Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fire Engines and Praying Mantis




I dropped in on Room 3 at Northcote Primary last week. They have been learning about their community and the different jobs everyone has "because no one person can be an expert at everything." (wise words from Room 3). You can read all about this class of New Entrants and their learning adventures on their blog.
I particularly enjoyed their drawings of the Fire Engines and they have kindly shared some with me.


The slideshare, with drawings that have been completed this term, reflects the changing confidence and attention to detail that the students have developed over time. Some of the students have been at school less than a term so their teacher, Mrs Rennie-Younger, is very proud of them. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us Room 3.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"It's on the wiki!"


I seem to be 'saying' and 'seeing' this more and more lately (Rachel says it warrents a tshirt ...lol). But fair dues to the wiki...it has been an amazing environment to support learning, for me over the past 2 years as a facilitator, and I know if I was in a classroom full time it would be number 1 on my hit parade. The ability to organise and share is not only a great way to connect and support learning programmes but gives both freedom, speed and creativity to my work flow.

Some featured wikis in our cluster include -Miss Gamby's wiki and Room12
Felicity (yr 1-2)and Jo (yr 5-6) at Northcote Primary are using their class wikis to enable students to access online resources to support current classroom learning and share this with home. Sometimes it can be challenging for the younger students to navigate and these wikis are a useful way for teachers to organise resources and improve access for students.

Charlotte and Nicola from Sunnybrae have used del.icio.us in a similar way to group learning objects for their senior students to access which has worked successfully. Rachel from Nelson Central has also simplified this for her 6 year olds by linking from individual graphics on their wiki to del.icio.us tags. Let me know if you have any other wiki solutions.