Lowerschool LTT Curriculum Night

Thanks for all parents who attended the LTT session on Sept 11, 2014 at the Lower School Curriculum Night.   Parents learned about the PYP ICT expectation for students, the six ICT skills and some example of ways to apply the skills.  We also discussed some new initiatives in Lower School LTT such as Digital Ambassadors programme, Gr.5/6 Digitime, Gr.1 iFolio, Early Years iPad integration, etc.  Below is the slide show that we have presented at the session.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any question about the PYP ICT programme.

Exciting iFolio News!

Gr.1 iFolio Update

This year 1C is taking part in a very exciting pilot project!  Each student in 1C will be assigned an individual i-pad, provided by the school, to use as a personal learning device.  They will use their personal device exclusively in school. Students will use photos, voice and multimedia videos to create an iFolio where they will record their learning journey.  The iFolio will take the place of the traditional red binder portfolio.  Each student’s iFolio will be created in a blog format, allowing parents to regularly follow their child’s progress throughout the year.  Parents will be notified in the coming weeks with further information on how to access their individual child’s iFolio.  Please follow Ms Rendina’s blog to see the latest happenings in this pilot classroom.

 

Story Telling, Digitally

To lay down a conceptual and digital foundation for a Grade Six a story telling project, last week’s Digi-Time was dedicated to:

  1. Discussing what makes a story (Spoiler alert: video ≠ movie.)
  2. Learning how to search for – or create – the best images (Make pictures, don’t take pictures.)
  3. Addressing some digital Frequently Asked Questions (Hey, whaddya know? There’s a YouTube video for that…)

 

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Student iFolios as a digital window into learning

if1This is the latest iteration of a commitment to use blogs to progress learning that dates back to the middle of the last decade within the school .

What was of particular importance this year was

  1. support from the curriculum leadership at all levels enabling the development of a through-school system of student iFolios (This includes Grade 1 students blogging, which we will return to later on in the year)
  2. active  technical support which saw an xml file being created to speed up menu construction
  3. the increasing opportunities for students to personalise their learning journey while meeting curriculum requirements. This includes personal blogging to further develop digital identity, as well as ideas to extend, through supporting clubs and activities through blogging
  4. the in-classroom support by students to enable a flatter approach to problem-solving and skill development.
  5. teacher and subject support that is crucial to frame learning opportunities

A powerful coming together of key stakeholders to help build and embed a stronger use of technology.

We now look forward to curriculum journeys being constructed that can support better conversations about learning (including with parents), stronger reflections and connections, and wider systems of reporting of learning.

Blogging may not be the only way to achieve this, and Helen Barrett provides a wider research-based consideration, but for us it’s a powerful way.

In school Digital Learning Infusion