Saturday, February 27, 2010

Learning at School: Day 3

Breakout 6: Action Research as Professional Development - some tales from the field Vince Ham

What do I want to get out of this session? Ideas for implementing AR with cluster ICT lead teachers this year. (eg Helen Renne-Younger)

Ultimate purpose of action research is to improve practice NOT to know something. Sustainability.

Puzzle - around practice, research question, my/our

Process - act/reflect/observe, data collection/evidence eg observation/video/survey, personal journal/blog - date on ME

Conclusions - results, coutcomes, resolution, answer to puzzle

Presentation - public, sharing

Collaboration needed at some stage eg observations.

Evidence based practice.

  • Davey & Ham (2010), The Six Ms of Mentoring Self Study - Journal of PD in Education
  • Joan Dalton

e-Portfolios: A Case Study

Along with TP, I presented at the Learning at School Conference last week. We were pleased to find out that our breakout was fully registered and here is the blurb we used:

Elm Park School has been using e-Portfolios school-wide with Year 1-6 students for two years. The portal we use is KnowledgeNET but the content of this presentation is valid for others choices such as Ultranet, blogs, wikis etc. The focus of this session will be on our journey from research, through to trial and implementation. There will the opportunity to view some student examples. The pitfalls we found along the way and some implications for infrastructure, NZ Curriculum and National Standards will also be discussed.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Learning at School: Day 2

Breakout 4: Nick Rate

Breakout 5: Building a School Based Curriculum: How to use SOLO Taxonomy to co-create rubrics for self-assessing learning outcomes
Pam Hook and Julie Mills

80% of feedback a student receives about his/her work is from a peer - but 80% of that feedback is incorrect or invalid. (John Hattie, 2009)

Students giving peer feedback based on SOLO assessment rubric.
Students developing (co-constructing) their own SOLO based assessment rubric.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Learning at School 2010: Day 1

Welcome: Nick Billowes

Opening: Anne Tolley
Ultra fast internet access 50 times faster than what we currently have. When will all schools have this? This access will increase capability for classroom use as well as administrative purposes, formative assessment (e-asTTle) and online resources. Budget allocation to upgrade individual school's infrastructure in preparation for the fibre rollout - through the School Network Upgrade Project and part of the National Education Network.

Keynote: Dr Stuary Middleton: School looks good but is it engaging?
Manukau Institute of Technology

Epidemic of disengagement in NZ education. If we keep doing what we've always done we will get what we always got. Australia, Canada, UK, USA have the same shared issues. All have shared a similar path of education systems, English speaking, English background. The pattern:
  • social/political unease with education
  • disconnect between education and economy (skill shortage)
  • unprecedented levels of disengagement
  • NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) for 15-19 year olds

External factors: an education system resistant to change, a changing demographic, a changing economy.

Who do we find to be a challenge:
  • low SES status
  • NESB background
  • recent migrants
  • first in family/first generation
  • lack adequate academic prepartion for next stage
  • second change students
  • older age groups
  • part time students
Challenging group is increasing dramatically and those groups that have been traditionally successful are shrinking.

Perhaps in the future schools will not be organised as clearly on an age-cohort basis.

Language is at the heart of learning - bi-lingual brains are better. Being bi-lingual is normal - although not always the case in NZ.

Breakout 2: Building a School Based Curriculum: How to use SOLO Taxonomy to develop the Key Competencies
Pam Hook and Julie Mills

Managing Self
  • Pre-structural - mum hangs my bag and takes my things out to take into the class
  • Uni structural - tacit use - I can hang up my bag when I am asked
  • Multi structural - aware use - I can hang up my bag and take my belongs into the class
  • Relational - strategic use - I can hang up my bag, take my belongings into the class and I know why and when I need to do this
  • Extended abstract - reflective use - I can hang up my bag, take my belongings into the class and I know why and when I need to do this and I can help others do the same
The more rubrics you write the easier it gets. Same for students. The student self-assessment provides a snapshot and is more meaningful than when teacher directed.

The Hooked on Thinking wiki has hundreds of examples of Key Competency rurbrics that have already been developed in schools (

Breakout 3: Recording the Real World Digitally - Assessment
Stuart Hale

Using Keynote for e-Portfolios.
A place to put media created by students.
Use Smart Builds to add 'thumb through' and drag multiple images onto a slide.
Media Place Holders - format - advanced - define as media place holder. Add mask so graphic can be cropped dynamically.
Photos - add detail with shadow, reflection and stroke.
When movies are inserted - go to QuickTime on Inspector and you can use Poster Frame to select the image to appear at the start. Can also choose start and stop point without editing the movie.
Can be uploaded as podcasts.
Could use iPod Touches for students to take home and share their e-Portfolios.
Graphs/charts - Click on Charts then add data (can copy and paste from Numbers/Excel/SMS). Use 3D scene to adjust angle/tilt of graph. Can drag and drop images onto bars in the graph!
Using shapes - insert a star and adjust number of points. Drag and drop photo onto star!
Stuart has a gadget to use the webcam with a mirror - usually $16 each.

Good website for photos -

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

National Standards

I've been working on setting up numeracy and literacy graphs as part of reporting to parents based on examples provided on the National Standards documenation. Some of the graph examples provided were very good but unfortunately they were only available in PDF so I started from scratch in Excel (with a lot of help from my husband). Here is what we have come up with so far for numeracy. Eventually we hope that assessment data from our student management system (eTap) will feed directly into our student e-Portfolios (in KnowledgeNet). In the meantime each student will have one of these graphs which will be updated by the teacher at the beginning and end of each year and then loaded manually into e-Portfolios.

Teachers enter the student name and the relevant numeracy stage/reading age into the cell. The graphs does its job to look something like this.

I would be very interested to to hear about or see examples of what other schools are doing?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

NZ Curriculum For Sale!

Check out this auction on Trade Me. Someone is selling off their copy of the New Zealand Curriculum document as it is no longer needed thanks to National Standards. As I write this the bid is up to $78 and it doesn't close until Wednesday. You have to read the comments - they are hilarious!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The fringe benefits of failure

Love this speech JK Rowling gave at Harvard in 2008. It is 20 minutes long but well worth the time ....

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure | Video on