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Broadgreen Intermediate School Reflective Summary Milestone 6 Term 4 2011

 

Broadgreen Intermediate School: Reflective Summary Milestone 6

What is happening?

Elearning stocktake:  Completed and buying plan in situ for next year.  Teacher survey has been completed to support future buying plan. 

Strategic plan:  Completed plan set until 2013.  

In addition to the strategic plan is the impletation of PB4L integration.  This includes a minor unit on Health and Safety online.

Included in this unit is an 'acceptable use' policy (AUP).  This AUP has been developed by the eTeam and revised by students and translated into 'kids speak'.  This work is currently being collated and integrated into the PB4L structure STAR as outlined by the Broadgreen PB4L cluster team.

Baseline classroom maintained: As prescribed by the elearning budget buying plan, classrooms are consistent with an equal spread of technology throughout the school.  This also allows for equipment to be maintained without exceeding the budget dramatically.  Teachers provided with an option for new additional computers in their classroom but have opted for an upgraded media suite.

Email: Group emails.  Email continues to be highly utilised at Broadgreen.  From group information to single conversations.  It is an essential component in the school and teachers have begun to use iChat as an informal communication tool.

Facebook:  Teachers are using this in a personal social aspect out of school, often as an encouragement tool especially since this is a camp year. Teacher to teacher use only.  

Website use: Web 2 tools.  A list of useful sites that are integrated into the curriculum plan are on the school intranet.  The school intranet site was successfully integrated into literacy studies as an online discussion forum for debating set topics each week.  As a privacy issue, this intranet site was set up for in-school use only and monitored by the teachers.  Student responsibility was reflected by practically no poor comments or language.  Teacher feedback was very positive and this tool would be considered for future use in this unit.

Blogs:  Links to these can be found on the school website.  Blogs have not been compulsary this year, nor been promoted.  Blog sites supporting learning experiences in class will be addressed next year in voluntary PD sessions.

Walkthrough:  Attended to approximately 90% of school staff.  Some staff commented that they would prefer to attend these every second year.  

Eportfolio’s:  Nayland College has approached Broadgreen with reference to Eportfolios being implemented at Broadgreen and continued at Nayland College.  This would ensure consistency of student learning over a longer time period.

Radio:  The Radio Crew continue to deliver student notices and play music to the school and wider community.

Media suite:  Continues to be utilised for various support lessons and is also integrated into the curriculum plan.  This is due to be upgraded in 2012 inline with the strategic plan.  

Projectors:  Widely used in classes.  Resources for projectors are shared over the school intranet and support the curriculum plan. Powerpoint and keynote presentations are used by students and teachers.  While ClickView has been dropped at Broadgreen, eTV has been trialed, although not particularly well received by staff currently.   A promotional push for this will be required, linking its relevance to the teaching/learning units at Broadgreen.

New computers: Purchased as per school buying plan.

New pods/Cows: Consistently and well used by all the school.

Shared folder often reorganised (Teacher/student side):  This is a consistent process as new material is added regularly.

Daily notices:  Continued to be used in conjunction with the radio crew who read out the notices over the radio at lunchtime.

Teachers booking in for 1:1 PD’s: Has not be utilised but is still available.

Central techie (Tracy):  Highly utilised.  Works in conjunction with external tech specialist and contributes to eteam meetings.

Commitment to part time tech specialist: Pete Mundy is a valuable asset and  reduces our elearning expenses with consistent monitoring and maintenance of school systems.  Pete has also provided wise counsel with regards to technology purchases and implementation within the school.

Purchase of mac server

SNUP upgrade:  90% complete with reports from teachers of a faster internet connection.  

E-Learning Team participation:  Meeting twice a term.  Google Doc used to set agenda.  The team discuss to revise the curriculum plan before the school wide planning meeting.  Surveys are constructed and direction is discussed regularly.  The strategic plan is monitored and agenda items are becoming consistent.

Use of MUSAC: MUSAC has been set up to allow teachers prescribed access.  This is being used to access personal student files among teachers only, and for report writing.

 

 

Cluster facilitation commitments:

Genius Café 

Completed and feedback received has been very positive.  

Use of integration of computer technology into everyday classroom life and the processes for teaching this have been a key approach.

Informal conversations among parents were clearly prevalent reflecting a positive impact in the community.  Parents were pleased with their children’s input and particularly impressed at the cluster ‘team’ approach.  

Some parents participated in the Genius Cafe on the day, having been inspired by what they saw.

Local business owners and future possible stakeholders were also invited to participate.

Both parents and stakeholders found teaching and learning practices to be very relevant and effective when learning about information and computer technology.

Parents and stakeholders were able to communicate what they had learned and how students as teachers consolidated this learning for them.

 

Kids Cannes Film Festival 

Two teachers and fourteen students participated at this three day event at Tahuna Primary School in Term 2.  Eight year eight students were immersed into a mentor/leadership role where they supported the lead teacher of each group in the creation of their movie.  Teachers provided positive feedback in regards to the leadership skills and participation by the year eight students.  The film festival involved a total of twelve teachers and sixty students from six cluster schools.  Parents and approximately thirty teachers from across the cluster attended a walk through.  Films that were made were premiered at the State Cinema which was attended by student’s families and the press. Students ranged from Year One - Year Eight.  

 

‘The Outlook for Sunday’ Film Competition

As a follow-up to the successful participation of Broadgreen Intermediate students in the Kids Can Film Festival, Ms. Parker and Ms. Mannix entered a group of five students into ‘The Outlook for Sunday’ national film competition.  Students were asked to produce a creative five minute movie on the theme ‘Sustainability’.

Over the course of eight weeks working on Wednesdays after school as well as having one day out of school to film in Term 3, students put together a movie following the adventures of four students who perform non-environmentally friendly actions like water wastage, littering, using excess packaging and not recycling.  These deeds are seen by two ecowarriors in a cartoon style magazine who take each child into the magazine to teach them about why it is important to help our environment.  In the end, the students are trapped in the magazine that is then taken away by the Nelmac recycling workers!

The process undertaken to get the movie to its final viewing stage was done within a very tight timeframe, due to Ms. Parker and Ms. Mannix attending camp in week 9.  Ideas about sustainability were first brainstormed and then it was decided to use a similar technique to the comicbook style of movie presented by Ms. Parker’s group at the Kids Can Film Festival, as the technique was familiar but also visually effective.  A storyboard was planned out, detailing how the story would be told and the types of shots that would be used.  The movie was filmed in four Stoke locations as well at school.  A green-screening technique was used to show the students being ‘pulled into’ the magazine.

After all filming and still photos were taken, students worked hard to edit all material to tell the planned story.  Some parts had to be reshot, footage cut and pasted, special effects completed and then sound added.  Students worked independently while being overseen by Ms. Parker and Ms. Mannix.  All paperwork was completed and the movie was entered. 

Kirsten Mannix

 

What is not happening?

E-Portfolio’s :  Due to the current commitment to cluster facilitation programmes a proposal for e-portfolios in 2012 is currently under development.

Techie Brekies:  Due to perceived teacher saturation of computer techology professional development, Techie Brekies were put on hold.

 

What will we start?

Exploring Maraha

myPortfolio

 

What will we stop?

Use of makeshift PODs: Current PODs are replaced with more robust equipment for transportation across the school and use in classrooms. 

 Lead Teacher stories:

Ché Luke

I am currently involved in the development of The Genius Café in the Whakatu cluster.  My goal is to see this initiative as a sustainable PD into 2012 and beyond. While I have undertaken a leadership role in this development process I would like to see a development towards new leaders being able to carry this event into the future.  My input this year in addition to it's preparation and daily running was to invite some potential local stakeholders to attend and view it's validity in the future.  

I have co-presented with three other members of the Genius Cafe team at the Whakatu Cluster led Curriculum Conference.  This was a well received event which inspired much after event informal discussion.

The strategic plan has been completed and carries the reviewed national elearning goals.  

I have taken a larger role in the overseeing of the school budgets for elearning to ensure correct and appropriate allocation of funds.  

 

Kirsten Mannix

My role has been to support Che in the areas mentioned above.  

Myself and Cass Parker attended the Kids Can Film Festival which took place Tahuna School over three days in Term 2.  Eight year 8 students were taken to put in leadership/mentor roles to support the teacher in charge of each group.  There was much positive feedback about the students in these roles at the completion of the festival.  We also took six year 7 students who participated in the groups with students from cluster primary schools.  Films were presented at a school assembly and then premiered at the State Cinema with all the other films produced by the cluster schools.

I played a supportive role at the Genius Cafe, supporting the teachers and students to make sure things ran smoothly.

Cass Parker and myself continued on with the success of the Kids Can Film Festival and entered a group of six students into the nationwide film competition "The Outlook for Sunday", in Term 3, creating a five minute film on Sustainability.  This was done over an 8 week period with students planning, writing, filming and editing their movie.  We are currently awaiting results.

Che and myself are looking forward to continuing to work with staff, to integrate elearning into curriculum plans each term and to provide support for staff in these areas.