First day of 2014 – Teacher Only PD

School goals – Suzanne and Penny

2014 Annual Plan 

Annual Plan PDF / PPT presentation – start working on one SMART goal of your own

SMART goal planning – 1 Goal from Schools goals
1. Our learning pedagogy
——– 2. to be at the forefront of quality teaching and learning
————— to extend the use of BYOD within our anytime / anywhere learning environment

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.

The above is from my 2013 Reflections post. I will endeavor to turn it into a SMART goal.

Alex Perry on BYOD

BYOD in YOUR Learning Environment – Prezi

Small part of e-learning.

Different models of BYOD you could try…


“You will use a digital tool to ……..” / Try to embed into my lessons learning activities.

Not knowing or being confident using BYOD yourself can help you build connections and relationships with the students who help you learn!


Know what devices your students are using. Google form that Alex has created to gather this information (Student Devices Survey).

Term 1 – Alex was quite controlled, was clear about what were and weren’t allowed to do. Had to ask if they were able to record things. Y10 though, gave them free range to start with. Have discussions with students about what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour with use of BYOD.

Good blog post for Classroom of BYOD Management.

Setting up the BYOD behaviours with your class

BYOD bevhaiours

Make it clear that your expectations will be different to expectations in other classes with other teachers.

Get students using their devices to support learning and achievement – e.g. reminders, homework. Note on board – could you use your device for this? easier, better.

using devices

Good ideas from Prezie – Tools for Self-Management / Capturing and accessing learning artifacts / Tools for student collaboration / Tools for creating.

Next year maybe their maybe an app on the stationary list for students to purchase?

BYOD Resources folder with resources for teachers to use to help implement using BYOD in the classroom.

Points to consider when setting up tasks:

blended learning

There was some discussion around the use of WGC4me (our school Moodle site), and that to use it really well then something had to change or be different – for it to be dynamic rather then static. How could you implement this?

One image from Alex’s presentation that I really like is the one below. I am going to work with my Year 9 Health class on the second row as I would really like to embed the use of BYOD.

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 1.59.02 PM


Content Curation Tools

Awhile ago I was asked to do a presentation for our schools Wine & Pedagogy pd sessions. These session were set up as an informal way for staff to share cool things with other staff. We have had some great sessions this year, including the first student presentation to staff.

I thought it would be useful to run people through what content curation is and why they might like to use a tool. So, below is my presentation. I have just work through different tools that I have used and there are some examples of how teachers in school have used some as well.

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:

Pasifika Education – It’s a shared responsibility

Pasifika Education Plan Presentation

Our staff meeting today was a presentation from Anton Carter, who is the Programme Manager for the Pasifika Unit from the Ministry of Education. 

Below are links to the MOE pages and plan:

MOE Pasifika EducationPasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 page

Pasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 pdf

A couple of things that stood out for me were:

“New Zealand’s education system must work better for Pasifika Learners”

And the five focus areas –

  1. Parents, Families and Communities
  2. Early Learning
  3. Schooling – geting NCEA Level 2
  4. Tertiary – completion
  5. Education Sector-Wide

The plan seems quite comprehensive and it will be exciting to see how we can implement the Schooling aspect of it.

Another bit that stood out for me were these comments:

English is a mechanism to connect knowledge, rather than being the most important language.

“Your a genius because you can speak two languages.”

“Student tested in English, poor result, tested in Tongan, off the chart.”

Other resources:

Talanoa Ako: Pacific Education Talk link to site

Talanoa Ako July 2013.pdf – the Pasifika education newsletter.

Down the Back of the Chair – MOE Resource Catalouge for books

Individual Education Plans – TKI

Effective teaching for Pasifika students – TKI MOE

Effective governance – Supporting Pasifika success – BOT resource

Engaging with Pasifika parents, families & communities – media gallery

Quote from Anton’s presentation:

O tu, aganu’u, ma aga’ifanua a le tamaititi o le a le mafai ona ulufale atu i le potuaoga;
sei vagana ua fa’atauaina ma fa’aulufaleina muamua i le loto ma le agaga o le faiaoga.

The culture of the child cannot enter the classroom until it has first entered the heart and consciousness of the teacher.