This weekend was the first 'The WIP Hui' held in Napier, New Zealand. The WIP Hui was formed by 6 like minded educators that want to help others to connect, share and disrupt education. We found that at conferences it can be a real hit and miss opportunity, with lots of the learning being done by talking or having smaller connections and conversations with others. So we thought why not make our own unconference hui to help us share and connect with others.
So we came together, got started and formed a plan! And that is what we have - The WIP Hui. WIP stands for work in progress; like all teachers are doing, always working on growing/learning as professions.
This then led to the first round of workshops! Three educators shared their ideas about topics they are passionate about. We voted on ones that we were interested in and those educators got the floor.
We then had some more smackdowns and an open sharing time. These were really interesting to hear what others were doing in the classroom.
Some of the ideas shared were:
Day 1 was a great success and I am so happy that people are full of ideas, tips and tricks to take away to their classrooms. Tomorrow will bring about more new ideas, with 3 more workshops and a design thinking session!
If you don't already know, I share a lot of my resources for teachers to use. They are on here, my website; teachers pay teachers store and also on a shared Google drive resource library that I have created with my resources in there. There is lots of teachers from all over the world to access - someone new to the profession, someone looking for ideas or something just looking for something to browse.
Check out this quick video showing you where all the freebies are!
Over the past few years I have worked on pdfs and ibooks that aim to transfer idea, knowledge and skill about key software or apps that I have used. I love sharing my work and ideas with others and another way of doing that is through ibooks. These are pdfs that I have created and released on Apple ibooks for educators to read and access from all over the world.
Check out five of the ones I have released and created:
Did you know that you can change the bullets in Google slides to emojis!!!!! I had no idea until I read this on twitter the other day. I love using emojis and these are way cooler than the bullets they have already put in Google Slides. It is so simple to change them also!
Check out my example and quick tutorial video above as well! A great way to add detail, excitement and difference to any of the work you are doing on Google Slides. Easy for students to change in their learning too!
With the digital technologies curriculum and increase of digital use in the classroom, there are lots of teachers still looking for support on ways to implement this in the classroom. This is a website post of ideas, links and resources I have used, created or come across. Check them out below and use what you would like in your classroom.
Coding blog posts
There are lots of other coding blog posts that I have on my website that I have previously posted sharing ideas or links. These can be used in different ways so check them out below!
Coding on Scratch
Coding - is it really that hard?
Digital technologies curriculum within the junior school
Plus there are hundreds of other resources available online! Simply search 'coding' or 'digital' on Google and see what comes up. Teachers Pay Teachers have lots of free coding resources too.
Google slides has added a new update - audio! You can now add audio files directly into your slide presentations. No more finding links, using QR codes, or uploading to youtube and then inserting! Simply use these straight from your Google drive! Easy to use and know when you have them on the slide, there will be a little speaker icon showing you where the file is.
New Zealand Educators! Are you a forward thinker? Are you a boundary pusher?
We are looking for educators across New Zealand to come and join us at The WIP Hui - bringing together forward-thinking educators who would like to share, connect, disrupt & challenge each other to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible in education. Embracing the “Yes and” thinking.
What does WIP stand for?
Work in progress.
Teachers are always working on things and progressing in their learning, work and achievements. This Hui is a place for teachers to continue to work and progress themselves.
When is it?
9am Saturday 18th January- 1pm Sunday 19th January.
Check out the schedule for the Friday night social event!
Where is it?
Sunny Hawkes Bay!
Who can come?
Those who are doing innovative projects, teaching and thinking in the education space who would like to contribute to and be a part of the forward-thinking tribe!
Did you know that you have free access to slides I have used in presentations?
These are shared in my free to access, Google drive shared resource library. A google drive folder with resources, ideas, links and templates anyone can access, download and make a copy of!
Finding resources to help up skill can be tricky. And everyone has their own take on things. But i love presenting and sharing my ideas with others so have created copies for others to use in the classroom.
This is countless hours of presentation creation - free for you to use to up skill or read through. If you would like to use something in your own presentations, please contact me to let me know and ensure you leave all credit (or make credit back) to Mrs Priestley ICT. Have a peek - there might be something you can learn!
Each fortnight I release a digital newsletter with specific tips, ideas and links to read on the go! Nothing too long and wordy. But short snippets with things you can implement in the classroom tomorrow! This is free to subscribe to, and gets emailed to your inbox every fortnight.
Check here for past editions of the newsletter or subscribe via the button below!!
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!