On Thursday evening a group of 3 teachers & our principal invited our parents to come and learn about how teachers are using ICT in the classroom. We promoted the event through our newsletter, word of mouth & on our school Facebook page.
The 3 teachers were Sandy, a year 3 teacher, Kathy, a year 7 teacher & ICT coordinator and myself, so we were a pretty good cross section of teachers from PEPS. We were all there early to prepare for our presentations and Kathy also set out a great display of recent purchases that have been very popular with students.Our first families to arrive went straight to this table where the children had heaps of fun coordinating the ‘dinosaur’ to munch on Mr Hudson (our principal)!
While the number of parents who turned up wasn’t overwhelming, it was a lovely, cozy group, representing all year levels, which created a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Brenton welcomed everyone and then gave a brief presentation which included his wish to create an innovative school which focuses on teaching 21st century skills to students whose future will require skills and knowledge we can barely even imagine.
Kathy next outlined the DECD policy and how we implement and enforce it in our school to ensure students develop cyber safety skills.
Kathy also talked about the various class blogs that teachers have created. We have links to most of them on our website and I too was amazed to learn just how many PEPS teachers have blogs! She next mentioned our Facebook page before talking about how teachers use Youtube in the classroom. Some of us have our own Youtube channel which is where we upload work completed in the classroom. (I too have one in my name – Bu Cathy- which also has quite a few videos I made last year while traveling specifically for the Indonesian classroom)
Sandy also shared a recording of a student demonstrating his ‘paddleboat’ creation made from plastic bottles before sharing with parents her class blog. As Sandy finished up saying, these are just a few of the ways in which ICT is incorporated into her classroom!
It was my turn next. I had planned for a friend in Indonesia to be available to do a mystery Skype with the parents so they could experience the fun firsthand.
However as the parents walked in the door, I received a message from her apologising that she could no longer participate. So instead, I shared a video I have put together using footage from the Mystery Skype the Year 6’s did last week with BIS in Bali. In retrospect, this worked even better, because it was provided a brief snap shot yet captured the real excitement and collaboration involved.
Kathy concluded the evening with a video she had put togther highlighting the various projects currently being undertaken in various rooms including minecraft, stop animation and puppet pals. It was a great way to finish on a high note. It was brilliant being involved and I was truly chuffed to be invited to speak to the parents about what has been happening in the Indonesian room lately. The following morning, one of the parents caught me to express her thanks and appreciation to us all for holding the event and she told me that she was gobsmacked at what teachers at PEPS have been doing with ICT in our rooms with our students. What great feedback!