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  1. 1. Integrating SOLO and ICT Edith Cross [email_address] Year 6 Teacher, Meadowbank School, Auckland Lead Teacher, SustainED ICTPD Cluster learning@school Shaping teaching and learning in the 21st century Ko te whenu hou te tau [email_address] Rotorua New Zealand February 2009
  2. 2. Integrating SOLO and ICT <ul><li>Abstract: </li></ul><ul><li>Twice winner of the Holyoake Award for the Trees for Survival initiative. A year 5 class at Meadowbank School has been integrating SOLO Taxonomy, and blogging and ICT into their long term enviro initiatives with great success. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How did Room 13 Students integrate SOLO Taxonomy and ICTs to win the Holyoake Award ?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Room 13 students have made a difference to their world using; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs across all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOLO Taxonomy to enhance their understanding of learning outcomes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And as a consequence; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student motivation and achievement has improved. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student blogging is helping to prevent erosion. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Outline <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Rationale </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of ICTs and SOLO Taxonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  6. 6. Introduction <ul><li>Teaching since 1968 so have seen huge advances technology wise./ Been associated with Meadowbank since 1987, a full time teacher there since 1994./ Started with Apple2Es, Apple Macs, Omegas and dot matrix printers./ Was responsible for the Apples and various computer types in the mid 1990s./ 1995 Windows 95./Encouraged school to buy PCs and have a computer suite which was followed through./ </li></ul>Who am I?
  7. 7. Rationale <ul><li>Meadowbank School is a split site school with a gully between the junior and senior schools. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is notable for its; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- environmental approach to the school culture,(since 2000), </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- “cutting edge” use of new technologies for learning, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- emphasis on thinking skills as a tool for learning, (since 2003). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Meadowbank School is part of the SustainED ICTPD cluster which is concerned with sustainability, ICT and good practice through SOLO Taxonomy. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Integration of ICTs and SOLO Taxonomy 1990’s to 2004 1990’s Computers introduced to classrooms. 2003 Schoolwide Thinking Skills initiative begins. 2003 Entered Auckland Regional Council’s Environmental Green Gold Award program. 1992 Trees for Survival began at Meadowbank. 2000 ICT Specialist teacher appointed. Classroom Manager. Electronic reports. 2003 Achieved Enviro Bronze Award. 1992 to 2003 Attempts to integrate computers into curriculum. 2000 Environmental approach started a gully initiative. 2004 Achieved Enviro Silver Award. 1999 Teachers upskilled in Creative Writer. 1999 School networked. Web Pages. Computer suite. 2004 Room 13 put in charge of the Planter Unit for Trees for Survival.
  9. 9. <ul><li>ARC’s Enviro Green Gold Award: </li></ul><ul><li>Meadowbank School achieved the Gold Award </li></ul><ul><li>Inaugural “Holyoake Award ”: </li></ul><ul><li>Room 13 won the Trees for Survival Holyoake Award </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extra PCs for Y4 classrooms/PaknSave </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MOE Laptops for Staff scheme. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PLC groups introduced. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 th International Thinking Conference in Melbourne. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attended Jacqui Sharp course. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attended Mind map course. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set up Swartz’ Graphic Organisers in Room 13 shared with staff. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Science exhibition – Room 13 featured “erosion” as a Natural Disaster, and Trees for Survival. </li></ul></ul></ul>Integration of ICTs and SOLO Taxonomy 2005
  10. 10. <ul><li>We started Criteria and Reflection sheets. </li></ul><ul><li>Smartboard trial. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Lane Clark” 2 day seminar. </li></ul><ul><li>Added two class laptops. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration concept mapping software introduced. </li></ul><ul><li>Third ICT specialist teacher’s innovative approach. </li></ul>Integration of ICTs and SOLO Taxonomy 2006
  11. 11. <ul><li>Room 13 became a “digital” classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Attended a “SOLO Taxonomy” and ICT” two day seminar by Pam Hook and Julie Mills. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Pohl. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support and inspiration from fellow Year 5 teacher. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Started Mathletics Mathletics 1.jpg . Video pics 076.avi </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PaknSave money. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lane Clark. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Started a writing blog using Wordpress: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs for Trees for Survival and “topic” followed. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity used for voice recordings for Podcasts. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skype and Scribble introduced. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts utilised in Reading. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital projector used with camcorder for demonstrations . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ICT components for task boards. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IWB successes. </li></ul></ul></ul>Integration of ICTs and SOLO Taxonomy 2007
  12. 12. <ul><li>SOLO Taxonomy introduced to Meadowbank School as a model of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Lead Teacher on the SustainEd ICT PD Contract </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative planning using SOLO Taxonomy and ICTs </li></ul><ul><li>Meadowbank achieved ultimate enviro award – Green Gold for the second time. </li></ul><ul><li>Room 13, as a Year 5 class , won the Holyoake Award for the second time. ( Presentation ) </li></ul>Integration of ICTs and SOLO Taxonomy 2008
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>Second TV. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attended advanced seminar with Dr Robert Swartz. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop on how SOLO Taxonomy and Swartz graphic organisers can be used alongside each other to our IT Cluster Teacher Only Day. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used Photo Story 3, Sketchup sketchup 002.jpg , drain drain 2, Gimp 2 and Moviemaker. Filming Filming 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bubbleshare and Youtube capture work for blogs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gamemaker. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth used in Reading and Inquiry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths blog for cross group class, and a reading blog for book reviews established. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound system for classroom sponsored by Rotary. </li></ul></ul>Integration of ICTs and SOLO Taxonomy 2008
  14. 14. SOLO Taxonomy, ICT and HOT <ul><li>As lead teacher on the ICTPD Contract I have; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trialled collaborative planning using SOLO Taxonomy, and used HOT SOLO maps. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planned ahead for HOT SOLO maps and self assessment rubrics . 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems – suitable topics needed, assessment was difficult initially. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjusted my thinking because I’d got ahead of my own understanding. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>2008 Year 5 class started off with an initial statement defining erosion. </li></ul><ul><li>Planting Trip Trees for Survival 2.ppt </li></ul><ul><li>HOT SOLO coded Maps were done in sequence building deep knowledge and conceptual understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Wall displays and HOT SOLO coded maps </li></ul><ul><li>We recorded our journey using; </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital photos and Bubbleshare, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Videos and YouTube </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PhotoStory3 and CDs, and our </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Trees for Earth’s Survival” blog. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The Trees for Survival Blog has a worldwide audience to spread our message regarding prevention of erosion. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It was the use of the blog along with two demonstration videos made by Room 13 children on “pricking out” and “potting on” that greatly impressed the Trees for Survival judges. </li></ul></ul></ul>Trees for Survival, HOT and Solo Taxonomy
  16. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>I have learnt by trial and error. </li></ul><ul><li>The statement “Practice makes perfect” is true! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep asking for support. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate IT in all areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Use SOLO Taxonomy as a way of looking at learning outcomes throughout the curriculum – Inquiry, Literacy, Maths, The Arts, PE. It can be done! </li></ul><ul><li>Take photographic evidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Use blogs. Wordpress is great for keeping control of them. They make accountability easy – Management and parents can see what you’re doing as well as the children. Saves trees! </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs give your class a worldwide audience and a purpose to their work. </li></ul><ul><li>Integration is the key to success. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, if I can do it, anyone can . </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions? <ul><li>Email me at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Check out and comment on (please) our room13 blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solo Taxonomy Contacts - Pam Hook and Julie Mills: </li></ul><ul><li> and </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] and [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>ICTPD Cluster – </li></ul><ul><li> and </li></ul><ul><li>Trees For Survival - </li></ul>