Thursday, April 30, 2009

Friday 1st May (End of Week One)

What a productive week!

I have managed to update the class wikis and have them ready to go for next week. I have also completed the 'ICT and Formal Writing Survey' which looked at how often they use the computer at home, if they prefer writing by hand or on the computer and stating if they plan to complete their 1.2 Formal Writing formative work as a blog or on refill.

I have attached a copy of the survey on my wiki:

I will also post a spreadsheet of the results next week.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Monday 27th April (week one)

Well first week in to project time and already experiencing delays! I am at home most of this week with a chicken pox covered daughter. The upside is (as well as cuddling daugther on couch), is that it is giving me some extra time to work on getting the student sites and resources ready. I have updated my 11 English Avanced site from last year, and have replicated the page for for 11 English site also:
11 English Advanced:
11 English:

Over the next couple of days I will be creating a short survey looking at student attitudes to writing and their preferences for using ICT or pen and paper.

Next week I will set up the first topic and students will have the choise of completing the fortnightly tasks by hand or as a blog hyperlinked to formal writing page of their class site.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thursday 26th March (pre-project)

This week we have been down in Christchurch working with the E-fellows setting up our respective projects. On Monday we started the three day session with a high energy hunt around Christchurch. Over the remaining three days we spent time clarifying and summarising our project outline. The most useful part of the three days was the opportunity to hear what the other e-fellows are doing. It would have been great to hear a little more from each, as it is still a little fuzzy what each person is doing.

It was also great getting an opportunity to spend some time with our mentor/team leaders, fleshing out a timeline and clarifying what t is we will be looking at measuring. One major challenge over the three days was technology! My laptop continues to play up and our wireless connection was slow at best and non-existent at worst. This was hugely infuriating as I feel like the main thing this three day session could have offered was time! Time that could have been spent creating the resources I need to support this project; updating my existing Year 11 wiki and creating a second one for my other Year 11 class. I also would have liked time to create my pre-project survey for my students.

On the whole the three days were useful and enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed meeting the Core crew and getting to know the e-fellows a little better. Thanks to Vince, Michael, Gina and all for looking after us so well!