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

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

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.