Saturday, 24 September 2016

Ignite presentation

Ignite presentations are not easy. They involve creating a presentation then sharing it in 5mins, However each slide plays for exactly 15seconds and if you time it wrong you can't turn back the clock. 

One thing in particular that I learnt from doing an ignite presentation is that 15 second can either feel like a life time or be gone in the blind of an eye. I found it extremely hard to know how much information I should have to present on each slide. 

The great thing about these presentation is that a picture tells 1000 word, so careful picture selection and use of short but snappy words is the key to an effective presentation. If you can say it without words do, If you can say it in one word do. 

When I next do an ignite presentation they key thing I will remember are: 

-Be well prepared and remember that creating 20 good slides takes time. 
-Practice making every 15 seconds count is the key to success. 
-Relax it's not the end of the world if the small point misses out no one else know that you were going to say it. 
-Enjoy the moment because if you enjoy it your audience are more likely to as well.  

Below is my presentation on one laptop per child. This is the topic I was given on the day and I only had a few hours to create my presentation ready to present. 

I am lucky that this topic links to my own practice and that I have my own experience to draw on. I truely believe that with any presentation when you are connect to the content and passionate about it, IT SHOWS! 

I really enjoyed giving an ignite presentation a go and hope to present another one in the future. 

I really enjoyed giving an ignite presentation a go and hope to present another one in the future. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Inquiry update term 3

I have also create a short video about what we have been doing with word endings. 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Keynote: more than just a presentation tool

Google slides is a great tool for making presentations and collaborating however it can be limiting with the things it is able to do.

Keynote allows you to add more detail to presentations, be creative and do more. It can also be used to create animations or images, backgrounds and headers for sites or blogs.

As with any product it is good to make sure that the program will do what you want. This means going into preferences and make sure the program does what you want, in here you can set font size or the theme that opens when you open keynote, I suggest white as then you can be creative and do things your way.

One of the great things I learnt way about how to add a magic move to a keynote.

This video explains the process really well. This move is very effective with images and I am excited to see how I can use it in the future with words.

I also created a short animation with keynote for my inquiry presentation on Monday. I did this by duplicating slides and moving images to create moving images. I will share this on my blog with my inquiry post on Monday.

Keynote is a great presentation skill which I hope to use more. 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Critical Friends

As teachers we always need critical friends. Other teachers to provide honest feedback that pushes you to do more. To ask questions that helps us to rethink ideas and build on them.

I'm am extremely lucky that I have so many kind, supportive and critical teaching friend who always help me to be the best I can be.

This week I have been very busy editing my film festival movie. This has been a big challenge for me as I want it to be perfect but I know that perfect is not a kind or fair expectation to set. With the help and support of my critical friend my movie has evolved over the week into something that shows the best in my learners. It is a movie that is for them and that I am excited for them to share next term.

At our MDTA day today we learnt more about ubiquitous learning. Learning that can happen anywhere, anytime, at anypace and from anyone.

This week I have been a ubiquitous learner, often coming up with the best ideas outside of the 9-3 classroom hours. Gaining learning from my teaching colleagues, my learner, my family and friends. Working at school, at home, in the library or even as a passenger in the car. Somethings took me a long time to work out while other were in the moment decisions.

Editing this film has really made me think about the way learning is continuous and that when you think about things in different places and at different time you have different ideas. As I consider my own learning it makes me think of my learners. How can I provide more support for them to become ubiquitous learners?

My ideas:
Access: making sure my learner all know how to access their Google account at know and that this is a great thing to do.
Support: you can comment and ask for help at home. I may not respond straight away but I will respond.
Site: remind the learners that all there work is on the site if they miss a day they can catch up at home, encourage this.
Family: provide family with these same messages and encourage them to comment on blogs and support their child.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Filming madness

This Friday our MDTA day was spent filming for our Manaiakalani film festival movies for 2016. I had a fantastic day working with many amazing and talented learners to get some interesting shots.

One challenge we faced was the weather. Early on in the day we had a moment of rain that made filming difficult. We got a few shots of the bright yellow umbrella instead of the children.

I also had some great moment with learners sharing my passion for dancing with learners. One of the best things about this day was working with small groups, getting their input and ideas and seeing their passions and ideas.

I am excited to start editing and see what our wonderful movie will become.