Thursday, October 26, 2017

Impact on Learning

This is the beginning of my reflection of my data thus far. I have calculated the effect size on my teaching for the year. I am very pleased with what I have found and will go deeper into my analysis of what I have done and what exactly has caused the positive shift and what I could have done to improve the outcome of some learners.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Literacy Digital Breakout

For the final part of our novel study I created a digital breakout for the learning of the story that we had been doing. A breakout is like an escape room but online. The clues to each of the locks is hidden in aspects of the text so the learners have to inference, read, analyse, problem solve and think critically about what they are reading, seeing or hearing.  This is a fun way to encourage the learners to think about the learning they have done from this book. Also, this task touches on the soft skills of our graduate profile and our learning qualities. A truly integrated activity.

Here is the useable link if you would like to try the breakout or give it to your learners. You do not have to have read the book to solve the clues, but it would help.

This is not something that you need to be a tech wizard to do. It uses basic google tools like site, forms, adding youtube clips. It can be as complicated or simple as you like. The hardest part is thinking up the clues. This is the first one I have done and it took me a hour or so to learn. Also on the Breakout EDU site there are instructions on how to make them. If you have any ideas I would be happy to help someone make one. Just ask.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Using Cospaces for writing

This is a free interactive way of motivating learners for writing. I have been using this as a starting point and also for sharing. For the learners that I have been working with they have recreated their favourite part of a book so show the learning. Within their worlds they are able to embed writing, photos and audio. This allows them to insert their learning when creating their worlds. This will allow the player to experience the learning that they have had. 

To use Cospaces all you need is a laptop or an ipad. Ipads are the best way to play with cospaces so the player can move around. 

Below is a writing lesson that you will be able to do with your learners to get them started on Cospaces. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sharing at Manaiakalani Hui

Last week I presented my Inquiry at the Manaiakalani Annual Hui. This was a great opportunity to share what I have been working on and how it has been going. I had so many positive comments and questions about how I have achieved and set up my learning. 
The highlights for everyone that I heard was the way I presented my inquiry. I presented not only on the poster board but in virtual reality using a free program called Cospaces. The basis of my inquiry was to provide experiences in which motivates and encourages learners. So for my presentation I wanted it to be an experience. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Design for Real Learning - Digging a Hole

For our integrated Novel Study we are looking at the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. To get into the mind of 'Stanley', the main character, and to see why the author was describing the way he was we decided to dig a hole.

This was going deeper into the mind and feelings about the idea of why digging a hole and how this has changed Stanley over the course of the book. My hope is that when we write about it going forward the learners would have a deeper context to connect ideas to.

When looking at designing a Real Learning Experience you need to think about "Why". Why are we doing this? It's not the experience that brings out the learning, but what the experience is going to do for the learning. Our "why" was to understand the change in the main character and analyse the authors purpose. Getting to experience what the character experience helps give more understanding to what the character is going through.

Things to remember:
- why are you doing the experience?
- what learning having you done before?
- how are you going to go deeper after?