Kia ora tātou,
Last weekend was an incredible weekend for educators around New Zealand with a multitude of free Professional Development Opportunities. I was able to take part in #educampdunners face to face; to skype into the livestream of #teachmeetnz; and follow virtually via twitter the Festival of Education in Auckland and Christchurch.
Nicki Tempero shared possibilities around the use of Twitter #kidsedchatnz as a connected part of your classroom literacy programme. #kidsedchatnz blogpost
Justine Driver’s Triblogging session at #teachmeetnz shared the findings of an inquiry resulting in a 36% increase in blog posts and 133% increase in comments through the connecting of three blogs. This is now moving into a habit of sharing learning.
Much of this learning is still accessible and rewindable through twitter. Twitter is a source of great Professional Development opportunities through the sharing within my personal learning network (PLN). I thoroughly recommend joining twitter and developing your own PLN to support you in your journey.
I have also been delving into the teaching as inquiry section in literacy online and found A student-led inquiry - Homai Primary School This resource is centred around a student-led chemistry inquiry with a specific focus on the development of metacognition through the teaching of writing. It is designed around the 4 phases of the inquiry cycle, capturing the voices of a group of students in action as they think, learn, and reflect upon their learning, with appropriate support and guidance from their teacher.
Do you have a literacy based inquiry you could share with us?
Sunday night's Seven Sharp featured Making Reading Cool. Mt Roskill Grammar students shared their success using the kiwi invented Booktrack.com, programme. Booktrack Classroom is an exciting new technology that synchronizes audio with text to create an immersive reading experience. Stories published with Booktrack include a customized, movie-style soundtrack that complements the story. Students can create Booktracks for their own writing and share them with their classmates.
Tim Warren has provided the following background research and information about this programme.
Are you using or planning to use Booktrack with your students?
New on the website:
A new section provides a range of stories illustrating literacy teaching and learning in e-Learning contexts. This week I draw your attention to Enhancing self assessment and parent involvement: Discover how staff and students collaborated on an electronic writing sample to share with parents, families, whānau, and communities.
Other sites to check out:
Raising achievement for Maori boys a rich conversation developing in the vln with many wonderful ideas to explore.
What If Kids Co-Created Customized Learning Pathways? by Tom van der Ark. Are you thinking about Personalising the learning journey? This blog post really delves into the opportunities to customise learning for your students.
9 Things every student should be able to do with Google Drive This is well worthwhile checking out and sharing with your learners.
NZLA - the 37th New Zealand Literacy Association Conference. Register now at www.nzla.org.nz
CLESOL- the 14th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL. Register now at http://www.clesol.org.nz/
Ngā mihi nui
Literacy Online Facilitator