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, 20 March 2016

Manaiakalani-Google ClassOnAir .... its live!

I'm super excited to be one of five teachers involved in a great new initiative in 2016 -  Manaiakalani-Google ClassOnAir!  This is an opportunity for us to share whole lessons and planning with other teachers around the world as well as showcasing the work our learners complete independently.

The site launched over the weekend and my first two lessons are now live, with additional lessons posted approximately every two weeks.  My focus will be on literacy (reading and writing) with other teachers focusing on different curriculum areas.  These are:

Matt Goodwin - Pt England School Year 5 - Reading
Nicola Wells - Tamaki College Year 13 - Science/Biology
Stephanie Parker - Stonefields School Year 4-6 - Reading/Writing
Jason Sharma - Tamaki College Year 13 - Maths/Statistics

All our lessons are able to be accessed via the Manaiakalani-Google ClassOnAir home page or you can visit My ClassOnAir Site directly.  I look forward to sharing even more with the teaching community and welcome feedback or comments.


  1. What an amazing start you have made to your ClassOnAir Site, Karen! It is great to see how your learners are taking what they learnt in their reading micro group and transferring this into their learning activities :) Look forward to seeing your future lessons!

  2. Thank you for sharing your amazing lessons with us Mrs Belt. I really enjoyed watching your learners engaging with the text and the EE activity. The different elements in your explain everything activity have given me some ideas for my learners. I look forward to watch your future lessons and seeing how your learners progress throughout the year.