Playing with Digital Portfolios

I’m a big fan of digital portfolio’s, although up until this year I wouldn’t say I’ve been terribly confident in using them. The teams first attempt felt overly complex. We had a scheduled period each week for students to reflect on how they’d used that disposition that week and post on their DP… basically it boiled down to half hearted attempts, tech issues, and no … Continue reading Playing with Digital Portfolios

Building student voice into a project

How do we get students to invest in their learning? One way is to involve them in the planning process. Involve students in the project design Whilst this is a fantastic way to get students energised about a project, it can also be daunting. It helps if you have a clear idea about the parameters of the project. Consider what skills/content you are required to … Continue reading Building student voice into a project

Entry Events – Building the Hype

I know we don’t always have time to do this, but when we do we should. Arguably, this is the part of teaching we need make time for. An entry event is designed to get students excited about their learning, and the excitement can start long before the event itself. Delivering teasers and cryptic clues before a project commences can generate buzz amongst your students … Continue reading Entry Events – Building the Hype

Presentation of Learning

This was one of my goals this year. I wanted to run a Presentation of Learning (POL), High Tech High style. Post experience, it’s got to be one of the most valuable things I’ve done in years. The day started off pretty rough – students pulling out, panel members not showing up etc. Then, our first speaker gets up. She’s shaking. The moment she starts … Continue reading Presentation of Learning

Entry Events – let’s not forget the fun!

I’ve gotten a little slack lately, and my entry event’s have been the victim. In my time-poor state, I’ve been classifying team planning sessions as Entry Events. They’re not. Let’s not kid ourselves. So last week, I decided to inject a little fun back into the process and kicked off Year 7’s picture book project with some craft and finger painting! Welcome to our hour … Continue reading Entry Events – let’s not forget the fun!