In2edu I.C.T. Resources Enhancing Education & Learning

Visible Learning in a 1:1 Class

See it, know it!
These are words that summarise my focus for 2014. An expedition in visible learning. I will have a Year 5 class with 1:1 devices and we (teacher and pupils) are the second year of my 1:1 implementation journey. After twenty years specialising in ICT training I went back into the class in 2013. As 2013 progressed we implemented a range of online learning tools including: Google Docs, Spelling City, Study Ladder, ReadingEggs, ForallRubrics, Ultranet (our LMS- Learning Management System), we Skyped, setup blogs, participated in Quadblogging, used a range of computer based software, mixed in iPad use and more.
However, as time went on I realised that we needed to tie our learning together in a far more unified and visible way. So, as part of my reflection over the break I have been focusing on thinking through concepts of visible learning. From progressions that fit with with the NZ curriculum areas, especially in literacy (reading, writing etc.), Social Studies and the key competencies. Through these progressions and learning tools, I am looking to blend the pupils' 1:1 device learning in a way that differentiates learning, allows flipped class learning and gives a balance between offline and online learning activities.

Disasters: Flight, Freeze or Fight.

Disasters… belonging to Christchurch N.Z. means you know a little bit about earthquakes. Since September 4th 2010, at the time of writing we have had 10379 earthquakes, and as I wrote this another (3.9M and 5km deep) shook the house.. the biggest in a while. ( See for details.). So we decided to look into disasters in our school a little more. Click on the image above for the banner for our unit or here (to download get a free registration here). My I.C.T teaching and learning site has a rich inquiry topic based on this topic here.
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