Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Year 5-8 Open Day

1:1 at OLA ... Our journey so far


Today we held an open day for parents to come in and see the teaching and learning programmes in Year 5 - 8.

We are really proud of the programmes that are in place and excited to share the learning. We are very thankful for the support we have received from the Greater Christchurch Schools Network which has afforded this opportunity to our school community and we are very thankful to our parent community for getting in behind us and supporting this project. I have tried to capture the essence of today's presentation in this post for those of you who were unable to make it. 


                                      

What has changed?

- All our Year 5 - 8 students have a a google account under the domain name ola.school.nz  they all have logins to their very own google drive.
- Students are using GAFE (Google apps for Education) - google docs, sheets, slides, forms...etc 
- all work is stored in the cloud.
- teachers use Hapara teacher Dashboard to manage all the files (this is like being able to peer into your child's desk and look at all their books from your laptop - a great tool).
- students can collaborate more easily on documents and get peer feedback or feedback from their teachers on work as they are completing it.
- Flipped classrooms - we are exploring ways of using flipped learning in our rooms. Students receive a link to a video clip about lessons that will take place in the next week. They get to watch the video and have the benefit of knowing what it is they are learning prior to the lesson. The teacher then will offer the lesson - some students may decide they don't need to go to the workshop/ lesson as they feel they have a good understanding of the concept - others may want a little more reinforcement and will attend the session. At all times this is monitored and guided by the teacher as facilitator of learning.
- Collaborative teaching - we are exploring other modern learning practices such as collaborative teaching where teachers work together in different ways to meet the needs of the students in the classes. As we learn more about this we will keep you informed.
- We are trying to increase Learner Agency (students having more control and choice over their learning) as research tells us that an increase in Learner Agency leads to higher student engagement.

What hasn't changed?

- Our passion for teaching and learning. We have  teachers working in our classes who are extremely passionate about teaching and learning using digital technologies. I feel privileged to work alongside them. 
- We still teach Reading, Writing and Maths in flexible groups. This will not change - teachers will still continue to facilitate learning in this way. 
- We are still using Maths books - this is working well.
- We still teach handwriting and formation of letters up until Year 4.


Questions

How will it work for next Year's year 5 students as they move into classes with student who are already way down the track with learning using GAFE tools?
We are ensuring that all 2015 year 4 students have had experience using google drive by the end of 2015. They all have logins now and are becoming adept at using these.

Handwriting? We still teach handwriting and letter formation up until Year 4. Year 5 -8 students do use pen and paper from time to time.

Screen Time? We monitor screen time. Students are not working on screens all day long. No computers at morning tea and lunch time. This won't change. Students work with teachers in flexible groups and this is not always on screens.

There will always be other questions and we are more than happy to try to answer them - take a leap and leave a comment - we are keen to hear from you!


Thanks

Jo




2 comments:

Ginny Lovrich said...

Hi Jo well done. We have made so much progress in such a short time. Hats off to you and your staff and the children for and adopting it all so quickly. It was fantastic to see not only the children fired up and engaged in learning but also the teachers buzzing with new ideas. Welcome to chrome books year 4 parents. There will be no regrets. A truly worthwhile investment.

Korina said...

Very informative. It was great to see it in action in the classroom.
Keep up the great work.