Welcome to my blog! I'm Karen Belt, a fourth year teacher working at Lynmore Primary School in Rotorua, New Zealand. I'm teaching in a Year 3 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.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Reading ... from planning to completion

Earlier this term I was asked to present to teachers in the cluster that may be moving to 1:1 iPads next year.  During this presentation I briefly described how I planned my reading lessons and what they looked like in the classroom.  Following this session I've created a screen cast of the process I follow in reading in my classroom.


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  1. Thank you Karen, this really supports the uLearn session that you and Helen presented. There are a number of teachers wanting to be more effective and visible with iPads in the Hornby Cluster so this will be good to support them.

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    1. Thanks Mark. I'm glad this is helpful and if you can think of any other videos or screen recordings that would assist please don't hesitate to let me know. Often I'm not sure what would be helpful for others to see. Kind Regards, Karen

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  2. Thanks very much for creating and sharing this Karen, we have a lot of very keen Junior teachers in the Toki Pounamu cluster who will really appreciate being able to make the connections between the digital tool and your teaching process.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback Madeline. Please let me know if there is anything in particular that they would find helpful as I'm happy to create screen recordings or short videos if they help. Kind Regards, Karen

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  3. Hi Karen
    Loved seeing this post.... your clarity around the tasks and the set up is invaluable and inspirational. Thanks for sharing .... your approach will make a significant difference to so many students! Fantastic work!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely feedback Sandy :)

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  4. Kia Ora Karen
    Thank you for sharing your approach to reading at this level using digital technologies. I love the reading table... wish my Year 8s could get their lanky legs under one. We sprawl for comfort instead and that's not all bad. I like the use of a generic approach, tweaked accordingly. It makes efficient use of a resource.
    Enjoy your end of term. B;-)

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    1. Thanks for your comment Bev :) I do admit my 5 year olds "sprawl" for comfort on the rugs or couches in my classroom too! Totally different from when I went to school.

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  5. Kia ora Karen. Thank you for sharing this. Your example of visible learning in a 1:1 iPad classroom is amazing. I absolutly love the idea of adding in verbal instructions too. Fantastic work!

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    1. Thanks Christina. Verbal instructions have made such a difference this year.

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  6. Thank you Karen for sharing your ideas and practices. This gives me food for thought at how we continue to move forward at Yaldhurst Model School in Christchurch.

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  7. Hi Karen.

    I love the ideas you have here and have shared it many times with teachers. I also love the way you have the instructions recorded (great Universal Design) but after a few hours googling explain everything have not figured out how you did it - would you mind sharing?

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    1. Hi Lynne, Thanks for your great feedback. I think there two blog posts will help with the recording of instructions. I use an external app, either Garage Band or Quickvoice (free). If you are still stuck, feel free to email me directly (kbelt@ptengland.school.nz) Kind Regards, Karen
      Garage Band: http://goo.gl/pFJXvd
      Quickvoice: http://goo.gl/TLeY9j

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