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Junior Activity Week 

Orewa College Conference Notes

‘Through the looking glass’ – 15th & 16th March 2013



The following are notes made from a combination of workshops and conversations with other attendees. Refer also to the resources and links in this section of Ultra-Net - RESOURCES from Orewa College.


The programme below is included as a quick reference to what the conference addressed. It was impossible to attend all sessions BUT ask about anything that interests you in case WAD or TAD covered that area.

NOTES on this page cover (in order) Social Studies, Science, English, Speed Sessions (Student comment, Library, Networks for Learning) Parent Comment, Project Based Learning.


SESSION #1 SOCIAL STUDIES Digital Literacy in Social Sciences

Refer to pdf files on the Ultra-Net page RESOURCES from Orewa College

a)   SS - Digital Literacy Quiz

b)   SS Digital Literacy in Social Sciences

APPS: (mentioned as being interesting and/or great value).

1.    CBB (Creative Book Builder). Cost $5.29

2.    National Geographic World Atlas. Cost - $2.59

3.    Sixties. Cost free

4.    Pages. Cost about $13.00

5.    Izik (Search app Android & Apple). Cost free.

6.    Google Earth. Cost free.




1.    Students doing background reading encourage. Part of the Flipped process.

2.    Check out their Yr 9 SS global warming task

3.    Get students to understand that Wikipedia is too technical. Great site but do they understand the explanations given?

4.    Create a workbook that students download, fill in. Barebones look to it part of the plan as students can add their own touch to it colour, font choice, title page etc.

5.    If using apps, try to make it collaborative/group work as not all may have the device that the app runs on.

6.    Use U-space on Ultra-net to link all subject work - like an e- portfolio for students.

7.    Digital Literacy in SS. Would look at digital lit at start of year as a scaffolded topic as opposed to a PBL.

8.    Self reflection important. Have students do this at regular intervals.

9.    Important for seniors to keep physical writing as they need to write for 3 hours in NCEA.





APPS: (mentioned as being interesting and/or great value).

1.    Pages. Cost about $13.00

2.    Keynote. Cost free

3.    IMovie. Cost free

4.    CBB (Creative Book Builder). Cost $5.29

5.    Fast keyboard. Cost free

6.    A Calculator. Cost free.

7.    Periodic table. Cost $18.00

8.    i-elements. Cost free






1.    Surveyed students about which work students enjoyed most answer Lab work.

2.    Used to use lab books - supplemented with textbooks. They required approx. 60,000 pages in hardcopy form.

3.    Used Pages app to create an e-version of lab book.

4.    Don't tend to use textbooks

5.    Research shows that standard of work tends to be better if students know they have to share it/goes public.

6.    HOMEWORK. Use tools such as WebDAV and email.

7.    Use time in class to check their progress OR have them email workbook to teacher. Teacher checks workbook then deletes it.

8.    E-books easier to update.

9.    NOTE: - Learn how to 4 finger swipe to show recent apps that students have been using. Catch them out if off task.

10. No ear plugs in during class.

11. Did not stress too much about apps - let the students go find what they wanted/needed.

12. Camera very useful - filming various things eg living/not living project.

13. Flipped classroom activities

a)    Simple prep Started with only 8 students doing it now 22

b)    Be creative about how you go about checking if they have done it.

c)    If student absent can have another student email them the completed work.

14. Worksheets

a)    Persons electronic version of Nature of Science - unlocked PDF format very good and available on UltraNet.

15. Lab books advantage of being structured.

16.  Still use other tools eg SmartBoard (Interactive Whiteboard)

17. Have been encouraged by test results.

18. Still use textbooks for do it now type activities

19. Filming of experiments very useful can revisit what happened.

20. WHERE TO NEXT? Level 1 NCEA.


SESSION #3 - ENGLISH Adapt or Die - Christine Wells

Refer to pdf files on the Ultra-Net page RESOURCES from Orewa College

a)   ENGLISH - GMTaylor PDF1

b)   ENGLISH - GMTaylor PDF2



1.    Educreations

2.    AtoZ

3.    Phoster

4.    Shmoop

5.    YouTube

6.    Pic Collage

7.    iMovie

8.    CBB

9.    GarageBand

10. Grammar Dragon



1.    Flipboard

2.    Teachers gmail acct

3.    Explain everything (app refer above)

4.    Slide share www.slideshare.net/anniedavis

5.    Dropbox

6.    Wordpress

7.    Educreations

8.    Twitter

9.    iBooks

10. Blog

11. Twitter

12. g+



Christine Wells.




1.    Designed a whole years curriculum at the end of the previous year

2.    No longer standing at the front - student collaboration.

3.    Driving Question which drove the unit

4.    Used Blooms and Gardner template. Points system.

5.    WHATS IN?

a)    Letting go giving students space and freedom to get on with it once unit set-up.

b)    Flipped Classroom Content. For example, created an educreations (app) clip on how to write an essay; students came to class next day to write the essay.

c)    Blogging - students put their essays upon blog for marking.

d)    Teachers encouraged to have a reflection log/blog


I am not a teacher but an awakener - Robert Frost


Gill Taylor

1.    Refer to online refs - created an e- book on 'The Key'

2.    Digital book read online for free - The Key

3.    Had to get them on board. Did things such as

a)    created g- mail accts

b)    Mind mapping apps - Simplemind+ OR Mindjet

c)    Closed circle on g+



SESSION #4 Speed Sessions (could attend three; comments below on Students, Library and Network for Learning [Technical stuff])


Comments included

1.    Felt more of the students in their classes were more engaged for longer periods of time and that there were much less disruptions due to off task behaviour.

2.    über sense favourite.

3.    Felt that it was easier to learn from documents on iPad.

4.    Were still learning how to manage their devices with respect to filing ran out of memory on i-pad and need alternative storage (sync to cloud storage; their own computers etc)

5.    Liked the open nature of some of the course works.

6.    Disliked how the network slowed down.

7.    Easy to catch-up on work if away.

8.    DEFINITELY better having device at school rather than books etc as before.

9.    Admitted they tried the system with respect to getting onto non-school-work related sites in the first month or two now over it and devices almost always used for the correct purpose. This helped by the fact that the College takes firm action and disables student internet access promptly.

10. Introduction to correct use of their device was good

11. Easier continue work at home; once workbooks download everything on their i-pad and therefore not always having to rely upon internet access.



Comments from Fiona Smith-Pilling, librarian. F.smith-pilling@oc.school.nz

They use Oliver for their Library system.

1.    No games allowed to be played on devices in library. Not going to become an Internet café. A games free zone.

2.    No walking around while using devices students need to be seated /at a table etc.

3.    E-books.

a)    Do not have many at the moment (from memory approx. 15)

b)    Use Wheelers for their e-books;

·         purchase book+$2

·         Wheelers host it and issue like a library each copy treated same as a physical book can only be issued to one person at a time; re-issued once returned.

·         need to purchase multi copies if want multiple issues, class sets etc.

4.    Trying to move beyond Google for content/source searches. For example EPIC, The Knowledge Basket.



This was teckie stuff.

1.    About to be announced by the government the roll-out of the largest managed network (in the world was the claim) which would sit on top of UFB. Schools must have UFB before they can use this service.

2.    Details and costs yet to be announced early April???. Would offer a variety of services including site(school) controlled features such as content filtering (with ease).

3.    Supposedly very fast and reliable. Its a case of watch this space and see what the details



1.    Daughter had an Android tablet BUT peer pressure re i-pads meant she would not use the device she had but rather wanted an i-pad.

2.    Difficult for the mother to know if her daughter is actually doing school-work or not on the device. Certainly no difficulties in getting her to supposedly get on with her school work at home.

3.    The i-pad has become a POWERFUL motivator the threat to confiscate the device for a day (or longer) is very powerful. Impacts students on two fronts; they love their device AND shame with peers when they do not have it at school the next day. Also means they have to work hard to catch up on work that is i-pad centred when they get their device back.

4.    When I asked do you think that the path that has been taken with 1:1 devices has resulted in better learning outcomes, success and attitude? the response was
Jury Out at this point. She is in the first wave of this (i.e. yr9 2012) am waiting for first level 1 NCEA  results 2014 exams etc


SESSION #5 Planning a PBL Unit. Althea White

Refer to pdf file on the Ultra-Net page RESOURCES from Orewa College

a)   GENERAL - Project Based Learning



1.    PBL is a Learning Transformation - student driven

2.    PROJECT BASED refs plus heaps of other good stuff:

a)    edutopia.org

3.    8 essential ingredients refer to (pdf mentioned above)

4.    Matrix based upon points and Blooms. Project has a points goal to be achieved

5.    Ideal group size 4

6.    Each student MUST keep a log of progress, issues etc.

7.    Students also required to do a Reflection on a blog.