Professional Development SessionsTerm 3 2015
Languages Department Orewa College
OBJECTIVE; To decide on a specific format for student work that suits our department for Middle School students. NB Students need a system that allows them to store notes, classroom activities, and publish assessment tasks with video footage.
PD reading to be done before session:
Margaret Murray to demonstrate Showbie by getting us all to create and submit a document to her beforehand.
Digital options for submitting work for Middle School – Showbie, Youtube, Dropbox, Blogs, Wikispaces, Google Docs, CBB or other eBooks.
Paper options: Notebook provided by dept – kept in class? Ownership?
Notebook provided by student
What works in terms of:
Providing students coherent notes they can use for revision
Motivating students towards a positive digital footprint
Ease of use for both teacher/students
Ensuring editing process is recorded
Minutes Term 4 Language department
Hui start 0820 Agenda: See above
Present – OL, WL, Btn, My, Sko , TLR Apologies- No apologies
Minutes – Singa Broughton
- Do we need notes where students can access any topic on the Internet now?
- What is the best format/platform/app, to use now that we are digital?
- Should a note- taking book go on stationery list?
- Could we begin each term with a mini task requiring students to create a [language] folder on their device for notes?
- Where is the best place to keep notes ie: device or notebook and the theoretical advantages and disadvantages
- Students taking photos of teachers whiteboard notes
Had to leave the Note taking discussion to allow time for the next topic on the Agenda
Showbie: Margaret Murray
- initial problems occured on iPad with a ‘Teacher’ trying to join the class as a Student but was solved
- A general feeling is that Showbie has similar functions to other platforms such as GoogleDocs but seems to be a lot more personalised
- Showbie has the capability to embed videos but we ran out of time to pursue the comparisons between showbie and blogs such as WordPress
Hui ended – 9 am BUT, we feel as a department that we didnt really acchieve what we wanted in the short amount of time… The Department feels a whole day Department meeting would be more beneficial…
HOD Report on Morning PD #1 Languages Department
A Notetaking in general
Teachers found readings useful and they sparked off a good discussion on what is note taking, what notes a student might need in languages, note taking skills and their relevance in today’s digital classroom and the latest research on best practice involving learning and notation.
- Some notes are useful – verbs, grammar structures, words that come up in class, explanations given by teacher, and in particular, the processing that goes on when students transfer information from one format to another, or put things in their own words, decided us. This is an important aspect of learning not linked to creating, but to memory and processing – the preliminary stages.
- Students generally find the time needed to open ipad/laptop, login, wait for Pages to load, or login again to Ultranet and navigate to the appropriate class and folder, or open a search engine and search for the information a poor investment, and resist doing it, so they don’t revisit important information repeatedly as they need to.
- Although they need filing skills on their devices, note taking by hand can be a useful adjunct to their digital environment – another tool for our toolbox.
- Gillian had trialled with Y9 and Sorrel with Y10 a notebook system last term, with success.
Conclusion: As a department we will consider issuing small 3B1 notebooks to each student in Y9/10 and direct them to process gathered material to produce effective notes. Students who continue a language at y10will be reissued with these notebooks the following year as a personal revision device. This is to be revisited at next dept meeting after we have had a time to explore Showbie and evernote as an option. If this is a successful initiative in 2016, we will add it to stationery lists for 2017. Estimated cost at .05c per student @approx 500 students = $25
B Aligning assessment and note/coursework options for Languages Dept
Showbie, Edublogs were the only two that we had time to discuss. Margaret showcased Showbie, getting us to join a class and we all explored the possibilities. With Showbie students can join a class and have an individualised folder, like Dropbox, but more visible and therefore more like a virtual class. Students can submit images, written or video tasks using iPads – not so easy with laptops. Teachers can annotate the work in color for feedback and add voice commentary. We ran out of time to effectively compare options and come to a conclusion.
Conclusion: We would have needed at least 3 hours to effectively compare the two main options and come to a decision as to which suited student, teacher needs and aligned with school goals best.