A few ideas for organisation beyond a list
A colleague told me a few weeks ago that it’s not OK to run out of both milk and bread. You can run out of one or the other but not both. Which got me thinking. This is a problem. How does one remember not only to keep the weetbix juice flowing but also to have a backup plan in the form of vegemite holder and remember everything else we are meant to remember in our lives? How can I help my colleagues and my students organise not just what they have to do, but what they need to do first, how to look at big tasks and how to organise efficiently to get things done? Here are some ideas to help you keep track of those important things to do. both of these can be set up by one person and used collaboratively or used by individuals.
Creating a Flipped and differentiated lesson for students at a senior school level.
Having taught in various subjects at VCE (final year high school) level for 10 years, I can understand just how packed the curriculum is. So I started to explore the idea of giving students the content to learn at home. This in itself is not a new concept - flipped learning is become common place in many classrooms as teachers use things like iTunes U, Edmodo blogs and other solutions to get this happening. But often I found teachers working harder and not smarter, creating resources that already exist and reinventing the wheel. So in comes ted.ed. A site that allows you to use an existing video to build a lesson around.
How did I select the topic?
To be honest I picked what the students needed to know (essential concepts) that were boring or difficult. Why? By providing students with access to tricky content and a way they can engage with it prior to coming to class made sense when it came to maximising face to face contact time. In Ted.ed I could also set up a question/inquiry space so I knew what students were curious about prior to them coming to class. They could watch it numerous times, check their understanding using the quiz and know where we were going with the content.
To be honest I use a range of content delivery options. I have wikis, Schoology/Edmodo groups, Google sites and iBooks and iTunes U course to name a few for a variety of purposes. Ted.ed is another option for teachers to get their curriculum to the learners. In this case I picked it because;
Using Google Sites and Drive school wide.
Arriving at ENPS in late 2014 I was asked to think about how staff share curriculum and documents. Even in my first few weeks my inbox would quickly fill up with information from others that wanted to share it, and on occasions I had so many versions of files I was confused as to which one I was meant to be using! So what do you do when staff want to be connected, long to share documents and have been craving somewhere to share and store their goodies? You get Google site making.
To help staff access and use the ENPS Staff Hub I had to think creatively. You see I was not on hand to help them every time they had a request so I needed to support staff to use it and be empowered to teach others also. Based on the just in time PD model I developed and offered the following professional learning opportunities;
See the iBook here - ENPS Staff Hub iBook or watch a quick flick through below
Telling a story using images and words
Last Friday a colleague gave me a giant zucchini. What a thoughtful and practical gift. So I set about working out what to do with a giant zucchini. So I started with a pointers board of giant zucchini recipes to help out those who often find themselves the recipient of overgrown, slightly humorous vegetable gifts. Pinterest is free and a great way to compile resources and references for visual learners. The best thing is students can create their own boards - if they are over 13 - or access yours and the images are referenced automatically. By clicking on the image and you are sent to the original source - a great way to provide differentiated levels of exploration and for those who want to know more about what they are interested in the choice to. So here is my zucchini recipe board link; https://www.pinterest.com/shellywhs/what-to-do-with-a-giant-zucchini/
So what now? I had my giant zucchini and my Pinterest board full of inspiration. It was time to get cooking and to share that with my kind green thumbed colleague. So I set the parameters of showing her my masterpiece of cooking skill through the medium of imagery. I opted to take 6 images and convert them into a story with no more than 3 sentences so she could bask in my greatness but also get on with her hectic day. Using the free App Steller I logged in and created my story - all the while looking like a design pro thanks to the App! I find when asking students to tell stories clear parameters around length, image requirements, word usage and time to create are all essential in setting up challenge based story telling that allows them a sense of freedom and creativity to tell a story in a digital literacy format. Stay tuned for the result soon...