Friday, 27 February 2009

St. Pius X School - Room 6 Creations

St Pius X School is a full Primary school made up of 156 students. In 2008 Room 6 (which is a Yr 7 & 8 class) has been part of the Manaiakalani cluster where we are using eLearning in our Literacy to make a difference in our Decile 1 students. In Room 6 we are focusing on the Writing aspect of Literacy.

We work with a Literacy Cycle which guides us through our writing process. It starts with investigating the genre and continues to evaluating and reflecting on our work.

In Room 6 we use our blog (Room 6 Creations
) as our hook for motivating the students. During 2008 we blogged our writing in various forms such as straight word processing of texts, Movies that had been adapted from the children's writing and basic Photostories that the students put together from their recount writing.

By using the blog as a hook we were able to enhance the students writing by looking at the aspect of Audience and Purpose. The students were able to see through the blog that people World-wide were interested in what they had to say and write. This encouraged the students to think about their audiene and write accordingly.

Before this hook was introduced the students were not aware of their audience or the purpose of the writing other than writing for the teacher. This improved in 2008 and will hopefully continue to progress in 2009.

In 2009 Room 6 Creations is continuing with the project and we are looking forward to seeing our writing continue to progress.

Sarah Gleeson
St Pius X School

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Room 12 and 13 @ Pt England School

I teach a Year 4 class at Pt England School and my digital story telling project is part of the Manaiakalani EHSAS cluster. It's purpose is to raise student literacy achievement through engaging students in digital storytelling, and providing an authentic audience for their work.
I am up and running for my second year, integrating eLearning into literacy. Check out our class blog. The idea is to publish each literacy groups' learning online where they can be seen, and be able to see themselves, and reflect on their work.
Most of our digital stories are animated movies with voice overs. This example was around a group's Learning Intention of being able to identify and discuss and show imagery in poetry.

The Manaiakalani Project is being researched to follow the achievement and engagement of target students. The exciting news is that as well as keeping me motivated, interim findings have shown that last year children made better than expected progress in standardised testing.
Go Manaiakalani!

Juanita Garden
Pt England School

Monday, 23 February 2009

Tamaki College

I am the Graphics teacher at Tamaki College and was given the role of being the EHSAS lead teacher. This was an unusual move as the project is Literacy based! At Tamaki College, I wanted the main hook for our students to be getting their work online for everyone to see.
I started with the main blog, TCTV, where the students filmed aspects of college life, edited it together and uploaded short videos and photographs. I got 3 main groups of students involved from Year 11, 12 and 13 to be the film and editing crews.
The English department then got involved and we were working to our literacy cycle ( as shown) to publish the work they had produced online. We started with 2 blogs, both with Year 9 classes 9RNi and 9TVu.

Gradually over the year, more departments came on board with the project, each with their own blogs, to publish the work of the students to a wider audience. All of these blogs are linked to from the sidebar of the main TCTV blog. By having high profile events published on TCTV to attract the students' attention, the hope is that they will then explore the links to their curriculum blogs on the sidebar!
To include other departments in an initiative which is clearly English focussed, we asked all departments to ensure that as they published student material written explanations were included alongside the digital learning objects. And we ask our students to use formal English when commenting on curriculum based blogs. In this way we are providing the students with authentic opportunities to read and write, in particular.
My goal for 2009 is to continue with the blogs that are already started while including more teachers who want to become involved. I also want to get more student interaction with the site, so they all see what is happening and can leave comments.
One of the good things in 2009 is that one of the Year 9 classes from last year are continuing with the same blog into Year 10. This will enable them to be tracked on a more long term basis to discover the impact this project is having on their English work.
Karen Ferguson
Tamaki College

Friday, 20 February 2009

Year One Q-Tees

As one of the Manaiakalani EHSAS projects at Pt England School 6 five year old children were chosen to participate in a research project. The object was to improve the oral and written Language by motivating the children using an authentic audience. The children participated in the daily oral and written language programme following the Literacy Cycle.
When the children had edited their work they were supported by the teacher to practise reading their work to a high standard. The work was then recorded in iMovie and published in Flickr and on the class website. We found that the children became very keen to publish their work because they loved sharing it with their family and friends. However their best audience was themselves. They would all sit and watch themselves over and over again commenting on their performance. Over a period of months their confidence in front of the camera increased and the reading developed in phrasing and fluency. Their actual writing also developed but the quality depended upon the relevance of the topic to the children. The authentic audience proved to be a very powerful motivation for these small children.
In 2009 the same children are being included in the current work to see what the results will be in the future for their achievement in oral and written language, reading and their confidence to communicate in a range of settings. Their progress can be followed on their new blog, Going Places.

Delwyn Jarman
Project Lead Teacher