People, People, People

Saturday was my third #EduCampAKL and well worth the caffeine fuelled  drive up from Hamilton to Epsom Girls Grammar School. There were lots of new faces, plenty of familiar ones and a few online friends that it was great to meet face to face for the first time.

Full House at Epsom Girls Grammar School

It was a full house, populated by eager teachers/learners who saw the value in giving up their free time to connect with like minded colleagues from across the education sectors.  It was a day to further our understandings of third millenium pedagogy and the new tools that might be used to engage students and promote effective learning.

PD is often seen as something that is done to teachers (not always the case IMHO) but EduCamps/Barcamps are different. There are no reluctant participants; everyone who is there wants to be there. Twitter once again proved itself the WD40 of social oils and made it ridiculously easy to slip into conversations with strangers previously met online.

Ultimately though, the day was about people*. People sharing and discussing their thoughts, their successes, their pitfalls and reflections. A group of likeminded educators all willing to join with others to connect and collaborate. I wondered again what it would be like to work in a learning environment surrounded by these people.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

Next… EduCampBOP …see you there!

 

*and I got a choccy fish :-)

 

Paperless Day

I signed up for paperless day (April 22), but sadly wasn’t in class.  I kept my side of the bargain and my co-teacher ran a paperless programme for the day (and I most of the next day).

Students are busy working on movies, slideshows and blog entries about their day ( they’ll appear on the class blog), but here’s a taster of what Room 13 did.  Made entirely in Google’s Picasa with a soundtrack created in Aviary’s Myna audio editor.

teachernz-and-face-b

Hovering

Hoverfly2
A Hoverfly*

So, enough hovering.  Here’s where I’ll set up a portal for other teachers at school.

I’ll post links to software, sites and other items of interest and reflect on some of the things that have worked well for me in class and others that haven’t been so successful.

There are heaps of teacher/class blogs and wiki out there that I’ll add as links, but I’d like to think that colleagues at school will be more likely to try new things ICT if they know that this is my space and that they can discuss things with me if they want to.

I could introduce them to Twitter instead. I’ve been making class web sites and blogs since 2001, but always in isolation, an island entire.  Now, via Twitter, I’m learning from others again!  For years I’ve been the guru that people have come to for ICT help, but today I’m getting help myself from ethereal colleagues.  It feels good.

*Hoverfly “painted” in Artrage 2.5 – some post work (copy and flip the wing) in Paint.net

Next Year

I need to think about how I’m going to set things up for next year…

  • Adding Live Writer to all the class computers for children to post to glenview9
  • Rearranging the physical layout of the classroom
  • Introducing PBWiki in term one or even during meet the teacher at the end of term four
  • Publicizing the blog and wiki to parents (and the school community) and encouraging comments and participation
  • Integrating it all into the classroom and replacing some of the bookwork children do
  • and…???

Where to start? I’ve hovered around the fringes of Web 2.0 for the past few years dipping my toes in the water here and there – time to jump in.

What now?

So.. back at school for nearly two weeks now and what have I done? Not a lot. I just can’t see a way to fit it all in and meet the requirements of “if it’s not on paper it’s not real”.