Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Exploring QR Codes

Today's PD session was all about QR Codes and their uses in Education. We had the opportunity to share iTouches to 'read' QR codes. These codes 'revealed' information around what QR codes are and the history of QR codes. Another QR code took us to our school blog and another to a You Tube clip of the Flash Mob Haka in town last night for RWC! 

You may wonder why we are delving into QR codes..... It all began with an idea.... The junior school at Whangarei Primary School are doing an inquiry of learning around ‘Pirates’ - our idea is to create a QR code treasure hunt for the junior classes. The children of room 23 have been given the mission of creating this treasure hunt. In teams they are working on developing their clues utilising pirate ‘language’. They are reading pirate stories to give them ideas and inspire their creativity.

Over the next few weeks we will be developing these 'clues', creating the QR codes and then placing them around the school. All going well - other classes will have the opportunity to follow our QR code treasure hunt too! WATCH THIS SPACE:-) If you are keen to explore QR codes and have a smart phone or iPhone - simply download the free QR Reader app! 

If you have a QR Reader - Here are the codes we have created for this session.

And if you are keen to 'create your own QR codes' - in this small video clip, Poppy will explain how!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Learn it and Share Your New Skills!

Mrs MacDonald is an EXPERT at using the snipping tool on her new laptop. I (Tania) taught Jo how to use the snipping tool before school and within minutes Jo was sharing her new skills with other teachers.

And the Learning Continues...

After School bloggers:-) The learning continues as we explore blogging in individual classrooms. Room 1 now have their own blog and Mrs Fuller is uploading the Photostories children created around Wheels Day.  These after school sessions give us the opportunity to learn from each other ar and share ideas.  Great team work happening within our teaching team:-)

Teacher Aides Learning New Skills

Everyone is a life long learner at Whangarei Primary and today we continued that learning:-) The teacher aides are aiming to increase their skills to support them in their work with children and teachers. Today we focused on utilising comic life for writing and publishing stories alongside the children. We practiced inserting images, changing fonts and styles of our headings. We looked at the Whangarei Primary School Blog and how photos/movies can be uploaded to share the learning that is happening at school with whānau.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Accessing Your Class Blog "How To"

Class Blogs

Wallwisher "How To"

Wall Wisher

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Can Learning really be FUN and GAMES?

"For those wondering what a game-based classroom looks like in a traditional school, take a peek into Ananth Pai's third-grade class in Parkview/Center Point Elementary School in Maplewood, Minnesota."

Click HERE for You Tube video Clip.

Click HERE to go to Mr Pai's Google Site.

WHAT NEXT??? Wallwisher


For today's PD session we are going to explore Wallwisher and brainstorm ways we could use this tool in our classrooms:-) By either clicking on this link OR clicking on the pink "post a sticky" on the wall below - add your WHAT NEXT from ICT PD Vision Days on Friday and Saturday.

Follow this link for ways to use Wallwisher in the classroom:-)

Check out this blog post on other ideas for using Wallwisher in Education.

CHALLENGE - Use Wallwisher in your classroom over the next week and share your wall with us next Thursday morning:-) If you have a class blog you are able to embed your Wallwisher on to that.