ICT · Online Learning · remote learning

Feedback from Remote Learning 2.0

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

ICT · Online Learning · Teaching

Surviving but not thriving in an online learning world.

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.

ICT · Online Learning · Teaching

Why is remote teaching software rubbish?

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?

Assessment · ICT · NAPLAN

Can students type faster than they can write?

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?

ICT · NAPLAN · Teaching

How to improve student writing by 68% in one lesson or Gaming the NAPLAN writing algorithm

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