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.
Choose your own adventure stories are a great way to get students to create their own literacy outcomes and Google apps successfully in class. I have used this once before with my students but love this idea - with aim to use it more in the future.
Once done, students simply copy the information in their google docs over to the google form template. This is easy to do as it notes which part of your story would go in which section by the 'option 1' or 'option 2' heading. Students simply follow through the options as they go through the story. To check out the planning has gone, simply click on preview and it will show you what the story will look like.
This activity is a great way to get students to use digital technologies and ICT in the classroom in a meaningful way to create a great outcome. These templates will help you complete this learning activity and guide your students to complete a choose your own adventure story!
To see an example story, click here to view my practice one!
Thanks to Mari Venturino and Mr Davola for the links to the ISTE resources and templates.
I of course modelled the process after writing so students were able to see what was expected of them and work towards achieving all the aspects of our introduction success criteria. The symbols were also used so students (and myself) could easily see the evidence of what they were working on in their writing. We used a W for wow words, a butterfly for the name of the insect, and then simple numbers so they could see how many ideas they had.
Super simple, yet effective! The students even commented on how easy it was when using the success criteria slip to check they had achieved it all!
Find the template here for you to make a copy and use it in your classroom!!
Seesaw is my go-to favourite app! I love everything about Seesaw and have worked hard over the last few years to make many resources that teachers and students can use alongside Seesaw! Check them all out below, with links, downloads and freebies you can use in your classroom today!
All resources are able to be downloaded and used by students and teachers across the world. These are free to access on the above links. Please keep credit links on each resource and thank you to those who have helped create aspects of the resources.
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions about any of the Seesaw resources shared above.
Today's sunday spotlight is a quick video showing how you can use exit slips in your class. These are a great end of lesson way for students (and the teacher) to view how the student found the learning and check if they need some more support.
There is also a self-reflection face at the bottom for students to fill in. This provides further insight into the lesson and how they found it.
I use these for maths at the moment and have some pre-made (like the video example) with some questions linked into their learning outcomes. I also have blank ones where I will hand write the learning intention on and have students just write their own evidence on the maths exit slip dependent on the lesson activities.
You can create your own exit slips very easily, or use my templates! Find them both below!
Maths Exit Slips
Maths Exit Slips
Maths exit slips are a great way to get students to reflect on their learning, whilst showing their working out. Students can use these in group time, after group work or independently to reflect on topics or areas of study you do in maths.
I use mine to align with each PR1ME chapter so I can get a feel for how students are working through with the topics.
These exit slips have:
-show your working
-smiley face reflection
There are also two types of exit slips.
Make your own Maths Exit Slip
Make your own Maths Exit Slip
This is an interactive version of my maths exit slip where you can add your own activity to complete and learning intention. I have mine set up to have a space for sharing their learning in the middle and have the learning intention on the right hand side. This resource allows you to add your own text boxes and learning intentions to fit your class needs.
This resource will be a pdf with the link to the google drawings resource. You will be able to make a copy of the template to add your own things into it.
A few months ago I did a website post covering some key resources that I had created around using Digital Technologies within the junior school. I had created a LTP that covered teaching these skills with the senior school but hadn't got around to sharing it.
So here we are. A more generic looking LTP that provides you with key ideas for creating future focused learners but using the 4 C's. A way of lifting digital technology practice in the classroom.
The aim of this plan was to create ideas, links and draw attention to areas that linked to the 4C's that teachers might not have known or realised could link in. When talking to a few teachers, they were unsure what the 4C's were and how these could shape our students. This easily breaks down with key links, WALHTs and deliberate acts of teaching that could be used in the classroom.
Feel free to use this plan in your classroom or teaching practice. When sharing, please share the link to this post when sharing the links. Please do not recreate any of the information or planning you find - this plan was created by myself and full credit needs to be left at the top if in use.
Wow. Where to begin! In this website post I will begin to share my journey from last week that highlights the incredible time I had in Sydney at the Google Innovators Academy. It was beyond amazing - words literally can not describe how fantastic it was!
I will share all that I can - what I remember, what we did, how to get in...it all!
So to even get in you first need to submit your application with ideas around what a need or problem you see in your learning context. Mine was all around 'How can we create a programme to help teach key ICT and google skills to junior students. Of course going into the application, this is such a broad problem to have and they really make you unpack it once you're there.
The application also consists of recommendations from current google innovators and also a serious amount of questions you need to answer to consider if you are the right fit. Check out my innovator application video below.
Now before you even get there, you have work to do. Online meetings, discussions, goal setting and more! This sets the scene and helps you really unpack your problem and root cause. This was the best part, as it heightened your desire to want to be there and helped focus your mind on the task.
Arriving on the first day was so surreal! All you could see was keen and excited educators ready to get started on this journey together. Everyone was introducing themselves to each other, trying to remember everyones name and getting to meet people you had been talking to online in person. We scored some free Google swag which was amazing also - I used my Google backpack on my first day back at school today.
Once we started, we had group challenges, group work and individual activities to complete in our time there. It was all targeted around our goal, technology or our journey that we were about to undergo. We were fortunate to listen to some amazing speakers that shared their expertise, knowledge and great feedback with us all.
We spent most of the time eating and drinking coffee. Which was definitely a highlight!! The unlimited food everywhere, and countless amazing places that Google actually had inside their buildings.
Apart from the eating and drinking, we spent the other time working on our projects. This stemmed from our initial question or problem that we worked into our goal, project and end point that we wanted to create.
My initial question ended up changing to:
How might we remove teacher input totally and leave technology teaching up to students?
This allowed me to explore what could really come from this project and open up new opportunities for me in this problem. I want to create something that all junior students would find beneficial and felt that this 'how might we' question would not be too broad or too specific. This helps it not be easily answered either along my project journey.
My project has now been led down a new path - creating a series of technology themed picture books that target key ICT skills for students and teachers in a junior classroom. Definitely not what I thought I would create! Fingers crossed for the journey ahead!
Overall, 150% recommend applying if you are looking to meet some amazing educators from across the world that will make you think about and question everything you have done and will do in the future. I really can't summarise enough how though provoking it was; how much I have learnt about myself, my teaching, and my future; and what an amazing place Google is itself. The atmosphere they create while you are there is just such an incredible vibe - you really want to visit or go and work there.
This amazing quote from Stuart Kelly really highlights what you should do and think about in the future.
What should we keep doing? What should we stop doing? What should we start doing? - Stuart Kelly
If you are interested in watching the livestream recording of our graduation, watch the Youtube video below! It will show you everyones project pitches including some quick snippet interviews with innovators at the event.
I am specifically 25 minutes into the video if you are looking for my project pitch!
If you are interested in applying then get onto it! You need to apply before the due date and to a cohort that is close to your area! I was fortunate that #SYD19 was was this year and close to my home - New Zealand.
Check out this Google site with all the information about the other innovators accepted and our application videos also.
Have a question about my time there, the application or anything Google? Send me an email below.
Last year I created this slide deck for a staff meeting in my Junior Team with a recording of it attached above. This is just a youtube of the slide deck if you prefer to listen rather than read. The slides show how easily you can break down those tricky key terms in your practice or classroom.
Above are two plans that I created for my team also. The first plan is a junior devices ICT use LTP that provides ideas, tips and links to a range of things that can be taught in the classroom in all ICT areas.
The second plan is a junior coding LTP that provides ideas, links and resources for teaching coding in a junior classroom.
Both of these are in pdf form but can be moved into google docs form. Please do not share these files without permission - you are welcome to share the link to this post. Both of these were created by myself and full credit needs to be left at the top if in use.
There are plenty of other resources available including more that I have created in this folder link (pictured above). These include specific examples to the Digital Technologies curriculum that can be used in your classroom.
When sharing, please share the link to this post when sharing the links. Please do not recreate any of the information or planning you find - both of these were created by myself and full credit needs to be left at the top if in use.
Google Docs is great for using in the classroom for both teachers and students. It has huge opportunities for collaboration, ease of use and making connections to others across the world. It is an online version of a similar app - Word, but with the data and app save online in the 'cloud'.
At my school I am introducing and implementing work using Google apps in class. A part of this is unpacking google drive and the apps that go along with it. This is a pdf I created that unpacks a little bit more information on what it looks like, the tools and how you can use it.
Check out this easy to read pdf attached below. It just provides you with quick snippets to show you an insight on how it works. Great for those who are unsure on how complicated it can be or how to use the tools.
Some great ways to use the class doorbell that I use:
Obviously I talk about the expectations and what the doorbell will mean if I push it. So if it is being used in between change overs I will say "when you hear the doorbell it means to change to your next activity". If it is tidy up I will prewarn them so they know that also.
This just uses something abit different to get students engaged in the activities and listening to instructions!
Let me know your thoughts on using a doorbell in class! Would love to hear how it works out.
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