Welcome to my blog! I'm Karen Belt, a teacher and leader of digital learning, working at Lynmore Primary School in Rotorua, New Zealand. I'm teaching in a Year 2 class using iPads to engage and motivate learners and improve student achievement. This blog documents my teaching journey and my learning processes with iPads in the classroom. I've proud of having been a member of the inaugural Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy(MDTA) program and last year a Spark Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher (MIT) and Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir teacher.

Monday, 16 April 2018

GAFE Summit - Day 1 sessions

Session 1: Choose Your Own Adventure Stories - Michael Davidson


I was super impressed to have the learners take this session - very inspiring!


  • Colour code your plan - red is death; blue is a good step and green for beginning and end
  • Use multiple choices to give your reader the choices
  • Add images or videos to make your story more interesting - upload a video to You Tube to add it to your story
  • Include a 'try again' option when you die :)


Session 2: Classroom Management in a Personalized Learning Environment - Patrick Green

At the heart of all personalized learning is the wants, needs, hopes, dreams of the students.  There are three main components:

Competency based progressions - each students progress towards clearly defined goals.
Customised pathways - a path that adapts based on their learner profile, strengths, needs, interests and goals.
Flexible Learning environments - student needs drive the design - dynamic and responding to the needs of the learner.

What questions do you have about classroom management for personalised learning?

Why does Personalised Learning matter?
  • Not every student is ready for the same piece of learning at the same time - meet your students needs when they are ready for it.
  • Know your role - coach; guide; re-direct; question - your knowledge on how people learn
  • Provide scaffolding - activators; extensions; last 5 minutes; learning process
How to get students to take more ownership of their learning
  • By making expectations, processes and procedures extremely clear
  • Visual ad campaign - visuals for what you expect students to do
  • By giving them access to data and access to resources
  • Online space - 27/7 access
  • Digital marking book - process rather than marks - available for the students to see
  • Mini lessons - learners can work through these on their own
  • Empower students with choice - be intentional about when you allow students to choose a product or tool
Other Ideas:
  • Arrange the room to maximise the learning



Session 4:  Google Sites for Visible Teaching and Learning - Fiona Grant



What is the reason and purpose for using technology in your classroom?  Have a purpose in mind - fit your technology to the purpose!  Is your learning designed to be easily shared?

To make learning visible:
  • Rewindable learning supported
  • Accessible anywhere, anytime, at any pace
  • Personalised via multiple opportunities to access content
  • Hub of information about events


Other:  Great ideas and tips from these sessions and the #Edtechteam twitter feed


Ask a question feature on Google Slides - thanks to Patrick for reminding me of this great feature.

5Y Protocol - five times WHY questions ... regardless of the answers .. to dig deeper into your thinking!



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