Welcome to my blog! I'm Karen Belt, a teacher and leader of digital learning, working at Lynmore Primary School in Rotorua, New Zealand. I'm teaching in a Year 2 class using iPads to engage and motivate learners and improve student achievement. This blog documents my teaching journey and my learning processes with iPads in the classroom. I've proud of having been a member of the inaugural Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy(MDTA) program and last year a Spark Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher (MIT) and Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir teacher.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A week is a long time in a 5 year old's learning journey

Today I realised that a week can be a long time - and not in a bad way!  Last week I blogged about using Explain Everything to help my learners with identifying the numbers 1 - 9.  I created a bingo card as a way to assist with this learning while also scaffolding the introduction of the stylus which will be an essential tool as the year progresses.

We've played the EE Bingo five times now, every day as a whole class during the early stages of the maths lesson.  Today, as part of the MDTA (Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy) my lesson was observed by our lecturer and she also noticed the engagement all the learners had and how motivated they were to find the numbers on their card.  Unpacking the lesson afterwards, I realised how much progress has been made in just a week - last week most of my learners were unable to identify numbers, despite being able to count to 10 in most cases.  Yet today, they were helping each other and having fun "beating Mrs Belt" to finding the number first - and in most cases they were getting them right!

This was further reinforced when we moved onto ordering the numbers 1 - 10 in a small group - many of them flew through this activity with 100% accuracy!   I now need to put my thinking cap on and find more ways to reinforce this learning and move onto the next step!  Earlier tonight I needed to give a presentation (watch this space, I will post it soon) about how I plan to extend my learners using Explain Everything - one of my messages was to constantly find different ways for learners to repeat activities so that they continue to find them engaging - this is one of those scenarios!


  1. Do the kids write over the number with their stylus when they hear it called out?

    1. They sure could, but I used this activity to scaffold how to hold the stylus properly so they put a cross over the number as it is called out at this stage. We have been writing our numbers in a different Explain Everything activity later in the maths lesson.