Helen Douglas
Year 1 (K) teacher at Chinese International School in Hong Kong
hdouglas@cis.edu.hk ......I'd love to hear from you!





An example of using technology to increase a young student's reading confidence.




Technology Tool Tweet: focus lower primary


  1. Digital camera - essential tool in a junior classroom. The children photograph their learning as a lot of their work (particulary in mathematics) is done with equipment

  2. Hyperstudio - software program that you need to purchase - can use for animation, drawing inserting image

  3. Firefox - speed dial - great for regular websites that children use




Action Plan


Summary paragraph:
Portfolios - wiki, start in keynote and garageband (enhanced podcasts)
portfolio that will show development, move with kids
need to be able to pick up whenever they enter school

have a standard - recognise when you’ve hit, recognising evidence shows standard key points.
Start in maths to produce evidence

Goal:
Produce student digital portfolios for regular reflection and will eventually be used for SLC

Indicators:
Students have produced a portfolio of their work
Students have developed in their ability to reflect


Action Plan
  • Baby Step 1 - Introduce learning intention to children, talk about what will look like, children focus on developing ability to reflect on work - what makes a good piece of work vs what needs improvement
    • Next action - In lesson children photograph evidence of learning
    • Next action - From lesson put images into keynote/garageband/wiki to display evidence
    • children analyse whether evidence demonstrates learning intention and to what level, do oral reflection on evidence (front load oral reflection support)
  • Baby Step 2 - repeat regularly with new learning and repeated learning
    • Next action look at reflecting on repeated learning and showing development.
    • Next Action - adding to portfolio and ensuring that the work is saved regularly.
    • Review - before SLC reflect on overall learning and give final summary.


Support network:
  • Who are they:
    • Building a support network Jane, Lindsey, Paul Welsh and Susan from SAS), Andy from HKA
      • Next action - read about e-portfolios


  • Finding a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
    • Your areas of interest
      • 1 effective formative assessment
      • 2 self and peer assessment
      • 3 impact of self reflection and being able to look back at prior reflection

Marketing your ideas and plan:
  • Who is your audience?
  • children will be main users, parents viewers for SLC, and this will also provide an example for other staff members

  • How will you become remarkable and standout?
    • By sharing my learning and assisting my team to learn about digital portfolio.


The resistance:
  • Who are they?
My team will find this challenging to adapt to using media work in portfolios rather thn written work.
I will need to baby step them through the process and provide evidence of the effectiveness for student learning.