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 -

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