The first CDNIS iPad Speed Share session (iSSS) on Jan 15, 2015 was a slam. Inspired by the Speed Geek session from the ISKL iPad conference attended in Sept 2014, Vivian Fung organized our own iSSS for CDNIS lower school teachers to learn about practical apps for classroom use on the iPads. Ten tables each hosted by a teacher shared an app in 5.5 minutes and the participants then rotate to a different table in 30 seconds time. Practical experiences, learning values, hints/tips and ways of using the apps are shared by the host teachers at the table.
After the rollout of Teachers’ iPad on Nov 17, 2014, this iPad speed sharing session hopes to provide teachers with more ideas of using the iPad in a content creation methodology rather than a consumable device. The app we shared in the afternoon includes
About 60 Lower teachers including homeroom, specialist and Chinese Teachers plus educational assistants participated in the hour long sharing session. Light snacks were provided at the beginning and each tables were provided with nibbles. Feedback from teachers were all very positive. A very tight schedule but teachers are able to get a snapshot of 10 different apps in an hour. Special thanks to all teachers who shared at the host tables!
LTT will continue to provide further support to teachers who want to put these apps into practice and use them in the classroom.
It’s PYP Exhibition season! That means the PYP class of 2015 needs a logo for banners, t-shirts, and wherever else they publicize this big deal. And it is a big deal! Grade 6 students may choose to address the theme, How We Express Ourselves, using coding, photography, poetry, film, drama, and more.
Step One: Learn about logo design
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Dec. 15-19, 2014 is the first Taste of Coding for students from Prep to Gr.4. 40-mins long coding lessons are designed for students to try making something work with simple programming codes. Students develop computational thinking skills while trying to solve problems in a fun way. iPad apps used range from Scratch Jr to Daisy the Dino and Hopscotch. Students started with some basic activities to understand how blocks work and then take the challenge activities to further their understanding and extend their knowledge and creativity. Many went away wanting to do more programming and use the apps at home.
Today the LTT members (Aaron Metz and Makky Fung) had an opportunity to run a parent LTT session at the Counsellor Coffee Morning. The sessions aim to give parents a hands-on, practical experience to become more familiar with the technologies used at CDNIS as well as those tools children are using today for socialising.
Parents learned about Spaces, Places and Games that students use in these days and discuss the following questions:
Why are these spaces so attractive to our kids? How are they being used at CDNIS? What can we do as parents to help them to find educational value in these tools?