Sunday, February 28, 2010

Reflection On L@S

I Loved this conference... It was my goal to attend workshops that used resources readily available and i could implement into the school asap.
I have done a power point presentation with Anna to share with the staff using Kid Pix. We had a fabulous time!
I enjoyed my breakouts (although one (The games we play) I arrived at 11am had changed locations- to Novatel and the bus had left :-( So I decided to gate crash a key note on top ten trends.... I loved it!!)
I managed to get get alot out of this conference.... I'm looking forward to sharing it with the staff.
We decided (Margaret, Anna and I) That the breakout "Put Yourself in the Picture"... would work better if senior children learnt it and went to teach the juniors (www. ) We found it fiddly... and cant see how juniors could follow the instructions.
Overall a very good conference x

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing
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Cloud computing logical diagram
Cloud computing is a way of computing, via the Internet, that broadly shares computer resources instead of having a local personal computer handle specific applications.
It is an Internet- ("cloud-") based development and use of computer technology ("computing").[1]
In concept, it is a paradigm shift whereby details are abstracted from the users who no longer have need of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them.[2] Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet.[3][4]
The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the cloud drawing used to depict the Internet in computer network diagrams as an abstraction of the underlying infrastructure it represents.[5] Typical cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online which are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on servers.
A technical definition is "a computing capability that provides an abstraction between the computing resource and its underlying technical architecture (e.g., servers, storage, networks), enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."[6] This definition states that clouds have five essential characteristics: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service.[6]
The majority of cloud computing infrastructure, as of 2009[update], consists of reliable services delivered through data centers and built on servers. Clouds often appear as single points of access for all consumers' computing needs. Commercial offerings are generally expected to meet quality of service (QoS) requirements of customers and typically offer SLAs.[7]

Derek Wenmoth- Top 10 Trends 2010

Top Ten trends 2010

Derek Wenmoth discusses elearning "activities from exploring the innovative use of the latest technologies and researching elearning practices, to helping establish policy and strategies to enable the implementation of elearning" L@S definition

1.Internet capable mobile devices for learning (netbooks, phones- Used for learning)

2. 2. Ubiquitous Learning-
Learning anytime, anywhere, anytime! I pod touch, wireless, home/school/community all become learning environments.
3. Cyber Citizenship
What are the issues? Look at the modeling and connection… Kids are growing up in a digital world… you can’t stop it! (CONFIDENT/SAFE/RESPONSIBLE) Shift the FEAR FACTOR!
4. Digital Literacy
What are the required skills/knowledge and literacy’s needed?
5. Open Education Resources
Unlimited online resources… no waiting time, it’s at your finger tips! Check out wiki educator (J )
6. Cloud Computing
Once you’re on the network, you’re in such high speed…. What would it be like to not have all the infrastructure? It’s coming soon!maintaince/disaster recovery/back up/updates//back ups/storage
Google docs/Google Mail/ etc…. all cloud computing (Commerical, communications, educational, administration)
COMMON SERVICING! LMS--à LIBRARY SYSTEM---à STUDENT RECORD SYSTEM (BDS have all of this! Yes even the air con!
Check out 8 ways cloud computing might change schools… GOOGLE CLOUD COMPUTING
Cloud Computing Explained…
7. Learner Experience
LOVED this workshop!!!!!
Very interesting I wish I could have stayed to get the last 3 Key points… but my laptop battery was going to die in 3 mins…. And the plug in the conference room didn’t work!!

ARGH Crumbs… but please check out Derek’s blog… and I’ll grab the L@S information from it as soon as it hits the sites

Alan November-Boston USA

The engaging culture of teaching and learning
Lovely presenter, lots of technical difficulties i'm feeling a little confussed at the moment, I'm not too sure what the LO of this presentation is yet..... ive read the blurb on the presentation and its not yet matching.....

Alan talked about google searches... check out (Way back machine- history of a website)
November learning website containing teacher resources,

Will check these out... may offer more information as i'm struggling to take any notes.....


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Engaging Community Through Digital Story Telling

Digital Story Telling
Audience- Who are you creating the digital story for? Parents? Whanau? Children? Teachers? Schools? wider community?
Why? Purpose? To engage parents in curriculum? or to enhance oral language?
Content: "A story should be remembered for its soul, and not the bells and whistles" The content of the story is the MOST essential
Voice: Whose voice is heard? the voice of children, family and teachers.
Technology: Using a variety of technological tools to create and publish and publish digital stories.
Connections: Using digital stories to make connections. Stories connect people. (Blog, Email etc)

Very informative, great interaction, a friendly, bubbly presenter, loved this class! I'm off to play AGAIN :-) Can't wait to share this with the BDS staff xx

Put Yourself in the Picture- Breakout 2

Put yourself in the picture is a FREE software!!!! It is an image and photo editing software for computers that run windows.

Why use it???

It covers ALL the key competencies! Thinking, Relating to others, Participating and contributing, managing self, Language symbols and texts.

Yes I said it covers it all!

Reconstruct your favourite nursery rhymes... get kids to write text to match the image... take photos of doors when knocking on the door a forest when walking through the forest... you could even add in your "paint pictures onto of the images.... or just use paint to create the whole image!

I have a CD that you are welcome to use... its all ready to go, with images to play around with and everything!

We had a look around what other schools have been up to with I love FLAT Stanley, an introduction to school life... blogging, friends, classroom location, school trips etc... its a great way for parents to see what happens in classrooms and a great way to include children who are not allowed in photos.... Stanley could take their place, and the children wont miss out.

Loved the Te Tiri O Te Waitangi using "flash" to reconstruct their understanding of early New Zealand... alot of research goes into these presentations alot of thinking, learning, reflecting and sharing is involved before you can present your ideas.

I'm off to play!!! Will post my image shortly xoxox

Learning@Schools Rotorua Pam Hook- Solo Taxonomy

"Hooked on Thinking"
Learning to Learn
Solo Taxonomy incorporates what we currently do in the classroom including all thinking skills and questioning skills that normally stand alone, and link it together to get a deeper understanding. Students are able take ownership of their learning, show "top end performance" by looking at all angles of their inquiry.

Prestructural- No Knowledge
Uni Structural- Know limited informational- yes or no answers
Multi Structural- Knows multiple things
Relational Can relate information and make links
Extended Abstract- Can generalise and think outside the square (complex, think of something as a whole and take it apart-change it)

A great way to interact with the person next to you and go through the steps of solo taxonomy. We were asked to explain to the person next to us "our super hero" and work through the stages.

Goldilocks and the three bears...

Whose house did Goldilocks go into?
What are the 3 aspects about the way the bears live...
Goldilocks does horrible things... what kind of person is she?
Why do nursery tales allow animals to act in a human fashion?

Learning to learn
1. Learning process
2. Learning Language
3. Learning Interventions
4.Learning Pedagogies

(See wikispaces for These Presentation Notes)

BLOOMS TAXONOMY is THINKING.... it is not focussed on learning outcomes...

What do Primary school students do???
Use words
- give them the language of learning!

Learning@Schools Rotorua! Dr Stuart Middleton

What an amazing Keynote speaker! I loved his metaphores to teaching and learning (The statistics of Swine flu compared to education today) and his Iceberg teaching and learning with bilingual and multi lingual students.
A fabulous presenter, very engaging and humorous :-)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Welcome to 2010

A busy busy year ahead! I'm the new ICT lead teacher at BDS!!! I'm working closely with L to help me transition into my new role, there is so much "stuff" to learn! I'm looking forward to having my own system that works well for me, and I can't wait to have a routine where all the new knowledge i'm currently drowning in has finally sunk in and i'm more able to find stuff... especially passwords!

Not too many sleeps to go until we go to Rotorua, Learning @ Schools! 9 teachers will be going from BDS and I can't wait! Bring on new innovative ideas :-)