Monday, June 11, 2012

ICT2LRN Media Criteria

Here are some downloads for the criteria that will be used when judging the entries for our media awards.  They are very useful for guiding your students through the process and, I think, are best used when broken down and co-constructed with your class.

If you have already completed some entries they are still useful to compare your media with.

These are mostly a direct  translation from the 'Made Awards' criteria and should enable you to enter your media in those awards, also.

Happy downloading!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

BYOD Trials

Some of our cluster schools have started a BYOD trial in classrooms.  Myross Bush School has begun a trial in one of their senior classes and Winton School has an iPod touch trial in their maths classes.

Here's a link to the journey Myross Bush has started down.  They have some links to agreements and disclosure forms they have sourced and adapted as well as an interview with some students about how they are finding it.

Has you school started or thinking about starting something similar?  Do you have some thoughts, experiences or resources you could share?  Comment below or email Mark with your details - it would be great to keep working together as more of our schools make this move.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Stuart Hale PD session - Wednesday

Dropbox folder - links to all his resources and files.

His Delicious account - lots of bookmarks

Airprint - photocopier from mobile devices

Kevin Honeycutt - video on 21st Century Learning, trends, tools and tactics.

Principals and Leads with Stuart Hale

Notes from Stuart's session with Principals and Lead Teachers.

 - Future Investment?  Most important thing for schools to do is to upgrade your wireless network to one that's 'robust' and 'corporate' grade.
         - This will cost initially but save in the long run with students bringing their own devices (BYOD)

- Devices should go the whole day without ever having a cord plugged in - VGA, usb is old technology.  Most devices with have an hdmi attachment but better to connect wirelessly.

- Schools are purchasing wide screen tvs instead of projectors - putting them on your teacher stations, they never need a bulb replacement, shows in bright sunlight and has hdmi inputs.
     - Great site for everything you would ever need to use in schools

- School PD programmes. Recommendation for schools to be hesitant about spending PD on cloud based tools - they change all the time.

- Sharing exemplars of student media by using and smart awards links.  Children learn by seeing expert examples.

- Teachers will not use professionally that they don't use personally.  Encouraging them to make home movies and learn that way.
    - Showcasing teacher made media, also creating a criteria in awards for movies about the process schools go through to create media.

"You feed the hungry and you do not water stones." - putting resources and PD where it's wanted and needed. 

- BYOD - schools that encourage parents to buy devices before they see the programme in action will be creating problems for themselves.  Show them how you will use them first!

- Using photography to capture student voice, taking pictures from another's perspective.  Also gives creative kids an outlet for their imagination without the burden of the dexterity of paint or drawing.  Children selling their playstation to buy cameras after a newspaper publishes their work.  Gives them a voice and 'mana'.

- Preparing your school for ipads. - resources available in this dropbox file.
    - campus infrastructure, test it out to manage multiple devices
    - how is your wireless network?
    - it's more important to ask the right question than to know the right answer. 21st Century skill where content is everywhere but you need the right question to access it.
    - getting rid of your proxies is crucial to accessing devices.  Proxies are like having barbed wire and broken bottles on your fences - it's against the NZ mindset.
    - having student use agreements that cover content and access issues.
    - BYOD school policies that cover storage, use, protection etc.
    - giving your community a vision of how they will be used

- using twitter to connect - can't encourage this enough. @stuartnz

- Furniture for our rooms.  We have kids that work best in a variety of ways; light, comfort.  Catering for difference.

- Pedagogical Models
    - have your discussed how the devices will be used?  1:1 classrooms work best on project based, independent learning.

- example of device management and school policy resources - Berkley Normal School