iLearn Professional Learning Day

iLearn Professional Learning Day

2 December 2015

Some great takeaways from today:

Jenni shared her practice in multimodal literacy learning

  • Literacy Shed site as a source to get videos that the children can record narratives over. Convert to mp4 so it can be imported to iMovie etc.
  • Looks like a great idea for creating narratives. Much more creative and inspiring than using text or an image as a stimulus.

Cheryl shared her experience using Popplet to have students create a visual representation of their workflow using apps to complete assignments and activities.

  • using Popplet to create visual workflows for the students – gives them an easy, visual way of tracking and explaining the apps and processes they used to work through the assignment.
  • a fantastic idea ‘show your workflow for this task’, ‘work on your workflow as you go through the activities’

Notes for my Teachmeet session:  ‘The Learner’s Voice: children building their learning by sharing what they think.’

Edmodo as a tool for drawing out student voice. My students use Edmodo groups to
– discuss the books they are reading
– create a journal to plan and reflect on their work
– create and manage special interest groups (Maths Explorers, other groups based around book series like Harry Potter)

SeeSaw – students choosing work to

iDoceo – an app for teachers which allows them to capture and easily organise student work samples including photos, videos, audio.

So what are the key considerations behind using these tools to promote student voice? 
– kids can communicate and share their learning when it suits them: during school time, before and after school, weekends. So they don’t have to wait to be back in school to remember to put their hand up and share their thoughts….
– with minimal effort teachers can gather large amounts of student learning, interactions and data. Example: guided reading groups. At a basic level, you keep a record of where the group is up to, where they’ll read to next. The children keep a record of  difficult words and phrases. At a higher level, the children pose opinions and questions and the others respond, building a discussion. This gives great insight for the teacher into the way students are thinking about what they are reading.
– gives everyone a voice, not just those who put their hand up and are lucky enough to be chosen. Especially gives voice to those who may be quiet in class.
– gives children opportunity to form special interest groups and run them in a blended learning model (example: Maths Explorers, groups based around books, and example of ‘After’ book group where not all children had a copy of the book so they decided to record one child reading the book in sections). This also opens up the strengths and weaknesses of the groups (how the groups handle decision making, is the group about the book or about power).

Video reflections on the day:
Beginning of the day
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Reflection after first round of teachmeets
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Reflection after presenting teach meet session on student voice
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