Times Table Song - Learn, Create, Share the 8 x table

Jaydn is a Year 7 student at Point England School.  Jaydn has been learning the 8 x table and has created a song to support their learning.  In Jaydn's blogpost he shares what he has created with Garageband and a microphone...  A great exemplar for other learners and teacher to showcase different ways of presenting learning and another way of creating a rewindable learning experience. True creativity through song.

'Hello this is my song that I have created so if you like songs and you are struggling with some of your times tables like your 8 times tables,then you should listen to this.This song is my 8 times tables song that I created ENJOY.'

Once you have listened to Jaydn's times table song it would be well worth looking at the planning process of his teacher - Rob Wiseman through his Manaiakalani Google Classroom onAir lesson plan.  This link takes you to Rob's detailed planning, a video clip of the lesson, Rob's reflections, the content shared on the class learning site as well as other examples of student learning.  

Creating Accessible Links - Visible Teaching and Learning

Sue Glen @ Kumara School has created an innovative way for her learners to share learning with her - the digital hand in folder.  From her class Google Site learners have direct access to their 'File Cabinet'.  The blogger logo takes them straight to their individual blog whilst the folder logo takes them to a Google Spreadsheet.  The Google Spreadsheet gives each learner a sheet to paste in the links to their learning for Sue to access.   Once the students have copied in their link, it is able to be colour coded - red = ready for feedback - orange = feedback received - green = work complete.  This could be a great tip for other teachers who are looking for succinct ways for digital hand in.  Here is the link to a viewable copy of the File Cabinet that can be copied.

Examples of Rewindable Learning

+James Hopkins is the Manaiakalani Outreach Facilitator within the Ako Hiko cluster.  At a recent Leaders Professional Learning Group James has collated examples of Rewindable Learning from teachers.  James has recently added these links within the Ako Hiko Cluster Site.

'Often the challenge with creating rewindable resources for your learners is simply knowing where to start. Below are a selection of links to resources created from 2015-2017 in the cluster. If reusing anything, please make sure you are crediting the original owner. If unsure of copyright, check school policy and seek permission first.'

Year level
Brief Description
May Road School
Vasa Key
Educreations video of a fractions of number lesson.
Owairaka District School
Kristie Mills
Simple slides detailing the steps and processes for division.
Wesley Primary
Sam Bound
Maths modelling book
Owairaka District School
Rachael O’Shea
Captured student’s words as alternatives to ‘said’
Waikowhai Primary
Shiralee Sands
Setting up maths problems for a buddy
Billy Hadnett
Digital modelling books for maths groups.
Wesley Primary
Phil Margetts
Hay Park School
Christina Fortes
Digital modelling book templates
Waikowhai Primary
Miriam Lane
Kawa of care example for junior students
Wesley Intermediate
Andy Crowe
Reciprocal reading guide.

Wacky Web Tales to Support Writing

Sally Chatfield and her group of year 5 and 6 learners at Kawakawa School have been learning about parts of speech.  They used a website called 'Wacky Web Tales' to create their own wacky tales.  As the students are creating their tales they are needing to use different parts of speech - noun, verb, adjectives, plural nouns, singular nouns etc - the website gives support for students as to what each of these are.  The students have created some wacky web tales and they have been shared on their class blog through a Google Slide and links.  This blogpost shows another way of sharing student writing on the class blog other than a stream of text.  It gives the reader the opportunity to choose the writing they would like to read.  It also gives students a place where they can read all of their classmates writing from one central place.

Credit - + Sally Chatfield and her Room 2 learners

Falling into Space - Sharing Art Digitally

Art is part of the everydayness of creating in any learning environment.  The vibrance of art is what strikes me when I visit classrooms.  I recently visited Ruma Tahi's blog (year 5 and 6 learners) at Kaniere School and was taken by their fantastic artwork - 'Falling into Space'.  Whilst looking through their amazing artwork I realised yet again, the true value of blogging and sharing, as I said in my blog comment to them, the only way I get to see their artwork is by them sharing it on their blog.  I don't have the option (easily) of jumping on a plane and flying to the West Coast to visit their school.   It is great that Michelle, their teacher, has thought about digital ways to share their artwork.  A great process of Learn, Create, Share.  How do you share the artwork in your class?

Credit - + Michelle Phelps and the students of Ruma Tahi


Explaining Rewindable Learning - 'Just do it!'

Damian is a teacher at  Paroa School who has created a short video clip explaining how he goes about creating 'rewindable learning' experiences for his learners.

Madeline Campbell has created these Google Slides that explain the 'why' of rewindable learning as well as step you through the process of the workflow.  

These Google Slides and Damian's short video clip would be beneficial for all teachers, especially those new to the concept of rewindable learning.  

Credit - +Damian McAulay +Madeline Campbell

Robots and Friendship - Videos to Prompt Writing

Clarelle Davis, a Year 3/4 teacher, at Point England School has been using short video snippets as a strategy to engage her learners in retelling stories in their own words.  The students worked on their stories over a number of days and were able to respond to feedback by adding detail and editing their work.  They also created a picture of their story to share on their blog accompany their writing.  Clarelle's students used Pixlr to create their photos but you could also use Google Drawings if your students are familiar with this tool.

Check out their Robots and Friendship stories and artwork from their class blog.

Jack (2013) from Quentin Haberham on Vimeo.

Credit - +Clarelle Davis