As I’ve mention previously I’m involved in a Year 7 Action Research Project titled “Portia 7/11” looking at the creation of a differentiated curriculum for Year 7 students. My role within the group (9 staff members) is to look at how online Web2.0 tools and new technologies can be integrated into the classroom. I have created a Design Space on the Ultranet (with a travel/flight theme) for the team (flight crew) to collaborate and share ideas throughout the year (the journey). Last week we had an official launch of this site with Principals and Year 5/6 teachers of our local feeder schools present, together with members of our own staff and our RN Leader. It was a little daunting for me to be speaking in front of this group but luckily Rhonda (first captain) introduced the aims and spoke what we hoped to achieved before I gave them a tour (as navigator) of the space. I’ve used tools such as Voki, Slideshare, Blabberize, One True Media, Animoto, etc. where possible and this has engaged the staff within the team and encouraged them to have a go themselves with their students. It now looks like I will be doing a little PD with the primary schools now on some of these tools hoping to “inspiring the uninspirable” was one quote!
I am also working with both classes (only 2 classes are involved in the project) through the ROK Reading Program and trying to integrate some of these technologies into the program in order to encourage and engage them. This term we participated in the Accelerated Reader ‘Ashes Reading Challenge’ and also conducted an inter-class challenge over the 6 weeks of the challenge. I emailed the students each week with the points together with a fun video clip that would hopefully keep them on track with their reading. A lot of fun and a great way for me to engage with the students and get to know them better.
Next term we are going to try making our own book trailers – below is my attempt using the Year 7 class text ‘Boy Overboard’ – I think the students will do better than me.
Boy Overboard – Book trailer