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Friday, 22 September 2017

Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam

Today I sat my Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam and passed!

For the past Nine weeks I have assisted Dorothy Burt and Gerhard Vermeulen at leading the Digital Fluency Intensive programme with 13 wonderful educators.  Part of the programme was to prepare these educators to sit the Google Certified Educator exams.

As I didn't have mine, I decided to sit one as well!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Open ended problem solving tasks

I have been having some success with my learners around open ended up problem solving tasks.

Rather than coming up with all the problems myself, I have been coming up with open ended problems that the learners make up themselves. I had feared that the learners wouldn't take this seriously and it would be a waste of time.

However, they instead rose to the challenge and were excited about difficult problems, rather than rigging it to get easy ones like I thought.

To make sure that they were solving the problems correctly I encouraged them to use the calculator on their chromebooks. There was no threat to their learning as they were still required to show their working, which was not made easier by having the answer.

You can see two of the tasks I created on my Class OnAir page. Other problems were designed from using materials.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Maths - Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir

Throughout the year I will be updating my Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir site with links to my planning, resources, reflections, videos of my teaching, and links to the learners work on their blogs. There are 7 Manaiakalani teachers from various schools and levels for you to check out. It's 21st century window into our classrooms. 
Check out the whole ClassOnAir site here.

Here's  a preview of my latest lesson.

Measurement and Decimals - Maths

Direct Instruction
The learning intention for this lesson was to use Multiplicative knowledge to solve Measurement themed problems. We built on our learning from a previous lesson and it used it to work out new problems. In this case we used the same method of solving measurement problems using multiplication and the length of our foot. Learners measured and calculated the length of objects in the classroom, but then calculated the length of those objects in a "giant universe" (3x larger).
See the full episode here