Monday, 8 June 2020

The Manaiakalani Kawa of Care

Being Cybersmart
The Manaiakalani  Kawa of Care has been co-constructed between schools and whānau. This agreement covers the responsibilities of students, parents and schools. It ensures that students will get the best use of their device during their time on the programme, and that schools and families understand how they can best care for the devices.  

Being Cybersmart provides an authentic context for our young people to connect with  the elements of the Kawa of Care as a lived experience.  

Cybersmart learning is designed to engage our young people in online behaviour and thinking that elevates positive actions and the use of positive language, digital media and texts. 

How are you empowering your learners to connect with elements of the Kawa of Care and responsible use agreement? 

We recommend teachers take time to familiarise themselves with the Kawa of Care and identify how best they can empower their learners to make connections with  being Cybersmart.  
  • Take time to familiarise yourself with the elements of the Kawa of Care of your school or cluster.

  • Be cognisant of the vocabulary you are using to describe being a cybersmart learner e.g.

  • Be consistent when using cybersmart vocabulary and empower your learners to do the same.
  • Focus on elevating the positive i.e. korero that describes/highlights what we would see and hear from cybersmart learners.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Create to Learn

Manaiakalani Class OnAir connects audiences with the Manaiakalani pedagogy, Learn-Create-Share by offering an authentic window into the classroom. From learning design and lessons on demand, plus teacher reflections and learners' blogs, the Manaiakalani Class OnAir site provides a unique perspective beyond that of a classroom visit.

Listening to Manaiakalani Class OnAir teachers, Charlotte Gaston and Clarelle Carruthers yesterday, I was reminded of John Dewey's quote from our Create to Learn Staff meeting last year.

Additionally the opportunities to collaborate and share, and how this is planned for and practiced, have been generously shared during this Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu Meet and via the Class OnAir Site.

Each episode includes an extended plan, lesson video, learning content, teacher reflection and learner generated content.

Thanks to Charlotte, Clarelle and all the teachers who have contributed to the site. Highly recommend taking some time out to explore using the new navigation links that have been added to the home page.... Thanks to Anne Sinclair and Matt Goodwin for curating.

All On Air Teachers' pages include links to their learners' blogs and I encourage everyone who visits to take some time to comment.

Yesterday's recording is available on demand including links to the Manaiakalani Class OnAir site.

Look out for further Meets later this term including Secondary and Te Reo Māori.

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu Teacher Meet May 13th 2020

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Side by Side Images in Blogger

Small images can be placed side by side in a blog post (see above). However when the image size is increased it can help to use an invisible table to position your images side by side (see below).

The following html adds an invisible table in your blog post to position two images side by side.

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Check out this episode Getting Geeky with Blogger for more tips

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Interactive Poster for a Blog Post

Using a Google Slide to create an interactive poster for our Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu Teacher Meet today. Content can be included in the poster that remains interactive when you embed in your blog e.g. hyperlinks, sound files and video.
Instructions to create and share

View all episodes OnDemand including Getting Geeky with Blogger

Tip: Blog posts with a Google Slide only embedded, do not display preview images in a feed e.g. Blog gadgets, featured post, Twitter Feed. Including an image in the post will make it stand out in a feed. Insert an image from your slide at the end of the post so it is picked up in a feed. See example below.

Blog Gadget includes image preview

Difference between posts with images and without

Friday, 1 May 2020

Shout Out - Connected Learners Share

Manaiakalani Mail Out Term 2 Week 3
This week I invited educators from across our communities of learning to shout out and shine a light on a Blogger.

Based on the numbers from our Twitter feeds we barely broke the surface.

Catch Up On Demand and explore the links to some awesome blog posts, from our young people sharing their learning to some inspiring teachers reflecting on their experiences teaching online.

Show these bloggers some  ❤️ and leave a comment.
Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu 

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Harnessing the power of blogging to learn, create and share

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu
Over the past three summers The Summer Learning Journey has provided clear evidence of the significant, positive effect that sustained blogging over summer can have on the writing and reading ability of our young people.

During this week's Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu Meet teachers shared individual blogging programmes they have designed to support their learners to continue harnessing the power of blogging to learn create share in the school holidays throughout the year.

How have they engaged their learners, kept it manageable and continued to encourage their students to keep blogging?

Thanks to Jo Earl, Danni Stone, Kiriwai Tapuke, Robyn Anderson, Clarelle Carruthers and Matt Goodwin

Watch on-demand plus connect with these awesome educators and access links to their blogging resources.

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu Teacher Meet April 22nd

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Google Meet - Enabling Screen Capture Mode

With 6,000,000+ users Google Meet Grid View has certainly become the must have extension for those of us using Google Meet to support distance learning.

Significantly the extension has been developed by a New Orleans teacher for his school and generously shared. To see this extension continued to be refined over the past few weeks is greatly appreciated.

Last week an update to Google Meet Grid View  included Enable Screen Capture Mode.

I recognise this as a smart feature. When active this presents your Meet Grid View at its best for capturing the screen. For example, if you are wanting a screen grab to share publicly.

Significantly this feature disables the names of all Meet participants. Why is this smart?

Consider the huge number of individual Meet Grid View screen grabs shared in both digital and print media in the past few weeks. Many of these screen grabs include groups of students with their full names on display, shared extensively on multiple platforms from Twitter to one of our our national newspapers!

When hosting a Google Meet, especially with large numbers, having names displayed during your Meet is very helpful and a must have feature.

However if you plan to take a screen grab (either still or video) for reuse, especially if your Meet participants are students, select Enable Screen Capture Mode first.  Not only does this disable names it also forces the Grid View to best display for capture.

Whenever and wherever we share online it's personal, visible and amplified. It is personal because we are sharing information about ourselves.  Creating a positive digital footprint means learning to make smart decisions about what personal information we share and what personal information we keep private.  Manaiakalani Smart Footprint

A shout out to Angela Moala who posted this on her blog prior to Enable Screen Capture Mode being added to Meet Grid View. Awesome example of being Cybersmart... thank you Angela! - Distance Learning: Friday Spelling Test

Enable Screen Capture Mode activated - thank you Tamaki Primary whānau for demonstrating.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

....and that was a SLAM!

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu 
Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu Teacher Meets have been a regular weekly connect for teachers while we have been in lockdown. With a short turnaround due to the Easter break, this week's Meet was an open invitation to contribute to a SLAM. 

First up a SLAM is designed to be a fun and collaborative opportunity to share. Participants had a maximum of 1 minute to share an inspirational idea, strategy or a tool they've tried! 

The SLAM Slide Deck plus a recording of the Meet and Chat are shared on the Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu web page. 

Shout out to all the teachers who contributed. Check out their contributions and connect with them via their blogs,  linked on the SLAM Slide deck.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu 2020 - Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai

Room 5 @ Ruapotaka School
Spotted @ School this week 

Room 5 @ Ruapotaka School share some of their favourite posts from one of their
Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu team's blog Ruaumoko @ Makara School

Spotlight on Google Hangouts Meet, one of the Apps available in GSuite. I encourage you all to explore how you might harness Google Meet to turbo charge learning in your practice. This week's update includes recommendations for getting started.

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu Weekly Tips