Happy New Year!I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break and are looking forward to the challenges of 2016! I have just returned from a fabulous holiday to England where I was able to spend quality time with family and catch up with friends.
I decided that starting the year with a post that highlights the best of 2015 would be fitting, so here are my top 3 posts of 2015!
Blogger - Steps to Success
We are now blogging in the elementary school and have moved to an e-platform. Initially, grade level blogs were set up as an alternative form of communication with parents. However, we are moving away from the more 'traditional' newsletter. After the successful launch of the blog, we opened the blogs to a wider audience and are now connecting with classrooms near and far! (See Global Collaboration)
World Record Attempt?
Throughout the first half of the school year, several students made appointments with Ms Carnright (Seisen's Elementary School Counsellor) to discuss their online & social media activity. It was apparent that they were concerned about e-safety, specifically their interactions with strangers via gaming websites (e.g., Minecraft) and phone applications (e.g. LINE).
Several parents approached me with their concerns regarding their daughter's ever increasing use of technology and their own 'ignorance' regarding how to control and monitor internet use.
The response to Grade One's Padlet was simply amazing! Grade One's Unit of Inquiry is exploring how celebrations and traditions are expressions of shared belief and values.
Mr P_ICT was running Christmas Around the World, and we agreed that this would be a great platform to connect with classrooms around the globe.
Subsequently, during a planning meeting, I decided to create the Padlet to facilitate inquiry with Grade One. With the help of Twitter, we were able to share ideas and collaborate to extend our students' understanding of the central idea.
As a result of the Padlet's success, we are extending the project into 2016. We welcome you to join us in our learning journey!