an Action Plan model taken from Gwen Gaiwith and Kathe Murdoch, the teacher directed the learning to specifically reach outcomes decided on by the students and teacher.

Links to classroom practice  The digital classroom is leading the way to use online resources as a tool for learning.  They have set up a blogspot, use gmail to communicate with outside agencies, use ichat regularly to help each other or question their teacher when there is a problem.

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The model and processes were clearly set out for teacher and students to know what the outcomes for each stage were, to stay focussed and to be able to ask questions when unsure.

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Oromahoe

Impact on students/teachers/whanau 

In term 2 held open day for parents to observe numeracy in action and many took the opportunity to observe e-learning

ICT/Art week Term 3 – open days at school every day with parents and community

Held community consultation around ICT e-learning and wireless in term 1. Introduced by facilitator and followed by guest speaker and discussion.

 

Links to your actual reflection

Teachers and students involved in the student led conference were able to share their newly acquired skills with whanau.

The community consultation meeting was based on parents decision whether to have wirelss in the school.  This will be discussed and put in the school vision / strategic ICT plan.                       Many myths dispelled and lots of discussion generated to clarify goals both local and national.

Links to classroom practice

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Examples of digital art using Paint.net,

led by Year ¾ students.

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Umawera

Impact on students/teachers/whanau 

Each year, Umawera enter the NIE competition to create a front page newspaper.  This year, with added knowledge, skills, hardware and software, they were able to achieve their best results ever and win $1000.00 for their school.

Links to your actual reflection-

Following their Cherry Inquiry model, the students worked their way through the stages required and specifically set out in the entry form.  The teacher modelled each stage of the process as required by students, as they were all working at different levels and stages.

Links to classroom practice

Using Literacy as their focus and Publisher 2010 as their tool, students created a masthead, used Excell for an infograph, inserted pics, removed backgrounds, created and designed an advertisement and wrote a report.  They invited professionals to the school to support their learning and worked co-operatively with each other to ensure everyone had a completed front page to enter.

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The “Cherry” Racer Inquiry model

used at Umawera school

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Examples of completed newspaper showing columns,

mast head, info graph, report, advertisement

Tautoro

Computer in Homes programme ran for ten weeks. Fourteen parents graduated.
We have made computers available to parents in our library for learning and practice for the last two terms of this year.
Held ICT Expo Day for all parents and whanau. This was attended by alot of parents and whanau.
All parents were able to see and use ICT tools and resources in action, as well as student learning.
Students and teachers have presented learning through ICT at school assemblies most weeks.

Impact on students/teachers/whanau  

This programme was excellent. It has been great to see parents teaching each other.
This was a successful event and we plan to make it an annual occurrence.
This has highlighted to parents and whanau the value of ICT and
usefulness as a learning resource.

 

Links to your actual reflection

Community members visited each class and took part in practical skills sessions on how to use the Mimio, using Paint.net, Movie Maker and using the IWB for Maths and Literacy activities.  The whole day proved to be very popular, with whanau staying all day to visit each classroom and ask many questions about the programmes.

 

Links to classroom practice

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Students demonstrating use of Mimio at Tautoro

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Example of one classes workshops to share with whanau.

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Whanau graduation ceremony for Computers in Homes

Intermediate

Impact on students/teachers/whanau 

Animated videos have been uploaded as WMV files to be shared with parents at Term 4 reporting.

Links to your actual reflection

Using the Lane Clarke “Think it Great” process, students created a Pivot animation relating to their food topic. 

Links to classroom practice

Criteria was set for the animation and students set their own criteria for what makes a great animation.  Students had to create their own storyboard, script and design their backgrounds.  Each animation had to be a minimum of 300 frames.  Although based on their Health topic, the focus was on Literacy through the use of visual language.

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The criteria for creating a Pivot animation was clearly set out and students were able to set their own rubric of what they would expect to find.

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Teacher modelling, re-focussing students on the purpose of their animation.

Okaihau

Impact on students/teachers/whanau 

Following on from the student led conference, the Okaihau attendees, led peers through the steps of new skills they had learnt.  The presenters have also worked with peers on the use of the wiki, to get more students and classrooms involved in using this online tool.

Links to your actual reflection

Ensuring that all students have knowledge and skills to use the class wiki and access online learning tools.

Links to classroom practice

There has been a strong Literacy focus in setting up and updating the wiki.  Students are asked to write a profile, add examples of report writing as well as inserting pics and graphics.

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Okaihau attendees, sitting back to guide peers through new learning processes.

The following schools have yet to share with the community - Kaikohe East / Matihetihe / Rawene / Waima / Matauri Bay.