Developing learner agency through eLearning! #ulearn18

Tokorua kaiako from Whakarongo School showing us their experience. Modern learning school.

What is learner agency?
- giving our learners the power to act
- self initiative, self regulation
- agency is interdependent
- student's own actions and how they affect others

Whakarongo school have model of 4 values. Navigator, collaborator, connector and innovator


Navigator
Links to the key competency of managing self...
Time management is a big idea...
Every pod has a simple timetable displayed in the Pod, seesaw, emailing etc It has all the things that children need to know what's going on and where it is happening and then this links to take an interest into what is happening in the day and taking responsibility.
Simply for knowing and keeping track...
The big question they prompt for children is 'What is it I need to have done this week?'

Learning pathways
Tailored to the needs of children they have each year, across each 'year pod' (year groups) as well as school wide and in each curriculum area INCLUDING KEY COMPETENCIES!!
These pathways e.g. reading are shared with each tamaiti are basically the learning progressions.

The process 
with each pathway for example reading, each child then takes recorded themselves reading, decided with a buddy what they think they need to do, they choose some goals, then conference with the teacher and together they confirm goals, once achieved its highlighted and dated.
Goal setting can be recorded verbal, written and then shared on seesaw.


Toku Ui Konanu (My conceptual curriculum)
This is the student led conferences (all modified for each learning level but started straight at 5 year olds)
With the curriculum changing (NO MORE NATIONAL STANDARDS YAY) the school decided to trial an online type of reporting e.g. seesaw

Collaborator
Key competency: relating to others, negotiating etc
Lots of opportunities for tamariki to work together and solve problems together (STEM involvement)
Kaiako give tamariki challenges for teamwork.

Connector
Partnerships, participating and contributing
Ubiquitous learning - accessing any place, any time and any pace.
Children do go back to their learning, using video tutorials instead of modelling books so that children can refer back at their own pace and time.
Jo Boalar reference for 'Mindset messages' is an example of something children can go back and watch
Teacher student modelling books are online digital form. Planning is all shared through Hapara!
Collecting student voice - what are things that distract me? Once these have been shared on google forms there is a chat afterwards to help problem solve.
Reflections are always shared with whanau also.

Innovator
Critical thinking and innovating
Key competency is thinking
Join hands to stop bullying at the beginning of the year topic - using designing tools on ipads e.g. pic collage or book creator
More sharing of their learning through videos.
Exploration inquiry is huge at their schools and they have a lot of access to technology e.g. drones, bee bot, 3D printers all one-to-one ipads. This gives them a million opportunities!!


Next steps for taku kura...
- Introduce Seesaw as a new means of reporting to whanau school wide
- Check out that ever growing IT wish list and keep on wishin!


Tena korua Ana raua ko Julie.

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