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.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

10,000 + ... wow!

I've been a little quiet on the blogging front over the last couple of weeks, even by "my" standards!  Its been a busy few weeks with most of my non-contact time going on my dissertation and contribution to the Manaiakalani Film Festival - the event itself is still over a month away, but our entries are needed by the end of this term in order to allow time for the behind the scenes work to be completed!  That said, I have a number of posts in my 'head' which I'm hoping to have posted over the next few days.

Tomorrow we have our termly staff presentations on our inquiry journey and I've been putting my presentation together this afternoon - yes the blog post is already scheduled!  I frequently use my blog as a way of looking back at what I've been doing over the term and in doing so today I noticed this number:
WOW!  I love blogging (thank you Dorothy Burt for getting me hooked!!) and for me its a way of reflecting on my journey - the things that go well and also things I need to try to do differently.  As a Beginning Teacher it also allows me to look back and see what I did this time last year and what worked well so I'm able to repeat it.  Its extremely motivating to hear from others that have found something of interest on my blog and taken the time to comment or email me directly.  Having said that I read blogs from all over the world and they constantly inspire me, but I often don't take the time to leave a comment so I can only hope that my 'click' on their blog, or frequent return visit is as motivating for them as it is for me!

One such 'click' today (a referral from Innes Kennard - thanks Innes!) took me to an article by Kelly Walsh entitled "The State of the iPad in Education in 2015".  One particular comment made reminded me of the supportive collaborative environment I'm lucky enough to work in.   

"Of course, achieving results like these doesn’t happen magically. Just giving devices to students and hoping it makes a difference is not a plan at all and is likely to result in nothing more than a waste of school funds.
Successful implementation of any large technology initiative requires effective planning and well designed professional development. It’s really just that simple. 
Pt England School is innovative in so many ways and we are lucky to be provided with continue Professional Development opportunities that we can use to support our pedagogy and teaching practice. This supportive environment allows me to be continually innovative to ensure I plan engaging and personalised activities for my learners.

Finally - to all those viewers of my blog - thank you!  I hope you find something useful, something that helps in your practice or inspires you to try something new.   Your "clicks" have sure motivated me!

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