In April, 2017 I attended the 2 day GAFE summit at Aorere College. Over the 2 day duration I attended a range of workshops and talks focused on using google more effectively for teaching and learning. Some of the work shops I attended included:
- Using google docs more effectively
- Using google maps, my maps and google earth
- Using google ups to support te reo in the classroom
The key highlights for me over the two days that I have since taken to the classroom have been:
- Jefferey Hail’s work shop on google documents. While prior to this work shop I felt I was relatively proficient in using google docs I still felt I could learn a few things. The main “hack” I took with me to the classroom was being able to change the settings of a google doc to make sure students make a copy of the document straight away (simply changing /edit on the document to /preview or /copy). This was particularly useful as I was using google sites in most of my classes and regularly posting work on the google calendar but forgetting to change the settings. I had been caught out a few times with students writing on the original document. This tip has saved me a lot of time and hassle!
- Jefferey Hail’s workshop on my maps, showed me how to use my maps in an engaging way – especially important in geography! I have since used this with my senior classes as a way to become familiar with location. I like this app in particular because students can mark points on the map, annotate and add videos. Here is the link to the presentation.
- I went to a workshop on applications that were focused on using Te reo in the classroom and got some basic tips such as adding te reo as a language to include macrons in your text as well as basic sentence structure and grammar a site for waiata (which I haven’t used yet but could be helpful if I’m ever required to come up with and teach a waiata).I also learnt about māori maps which maps Aotearoa’s marae and the macron restoration site you can transfer text and it adds the macron into the correct place (I wish I knew about this when writing my thesis!).