Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What you've been up to

Hi everybody!
Let me first to say "sayonara" to Ang - who by now will be in Australia ready for her new job! I have taken over as the project facilitator and will have the usual support and backing from Dawn and Brother David as co-project leaders.


What I need from you all (its been too quiet in here!) is - what have you been doing? How have you been implementing ICT (however big or small) into your everyday teaching life?
What are your experiences? How are the students responding? Post it in here and save yourself the hassle when the milestone report becomes due (next month!!!).
I'll put ours up over the next couple of days..

Finally, those that have been chewing at the bit for Scholaris - the light is at the end of the tunnel and we hope to be live very very shortly. I will keep you posted every few days.
There will be more PD sessions and video conferencing inter-department meetings from next week so make sure you check your emails!


Simon Green
Hato Paora College

Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy New ICTPD Year

Well - yes Simon you are first - goodie good!! Nah, just kidding, it is high time we got back into the blogosphere. Lead teachers I'd like to encourage you to post your internal ICTPD happenings here on a regular basis. This is the best and easiest way to keep track of what's going on. Thank you to all those who attended the Learning @ School Conference. It was fab to catch up with you all again and gear up for another busy and exciting year. With the planning for our Paerangi Conference full steam ahead we should be set to wow our students with all our new knowledge and inspiration. I challenge those of you who attended the conference to implement at least one thing in your classroom/school and share the experiences here on our blog. Have an awesome remainder of Term One and I look forward to visiting you all at your schools real soon.

Welcome to the New Year!

A bit late I know, but at least I'm the first one!
Ang and I are currently sitting in the Turakina Maori Girls' College staff room adjusting reports and planning up and coming ICT events.

Reps from Turakina, Hato Paora , Hukarere, Te Aute and Hato Petera attended the recent Learning@School conference in Rotorua. Always good to see the new technology and we all can't wait to get stuck into Marvin (new animation software).

More to come....

Saturday, October 6, 2007


I can't believe it...

You lot are going to be the death of me. I've finally relented and entered something into my Bebo that I created in August (so i could see what all the fuss was...). Who actually has their profile public? Hmm?

Any way...the conference was great in my opinion. Keynote speakers Ewan McIntosh and Tony Ryan gave some really thought provoking ideas (who is going to try the "pen in the teeth" on Monday morning?) and the trade exhibition wasn't too bad either. I'm sure I won the Toshiba pen count (thanks Terri!). Although I PROBABLY won't be using cellphones in class any time soon, the thought is out there and I can see where this would benefit further down the track (perhaps we could convince the boss to provide teacher cell phones?).

Looking forward to implementing new thoughts and sharing them with my work colleagues to ultimately benefit our kids - all systems, full steam ahead!!!

Out the back of Kainga 8. Bit of money in that vacant land!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Aucks - check us out

Right - I"'ve never seen the tops come off so fast" quote of the week Simon!
Where are we? We were at all the break outs of course!
We've learnt sooooo much.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors, me (Kathy) who should have started this blog but gate crashed Terris - The organisers of ICTPD, God, my parents, my mokopuna for allowing me to leave them in hawkes bay with their koro, my dad, who wanted me to stay in Edgecumbe, of course Arnold who I gave all the time to and left him at home... now he's in Edgecumbe with my dad... I'd like to thank Sarah...Terri...Ang of course...Dawn (Hmm) who suggested we gather pens to equip our classes for term 4, Simon for flying off into the casino, Rawinia whose flying off down to the 'sunny' hawkes bay - and Takapau for having her, Hato Petera for not! I'd like to thank Sky City for their food - NOT!!! My neice for coffee - Yes! The flax bushes we're raiding for our own BREAK OUT on Friday at H.P and not the computing kind! Last but not least my Maori side for the only comment in Maori - Ka Kite see you at the table somewhere tonight!!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Te Ara - ICT Helpers

Turakina has just begun the equivalent of the Wellington Girls 'Tech Angels'. Our group is called Te Ara. We have at least two girls from each year level. They chose which staff member they wanted to support. Some girls have two staff members. We meet each Wednesday at lunch time for about 40 minutes and will cover a range of ICT skills. It is hoped that the girls will bring queries about skills their staff member is asking for to these lunch time sessions. We will then teach the group how to solve the problem so they are prepared in the future. The girls are being asked to carry around a notebook and to record what they help their staff member with. During the lunch time sessions at the moment we are focussing on MindSpring - the Te Ara girls are creating their ePortfolios - watch this space!!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Why not to hurry home....