Brief Reflection on PBL unit – What matters most…

Have students look at Creative commons – students used lots of images, and some music and videos – need to make sure they are aware of copyright. this should be something that our schools DC should cover in the future, so they should have some knowledge of it beforehand.

Some structure would be good for some students. More time, start in term 3.

ACTION!! have the project so the students are making an action or encouraging an action.
Actually have a fix? Or encourage people to do something to fix the issue.

Students that want to make videos either say they have to have the software on their computers or find a good alternative or say they can’t, have to chose something else.


2013 Reflections

A bit of a reflection on what I got up to in 2013.

Professional goals –

Goal 1: to continue to develop my own learning of how to use Moodle so that I can support teachers in creating asynchronous learning opportunities.

Definitely did this well in 2013. I attended the NZ Moodlemoot in Hamilton in the April holidays. I took the Moodlebites for Course Designers 8 week online course. Attended the online iMoot conference – looking forward to the next one of these, great learning from all over the world. And I also was a participant in the Learn Moodle MOOC.

I have worked with a lot of staff over the year to help them implement their teaching and learning ideas using Moodle.

In 2014 I am looking forward to working with Moodle 2.6 (as we upgraded at the end of 2013) and using badges! However, I know that I need to work on looking at the effective pedagogy and not just getting focused on giving out badges just for the sake of it. I am planning on trying to have our Year 9 Health content all online and not using a paper workbook. I have been collecting information about learning and instructional design plus gamification to help me with this, as I also want to make the Health content more engaging.

Goal 2: develop and implement a Project Based Learning unit for Year 10 Shaping Up (Inner Beauty? Lets get real!) that helps develop critical thinking.

The unit ended up being called ‘What Matters Most…is what you think of yourself’ – shortened to What Matters Most (see previous posts) It was a huge step out of my comfort zone with my teaching and took a lot of time to set up but so worth the effort!! I am planning on using it again this year with some changes to it following great feedback my students and I received. I will think about how I might be able to do something similar with other units in our junior health courses this year.

Goal 3: learn and use iPad as a effective teaching and learning tool in Physical Education.

This didn’t really happen last year. This maybe due to not having enough iPads or not putting the time aside to think about how to use them effectively in class. What I did get happening in my Year 9 class was students using their own devices more for the creation of content. I would like to build on this in 2014.

What I have done in 2013 is used the iPad for my own uses very effectively. I find some of the apps on it great for planning and I have reduced down the amount of paper I use.

Ideas for 2014

With my senior Year 12 Sports Studies class I would really like to utilise Google Apps a lot more, particularly to make it easier for them to record information. For Social Responsibility, I would like to set up a form for them to enter in their reflections and have something like a rating system, so it is really easy for them to do, so they can do it on their phone for example and it collates it all.

I would also like to use Google Apps for all of the written assessments as I think this made a difference to my ability to give constructive and timely feedback. I don’t think all the students particularly like it but I think overall it was more effective then a written report on paper.

For Digital Technology, I am planning on using Scratch in 9DT. I would like to have two topics, one on computer science – ie Scratch, and the other on digital media – which I think I will stick with Photoshop and Pixlr and have the students creating a digital poster. What I need to work on is creating units where the students have stakeholders outside of the classroom.

Then there is Year 12 Digital Technology! There will be lots of learning going on with this, php, MySQL, programming, Python!!

So, roll on 2014 and the joys that it is going to provide!

Feedback please! What Matters Most – Project Based Learning unit

Your feedback please! (Feedback from students welcome!)

My students are down to the business end of the their project based learning project (see previous posts)! They have (pretty) much completed them and are looking for feedback from a range of audiences. So, if you have a spare minute or ten my students and I would greatly appreciate any constructive feedback.

There are six projects below so far. (Note: looking to reflect on this by Monday 2nd December)

1. What Matters Most- The message young girls need to receive

2. Our Health Project

Our Health Project

3. What is true beauty?

4. Health and Beauty


5. What Matters Most

Beauty and Health Poster

6. “How can we help the next generation…”


Week 2: What matters most – PBL project! Started!!

I am sitting in class with my Year 10’s and it is the second lesson of the project based learning unit that I have developed for them. Here is the Google Doc outlining the project.

They all seemed pretty engaged in it and I have made a Google Form so they can keep me informed of their progress.

Some ideas that I have heard so far is coming up with a Twitter campaign, making a mash up of interviews of male celebrities highlighting how they are always asked questions about what do they look for in a girlfriend. Putting posters up down Lambton Quay outlining what is wrong with the beauty industry and how it can be fixed.

So, I am sitting here in class and getting quite excited about what is happening in class! Haven’t felt like this for awhile – exciting! I am looking forward to seeing what is created and what learning happens – I have high hopes!

What matters most – Project Based Learning unit

I have been thinking about creating a project based learning unit for quite awhile. I decided that this year it would be one of my goals to create a PBL unit for the unit we have called Shaping Up – it is about body image, nutrition, self-esteem, media etc. I kind of felt that a lot of the issues in this are really important and that I didn’t want to continue standing up the front going through power points, showing videos and getting students to write in the workbooks. I guess also I was kind of bored with it – it was exciting to teach. And this year I have a fantastic Year 10 class so feel really confident about trailing this with them.

Through my Twitter PLN I came across people who have been creating their own PBL units (@MissDSciTeacher@catwooller) and people who tweet useful links with regard to body image and the media (@WellsChristine). This has meant that I have been able to gather resources both on how to create / develop a PBL unit and body image, media etc. I also connected with Alex Perry (@alleyperry) and will use a resource she created for assessing key competencies – as I didn’t want to asses the outcome of the projects.

So, here is my first attempt at creating a PBL unit. I would love people to have a look and give me some feedback – What Matters Most Project – Google Doc. Good or bad, all is welcome, please leave comments.

Other links that have been useful: