Mellons Bay - conferences 2009
With the opportunity to present at the learning@school Conference 2009, Hadleigh has extended his ICT capabilities in the classroom setting. By having students present at the Conference, he has adjusted his pedagogy towards ICT and learning in order to meet the learning needs of students. The scope of the Blog "mellonsbay.blogspot.com" has been extended and includes links to online tests, parent comments, student reflections, and a collection of student videos. The purpose of this is to create more dialogue with whanau and the wider community both local and global.

Learning@Schools conference 2009 has helped Douglas widen and deepen his scope in the use of ICT in children’s learning, especially with the use of interactive learning and e-Portfolio. This has given him the motivation and knowledge to kick off a chain reaction of his progressive development in ICT this year, including the integration of his class’ e-Portfolio, and the implementation of wiimote interactive system for his class and with other classes and teachers. – Douglas Choong, Senior Teacher (ICT)

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**Learning@School** - Rotorua Feb 24-27 2009
4 breakout sessions were presented by Bucklands Beach Cluster Members
  • E-portfolios - A personal learning space - Ian Fox, Lenva Shearing, external image vnd.ms-powerpoint.png LSConference.ppt



Ulearn 08 - Christchurch, 8-10 October 2008
2 workshops were presented by Lenva Shearing
  • Getting Tricky with Wikis
This session will look at how to take your wiki to the next level. Using some code find out how to create cool effects for your wiki. No knowledge of html is needed. This session is not for the beginner, but intended to help those who already know the wiki basics. You will learn how to make rolling banners, how to make backgrounds and much more. The wiki tool used will be wikispaces.
  • E-portfolios - Bringing it all Together
Lenva will review how paper portfolios have been used at Bucklands Beach Intermediate School in the past, and share the current innovative practice in moving towards creating e-portfolios. She will discuss how e-portfolios can be used to support creativity, different learning styles and personalised learning, as well as providing a platform for engagement and empowerment. She will show examples of student e-portfolios that have been created through the exclusive use of free online Web2.0 tools and demonstrate how to use some specific tools to support and show student’s learning.

1 full day pre-conference seminar was presented by Faye Chilvers
Digital Storytelling through Animation
Animation offers students of all ages exciting possibilities as a means to tell stories and integrate ICT into their learning across the curriculum.
In this workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to create a claymation, using a piece of software called "I can Animate", by connecting a digital video camera to a laptop computer. They will also view stories recently created at Bucklands Beach Primary by children from Year 3- 6. In particular, work from a class of Year 3 students will show how an inquiry learning unit integrated social studies, technology, art and language through the use of ICT. The students will be seen discussing their work and reflecting on this. Participants will have opportunities to question and to discuss. Equipment and materials needed to use animation in the workshop will be suggested. A handout will be given to each participant.
Although this workshop uses Macbooks and software, it will be of interest to all teachers who may use other software to create animations. This form of storytelling appeals to students from primary, intermediate and secondary.
This workshop will be run in a Mac OS X environment.


Waimarino Cluster Presentation - 20 June 2008
  • The following is the presentation presented by Ian Fox and Lenva Shearing. Please note the media files have been deleted as these would not run. Also the links to student ePortfolios are not recorded owing to privacy reasons.

Learning@School - Rotorua, 21-24 February 2008
5 breakout sessions were presented by Bucklands Beach Cluster Members
  • E-portfolios - A personal learning space - Ian Fox, Lenva Shearing, Gail Mitchell
  • E-portfolios, Free portfolios - Making a Start - Gail Mitchell, Lenva Shearing Online workshop notes
  • Effective Use of Powerpoint to Enhance Your Literacy Programme - Nicola Rosemergy, Justine Driver
The links in this presentation will not work. They only show examples of each element described.
  • Digital Storytelling Through Animation - Faye Chilvers
  • ICT and the Younger Learners - Wendy Neal

Navcon - Gosford, Sydney - October 2007
Presented by Lenva Shearing and Gail Mitchell
  • Web 2.0 - If we can do it, so can you.
Just when you thought that you had mastered using the internet to support learning in your classroom, someone mentions Web2.0 tools.
The exciting world of blogs, wikis and podcasts may be overwhelming and quite daunting, but at the same time they support dynamic learning which is rich, real and relevant. These tools ignite passion and engagement and also give your students voice.
Take a look inside the classroom and join Lenva and Gail in a hands on workshop where we help Web2.0 beginners to start using the tools to support teaching and learning.
You will be able to view examples of blogs, wikis and podcasts currently being used in the classroom, and find out how they enhance and extend learning. You will have the opportunity to learn how to create and edit blogs and wikis and participate in a live forum with students in New Zealand.


Tuanz - Wellington, New Plymouth, Palmerston North - March 2007
Presented by Lenva Shearing and Gail Mitchell
ARE YOU PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR OWN EYES
USING ACTION RESEARCH TO MODIFY OUR TEACHING PRACTICE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF 21st CENTURY LEARNERS


Have you thought about researching your own practice, does it frighten you, is it important- is action research the same as reflection.
Out of comfort zone. Teachers hate to be criticised even by yourself.
Teachers as learners.

• What is action research
• Why do it
• Getting started
• Examples and our action research journey
• benefits
• templates

Action research is a recognised as a rigorous research methodology which can greatly enhance the professional learning of teachers as they study their own practice so that it has impact on student learning and raise levels of achievement.
Action research is conducted by teachers, not merely on teachers by researchers. It involves inquiry into one’s own practice through a cyclical process involving planning, acting, observing and reflecting.
In this workshop
  • We will share current research on action learning and provide examples of methodology for implementation.
  • We will work through the steps and processes used in an action research study and follow one teacher’s journey showing how modification of her practice, using this research method, addressed some of the learning needs and styles of 21st century students.
  • We will share the outcomes of this study and the impact it had on the teacher and the students, and how the integration of technologies is an absolutely essential aspect of teacher practice if we hope to engage 21st century learners.
  • We will discuss the importance of upskilling ourselves as teachers. If we are not going to change our practice to incorporate technologies, we are not going to engage these 21st century learners.
  • We will provide templates and offer ongoing support for teachers who wish to engage in a study of this kind.

Learning@School - Rotorua, 2007
Presented by Lenva Shearing and Gail Mitchell
ARE YOU PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR OWN EYES
USING ACTION RESEARCH TO MODIFY OUR TEACHING PRACTICE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF 21st CENTURY LEARNERS


Have you thought about researching your own practice, does it frighten you, is it important- is action research the same as reflection.
Out of comfort zone. Teachers hate to be criticised even by yourself.
Teachers as learners.

• What is action research
• Why do it
• Getting started
• Examples and our action research journey
• benefits
• templates

Action research is a recognised as a rigorous research methodology which can greatly enhance the professional learning of teachers as they study their own practice so that it has impact on student learning and raise levels of achievement.
Action research is conducted by teachers, not merely on teachers by researchers. It involves inquiry into one’s own practice through a cyclical process involving planning, acting, observing and reflecting.
In this workshop
  • We will share current research on action learning and provide examples of methodology for implementation.
  • We will work through the steps and processes used in an action research study and follow one teacher’s journey showing how modification of her practice, using this research method, addressed some of the learning needs and styles of 21st century students.
  • We will share the outcomes of this study and the impact it had on the teacher and the students, and how the integration of technologies is an absolutely essential aspect of teacher practice if we hope to engage 21st century learners.
  • We will discuss the importance of upskilling ourselves as teachers. If we are not going to change our practice to incorporate technologies, we are not going to engage these 21st century learners.
  • We will provide templates and offer ongoing support for teachers who wish to engage in a study of this kind.