Camberwell South Primary School – Knowledge Bank Tpl Case Study 2009 –


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Camberwell South Primary School – Knowledge Bank Tpl Case Study 2009 –

  1. 1. Title Re-energising ICT and maximising student engagement, at Camberwell South Primary School, through the use of existing ICT resources, Easiteach and Web 2.0 technologies. Contact details Team Members: Barbara Krongold (leader), Rebecca Hodge, Phillipa Lim Camberwell South Primary School Ph: 9889 4295 Abstract Our 2008 Student Attitude to School Survey indicated that our students were disengaged in the classroom and we were looking for ways to enthuse them in them learning. Also we had several IWBs in the school that weren’t being utilised to their potential, and the intention to purchase more as funds become available. Our aim was to skill staff, ourselves foremost, so they became more confident in using the board as an effective teaching & learning tool. In addition there was a basic awareness of web 2.0 technologies and a keen interest to start using these to enhance student engagement and extend student ICT skills. Keywords ICT – Student Learning, Interactive Whiteboards, Easiteach, Web 2.0, Student Engagement
  2. 2. Why we chose this project? •ICT is a major priority in our school strategic plan •To make best use of our great facilities & equipment, in particular the IWBs, laptops and wireless network •To skill and support staff and help them feel confident in their use of ICT •To excite children and engage them in their learning •To meet the requirements of the ICT domain in VELS •To explore the possibilities presented by web 2.0 technologies •To provide students with choices Collecting Data •Staff completed the ePotential survey (to ascertain their strengths & weaknesses) •We surveyed staff about their use of software and hardware in their classrooms (appendix A) •We surveyed a sample of students, across all levels of the school, to gauge how they perceived the use of existing ICT in their classroom (appendix B) Skilling Ourselves Our data revealed: •teachers wanted to learn how to use IWBs & Easiteach •some teachers were curious and keen to explore the use of web 2.0 technologies in their classrooms •students commented that learning with computers was fun •the most common use of ICT was for wordprocessing and internet research Before we could skill and support other staff members we needed to engage in Personal Learning. We undertook the following: •One on one training with an IWB trainer from Well Imagine That •Attendance at a Teachers Teaching Teachers Forums •School visits to Billanook PS & Murrumbeena PS where we observed their use of IWBs and other technologies •Regional PD & conferences to Investigate Web 2.0 technologies •ICT Network meetings •One on one training with ICT innovator in Catholic Education system •Personal exploration of web-based resources
  3. 3. Sharing with Others • Created a team Blog, and Barbara created a personal blog, to keep a record of our experiences and to share our progress with staff. •Enlisted support from our Ultranet coach to run whole staff PD •10 mins of each staff meeting was dedicated to demonstrating tools in Easiteach. •Shared learnings with teams •Pip & Beck provided training for junior & middle teams •Barbara has worked with Senior unit to create class wikis – student digital portfolios and reflection on their learning •Introduced web 2.0 technologies to students eg Podcasting, Toondoos, creating videos with Flip cameras, uploading audio & video into Edublogs & Teacher TV, blogging •Created a bank of IWB activities and resources available to all staff on the school network •Distributed Easiteach toolbar ‘how to’ posters to staff •Conducted after school ICT focus sessions for staff •Converted many typical paper-based activities to IWB focus eg interactive attendance roll, big books, literacy and numeracy activities
  4. 4. Indicators of Success •Teachers are using IWBs on a daily basis •Teachers are familiar with the functions of Easiteach at a basic level and are asking for assistance in taking it further •Teachers are using and adding to our bank IWB activities •Teachers are attending targeted focus PD sessions •Senior students are using wikis as digital portfolios •Individual teachers have created wikis for communicating with parents •A unit team is experimenting with using a wiki for team planning •Interest in using web-based activities for student learning has increased •Through teacher observation it is evident that students have become more engaged in literacy & numeracy activities through the use of IWBs •Individual students are using the IWB to share their outside school experiences at school eg photos and videos Screenshots of current wikis
  5. 5. What we have learnt? •You don’t know what you don’t know •Many things impact on staff uptake of technology •The technology will always let you down •The more you learn the more there is to learn •The ground keeps moving •Children’s enthusiasm will help drive ICT uptake •It all takes TIME Future directions • Installation of IWB in all classrooms in the next 6 months. • Provide a designated computer for each IWB • Continue to build our bank of IWB activities • Managing the resources we have created and make them accessible to all • Continue the culture of sharing so people buid on each other’s skills • PD new staff on how to effectively use IWBs • Some Level teams to set up wikis as main portal of communication with parents. • Maintain the focus on innovative use of ICT in student learning • Further use of Wikis and web 2.0 technologies in classroom programs
  6. 6. APPENDIX A – STAFF SURVEY Name: ______________________________ ICT- What is currently happening in our classrooms? Below is a list of the technologies we have available at CSPS. Please circle the technologies that you have used in the last 6 months to support your teaching program. Please briefly indicate how you have used them and in what area of VELS. Eg. Number Teacher laptop Classroom laptops Digital camera OHP Video camera Scanner Interactive Whiteboard MM Projector Microphones Web cams Digital microscopes Easiteach Wikis Blogs Websites Please choose 3 technologies from the above list that you would like help with. Technology 1 2 3
  7. 7. Below is a list of some available software on the CSPS network (child computers). Please circle the programs you have used in the last 6 months to support your teaching program. Feel free to add any others that you have used. Word Inside stories Kid Pix Excel Easiteach Kidspiration Power Point Team Board Paint Outlook Fiore Kahootz Storybox Tux Typing Photo Story Wiggle Works The Magic Schoolbus Picassa Publisher Audacity Maths Circus Maths 300 Numbers Up Encarta Dangerous Creatures Digital Learning Resources Google Earth Google Maps Heinemann Atlas People, Place and Time Image Banks Please choose 3 programs from the above list that you would like help with. Programs 1 2 3 Prioritise your preferred methods of learning? (1- most preferred, 8- least preferred) Approach an Small group Self directed Online learning Whole School expert for 1:1 targeted PD (eg. - personal Staff meetings assistance Thursday after research school) - online reading Read step-by- Modelled teaching Other- step instructions (demonstration) APPENDIX B – STUDENT SURVEY
  8. 8. Name: ______________________________ Level: ____________________________ ICT Student Survey How often do you use computers in the classroom? o Never o Monthly o Weekly o 2-4 times weekly o Daily For how many hours a week would you use computers at your school? o Less than an hour o 1-2 hours a week o 2-4 hours a week o More than 4 hours a week What do you use computers for? Tick in the box Email Internet Chat PowerPoint Presentation Games Web Design Word Processing Reference/Research Drawing/Pasting Animation Multimedia Production e.g. Databases or spreadsheets Kahootz, movies. Wikis Blogs Creating music Other
  9. 9. Do you like using computers at school? (Briefly explain your answer.) What are the best things you use computers for? What would you like to learn how to do on the computers? What is the main way you learn about computers at school? Do you think using computers makes learning fun? Select the subjects that you use computers in at school. Art Mathematics Literacy PE Italian Resource Centre Music Inquiry Other