Friday, April 24, 2009

Keynote : One School's Journey

I have the pleasure of presenting at the Nelson ICT Cluster's second annual conference today, April 24th 2009. This will be my second time there and it was such a well organised and fun conference last time that I said yes when Rachel invited me back again. Over the years I have tried a few different formats to share the notes and links from my presentations from paper handouts to wikis to Google sites to webpages. This time I am trying something a bit different for me, mostly because I want the sharing to be a two way thing. I'll give people easy access to my material and you give me back some of your thinking to add to what I have shared in the presentation in the comments below :) I have scheduled this post to publish at the same time I start my Keynote presentation, so if the KAREN network is up to it those of you with wireless should be able to explore some of these links during the session.....

The title I was given to speak to was "One School's Journey" with the explanation, "We are in the exit year of our cluster, so we'd like you to speak about the journey you've been on - where you've come from and where you're at".
The school journey spans my 18 years at Pt England School in Auckland including; being specialist ICT teacher from 1998 - 2003, Cluster facilitator for the Pt England ICTPD Cluster and currently facilitator for the Maniakalani EHSAS Cluster.
Following are some of the links I am speaking about:
Student presentation
(where we are at now)
Pedagogical Pathway
"Will this contribute to raising student achievement outcomes AND provide a 21st century education experience?".

Planning for the future
Staying together as a cluster: "Art Alive"

New Zealand Curriculum

Mr Winkle video
I hope that this has stimulated some useful ideas for you and informed your thinking!
And hi to everyone who was present today.


  1. Yay- the system worked for you but it has taken me 40 minutes to get on the net.

    Yes- why should eLearning have to prove itself to be better for children than 'regular' teaching. I am still struggling with gauging how to assess our podcasts in their goal to improve oral langauge. How can I prove that they improve oral langauge skills- not just the feel good stuff and anecdotal goodness.

    Allanah K

    Any tips on how to assess this?

  2. Thanks Dorothy for a very stimulating talk - your passion for your students and the professional concern for their learning, their achievement and their safety etc was clearly evident!

  3. That is a real problem Allanah that we struggle with as well. An important issue with podcasting is that you can't simply go back and compare the first podcast of the year with the final as they are so heavily edited by the kids that they are not 'raw' data.
    This year we have recorded each student reading aloud their asTTle writing sample from the beginning of the year and will do the same at the end of the year for our researcher to analyse.
    We have found a real lack of assessment tools for oral language that can easily be used by teachers. For my eFellowship research I used the Fluency formula in PROBE to calculate improvement in oral reading fluency. But for our EHSAS research Colleen Gleeson (our researcher) has developed a tool to measure improvement. She has created levels and has indicators she is looking for at each level.
    Time consuming task analysing oral language samples though :)

  4. Thank you Dorothy, loved your talk found it very inspiring!