Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fret not about dead pigeons in the water tank

On Monday 11 February cluster facilitators Julie and Pam visited the six schools, catching up with the principals, senior management and meeting new lead teachers to reaffirm facilitation needs for 2008.

Many of the activ@eden schools are sending staff to Learning@School08 conference in Rotorua next week. We are hoping to introduce them to the principals and teachers attending from our new cluster - The SustainED Maungarei Kaitiakitanga ICTPD cluster.

At the conference we will be looking out for the presentation by Sue Hodge and Irma Hughes, two of our Cluster Lead Teachers in 2007. Sue and Irma will be sharing some of the work they have done using SOLO Taxonomy and ICTs.

Check out their abstract:

Title Making a Difference - Children as powerful change agents
Session: Breakout 1
Submission Type Hands-on interactive workshop ( 90 min)
Presenter(s) Sue Hodge & Irma Hughes
Strand Teaching & Learning
Target Level Primary
Target Audience Teachers
Abstract This practical session will allow teachers to learn how younger primary students are working to solve a local traffic issue and, in doing so, become powerful change agents within their own lives and the community. Teachers will: 1. Examine current literature related to developing authentic learning tasks to make a difference using SOLO Taxonomy; 2. Read and critique an integrated unit (of particular interest to boys and begin own plan if time allows; 3. Have the opportunity to engage in the process by taking photos and interact with a variety of software, such as, Google Earth, photo management software and Microsoft Word. 4. Have a copy of the students' product to date

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