ULearn17

Left to right: Ximena, Sandra, myself, Kaehlah, Crystal, Jemma, Karen (in front)

Thanks to Grass Roots Initiative and the funding they awarded me, the #NZreadaloud team presented at ULearn17.

Although speaking in front of people is really not my thing and I get quite anxious, the experience was made less stressful with the team sharing alongside me. We hope that participants experienced a little of what #NZreadaloud is all about.

It is not just reading aloud.

We hope this came through in what we shared. #NZreadaloud can infuse a whole lot of learning experiences; which are mostly student led. Our New Zealand authors have told us how much they love the initiative – as they get to connect with their readers. This is what we love about it. Our kids get an opportunity to listen to the authors of the books tell them about life as a writer and they get to see that the writers of the books we select are real people!

Here is a Flipgrid which shares some of our author voice.

https://flipgrid.com/embed/topic/4930da
Along side the learning which can take place in the classroom is the connected aspect of #NZreadaloud. Flattening the walls of our classrooms and using digital tools for authentic purposes like real time discussion with other learners and authors in Twitter, learners participating in literary discussions in Edmodo, Skyping or having a Google Hangout with others participating, authors, or experts is where the real memorable moments come from.

I will share the Flipgrid of student voice – as this is what really matters. Those of us who believe in the power of #NZreadaloud see the enjoyment on our learners’ faces when we are doing #NZreadaloud. It is an inclusive way to ‘do literacy’.

https://flipgrid.com/embed/topic/34a1fb
Lastly, but by no means least, is our teacher voice. The Flipgrid below shares the stories of some of the teachers who have participated on a regular basis over the last 3 years. I would like to thank the teachers who are choosing to do something different for their kids and all of the teachers who have taken on a team leader role. Without you, we couldn’t make this happen.

https://flipgrid.com/embed/topic/c404d3

Aroha mai

I am writing this add-on acknowledgment to our connected teachers who joined us via Google Hangout for our presentation.

Thank you Belinda for sitting and waiting (in Levin) while we did our introduction. It was fantastic to have you share the Year 1/2 side of things as you and Ximena have worked hard to make this work for our new entrant learners.

To Laura who joined from Connecticut, USA, to share how #NZreadaloud can be part of a Global programme – your contribution was valuable and insightful for the teachers listening in.

Modelling how easy it is to connect to teachers around New Zealand and the world was explicitly demonstrated during these parts of our presentation; a vital part of what we wanted to share.

To end this post, I am sharing the link to our ULearn17 presentation here.

We have also started a Padlet for teachers to ask questions on. We have tried to make this blog a ‘one-stop-shop’ but sometimes there is still something you don’t ‘get’. Please use the Padlet to ask and we will check in on it regularly and answer:)

Kia ora rawa atu mō tō koutou whakarika o te kaupapa.

Kerri and team!

 

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About Kerri

I am an Intermediate School teacher. I graduated with my Post Graduate Diploma in Education with a Teaching and Learning Endorsement (Distinction) in 2016. During 2017 I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice: Digital and Collaborative Learning through Mindlab. Having been inspired by many educators whose blogs I have come across on my professional learning journey, I started this blog as a way for me to keep track of things I am learning and reflecting on in my practice.

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