A little about me...

Kia ora!
My name is Juliana Treadwell and I have the privilege of being a part of the MDTA 2016 crew! During my first year of this course I will be a part of an awesome year two/three class at Tamaki Primary School with my highly knowledgeable mentor Sally Barlow. I'm super pumped for this crazy adventure and through this blog I hope you can live and learn vicariously with me and enjoy the experience as much as I am!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

"Patience is a virtue" - William Langland

Fridays session of digital immersion was test of patience, that's for sure. We learnt how to create a short animation video which sounds awesome but it is a lot more time consuming than I ever imagined. 298 photos, all with only the slightest of movements between each still image, slowly creating a minute long video, fair to say I don't ever think I could be so irritated by a jelly baby refusing to stay still. However aside from feeling highly accomplished by the end of four hours creating my movie I actually learnt a couple of lessons along the way. 

Firstly whether I should ever attempt this type of creation with a year 2&3 class... I believe it could be done, as Anne was saying, kids generally find the easiest way to do things, therefore why not try it out, what's the worst that could happen..

Secondly that in general time, effort and patience does reap rewards. Not simply in relation to creating this animation which was time consuming, at times frustrating and felt like you weren't making any progress, but also in relation to my class. My mentor, Sally, was texting me our learners latest writing tests as I was creating my video. The difference between a class of majority pre 1b level writers at the beggining of the year and the 1p and (even some above) writing she was sending me through a term later, was so exciting! 

Sometimes, like creating an animation, the moves are so small that you hardly notice them, but if you play it altogether then you notice the progression and the overall story that is being told. 

Friday, 20 May 2016

"Creativity is intelligence having fun" - Albert Einstein

Today's digital immersion session was based around using iMovie to produce a short 'day in the life of' movie. I created a day in the life of a room three learner and actually quite enjoyed the whole process. Being able to have the freedom to create what I believed portrayed a snippet of one of our learner's lives was quite a challenge. Editing each clip for maximum quality footage and ensuring that each clip aligned with the sound was quite a struggle but a rewarding procedure once the final product was complete.

Looking ahead this experience and the skills I have gained through todays session will support the creation of our video for the Manaiakalani Film festival coming up next term. I need to make sure that by then my iMovie skills have developed enough to create a quality movie with my class... more practice videos to come I'm sure.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai (many hands make light work, unity is strength) - unknown.

The first assignment is done! Considering the already hectic life of school, university and digital immersion course, the task of conducting a case study, analysing data, creating a digital tool to accelerate learning and justifying the newly developed tool has create slightly more stress and a lot less sleep in the past couple of weeks. 

However, ideally the lack of sleep has not been in vain, what I have ended up creating is a digital tool to encourage whānau to read with their kids at home. Each time a book is sent home that we have read in guided reading, there will be a short video, like the one above, available online through our class website. The video describes what we are learning about in that book, which of their learning goals this relates to, and examples of questions that parents could ask during the text that helps work towards these goals. It also includes a variety of questions for after reading that can act as prompts for deeper level thinking. 

This will give the parents a purpose for reading at home with their child which will hopefully help to acclerate these three learners reading progress. Another coincidental side effect of this tool is strengthening our home-school partnership through aligning school work with learning at home and encouraging communication between home and school. 

The next section of the assignment is an analysis into the validity of the tool and whether the predicted achievement outcomes have been achieve through implementing this tool.... stay tuned...

Friday, 6 May 2016

"The earth without art is just eh" - Matt McWilliams

Back to uni today! Today we were sent out into our community to take images that would support the teaching of a selected topic. I decided to focus on the connection between community and art thinking that I would take pictures of Te Oro and the facilities. However once we headed into the heart of Glenn Innes I was more captivated by the phenomenal street art around every corner, the back alleys and random fields. For my class we could focus on the messages behind the art; what makes the difference between street art and tagging, focus on positive colours, images, and words and the purpose of the art. I will use this connection between art and their community for the learners to have a moment to be proud of their community.