There are lots of activities that you can do in the classroom to bring about Christmas and the importance of Christmas. Lots of children don't celebrate Christmas which is completely fine. But there is lots of Christmas themed activities I have created for free for use in the classroom.
Happy grams!!! A quick and cute note for parents on how the day has gone. With so many things that go on during the day, it can be hard to make contact with parents to let them know about the amazing things their child might have done! Could be around attitude, perseverance, assessment or just a general awesome day!
Bitmoji is just one of those things I have to use in the classroom! I love incorporating Bitmoji into my class resources, on the wall or in things I am presenting! It is free, easy to use and just lots of fun!
There is many ways you can use Bitmoji in the classroom or in your resources - with lots of templates, resources and pre-made examples you can go off. I have many free resources that you can use as templates in your classroom - ones I have personally used in my classroom on a daily basis. Check out these two of my favourites!
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!
Google Slides are a great way to create and build your own templates for students or your classroom. Google Slides has many easy to use tools that can be used to develop and build a template for activities, learning, worksheets and follow ups. They could then be pushed out or exported to apps like Seesaw or Google Classroom for students to complete to show their learning.
How do you create your own template?
5 slide deck templates you can use in your classroom
Find 5 Google Slide deck templates that you can use in your classroom. These are all free to access, make a copy of and use in your classroom! Something for everyone!
1. Seesaw activity templates
This slide deck is by far my biggest compilation of templates made on Google Slides for activities on Seesaw, or to be used by students in activities or follow ups. This has more than 750 templates that can be downloaded, exported, shared and used by teachers and students from various year levels! This is a giant resource for you to use!
Access the templates here!
3. Spelling Templates
These templates are great for your spelling programme. Each of these can be exported and used in Seesaw, Google Classroom or as a worksheet! Great for any classroom or student age level.
Make a copy here!
4. Reading Templates
These reading templates are great for responses with reading activities! Main ideas, KWL, what happened next and more! Loads of templates to help with reading activities!
Make a copy here!
5. Prepositions and Vocabulary
These templates are great for students to work on key ideas around vocabulary! Students can drag the right word or sentence to represent the picture; or finish the sentence.
Make a copy here!
Plus many more available on my website and in my shared Google Drive Resource Library! Visit it today for loads more ideas you can use.
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.
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Tonight the second course was released on my online PLD platform - Navigating Google Docs. This course is a 45 minute online PLD course teaching you how to use Google Docs and all the little bits in between! A beginners course with tutorials and quizzes you can complete from the comfort of your own home. A great way to get in some learning!
This week I was lucky to attend the Ulearn19 conference at Rotorua, New Zealand. It was an action packed three days of meeting new people, learning new ideas and gather information/resources to bring back to my school and other teachers. I was also fortunate to be able to present two workshops as well which I will share the links again for today. This website post shares some of the key ideas and takeaways from the sessions I attended.
Future of learning
This amazing infographic is a great way of showing the future of learning. This encompasses key ideas around technology 4 learning, research 4 learning, environment 4 learning and assessment 4 learning. Click on the picture for the link.
I presented two presentations on Seesaw within the classroom. The first one was using seesaw portfolios for assessment with aspects like seesaw skills, activities and fluency checks. The second was using seesaw within literacy and maths - providing teachers with links, templates and ideas on how to create activities around literacy and maths. Click on the photos below for links to the presentations.
Check out my own personal reflection on my drive home thinking about the best parts from ulearn19! Check out their website also for more information.
This year I have been working with teachers in my school to up skill them around digital competency and fluency in all areas. This is also my scope for my Masters project which I am currently studying (due to finish June, 2020).
As part of up skilling teachers, some feedback was around a crash course, or online lessons that they could follow to build key skills around Google Apps. There are already lots out there (some are paid/free) and it really is about making one that best fits your needs. So I have put together the beginning of Mrs Priestley ICT online courses - a place where you can access a targeted learning around key digital themes.
With more courses to come, I hope that this is another avenue teachers can take to learn. As always, this is always my take and interpretation of the learning and I am no way an expert. If I can help one teacher learn something new from my courses then I am happy!
So as I mentioned this week, there have been changes to the New Zealand curriculum to help create students that are future focused, critical thinkers, ready for future jobs and creating/solving problems that are relevant to them. These changes are evident in the 'technology' curriculum area; but are best met when integrated into all curriculum areas. For more information check out the website post here.
This particular long term plan has been over 20 hours of thinking, typing and planning to bring together key ideas and links that I believe make the terms of these changes (and progress outcomes) more clear and easy to implement/introduce in the classroom. A lot of these ideas have been things I have tried, seen in class or heard of and I have tried to supply links to the information the best I can. There are some links and freebie resources of my own which are linked in that I am giving away for free with the plan.
I most certainly am not an expert in this area; but hope that this can help unpack these changes for teachers and students.
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Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!