7 August 2015

Reflection on CPD

Review of Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century (TL 21) (2014/2015) 
Duration 2 years. (TL21 can be used as part fulfillment of a Masters in Education)

I found the TL21 experience a challenge (regarding commitment) but so worthwhile, it involved a number of visits to Kilkenny Educational Centre, access to a  number of speakers, including Professor Jean McNiff who furnished us with information regarding action research.  Our theme was assessment for learning (AFLs) and each of the six schools chose different AFLs and tested them in their classrooms.  I loved the idea of learning from other schools and collaborating, we presented our findings and gave honest accounts of what worked well.  I believe that if links between the schools could be sustained for future collaboration/sharing this would be beneficial, I have maintained contact/sharing with one teacher from another school, but I am not sure if sustainable links have been established between schools overall.
Our school worked on evaluating the use of ePortfolios in the English classroom to improve students spelling, grammar and punctuation.  My role was to team teach with the English teacher with the aim of integrating ICT, this is our presentation....          http://bit.ly/1EyJc8w

TL 21   2014/2015.....Notes...

Review of Future Classroom Scenarios  (2014)
#FCScourse (MOOC) Future Classroom Scenarios -  European Schoolnet Duration 6 weeks (2hrs pw)

This online course gave an insight into the use of ICT to engage and stimulate interest among students by changing teaching pedagogy.  It comprised of examining classroom layout, creating learning stories, rubrics, flipped classroom and how to foster independent learning.  I had to create a learning story and test it out, with time constraints it was a challenge but achievable. Looking at the learning story now(a year later) there are things I would change/improve. The hyperlinked learning story is below. Twitter was used as a means of collaboration. Part of the course involved assessing two other teacher's learning stories under given criteria.

My Learning Story:

This is Juan Carlos Villatoro's learning story - English and Physics.  I have his permission to share this.


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