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Hi! Here are some of the great things that Moturoa- Year Four and Five have been doing, arranged in chronological order, 2005-2007
In November 2005 children based part of their learning about China's Heritage on the digital Slam Dunk- higher order thinking skills, using pre-bookmarked hyperlinked websites and Powerpoint to investigate China's culture and heritage- starting with a rich question.
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Right from the beginning we encouraged each other to develop a conversation with our blogging.
We used blogging to share exemplars of children's good work.
We used blogging to clarify our learning about maths.
In February 2006 we had our first sessions with the COW- Computers on Wheels- a pod of 12 Apple laptops
By June 2006 children were beginning to write blog posts independently
In July 2006 we added a Clustrmap to our blog so that we could see where in the world our readership came from and how many viewers there were. Since that time we have had over 14,000 viewers and commenters.
In August of 2006 our journey with podcasting began in earnest. Waimea-South ICT cluster paid for Janice Gulbransen our director and myself to go to Point England School in Auckland to see what they were doing. Our podcasts played though our
and also through
my podomatic page
The blog becomes more of a learning hub where referenced on-line activities can be easily found.
In August/September we had our first real attempt at collaborating with a wiki. We used it as a resource on Flight and to share our learning with children and Wakefield School who were also studying Flight.
Throughout the year we fostered link with Paul Harrington's class at Cefn Fforest SChool in South Wales. They went us a small geocache bear- Tiny Ted- and we sent them Cuddly Kiwi. Both these toys became favourite focuses of our ICT with them going home with children and children taking photos and showing each other about life in far off lands.
Tiny Ted became a bit of a celebrity in his own right. At the beginning of 2007 he started a new adventure, being taken by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach back to America.
This contact led to a number of Skype conversations and podcasts with our link class in Wales. We had to work our way around the time delays. These conversations have been a wonderful catalyst to our learning through ICT.
January 2007 these links led us to getting a write-up in the United Kingdom Times Educational Supplement
To encourage parents knowing how to add comments we offered a chocolate fish for those who commented on our blog. We even had to send bags of chocolate fish overseas.
In May 2007 I shared how we embed ICT in our classroom I made this video for the NZ Time4OnLine Virtual Conference.
In the spirit of collaboration and on-line learning I joined Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach in an Elluminate workshop with teachers from Alabama, USA.
April 2007 to facilitate our learning about life in America we start linking with Beth Sullivan's class in New York.
May 2007 as a result of our on line capabilities we won the NZ Waterways competition and received a SHMACK Kit for waterways testing valued at $500.
May 2007 Dino, one of our Year Five travelled to the UK and spent a day with our link school in Wales. We came back in at night time to talk to him.
June 2007 through contacts at school we managed to join in a Skype chat with Rob Waddell, America's Cup grinder. This podcast was featured on the TVNZ news.
As a starter activity to learning about economics we experiment with a Voicethread on NZ money which is later used by others to share their monetary systems.
American superintendent, Dennis Richards made us a Voicethread based on a favourite book of his.
Miriam, a year four child has the courage to share her voice with us via an .mp3 file. She is now confident enough to sing in front of assembly. A great justification for podcasting.
We used this Voicethread to share what we have learnt using ICT in 2007.
In December 2007 Moturoa entered a partnership with a similar class in New York who were trying to compare features of the different hemispheres. We helped them with their research and this wiki shows our discoveries.
One of the highlights of 2007 has been the enthusiasm of individual bloggers in
Moturoa. We used
to allow everyone to post to their own blog but following a weekend 'How to make a blog' weekend with parents a number of children are maintaining their own blogs and they continue to do so without teacher motivation...
They would love some feedback if you have a moment.
One of my personal highlights of 2007 is my education blog- where I reflect on my learning and chronicle some of the cool finds of linking globally with other educators on this Web2.0 journey.
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