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.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Ubiquous Learning

Yesterday our whole staff received Manaiakalani Professional Development from Dorothy Burt focused on ubiquous learning ... learning which is able to happen anytime, anyplace, anywhere.  Digital technologies provide this affordance and during the session we were asked to consider how?  How are we using the technologies to provide ubiquous learning?  What ideas do others have that we could use to help our own learners?

As with any professional development, the value to me is in both attending and then reflecting afterwards to see what benefits there may be for my learners.  Some of the ideas that came out of the session may not be usable right now, but could definitely have impact in the future.  This list documents some of the great ideas and tools which were discussed today (some of which I'm already using):

Google Keep - my new favourite friend.  The opportunity to take notes, leave audio, weblinks or images all in one place.  Added benefits include the ability to search through your notes and add reminders.

Poplet or Padlet for brainstorms during writing time

Recording specific lessons or make a modelling movie, so learners are able to rewind them and watch them again when needed.  Additionally, You Tube clips often step learners through the learning in a simple well laid out way.

Evernote as a modelling book for learners which can be embedded on the class site so learners can go back and review.

Use of sound bites to record instructions for learners, particularly those lower readers.

"If it is worth teaching, it is worth capturing. If it is worth learning, it is worth capturing."

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