Remote Learning ended for us on October 12th 2020. Students and staff had worked remotely for 8 weeks in Semester 1, then returned to onsite learning for 5 weeks and then did another 9 weeks remotely. Like a bad romance we put remote learning behind us and moved on. Unfortunately COVID does not seem to be… Continue reading Feedback from Remote Learning 2.0
With Melbourne schools looking likely to head back into lockdown I thought I would share our reflections of remote learning. To give some context we are a 7 to 12. school with over 1100 students. Our plan for remote learning was: All our students have a netbook so we could provide an online curriculum knowing… Continue reading Remote Learning 1.0
We are three weeks into our remote learning experience. Our staff and done an amazing job so far. My favorite tweet at the start of this process was “Teachers started out running a marathon and part way through someone turned it into a triathlon.” We have rapidly changed our game plan. Our swim and bike… Continue reading Surviving but not thriving in an online learning world.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Our schools shut down on Tuesday, March 24th. We had to find a way to teach remotely. We have used moodle for years as our LMS (Learning Management System) so asynchronous lessons for all but the practical subjects would be a doddle. Largely they have been. We’ve had no problems… Continue reading Why is remote teaching software rubbish?
If you haven’t used this yet, you should give it a try. The early adopters win the novelty prize. Gimkit is in the Kahoot, Quizlet, Quiziz family of online drill and practice games with some game strategy added. Gimkit was created by a 16-year-old high school student in the USA in 2017. He will be… Continue reading Gimkit: It’s fun. Try it.
I recently found myself quoted on the front page of the Weekend Australian. I’ve written a couple of blogs about NAPLAN, student motivation, student stress and why the online version of the standardized test is better than the pen and paper version. That wasn’t really the thrust of the front page quote though. Chupa Chups.… Continue reading Chupa Chups
With our students completing NAPLAN online for the second year I found myself defending the online test format in various Twitter pile-ons. The anti NAPLAN knives were out in earnest when some schools faced technical difficulties with the online writing test. Luckily our school had few technical issues. One criticism of the online test format… Continue reading Can students type faster than they can write?
Improving students writing has been a priority for our school for a number years. Our success has been mixed. Recently I had the pleasure of working with Sarah, one of our English Coordinators with a Year 7 group where we experimented with an online computer scored essay program to improve our students’ persuasive writing. We… Continue reading How to improve student writing by 68% in one lesson or Gaming the NAPLAN writing algorithm
Should we change our mobile phone policy?
We were one of the trial schools for NAPLAN online this year. NAPLAN is the national literacy and numeracy test in Australian schools. Here is my motivational email to our Year 7 and 9 students and parents on the day prior to the test. Subject: Exciting Testing Times Tomorrow. On Mon, 14 May 2018, 5:58… Continue reading NAPLAN Online: Making History