Digital Competency 2020
Session 5 - 23.07.2020
Moving from understanding some of the technical terms it was time to further unpack the new digital curriculum. Looking at the Computational Thinking area of the curriculum, we worked together to break down the Progress Outcomes from 1-4 into Child Speak progressions. These have been worked into a document where members of the Kāhui Ako can share lesson ideas and resources based around these Child Speak progressions.
Session 4 - 25.06.2020
Now that schools are back to (nearly) normal, our fourth PLC session was back to the normal format of face to face sessions. It was great to reconnect face to face with teachers from the different schools in our Kāhui Ako through a lego maze challenge. Now that we had discussed, reflected and improved our home learning programmes, we were ready to dive back into our work on the new digital technology curriculum! The most significant part of our PLC was unpacking the new progress outcomes and pulling out and redefining any technical terms were were unaware of.
Session 3 - 12.5.2020
Session 3 continued online due to COVID-19, and we were once again, very happy with the turn out. This session was developed to allow teachers to reflect upon and share new practices that have been developed during our time teaching from home. See below for the resource bank of online tools developed from these discussions
Session 2 - 21.04.2020
Session 2 was a little bit different this time around, with our meeting turning digital and run through Zoom. We would like to thank everyone who came along to experiment with this new platform! We loved the discussions around the use of digital technologies to help support our learners during these unprecedented times around the world!
We will be updating you with details for our next online PLC shortly!
Here are some of the tools explored during the PLC session:
Zoom - our meeting ran through Zoom, a video conferencing tool. Educators have access to unlimited meeting time at the moment and there are a number of features you will have access to, to make remote learning a little more easier:
Breakout rooms - randomised groups that allow for more focussed discussions. Teachers can pop in and out of each of these breakout rooms to monitor.
Screen Share - it is quick and simple to share your screen with your students, adding important visuals to your online lessons.
Chat - there is a chat feature where students can post comments and questions without interrupting the flow of a online session.
Whiteboard - there is also a handy whiteboard that can be shared with all of those in a session, allowing you to draw, share thinking and annotate.
Menti - allows for interactive presentations. You can post questions, polls, debates, and see the live results as your students enter in their ideas remotely. Menti can also create awesome visuals like word clouds to help explore ideas.
Seesaw - Seesaw is an online platform that allows the teacher to set up independent learning activities for students, a digital portfolio of student work and a communication tool between school and whānau.
Session 1 - 12.03.2020
Our first Digital Competency PLC started off with a great turn out of teachers who we are excited to be delving further into Digital Competency with. This session was about building those foundation relationships, that are key to PLCs, and unpacking our current thoughts/successes/next steps in regards to the new digital curriculum.
We want to thank those who came along to the first session, and also extend a warm invitation to those who could not make it, but are still interested in future sessions. We will be emailing those who have already registered with details for the next session. If you are yet to register, please see this link, to add your name to the register!
Just below we have included the slide set from the first session. There were a couple of tools that we explored that can be easily integrated into your teaching programmes. These included:
Kahoot - fun and easy way to assess learning. Kahoot already has a huge number of quizzes all ready to go, however, making your own quiz is super easy. They are an engaging way of gaining a better understanding of student's prior knowledge, current learning or a way of assessing learning at the completion after a unit of work. Even better, flip it around and get the students to develop their on Kahoot around their learning.
Padlet - another easy digital platform to use for brainstorming, organising and planning learning (e.g. Trello board) and expressing learning. Padlet is a great way to encourage collaboration across the classroom, and offers a number of different options to keep students engaged and motivated.
QR Code - quick and easy visuals that can be quickly scanned using a camera to take the user to specific link. Fantastic in the classroom in supporting students to quickly find the places they need to be online!
tiny.cc - URL shortener that allows you to customise your link, making it easier to direct others to websites and online resources.