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.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

GAFE 2018 Day 2 sessions


Session Five:  Data Visualization and Infographics - Patrick Green

A great way to display data in a way that makes it much easier understand a concept.




Elements of Design:
  • Colour
  • Font
  • Shape
Principals of Design:
  • Contrast
  • Alignment
  • Repetition
  • Proximity

Tips and Tricks for Google Draw:

  • Zoom into a specific area of your Google Draw by clicking on the Zoom button and drawing a square around where you'd like to zoom
  • Put notes/ideas outside the parameters of your Draw so they won't display but are available if you need them - e.g. colour swatches; fonts; images


Session Six:  GEG NZ - Fiona Grant & Justine Driver

It was great to support Fiona and Justine introduce GEG NZ.   If you haven't joined the GEG NZ Google+ group, you can do so here.


GEG NZ support educators in a number of ways:
  • Spotlights
  • Smackdowns
  • Student Learner summits
  • Sparkshop
  • Socialising
  • Study Groups
Session Seven:  Driving change and agendas of innovation forward in your school

Link to resources

Ensure parents understand the time and effort we spend keeping them informed - important they understand they are vital to the process



Upskill yourself first using the Google Certifications


Does what you do give the right picture - are you seen as 'so out there' that people won't want to follow?  Approach the early adopters first and have them share back.   Swing the motivation in your favour.  Start from the early adopters - you will need to give the laggers individual attention, but leave these till last.

Start with ideas such as:
  • Techie breakies
  • Consider how to use staff meetings, PLTs and professional development
  • Build expertise in students to be able to assist both students and teachers



Innovation consistently links back to the SAMR model - in order to build staff capacity ensure you forge new habits and embed and guide thinking through:
  • have an 'open door'
  • be present at key moments
  • guide thinking
  • influence decisions - 
  • scaffold the process

Ensure you understand the WHY before the unpack the HOW.

This will provide:
  • immediate purpose
  • which will drive motivation
  • which will lead to passion
  • which will foster ownership


Think about three priorities rather than a multitude of ideas and visions - do three things well rather than dabble in just a few things.

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