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Think Outside the Box

I have been off sick today and have resisted the urge to write new plans for next week. I have however become very bored and decided to try and set outlook up to check all of my email addresses. Well what a nightmare, who would have thought this would take so long. Turns out Telecom has blocked the port I was trying to access their outgoing server on so all sorted now.

It did make me think though how would the children in my class cope when faced with something they couldn't solve by using the help files in the program, how would they know to ask the question in a different way. I think it illustrates the importance of getting children to think of different ways to solve problems and find information. I use many thinking tools and teach many thinking skills in my classroom because I believe children need to learn how to look outside the box. However I don't often relate it back to real life, we have an opportunity as teachers today to help children learn how to do this and to c…

Artists in the Making

Another thing we started today was a team artwork. I show the children this video and talked about how we could do this in our classroom. I found this video linked from another blog, I can't remember who's it was, if it was yours please let me know and I'll credit the find to you :)

I'll keep you posted on our progress. I'm looking forward to what the children in my class come up with.

Another way of getting it done...

This blog started off with a couple of quick easy posts, since it was the holidays I was keen to get as much on here as I could. Now that the school term has started I'm not sure when or how often I will find the time to post on here.

Anyway my reason for my post today is because I have had such a great day with my students using the technology we have left after yet another burgulary. To cut a long story short I don't have a projector to use anymore.

We made do showing videos using our xtendas and all pressing play at the same time, I haven't done that for a long time! We are in the middle of a unit called 'Getting Around' that is foused on maritime history and exploration. I wanted to show the children what it would be like if a boat they were on sunk. So we watched this video using the method described above. It went perfectly. I didn't think I'd be able to sort out a way of showing all the videos I had found over the holidays but this works just as well…

More on Video

I've been having a look around at ideas on how to use vidoe on the web and in other areas of the classroom.  Mark treadwell reviewed this website that has a wealth of information on using video on the web.  I think I'll be using the field trip one when we go on our trip to the Maritime museum next term.  I plan on using it to help the children to talk about their experienes during the trip (we are going in on the train).  If you're new to video adobe have a great intro to digital video, obviously adobe products are mentioned here but there are many others out there :).  I was impressed with the amount of data they have available on there when they showed it at their roadshow recently.Well I'm off to keep warm in this cray weather hitting Auckland at the moment.  Have fun :)

First Post

Well after my welcome this will be my first post to my new blog. I intend to post ideas here that I'm using or planning to use in my classroom.

So lets get to it...

I've been working on Digital / E - Portfolios for the last two years with mixed success. Somethig I have found really powerful for the children I have taugtht recently is video, they love being in front of the camera. We've done videos on their oral presentations or speeches, group projects, them playing music during a music lesson.

We've also done term by term reflections using PMI as a starting point. It is interesting to see them really think about what they have achieved over the last ten weeks, and well worth a trial in any classroom. Towards the end of each term we (student, teacher and parents) set goals according to areas of need with each student. I use the SMART method to help them to set goals that can actually be achieved rather than just I'm going to improve my reading. When we relfect at the …