Computer Science 4 High Schools – welcome session

Purpose of CS4HS

  • vision for teaching
  • specific ideas for new standard
  • peer support
  • networking
  • refreshment

Environment

  • respectful safe environment
  • ow to work with what we’ve got
  • encourage and build each other up
  • presenters are volunteers
  • no question is too simple

Why CS4HS?

  • students don’t know what C is
  • employers can’t meet demand
  • best jobs – conditions, prospects
  • students need to find if its for them
  • not previously taught in schools

Teachers are the Lynchpin!!

Paper: Adoption of CS in NZ High Schools

NZACDITT Computing at School / Computer Science Teachers Assn – csta.acm.org

Binary Exercise – 10110 = 22 (was someones birthday!)

Student Story – Hayley van Waas @hayleyavw

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Challenging my teaching #hackyrclass

My first blog post on #hackyrclass – setting the scene received a tweet from @NZPEteacher asking me what my end goal is by hacking my classroom.

I have had a bit of a think about this and to be quite honest I started without having concrete, clear goals in mind. It came out of reading people’s posts and chatting with a couple of other teachers at school and the boredom that I felt with teaching the way I was.

We, predominately, use a paper workbook (that we have created as a department) and a range of individual, pair and group activities based around a Health issue / unit. I guess a lot of the content is teacher driven and involves a lot of the teacher on the stage. I have gotten bored with teaching like this and I think with what Claire Amos and everyone else involved in #hackyrclass is attempting made me feel “safe” to try something different. I have put safe in quotes as it isn’t exactly safe changing it up like teachers all over the country are with #hackyrclass but it has given me the push to step outside my comfort zone!

Coming back to the end goal, so I thought with me getting bored I am sure the students are, so I am hoping for more engagement. I am actually seeing this from most students already. I also probably need to say that a goal is that they learn what they need to about Drug Education, so as I fill the requirements of meeting the curriculum. I will need to look at this closer though. Others goals that I hope to see are higher order thinking and learning happening that is worthwhile and authentic. Getting completely away from students just filling in pages in a workbook.

I haven’t been doing much planning for the lessons. I have a loose idea of the outline for a lesson but not much structure. I think this allows for me to be more flexible and means that students are not constrained by my thinking. This isn’t the best for all students though, as some do need structure. During the lesson I am dealing with this by checking in with groups and those that are stuck or aren’t doing much I have a chat with and guide them to a point where they are keen to keep exploring ideas.

One thing I am thinking about doing, as I suggested to the class when we were discussing growth mindset, that I should let other staff in the school know what I was doing and invite them to come and visit! This rather petrifies me – so might be a good idea to run with it? I would be interested to know what others think about this idea?

where it happens

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Traffic light self assessment system – geddit?!

I’ve just found this site – http://letsgeddit.com/ – that seems a good tech replacement for the old traffic light paper system. A few year ago when I was teaching Year 11 Physical Education and anatomy and biomechanics, another teacher introduced me to using the traffic light system. You would have a sheet with terms or questions on one side and a column on the other and students needed to colour the empty column in with the colour that reflected how well they understood the term or question – e.g. red if the didn’t at all, green if they were sweet with it.

I am no longer teaching anatomy or Y11 PE but I straight away thought I could use this in Digital Technology, firstly with my juniors learning Scratch – to get a quick gauge of those that have used it before or not. And as we progress through the teaching and learning, checking in with where they are at with understanding Scratch as well as where they are at with their project. Oh I think this could work quite well. And with seniors learning HTML and programming etc.

Here is the page on how to get started – http://letsgeddit.com/public/articles/how-do-I-run-my-first-lesson.

I will have to have a bit more of a think about how to use in Physical Education and Health.

Have you come across geddit? How do you use it?

Keen to hear what other people are using – do you use something similar? If so, what and how?

geddit

PE Geek workshop @ WGC

iPads in PE

Wednesday 16 April, PE Geek Workshop @ Wellington Girls’ College

I have been following Jarrod Robinson (The PE Geek – @mrrobbo) for quite a long time now and have used a lot of his apps and I have always been envious when he has posted information about workshops that he will be delivering somewhere around the world.

And then last year I think I replied to one of his tweets and asked when he would be coming to Aotearoa / New Zealand. What grew from that tweet cumulated in him being at Wellington Girls’ College today and running his iPads in PE workshop!

It was a fantastic workshop. I think I am pretty confident using my iPad and I still got heaps out of workshop. It was great being able to have the time to explore and play and have a expert leading that. It was especially worthwhile with it being focused on PE as there was consistent examples of how to apply uses of apps in practical and theory lessons.

It was hands on – which probably goes without saying with it being a workshop on iPads – but it was hands on it that the activities had been designed in such a way that they were directly relevant to what we as teachers do every day.

There were about 30 people that attended the workshop and some as far away as Napier and Taranaki – how cool is that!

I am excited to use more and more of these apps in class to augment my teaching and the learning of my students. We live in a world of technology – our students even more so –  and we can utilise the power of technology to enhance our teaching. And make it even more fun!

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Below is a list  of apps (and some notes) we had a look at in the workshop. Some that stood out for me were Three Ring, Bingo Baker (website not app), Book Creator, Video Tagger and the games – Bit Breaker, Pop Flux (will be finding more of those!).

Here is a link to the PDF of the book I created during the workshop using Book Creator. And here is the link to the epub version – open it in iBooks.

What apps do you use in your teaching and how do you use them?


Socrative

Questions: kms from venue, what  people are teaching at the moment, what devices do your students have access to, what do you have access to, what are the limitations to using technology in classes True / False box: reliable wifi in gym / where teach, do you have a permanent data projector in your practical teaching space. Students voting on what they think is the best answer, take screenshot to record into book.

Bit Breaker

Activity game app – could use in the Year 9 Fitness unit

Book Creator

Creating a book to document what we do today. Use in PE, take photos of what students are doing, skills. Selfie photo to add to cover of book. Use of video in book for workshop introduction. PE Geek post on using this app – Multimedia Rich Portfolios & PE

Bam Video Delay

How to use – high jump, 20 sec delay, front on, side on / any skill performance / task card  at base of tripod, providing feedback for what they do. Could use to record soccer game – 2 min delay, while team is sitting out, can watch video delay. Can do frame by frame and slow it down within the delay. Doesn’t save the videos. (add in screen shot of x4 to book when get app) Where can we get a tripod?

Coach’s Eye

Softball video. Some things have to pay for. Easier to get video out of. Example in session – arms different actions. Compare 2 videos, get to same point and link with button. Link a golf swing, point of contact, volleyball serves. Pete from St Oran’s uses for AS 3.2 with a tennis serve – elite for student. Recording of what seeing on screen. Can record, will record sound, and playing the video plus drawing over the top.

Tube Downloader

Download a video you want to put into Coach’s Eye. Can also use to download videos if you are going somewhere where wifi might be poor.

SloPro

Goes as slow as 1000 fps, 500 fps best. For certain things can get good information. Can do a lot of things to isolate a skill, show, talk through it.

Video Tagger

4 screens, medium, 2 sec lead in and out time. Lead in and lead out – 2 secs before the tap and 2 secs after the tap. Could get non-participants to use to record class. Can have up to 6 tags on screen. Use of 2 or 4 better. Show compilation of tagged video to students to show good and not so good skills / behaviour. Can also import video in that you have already taken. Use of students names.

i-nigma

QR scanner – very quick. Link to a reflection questions – random questions. Lots of PE applications – video, websites, photos, task cards.

Result Tracker

Add people, activities, add new result. Example activity – stork test – data information. Reaction Test. And Pop Flux.

Pop Flux

Pop the bubbles and dodge the bombs! Cool!

ACTIVE APPS

Zumba Dance $$ – Could use as a warm up. Have part of the Year 9 Fitness unit.
Fuego’s Adventure $$
Virtual Active – free app

CoachNote

Players, balls, invasion games, setting up of gym with cones etc, layout. Could use for relief. Give direction for a game, go over rules, boundaries etc.

If LED for HD

Simple app, Jarrod uses a lot. Could use at start of the lesson

Live Heart Rate Tracking

thepegeek.com/polar, can connect to smart phones / devices. Works with Polar Team app. 1 is $60, can buy

Polar Team – Free app, lets you track up to 40 people at a time.

Easy Assessment

Rubrics, videos, photos. Example – paper plane rubric. Can take videos and then do grading with rubric later on when watching the video.

AverageAsianDude –  www.thepegeek.com/dancevids

Dance Vids – Kung Fu fighting, Eye of the Tiger – could use in Dance or Fitness units.

Fitness Blender – www.fitnessblender.com

Use in Year 9 Fitness unit.

Three Ring

Free, great for assessment, very powerful. Is all cloud based. Like this, especially with being able to upload photos and videos to the cloud.

Could use for 12SPRT, Social Responsibility, video / photo / and notes records for over the whole year. Great evidence. Can give access for students to view theirs, as well as giving access to parents.

PE Apps Bingo – Bingo Baker

QR code to site – bingobaker.com

Endomondo – GPS tracking device -www.thepegeek.com/endomondo

SprintTimer – thepegeek.com/photofinish – have to be at a height

Webscorer Race Timer – thepegeek.com/webscorer

Cardiograph – thepegeek.com/cardio

Jump It – thepegeek.com/jumpit

Virtual Heart thepegeek.com/virtualheart

SnappyCam thepegeek.com/snappy

Bleep Test Prothepegeek.com/bleep

 

 

 

 

My Goals for 2014

Goal 1: integration of student BYOD devices into learning activities in Year 9 Health with student choice of what, when and how to support their own learning.
This has started well and isn’t too stressful as only have one health lesson a week! And nearly every student has their own device and we have enough laptops in PE to be able to cover those that don’t or might forget. The one issue that I have come across so far is students on tablets, particularly iPads and them not working so well with Google Apps.

Goal 2: to work closely with HFT to consolidate the Level 2 Digital Technology programme with the aim to increase student numbers at L2 and strive to be given a L1 DT course in 2015.
Working well with new assistant HOD so far!

Goal 3: learn Python so can teach effectively and engage students in this learning area.
Starting this soon by doing the Canterbury University COCS121 paper! Will be a busy semester!

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…

byod

“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!

planning

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.

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