Today I am at Pt England School in Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand. I have set up an observation here to try and understand how digital tools are being used in their junior classrooms, with a particular focus on reading.
What are the learning intentions for reading today?
- Comprehension of a text and answering questions
- Justifying with evidence from the text
- HyperStudio: Learners before school are using Hyperstudio to create drawings and animations. Learners are hugely engaged in this program and were really keen to show me, even a stranger, what they have been making.
- Class sites: Very effective way of learners accessing their learners. Probably took a bit of setup and modelling from the teacher, but here I am in Term 3 and the learners are instantly able to find their learning because they know exactly where to go.
- Explain Everything: Similar to Stonefields School, Pt England's main teaching tool on the iPads is Explain Everything. But it was really powerful to go to a different classroom and see the ways they are using the tool. I gained so many new ideas!!! I have listed below some of the different ways they are using it to support learners in reading.
- Blogtouch: A different way of blogging - seems very user friendly. We use Blogger at Stonefields but this program has a really successful that works really well.
- Sunshine Classics: Huge library of digital ebooks. Also has supporting activities for working with letter sounds and high frequency words.
- Storyline Online: Huge library of digital ebooks as well, all online. Can be used to support the students physical texts, along with follow up activities.
Other useful observations
Email addresses and passwords all printed out to make it easy if a learner forgets, kept near iPads.
iPad numbers are printed alongside names on the iPads. Makes it easier to troubleshoot iPads.
A huge thank you to the amazing Ms Nadler, Ms Peck and Ms Gaston for all their support today. Seeing your learners using their digital tools was really inspiring for me and I have left with dozens of new ways to use the in my literacy practice.