Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Content Creator badge support

This badge you can earn anywhere along your journey and you will probably have many items that you can submit for this badge already! You may place the items in your Google drive folder. So let us first look at the criteria for achieving this badge:

So where do you start?
The main aim is to create an item that is "freestanding" and can be used by any other teacher in their classroom. So, look at what you are doing according to your subject CAPS and decide that you are going to create.....
  • A video, soundfile, podcast, slideshow.... explaining/teach something from your classroom related topic
  • A ebook pdf worksheet
  • ........
Combining it with your learning station strategy is a good idea. For example, you can create a learning slideshow/video to leave at one of the stations that the learners can use to learn the information/ skills that they need for that station. 

Some Examples of various multimedia items:
I am looking forward to see what innovative learning objects you guys will be designing!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Twitter support

Twitter has consistently won the annual top learning and teaching award for the last 7 year. So it is important that we investigate what makes it such a stunning all round educational tool. In order to do this you will need to get stuck in and make sure that you get your tweet on!! The good news is that the most difficult part of tweeting is to register and remember your twitter password. After that it is plain sailing.

The following is important:
  • Upload a profile photo (We do not follow eggs)
  • Add a bio so that the right people can follow you. 
  • Follow a few worthwhile tweeps from who you can learn a lot. 
  • Follow your colleagues and @ict4red and @maggiev
  • Retweet some tweets that you feel are good.
  • Don't forget to include the hashtags #gapschools #ict4red
For more information and guidelines and why you need to get your tweet on: 

The badge requirements are as follow:

Some ideas:
  • Tweet some of the classroom integration photos.
  • Post a short video (30secs) of what your lesson is all about. 
  • Ask your colleagues for help via twitter. Because it is happening out in the open you will get a lot of additional help! 
  • Follow your colleagues and encourage one another! See the list (so far) here: (if your name is not on the list.... tweet me! Just put @maggiev somewhere in your tweet!!
  • Retweet some of @sarahperidis lovely tweets!! 

Module 4: Learning Stations Support

Learning stations works very well when you want your learners to learn different skills and topics relating to a central theme in a hands-on engaged way. So basically you will take your Caps theme for the day and identify different things that they can learn successively. This strategy is also really great to do revision with. Make sure that the station topics do not need to follow on one another as groups start at different stations.

The learners are supplied at the onset with a worksheet (or google form) that has to be completed individually during the course of the learning station journey. The fact that they are moving between the stations as a group must be stressed is so that they have to help one another! You can also tell them that they will be doing an exit test to make sure that they pay attention at every station.

For example: 

  1. Maths: Functions 
    Station 1: A video explaining what a function is and they have to come up with some examples
    Station 2: Identifying functions (Video and a testmoz self marking quiz where they have to identify functions
    Station 3: Solving functions (video and apps)
    Station 4: Drawing function with a graphing calculator (apps Algeo Graphing calculator, Functions)
  2. Grade 3 Lifeskills: Religious & Other Special Days
    Each station represent a different day where they have to find out what the day is all about. Leave stuff there for them to dress up with (selfie time) with guiding questions about the day. How would you celebrate the day? (Resources: videos, magazines, app: International special days)
For more examples see the "Doing it differently" section in your Course manual

You always have to do a lesson plan with a brief explanation of what your lesson is about. (Preferred App: Memoires). You need to create station activities by completing the design grid for at least 4 stations. Make sure that your stations activities adhere to the criteria alongside.

You have to provide me with your design grid (upload to your Module 4 Google drive folder), It can also be a photo of your hand written design grid. You also have to take a photo of each of the stations before the learners arrive to do their stations and upload that to your Google drive folder as well.

You will need to create an evaluation form (see above criteria evaluation form) but it can also be an assessment (Google form/Testmoz self marking test) to check if the learners understood the topic. They can do this at home or they can send you their completed worksheets electronically (a photo if they wrote it down).

Remember to take and submit a photo of the learners busy at each station. You can take a little video if you want and tweet that! (See twitter badge)

Any other questions or if you want to bounce any ideas of me, please submit as a comment below so that we can all learn from each other.

I will be using a badging rubric to evaluate the main badges. The idea is to get some idea of the level of implementation and to identify lessons that would be great for teachers awards. You must achieve at least a level 2 in order to qualify for the applicable badge. The rubric can be downloaded form here: