Snapshots - Supporting professional learning at Mt Roskill Grammar
Proposal:To upskill a select group of students to be experts in using iLearn and MyPortfolio as well as other eLearning tools.Rationale:We need to be taking steps to be prepared for the digital global age.Supporting a school of 2400 is not a one man job. It makes sense to have a team that can play a supporting role inhelping students and teachers alike with iLearn and MyPortfolio amongst other tools – even using a data projector takesa little time to learn.We have experts within our student body already – some have had a leadership role in the sphere of using eLearningtools since primary (Tech Angels).This role would develop key competencies within the students such as giving them an opportunity to developleadership and community service skills.
Student VoiceHow does ICT help you with your learning?Resources are always at your fingertips, whether it be definitions or help from social media.A lot, iLearn English and NZQA are amazing.It helps me do some revision before a test or examIt helps me understand in depth the general knowledge I need to know.research is faster and easier.i am able to find information on the school website when at home, so i can complete homeworkIt was best from my learning to have this support from ilearn at home and school work. It givesme the revisions and information from my studies so I can pass my exams because of mylearning in MRGS.it helps me catch up on work that I have missed in class (if the notes are on iLearn)A key aspect in aiding with learning. First place to go if something was not understood in class orwanting to reinforce further what was learnt.By having essential notes online and accessing themIt helps me as I cannot write fasti helps for my research in subjects like biologyIt helps me connect with people and gives me access to essential resources like past exampapers or achievement standards.it helps me know how to use different sorts of documents that Ive never used before e.g:scratch,flash.Makes learning less dull. Something new to do to learn.Looking up resources for assessments or research projects.quite well, Bestchoice is very useful for chemistryYES it does. without the help of the internet i dont know how i would complete my assignments,etc.
Student VoiceHow could ICT best be used to help you in your learning at MRGS?Regular class updates and useful resources that are easily accessible.By giving students access to computers during class times.To be honest, nothing beats old-school teaching but ICT would help very much in saving timewhen research needs to be done because time is always an issue when it comes to school-work.have interactive game to do with the topicto have all the notes on iLearn so I dont have to copy them down (instead of only having a few ofthe notes)Establishing communication with teachers outside of school environment is a key tool to learning.Being able to seek help or advice over the weekend or school holidays from subject teacherswould help greatly if uncertain with things in related subject. Communication outside of schoolshould be established.By involving programming tooTeachers should put up more notes and bits and pieces up on ilearn as it encourages us to learnand access it more.for those who own one, be allowed to bring a laptop or ipad (if you own one) to school. A printerpossibly in the common room for seniors if they have a laptop to print assignments. for those whodont, have more allowance on students using computers in class rooms as well as library butonly with a teacher of course.Allow faster internet service from school computers. Try to have ilearn up and runningat all timesso students are able to access the resources available from ilearn whenever there is a need forit.by having teachers online so questions can be answered at homeSeriously speaking, people study more on facebook than they do on ilearn as there many studygroups on facebook which helps people clear their doubt.Faster net will not waste valuable learning time in class.If there could be certain, discussion forums, on certain subjects e.g. maths year 12. Better yet,each subject class could have their own forum, so students can communicate, and share theirproblems, and get their teachers help outside the classroom.Provide us with games that teach us instead of mindless exercises which bore us and make usless receptive toward the teachings.we could have faster internet at school, because it takes a very long time to load pages when thewhole class is using the internet.