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!

Friday, 25 November 2016

"Never stop learning because life never stops teaching" - Unknown.

Today we were set the task of creating a site that could act as a digital Curriculum Vitae. Initially I assumed it was a fairly simple task that would't take too long, however turns out we have done a lot of learning this year!

The learning journey that I have come along this year:

  • A range of apps that I have become competent at using:

  • Google Sites experience:

  • Professional and class blogs: 

  • Movies and animation creation: 

By completing this CV it gave me a chance to reflect upon what I have learnt this year and how much I have developed my digital skills.  I look forward to being able to use these digital skills in my own class next year and continue to develop each of these skills!

Friday, 11 November 2016

"Technology gives the quietest student a voice" - Jerry Blumengarent

Today we had the 9th annual Manaiakalani Film Festival. It ran from 9am-9pm at Silva Park Hoyts, across three theatres including the massive Extreme theatre. As MDTA's our job was to organise each school coming through making sure they made it to the right theatre at the right time. The best part of this job was the fact we got to whichever screening we were helping out with, basically we spent the day running around like crazy then taking a breather to watch some epic movies. 

The Film Fest is a perfect opportunity for the Manaiakalani cluster to show case their "learn, create share" model. The majority of the videos created are student driven and were required to have a component of learning from the New Zealand Curriculum. The share aspect I believe is the most important for this festival, to have a genuine audience and for learner's to see their movies on a massive screen is so exciting and inspiring. The night screening is open to the public and was a complete sell out, family, friends, sponsors and researchers all showed up for a two hour screening of top movies and was completely buzzing.

Another way this festival can be used is to advocate for a cause. These are the videos I found most powerful and completely captured the audience. A couple of the stand out films can be viewed below:

One from Stonefields School about the importance of pronouncing names and words correctly can be seen here:

My personal favourite from Sommerville Special School about the respect for parking for people with a disability. 

You can check out all the videos here, feel free to leave comments on any of the videos, leaners and teachers have put so much effort in so let them know how epic their efforts are! I'm definitely inspired for 2017!


Friday, 4 November 2016

"We don't learn by doing, we learn by reflecting on what we have done" - Unknown

Todays digital immersion session was dedicated to ensuring our PRT site was up to date. We were lucky enough to have Anne Sinclair to support us with the content required for our site. I remember back to the beginning of the year and one of the past MDTA's advising us to not leave it all till the end of the year, just to slowly eat away at it constantly throughout the year. Generally I'm more of the classic last minute person, take time to think things through and then scramble to put it all together with a day to go. However, for once, I actually decided to seriously take on this advice. Each time I have had PRT release I have spent 15-20 minutes just updating minutes, observations, feedback, PTC's ect, and somehow I actually have manage to keep on top of the workload!

One of the main things I think it is most important to remember is to include reflection as well as evidence for the Practising Teacher Criteria. You can include all the evidence you want to show what you are doing, but without saying why, or what has manipulated or changed your thinking the evidence doesn't mean a whole lot.

The aim is to stay on top of my PRT site for the next year or so to make sure it doesn't become huge ordeal when it comes time to get registered!