Have you heard about the changes to our curriculum in New Zealand? If you were not aware, major yet fantastic changes were made to our curriculum that involved the technology curriculum area. These included the introduction of progress outcomes 'computational thinking for digital technologies' and 'designing and developing digital outcomes'. It is expected that by 2020, all schools in New Zealand are to be teaching the content whether it be stand alone, or integrated.
Of course, integration across all other curriculum areas is best to ensure meaningful integration and learning opportunities. But the reality of this can be easier said than done. Especially with the other 100 things we need to do in the classroom every day! If you haven't yet heard about these changes, or checked the new changes made follow the link here.
Computational thinking for digital technologies is all about students being able to express problems and formulate solutions in ways that means a computer can be used to solve them. Algorithmic thinking skills are important in this section.
Designing and developing digital outcomes is about students becoming experts in using different technologies to create digital content for the web, interactive digital platforms and print. Also understanding how and who systems are made for; becoming confident manipulators of data and its outcome.
I have posted a few times about the digital technologies in the classroom so check out my past blog posts on my website by typing in 'digital technologies' into the search bar to bring these up. I am also working on a long term plan that unpacks the progress outcomes for teachers looking for ideas on how they can implement these into their classrooms. Stay tuned for that!
View lots more ideas about digital technologies from Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko below too.
Google forms is a simple way of involving technology into your classroom. It can be used to promote technology use in a meaningful, yet exciting way to involve students and enhance engagement. A simple way is by using it to gather student voice! This google form asks students which one they prefer - a cat or a dog. Sure you could just ask students for a show of hands; but by asking them this through a google form it could be integrated as part of your programme in a tumble, discussion time, or checkpoint that students could complete before the learning.
I have lots of previous website posts about google forms with examples and links to ways you could use it in your classroom. This is just one way, with there being MANY different ways you could use it. Just search 'google forms' on my website to bring up all the website posts.
Want a follow up activity for persuasive writing and this google form? Download this free template below!
Do you use book creator? Book creator is a great free (or paid) app that students and teachers can use to create and publish books to share their learning. Book creator has inbuilt tools to help create the perfect book to share learning outcomes. Books can be published online for wider viewing, or downloaded to share on other apps like Seesaw or Youtube.
Ebooks can be published for free on the book creator website which is an awesome way to create learning for a purpose. There are lots of ways that book creator can be used in the classroom. Check out this book creator ebook that shares 50 ways you can use it in your classroom!
I thought of a few digital ideas we were developing as a staff and created activity ideas linked to those. I then also added other digital ideas that could be great to develop, work on and strive for under the digital technologies umbrella. This is a template I designed, but you are able to use mine in your school, or edit the template to add your own ideas.
First we talked a little bit about what it is and the purpose behind it. I then modelled the process and showed students how it works. We talked about some good guidelines when using it to help them be successful. We then got into mixed groups and started setting our scene! The students spent ages on this part - because it is the most fun! Then when they were ready they started capturing it with stop motion. This lesson was easy to incorporate into any curriculum area and engaging, fun and motivating!
For more information on stop motion, check out my recent workshop session that I ran with teachers! Click on the photo for the presentation link.
Arabella's Adventures is my Google Innovator project from the #SYD19 Google Innovator academy. We needed to look at a problem we were facing, and think of a way of solving it. My problem was around junior students not receiving much teacher time with digital technologies and key skills to help them become confident and competent users. So I thought I would target this goal through a series of child directed picture books for students and teachers to use.
Here is the first ebook of the series - How to take care of iPads.
Get this ebook at the low cost of $3.00 for an introductory price!! This is for the first 100 customers so get in quick!! Find it here and get your copy!!
You can make a copy of my daily check in google form here! So easy to use with any year level students; and a great way to introduce digital technologies into your classroom practice in a fun and easy way! I created the simple above poster for students to scan when they first come in the morning! Way easier than typing out a url each day!
Last week I so incredibly fortunate to attend and present at the Digital Fluency Hui in Hawera, Taranaki. I delivered the keynote and four workshops around different areas. The aim being to build teacher competency and skill in anything digital; providing as much as I can with others!
I really wanted to share my presentations with you so here are the links to the workshops I ran. If you have any questions or want any further information please let me know.
There are many different models floating around that are suggested to be used in education. You should use this one because it develops student agency; use this one because it increases productivity; use this one because it will help with digital technologies.
All models have both positives and negatives to it's use. You need to look at each model carefully to figure out if it is right for you, your students and your classroom.
Check out this slide deck that was used to help crowd source information on the T3 model at the #SYD19 Google Innovator Academy (thanks Anthony Speranza for setting it up). It shares with you some ideas on how each of the stages can be implemented and used in your classroom with brief explanations.
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!