30 November 2016

Reflection on teaching Google Classroom to my peers #FéilteBeag

I heard of #féilte beag at this years Féilte 2016, the idea being to share teaching and learning with our peers/colleagues.  So this is my reflection.....

A few weeks ago I asked would any of my colleagues be interested in staying back after school to learn about google classroom and google sites which we use for student ePortfolios.  Below is my lesson plan, but I was a bit ambitious as it took one hour to cover google classroom alone.    I must say I learned as much from my colleagues as they did from me, as I showed features eg create an announcement, my colleagues spoke of ways they would use it in their subject area.  We also agreed to share knowledge in the future as more teachers commence using google classroom across a variety of subjects.

In summary, I use announcements for recording homework which absent students can check, also use it for uploading revision handouts, powerpoints, and youtube videos to recap on a topic.  The reuse feature allows for posts to be reused again for revision/repeat classes which is a user-friendly feature for teachers.  I use the assignment feature to set a task for students with a deadline date for submission and any file can be uploaded and shared.
The use of the question feature was a big hit!  I have used this in class, whereby students worked in pairs to answer a question displayed on the board, they would submit their answer, then they could see other students answers and could improve/edit their answer again if need be.  This is a good way AFL,it  is quick and students liked it and learned from each other.
Once classes are created as well as giving access to students, the classroom can be shared with other teachers/colleagues.  Using google classroom allows for differentiation, sharing and peer assessment among students.



Lesson Plan

Wednesday 30/11/2016

4.00-5.00 but can start at 3.50...


Learning Intentions:

Google Classroom:
  1. Set up Google classroom and create a class.
  2. Invite students to join your classroom.
  3. Create announcement.
  4. Create assignment.
  5. Create question.
  6. Sharing my classrooms with another teacher


Google Sites:
Part 1-
To Create a Teacher website/ePortfolio:
  1. Create Google    ClasswebSite/ePortfolio

  2. Set up Themes: header,Banner,Fonts.

  3. Create new pages

  4. Insert text boxes

  5. Insert images

  6. Insert links

  7. upload documents

  8. Insert documents from the drive: Documents, Presentation, videos, forms, images.

  9. Publish site

Part 2- Student ePortfolio:

Students to add teacher as collaborator to enable access to student ePortfolio

Or use eportfolio class emails.

20 November 2016

My student task for 1st years in coding class.

I am working on HTML and CSS with my first year students in coding class.  We hope to introduce coding next September and are now piloting it with our current first years.  I have mixed ability classes (some students who have SEN needs).  I started the coding specification by doing  HTML rather than scratch as I wanted to do something new and different and create curiosity in this short course.  HTML is a Hyper text mark up american language, as well as learning the language, the students need to be able to save html documents correctly in a folder.

So this is a student task I have created and I believe most students will achieve the success criteria, and a few will surprise me by finding new code and adding it to their sites.

Students have being doing HMTL for a few weeks and have covered some theory.

Making connections:    Computers are communication devices

Student Task
Create a website with HTML and CSS.

SUCCESS CRITERIA

Students will be successful in their learning if they can:
1.     Create a website with at least 3 html pages, Homepage, how the internet works, and a hobbies page.
2.     Create a folder and save all pages in the folder.
3.     Put <!DOCTYPE html> at the start of each html page.
4.     Use at least five formatting tags, eg. <h1></H1>
<p></p>, <br>, <b></b>,<u></u>.
5.     Make sure the META tags are included on the homepage as they help to locate the website.
6.     Create a page called how the internet works, include at least 2 images, at least 2 paragraphs in your own words and one youtube video explaining how the internet works.
7.     Include an internal style or external style sheet.
8.     State where they sourced their information
9.     Present your website to a peer for peer assessment based on 2 stars and 1 wish.

Learning Outcomes:

2.1discuss the basic concepts underlying the internet
2.2 describe how data is transported on the internet and how computers communicate and cooperate through protocols
2.3 explain how search engines deliver results

2.4 build a website using HTML and CSS to showcase their learning




Students will be given: Teacher Theory Notes as follows:


2.1DISCUSS THE BASIC CONCEPTS UNDERLYING THE INTERNET
How the internet works??
The internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks.
When two or more computers/devices are connected so that they can communicate, they become part of a network.  The internet consists of a world-wide interconnection of such networks, belonging to companies, governments and individuals, allowing all of the devices connected to these networks to communicate with each other.
2.2 DESCRIBE HOW DATA IS TRANSPORTED ON THE INTERNET AND HOW COMPUTERS COMMUNICATE AND COOPERATE THROUGH PROTOCOLS
In order to communicate, computers need to understand each other.  So all devices use the samelanguage’ or protocol, called “internet Protocol”(IP).  Every  computer has its own (IP) address.  When sending any communication over the internet, it is sent from the senders IP address to the receivers IP address.
There are agreed type of formats for communicating on the internet:, eg:
·         SMTP for sending emails
·         HTTP for accessing websites
·         BitTorrent for peer-to-peer[p2p] file sharing.
An IP address is a numerical address that is assigned to every device connected to the Internet.
McNamee,Fiedler,Humeau. (2015)



Linking information on the internet:

The World-Wide Web is built on HTTP, a relatively young protocol (language) that is built on top of the Internet Protocol (IP). HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol, and was designed to download so-called hypertext documents (what are now known as “web pages”) and to send some basic information back to the web server.
Web pages are created using the formatting language HTML, (HyperText Markup Language). The rules of this language are set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and specify special markers to indicate typography and layout properties. For example, text in bold will have before it and after it. While there are several versions of the specification (HTML5 being the most recent), the HTML development process is continuous and open to participation.
Once the standards have been set, there is no licence or fee for using HTML. The advantage is that all available computer systems understand the instructions in HTML in the same way – so anyone can use the language (for free) and be sure that every device will display the web page in the same way. The Web (and the world) would be far poorer if people had to pay to develop pages in the languages of different types of computer. Webpages are published on machines known as “web servers”.  McNamee,Fiedler,Humeau. (2015)
The website must have a domain name (web address) to go online.  Domain names can be bought online.
2.3 EXPLAIN HOW SEARCH ENGINES DELIVER RESULTS
Navigation on the World Wide Web works through hyperlinks (text or images which, when clicked on, will cause another website to be opened). Any Web author can link to any other online content. Through the practice of linking all Internet users help with organising the information online into a Web of interconnected resources.
Search engines are therefore the most important services to help meet the need of Internet users to navigate the Internet more effectively. There are different kinds of search engine services. The most important search engine model is the crawler-based search engine. This uses software (referred to as “crawlers” or “spiders”) to look for what is available online and systematically indexes this content.
In simple terms, the spider/crawler follows every link on every page, indexes the linked pages and then follows the links on those pages, indexes them, and so on.  The most important operation the search engine performs is making the match between a user’s search query and the information in the index.


Joe McNamee, Kirsten Fiedler & Marie Humeau, (2015) How the Internet works. Available at: http://www.future-internet.eu/uploads/media/how_the_internet_works.pdf (Accessed 18/11/2016)  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

Link to Theory Notes....(Creative Commons Licence)

My student task for 1st years in coding class.

I am working on HTML and CSS with my first year students in coding class.  We hope to introduce coding next September and are now piloting it with our current first years.  I have mixed ability classes (some students who have SEN needs).  I started the coding specification by doing  HTML rather than scratch as I wanted to do something new and different and create curiosity in this short course.  HTML is a mark up american language, as well as learning the language, the students need to be able to save html documents correctly in a folder.

So this is a student task I have created and I believe most students will achieve the success criteria, and a few will surprise me by finding new code and adding it to their sites.

Students have being doing HMTL for a few weeks and have covered some theory.

Making connections:    Computers are communication devices

Student Task
Create a website with HTML and CSS.

SUCCESS CRITERIA

Students will be successful in their learning if they can:
1.     Create a website with at least 3 html pages, Homepage, how the internet works, and a hobbies page.
2.     Create a folder and save all pages in the folder.
3.     Put <!DOCTYPE html> at the start of each html page.
4.     Use at least five formatting tags, eg. <h1></H1>
<p></p>, <br>, <b></b>,<u></u>.
5.     Make sure the META tags are included on the homepage as they help to locate the website.
6.     Create a page called how the internet works, include at least 2 images, at least 2 paragraphs in your own words and one youtube video explaining how the internet works.
7.     Include an internal style or external style sheet.
8.     State where they sourced their information
9.     Present your website to a peer for peer assessment based on 2 stars and 1 wish.

Learning Outcomes:

2.1discuss the basic concepts underlying the internet
2.2 describe how data is transported on the internet and how computers communicate and cooperate through protocols
2.3 explain how search engines deliver results

2.4 build a website using HTML and CSS to showcase their learning




Students will be given: Teacher Theory Notes as follows:


2.1DISCUSS THE BASIC CONCEPTS UNDERLYING THE INTERNET
How the internet works??
The internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks.
When two or more computers/devices are connected so that they can communicate, they become part of a network.  The internet consists of a world-wide interconnection of such networks, belonging to companies, governments and individuals, allowing all of the devices connected to these networks to communicate with each other.
2.2 DESCRIBE HOW DATA IS TRANSPORTED ON THE INTERNET AND HOW COMPUTERS COMMUNICATE AND COOPERATE THROUGH PROTOCOLS
In order to communicate, computers need to understand each other.  So all devices use the samelanguage’ or protocol, called “internet Protocol”(IP).  Every  computer has its own (IP) address.  When sending any communication over the internet, it is sent from the senders IP address to the receivers IP address.
There are agreed type of formats for communicating on the internet:, eg:
·         SMTP for sending emails
·         HTTP for accessing websites
·         BitTorrent for peer-to-peer[p2p] file sharing.
An IP address is a numerical address that is assigned to every device connected to the Internet.
McNamee,Fiedler,Humeau. (2015)



Linking information on the internet:

The World-Wide Web is built on HTTP, a relatively young protocol (language) that is built on top of the Internet Protocol (IP). HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol, and was designed to download so-called hypertext documents (what are now known as “web pages”) and to send some basic information back to the web server.
Web pages are created using the formatting language HTML, (HyperText Markup Language). The rules of this language are set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and specify special markers to indicate typography and layout properties. For example, text in bold will have before it and after it. While there are several versions of the specification (HTML5 being the most recent), the HTML development process is continuous and open to participation.
Once the standards have been set, there is no licence or fee for using HTML. The advantage is that all available computer systems understand the instructions in HTML in the same way – so anyone can use the language (for free) and be sure that every device will display the web page in the same way. The Web (and the world) would be far poorer if people had to pay to develop pages in the languages of different types of computer. Webpages are published on machines known as “web servers”.  McNamee,Fiedler,Humeau. (2015)
The website must have a domain name (web address) to go online.  Domain names can be bought online.
2.3 EXPLAIN HOW SEARCH ENGINES DELIVER RESULTS
Navigation on the World Wide Web works through hyperlinks (text or images which, when clicked on, will cause another website to be opened). Any Web author can link to any other online content. Through the practice of linking all Internet users help with organising the information online into a Web of interconnected resources.
Search engines are therefore the most important services to help meet the need of Internet users to navigate the Internet more effectively. There are different kinds of search engine services. The most important search engine model is the crawler-based search engine. This uses software (referred to as “crawlers” or “spiders”) to look for what is available online and systematically indexes this content.
In simple terms, the spider/crawler follows every link on every page, indexes the linked pages and then follows the links on those pages, indexes them, and so on.  The most important operation the search engine performs is making the match between a user’s search query and the information in the index.


Joe McNamee, Kirsten Fiedler & Marie Humeau, (2015) How the Internet works. Available at: http://www.future-internet.eu/uploads/media/how_the_internet_works.pdf (Accessed 18/11/2016)  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

Link to Theory Notes....(Creative Commons Licence)

14 November 2016

My blog on creating student tasks for 1st year Business studies


I have been working with the NCCA to help with the development of annotated samples of student work for Junior Cycle Business Studies.   I work with another business teacher to plan and develop these samples.  To date we have 2 student tasks created.  It is a learning process for both students and teachers and involves training our students on new ways of assessing learning.

Our first task covered was created to assess learning of payslips and taxes paid by people.  The following are the success criteria for the task, but in hindsight, we were too ambitious. Students created a padlet first gathering relevant information and then created a screencast to explain the learning.  The used images from their copies etc to show learning on the padlet. But it was a lot of work for just on small student task, however students learned a lot of new skills in the process.

  1.        We can give different examples of how pay is calculated
  2.        We can fill out payslips accurately
  3.        We can calculate percentages
  4.        We can calculate Gross Pay and Net Pay
  5.        We can explain what are voluntary and non-voluntary deductions that are taken from a payslip
  6.        We can categorise types of taxes
  7.        We can create a padlet
  8.       We can use screen-o-matic


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzoOi1a8UpioTHNkMno5YUN2Wm8/view?usp=sharing


This is our second student task based on family income and expenditure.  This task is more focused and targeted learning is assessed.  We did find that students were not sure about how to create a good poster and lack knowledge of cited correctly.  All of which we can work on.
Students will be successful in their learning if they can:

1. Present your project in a poster form which can be

hand written, typed or a combination of both following

our guidelines for effective presentations, ensure font is readable.

2. Describe sources of household Income, using at least 2 examples.

3. Describe sources of household expenditure,

4. Illustrate a way to manage income and expenditure, using at least one example from each category.

5. Give advice on what to consider when preparing a budget, at least 2 pieces of information.

6. Include at least 2 appropriate images/visuals in your project.

7. State where they sourced their information

8. Present your poster to a peer for peer assessment based on 2 stars and 1 wish.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzoOi1a8UpioMGpJWnphdmt5Um8/view?usp=sharing


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