Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Managing the Learning Environment

    Last year our teachers in 1:1 classes experimented with a variety of ways of managing the learning environment in the digital world. Over the course of the year their thinking began to converge as
  • Teachers shared their practice at Netbook Teachers' meetings 
  • The PD facilitators, who moved from class to class, began to collate their observations and to share these  
  • The recently published research evaluation report included observations and teacher reflections around this.

So this year many of the Manaiakalani Schools felt confident that they had an approach that, while still a work-in-progress,  worked for them.  It created a personalised learning environment for the students, it helped teaching and planning 'make sense', it was transparent to whanau and school management - and was creative, collaborative and fun!

I asked a number of teachers across our schools to create a creen recording video sharing one aspect of how the learning environment was managed in their classes last term.

This post provides links to four primary school classes.  Take the time to explore the links and watch the videos as these teachers talk you through their students use of their Google Site and Google Apps. 

Chris Marks, Pt England School - Year 5/6
Writing movie here, class Google Site here

Sarah Gleeson, St Pius X School - Year 5
Reading movie here, class Google Site here

Helen King, Pt England School - Year 5
Maths (number Strategy) movie here, class Google Site here

Joy Paton, Panmure Bridge School - Year 5/6
Art movie here, class Google Site here

Examples from Tamaki College coming soon…..


  1. These are excellent - we've been sending teachers from all over the world here to showcase what they could be doing. Many thanks for recording these!!

    Jan - Hapara

  2. Thanks for sharing! At first I was having a hard time understanding the terms you were blogging about because they are unfamiliar to me. I am not very technologically literate. However, your writing is so organized that I think you are expressing the value of sharing amongst other teachers of what works and what doesn't.
    Also, I appreciated the videos so that I could watch and understand just how different it is from the typical classroom instruction that I'm used to seeing. Keep up the great "sharing" work!
    Brittany DeFalco

  3. Hello! I am a student at EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama and I am assigned to comment on your blog again. I enjoy reading it because I learn so much about the part of the world you live in and the schooling. I’m glad that you are willing to share all your thoughts and experiments with the world. I think more teachers need to be like you in that aspect. Sharing what works and what doesn’t is a huge factor when teaching. I will definitely keep your blog in mind when I go back to teaching this fall. I also thought the videos oaf mananging the classrooms were wonderful resources too. I love Google and all it has to offer. Google docs is amazing as well as the millions of apps it has to offer. Thanks for all the organization and for sharing so much!

    Courtney Blackmon