Kia Ora Whanau It has been a pretty busy couple of terms since the Learning@school Conference. The Wikispaces - portfolio workshop had an amazing impact on us at Hatea-a-Rangi School. Koka Vicki and I were full of enthusiasm and decided that we would be familiarising ourselves with wikispaces and how to use it.

Aim Term 2: - Set up a School wikispace with all students developing their own pages. Aim Term 3 :would be to work on content and begin tracking the progress of our students. Kia ora Whanau A summary of my Breakouts at the Learning@School Conference 2008.

Breakout One and Two -

Filming Moving Images with Junior Classes - Mike Whiteman

This workshop focused how to get started with moving images(filming) in junior classess. It focused on proven strategies that had worked in junior classess within N.Z. The main focus was on planning story boards, handling of equipment appropriately and actual filming. Something to note editing through the computer was not a focus(I was hopping to get into that). Planning before filming and mental editing were promoted as the key element. Links to oral and visual language and examples from the Moving Images Exemplers. It is worth digging this out and viewing. I got some fantastic ideas for storyboarding and planning from this work shop and Exempler.

Yep I went back for more as I really want to get started with some basic filming skills, story boarding in the junior school. He began introducing angles in this one and more sophisticated strategies which promote oral language and visual language skills. Once again it is of value to watch the Moving Images Exemplers. Teaching and Learning strategies within the two workshops are all in the exemplers.

Breakout Three and Four - e-Portfolios a personal space for learning

Ian Fox, Lenva Shearing, Gail Mitchell

This workshop investigated the pedagogy behind the e-portfolio and clarified the concept of how to use it and why. An indepth look into e-portfolios at Bucklands Beach Intermediate. A great discussion including viewpoints of principal, management and a teacher that trialed e-Portfolios within a Year 7 class last year with a select group. Examples of e-Portfolios were shown along with online conversation with students who were part of the trial last year. An introduction to the type of programmes students used to begin e-Portfolios. A detailed look at wiki and bloggs - interactive online software. I had never seen a wiki before and had limited knowledge with use of bloggs. (Oh my gosh there are a lot of things to tutu with on a wiki just had a two hour off the waka moment). I highly reccomend the online tutorials. A great tool for the e-Portfolio and very interactive providing feedback online from teachers and whanau, free access to new software, provides differnt genre to present work from still images to animation and it also is a positive way of celebrating achievements. So, I am going to have to have alot of tutu time to get my head around it.

Yep I went back again in Breakout Four as I was wondering how students with low literacy would cope with this personal learning space idea. They had trialled a group of high achievers and lower achievers and showed examples of their e-Portfolios. I was very impressed. A leading theorist in this area we were asked to read is Helen Barrett related links are within her page.