Teacher voice on professional development 2010
Increasing teacher capability to improve student learning and achievement.
What has changed in your teaching practice as a result of professional development this year, such as, conferences, call back days, workshops, sharing sessions, staff meetings, collegial support, 1-1 facilitator time, professional discussions, own investigations, etc.
New learning
Identify new skills and ideas learnt
Please give examples of how this new learning has been embedded in your teaching practice.
What has been the impact on student achievement?
The introduction to a range of ICT tools such as: slide, comic life, power point - more creative presentations, photostory, blogging, developing a wikispace, paint, publisher
Ideas I have learned have been pedagogical, planning using a concept plan, and brainstorming the ideas with staff. Incorporating the use of blogging into a meaningful writing programme, my literacy programme has been enriched for the children by using a range of ICT tools to express, research, view, share in written forma range of different genre, visual and oral presentation formats. The children have been creative and with the flexibility Web 2 tools give the children have been able to work in small groups to individual.
My planning - long term and daily planning. This year we focused on a concept for the Year of sustainability - and learning contexts came from this overarching theme.
Writing programme has been supported with some children crafting onto the computer and using tracking tools to edit. Our reading programme has been supported with students able to access research information to support the learning intention: for example: We are learning to summarise an article using key words. Using the information we gain, we will research using our key words to find specific information related to our topic of Whitebait. When they summarised what white bait was from the story text they were reading they then went onto the computers to research further form their printed notes to find the specific names of the young fish whitebait came from and then identify the 2 endangered species.
Children have created power point presentations for the class.
For homework children were to take pictures of their pet for stock day and prepare to present their raising of their pet using photo story. Some children did not have digital cameras at home so borrowed the school camera. They took photos, and downloaded in to their folders at school, and have compiled a collection over a period of a term. They are now organising a story and some are writing and some are orally telling.
Using SOLO taxonomy with the children has been interesting, and the children have picked up very quickly on the process. They are very quick in placing them selves and then actually knowing where to go next and what they need to achieve. It is also clarifying for the children what is the measure of achievement.
Students writing capacity has increased. They are writing with more purpose and enjoyment, they are using creative text and they take ownership.
Self directed learning, being independent in their learning, setting goals, and having the enjoyment of completion with satisfaction.
Using SOLO taxonomy to develop rubrics has been very supportive. It is clear for and a common understanding for the teacher and the children has been beneficial.
Where to start.
How to create, maintain and use a class wiki.
How to create, maintain and use a class blog.
How to create a form in google docs and use this for further planning.
Class Wiki:
Groups at Reading and Maths time use the class wiki to practice skills previously taught.
Children help each other so the teacher can concentrate on teaching the group.
Use of the wiki has continued to develop with inquiry and music pages being added.
Wordles have also been used to give direction for writing.

Class Blog:
At the start it was very much led by the teacher and focused largely on our inquiry. Children are now very keen to comment on other blogs as well as our class one. The class blog has also been used to share our daily news. The class blog has been added to most days I have been teaching.

Forms: Gaining student voice. Have created and used two forms now which lead to changes in teaching planning and practice.
Students are keen to learn.
Attendance has significantly improved with most days having 100%.
Students take more risks and try to solve their own problems as I tend to say they have to figure it out for themselves because I am with a group.
The class blog and wiki have been a huge success.
. Using a graphical User interface eg Windows and newly involved with Apple Mac machines
2. Sharing information between programs
3 connecting a computer system
4.Creating a Database
5. Using ICT to try things out - using a spreadsheet
6. Multimedia Authoring
7. accessing Web 2 applications - mostly Free ones
8.what's Relevant to us. This seems so simple but in actual fact its a hard concept to deploy because we are all at different formulas for skills and ideas. We are working on this by reflecting on practices, understanding where now and where to next?
9. Techie knowledge has improved through peer collaboration, 1 :1 tutoring, interactive talk at call back days,sharing ideas, noticing something at conferences
.We can switch between open Windows and Mac
2. we can create dynamic links between programs ( place a chart within a report which is updated as the data in a linked spreadsheet is changed
3. We can connect additionl input/output devices eg scanner, avermedia, cell phone, i pods etc
4.We can plan and organise the structure of a new database for a particular purpose ie taking into account the number and fields required.
5. Entering numerical data, perform simple calculations and create charts
6. create simple to complex multimedia files that incorporate text, graphics, sound, animation and video
7. Demonstrating various applications for children to trial and create personal pages, frames, published material etc etc.eg Voki, Prezi, keynote
8.We have invested many extra hours over the past year because we need to understand quite clearly our learning journey so we are not doing old things in old ways ie researching the internet rather than an encyclopedia. publishing a piece of writing in word.
8. Old things in New Ways ie instead of talking about a battle site we can now visit that site virtually-google maps. These are not new things now but another aspect or enhancement of old ways.
9.Confidence to venture into Mac land from a windows island.
10. Confidence to include more complicated landscapes with the exponential growth of mobile learning devices-smart phones, e reader devices, tablet hardware and more
Students have become very familiar with various operating programs, access to a variety of ways to present work ideas, thinking, and learning. Teachers, Staff Children alike are more focused because of the ongoing committment we have made to ICT and it's PD. The provision and access to ICT paraphenalia ie computers and other types of technology has impacted student engagement probably because they are in the know and manipulating interactively and virtually. Students interacting with each other as they try and demonstrate their learning and understanding. While we have only scratched the surface of 21st century teaching and learning we are geared up to embrace What's next? Where to next?. Its early days yet, truthfully has there been an impact on student achievement? Yes! if it means students are doing old things in new ways and Yes! if it means they are up with the play of some current applications and using ICT to create new and different learning experiences and learning pathways. These learning experiences and pathways have inclusive - literacy dimensions that offer reading writing and number sense but that's just to name a few. We think the difference for us and our children is that the teachers have bought into the learning therefore modelling some great classroom practice which can unfold through audio, visually and virtually etc
Use of the school website for homeworking
Being aware of and using various free software programmes to use with digital technologies
The scope for the use of ICT in the classroom
The creativity of the students when given time to explore and discover various uses of ICT
The biggest thing for me is now being aware of how ICT can be incorporated in all areas of the curriculum and conciously planning for it e.g. using the digital camera and the versatility of it using the various software programmes available; closing the gaps between learning at school and at home through the school website.
Because the goal for me was to use ICT in the classroom, I haven't focused on how its use would impact on student learning, but how I could get children using it, however I have noticed that the students enjoy learning more, produce the elements of an activities criteria more confidently and clearly using ICT and are more engaged.
I have learnt new programmes such as Photostory and Comic Life. I am becoming more confident with these programmes and aim to become competent.
I am learning about google docs and am now aware of the purpose of it.
I am incorportating ICT much more into curriculum areas.
I used to rely on students' books for work samples - but now am encouraging students to display their work, show their learning in an electronic form.
I am feeling more confident with ICT.
It's allowed the students to be more creative and to work more in peers or groups.
How to incorporate ICT into everyday classroom life.
How to set up and effectivley use a wiki.
How to set up and effectively use a blog
Have a class blog and each child has their own blog which we all post on regular
There has been some impact on student achievement.
Lots of new possiblities shared at my 'beginner' level. Using the camera in so many ways was helpful and it looked achievable and was.
I have had to learn how to update photos on my class web page and publlish writing which would otherwise sit in a folder on the desktop.
I see so many possibilties, I have such a long way to go.
I can see the potential for ict learnign in the classroom.
Barbara has led me into a whole new world of connections - with people, other classroom and websites.
Embedding new learning in my class has been a little difficult becasue we share cameras at a syndicate level and have one desktop computer in my class.
I use the projector a lot more for modelling and helping connect the students to a biggger and wider world of differences.
This is difficult to measure with regard to that word 'achievement'.
I don't recall recording level of achievements but did record tasks being completed.
I observed that there are increased opportunities to tutor others at a student level which has had a positive effect on the whole class environment.
New computer actvitiies to use in the classroom e.g Photostory, photopeach, digistore, tut pup to name a few
  • Google docs
  • My Delicious
  • Blogs
I only used to use Google docs for minutes for our syndicate meetings but now I am starting to use them for everything.
The children are using the computer and IWB daily in all curriculum areas. I look for new activities regularly.
The IWB is for the children to use and they are confident at using it.
Homeplay is put on the class website as well as websites for them to work on.
Not too sure about impacting on student achievement as yet but their confidence in using ICT equipment has grown and also their engagement in their learning is obvious when using the computer and IWB. They have learned to work together and help each other - KC's Relating to others and participating and contributing
Using googledoc
using comiclife, photostory etc as a means to publish students work.
ICT is more than just computers, its about communication.
The world really is our oyster. There is so much out there for us to use.
Taking photos
Now using a lot of websites to help with the planning of classroom program. Increasing my own knowledge on topics as well. Placing homework on the school website for students. Using cameras and taking photos of the things we do.
Students are able to find information to help them increase their knowledge on given subject areas. They are able to independently fill in graphic organisers with information they have gain. Able to perform dances in the school production learnt off Youtube. Able to use photostory to produce recounts and procedures.
I have learnt to create wiki, blogs, photostory, comiclife, voki, audacity and movie programmes with students. I have used googledocs,and solo taxonomy and other web-based tools.
I use wiki as a means to differentiate the follow up learning experiences for students in numeracy and reading. Students work co-operatively in small groups within the digital learning objects (from Digistore or otherwise) to consolidate learning introduced in guided sessions. Students then reflect on their learning of key strategies/text features/knowledge in a maths journal or in guided follow-up sessions (recorded in modeling books). I also use the class wiki to ensure students have quick access to relevant resources for inquiry, appropriate search engines, thinking tools, mind-mapping tools and plans. Students are taught how to use each of these tools or introduced to a resource as part of the group/class learning experiences.
I am using a class blog to motivate students in writing and reading and to encourage a classroom climate of reflective life-long learning. By co-creating criteria for helpful blog comments and developing our own class 'Netiquette', students have begun to read and respond to blogs more constructively. They are making connections with the writer's purpose for writing as well as the content of the text. As writers, they have developed a stronger awareness of their audience and will return to edit and improve their writing more readily.
I have used photostory, comiclife, voki and moviemaking software to assist students with sequencing, illustrating, recording and presenting their ideas. I have found these tools work particularly well in supporting reluctant/less able writers to express their ideas. I have particularly used voki as a means of expressing and reflecting on students' learning goals. Students have been more interested in returning to their goals and sharing their goals with others than recording them in other forms. Audacity and Pinnacle have enabled students to mix sound and video creatively to develop and refine their own compositions.
I have used the SOLO taxonomy with the class to encourage understanding of what deeper learning/higher level thinking looks like in relation to a learning intention. We focussed strongly on using Solo taxonomy to develop 'fat' questions for inquiry and to understand what the 'making inferences' strategy might look like when reading. SOLO has given us a common language to describe the learning that takes place.
Increased engagement in learning and motivation to write and read. Increase in collaboration and development of a community of learners. Reluctant learners are exhibiting higher self esteem due to feedback from peers and their community - increase in students resilience as a result. Students able to explain their learning intentions and their achievement in relation to co-constructed criteria/levels of achievement based on the SOLO taxonomy.
How to use slideshow / powerpoint with digital photos and voice thread - new learning for me personally and now part of everyday literacy classroom programme for students.
Greater understanding of SOLO taxonomy and assessment rubrics - being developed within team concept planning for our inquiry units.
How to integrate online video (YouTube) as motivators for writing - now more confident connecting to data projectors - part of everyday :)
Incorporating paint within literacy programme for students to record new learning across curriculum areas, it., science experiments, poetry
How to modify paint programme for ease of printing on A4
Observable increase in engagement when recording learning and experiences using a choice of e-tools.
Mid year progress reports identify an increase in students within Years 3 to 7 working within expected achievement levels (our 2010 Achievement Target = Writing)
the e learning can happen anywhere, anytime any subject. and that you dont need lots of stuff. also the chn are not scared of the technology and will give anything ago.
i use websites in all areas of the curriculum. maths games used to reinforce basic facts. writing websites for models.... reading games... i have one computer in the class and chn take turns and have maths, writing, and reading tasks to do. they also have other subject areas. with comic life i quickly showed it to them but left it to them, and after i told them what i wanted they went away and did it.
well hard to prove but i think when i use my white board and other stuff and have the chn use it they are more focussed and their attention span is longer. also they are motivated and keen to join in.
Using the whiteboard to enhance the childen learning and not just a a tool for display.
Just using it myself personally (blogging, facebook, skype, wordle, comic life, animoto, cyberpets....)ok, skype, wordle, comic life, animoto, cyberpets....).............................................
Changing the class routines and set out to allow children to use wikispaces, computers, cameras and the easispeak throughout the day (when we have a project on).
Learning how to integrate ICT into modules and units of work (and not just include it as a sideline).
It is great to see some of the children working on skills during maths (on our wikispace) that they need practice with. This has meant that at least for basic facts (which is what we were assessing this year) the children's level of difficulty and speed have increased.

Using photo story consistently
making and using a wiki daily in the classroom practice - makes it for easier for the children to get on the computers and "do" fun learning (well they think it is) that I have directed!
having the children confident in pasting pictures into word and power points
For me - wiki confidence; extending my skills in using the 'net' more confidently and purposefully in my teaching.
I believe that the children have extended their skills. This is especially seen in spelling where they are learning their words whilst playing games. the familiarity in their knowledge of the words has increased.
Also in their own confidence in putting pictures (photos and paint) into word docs and power points.