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Staff Development and Authentic Learning Contexts - Te Mata School 2011

 

Background - Te Mata School is a Decile 10 School in Havelock North with a current school roll of approximately 580 Year 1 - 6 pupils. This is the 2nd year of being in the Magpie ICT Contract.

Goal - Teachers will plan for e-learning integration. Teachers will use Web 2.0 tools and digital resources to create exciting learning opportunities for students. Teachers will carry out an

'e-learning teaching Inquiry' to support the integration of e-learning into their practice.

Goal - Students will have opportunities to connect, collaborate and create.

Focus - Creating Authenic Learning Contexts for Teachers and Students

Rationale - For Teacher's to plan meaningful lessons and opportunities for students to engage, collaborate and enjoy learning using ICT and Web 2.0 tools.

What did we do?
Staff have worked carefully with Sandy to develop meaningful goals for their own E-Learning Development.  This has seen them work within a Buddy System so they are more confident in sharing ideas and seeking assistance.  Amy has run school Staff Meetings focussing on specific skills which reflect goals set.  Cluster Workshops have done the same, and if further assistance is required, Amy is available.  Each Syndicate area has an E-Learning Team member within it for extra support where necessary.

 What happened?

Staff tried to use E-Learning more as a learning tool within their programmes and are moving beyond just their development.

Many students are experiencing new contexts for learning.  It has been very exciting to see the development within the school from Cluster Workshops.

Many classes are using Tagul or Wordle to extend vocabulary about the whole school topic of Weather.  Students enjoys seeing the work of different classes and all being able to share their ideas as they are using the same program. Classes have also used interactive learning centres using many Web 2.0 tools.  This was particularly evident during our Weather Inquiry Unit where many classes experimented with media to engage, motivate and enhance learning. 

Inquiry units and Maths have used Interactive Learning Centres extensively to support learning.

Students have also been given opportunities to show their summative understanding of a unit using Movie Maker and animation. (Create an animation showing their understanding of the Life Cycle of a Butterfly)  This has required multi -level skill and lots of collaboration and new learning. Students have uploaded these onto the school website and class blogs.Students are using many photo web albums to organise and share their photos.  Some have discovered the flip-cameras, and how they can be used in meaningful contexts. 

What Did We Learn?
There is a big jump in learning for Teachers when they are first on their own E-Learning journey.  Amy very wisely asked the newer teachers to just choose one thing to work on so that they could experience success and a positive attitude to their learning.  This has paid dividends now. 

Mid Year Interviews with Staff

All teachers are willingly sharing their learning with others and some are even enjoying themselves.!!  The biggest benefactors of this are the children.

Students can be the teachers.  Teachers do not have to be the experts.  Students love sharing their expertise and can teach others most effectively.

The importance of maintaining a positive approach even when the technology is unco-operative.

Providing meaningful contexts for learning motivate and engage students and encourage them to experiment with technology and their ideas.

Through collaborative working children are able to share ideas, discover new ways of doing things, get feedback and have the benefit of an immediate audience.

 Next Steps

Continued sharing of learning from Teacher's as part of their own Teacher Inquiry.  This has started with Management seeking examples of Teacher E-Learning reflection and success sharing during Performance Appraisal. 

Continued sharing of Teacher E-Learning integration with Team, Syndicate and Cluster.  Our first expereince of this is set for the next Cluister Workshop. 

Students having more ownership and opportunity to experiment with Web2.0 tools more, as well as being able to share their discoveries with others.