Showing posts from December, 2011

Using teaching as inquiry to inform an e-learning action plan - the process, the outcomes and the plans for 2012

Below is an overview of our ICT PD plans for 2011, outcomes and our plans for 2012. This was originally written for milestone reporting purposes, but hopefully it provides a view of our ICT PD journey - where we came and where we are heading to. If you are interested in seeing more about our ICT PD programme you can check our group on the Ministry of Education (NZ) Virtual Learning Network (VLN).   Epsom Girls Grammar School on the VLN Background and Context Year level: Years 9-13 Cluster type: Single School Cluster Context: Large Decile 9 Girls Secondary School Research model used:Teaching as Inquiry Aims and Purpose The intention of using a Teaching as Inquiry cycle to inform an 'E-Learning Action Plan', was to provide staff across the curriculum areas with a tool and a process to guide their integration of e-learning tools and strategies (ICTPD National Goal 3) in way that was directly related to student outcomes. It was hoped that this process wou

Future-proofing English by harnessing the power of writing online

Some rights reserved by nicolasnova Future-proofing English by harnessing the power of writing online By Claire Amos Director of e-Learning at Epsom Girls Grammar School (this article was originally written for English in Aoteroa , Issue No.75, October 2011) When we consider how we can best future-proof a curriculum area as central, universal and as diverse as English, it is impossible not to consider the increasing role that ICTs and e-learning will have in that future. Whilst it is interesting to explore the ways we can use ICTs in English, it is also important to consider the evidence suggesting why we should use it! I would like to add a note here. At no point do I suggest that all students must use ICTs in English, I am firm believer that it is actually about differentiating for preferred mode, and offering it as a choice for those who see working online as a more engaging and useful way of working. I am a passionate advocate of e-learning, but more i

Professional learning groups to support school wide e-learning at Epsom Girls Grammar

10 tips for making the most of BYOD and working online

1) Use Moodle to access class resources and activities Work with your teacher to put all of the class resources and activities on Moodle Have a smartphone? download the MyMoodle app for free If your teacher has a smartphone they can use MyMoodle to quickly upload voice and video recordings of demonstrations and/or lectures 2) Create an online exercise book with Google Docs Create a document for each class and 'share' it with your teacher so they can give feedback Talk to your teacher about how to name your document as they will have lots of documents being shared with them. Including your name, subject, option and teacher code is a good idea e.g. Jill Blogs 10 English Opt C (Am) If you are likely to write a lot for one subject you could create a separate doc for each topic and keep them all as a 'collection', you can then 'share' the collection with your teacher. Check with your teacher! 3) Create a portfolio with Google Sites For published