Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PLD @ Te Puna School

I'm looking forward to working with the wonderful teachers at Te Puna School tomorrow.  We will be playing with:

Blogger as a Portfolio tool:  

For classes, teachers and of course students.  For examples, check out the wonderful blogs being published by learners and teachers at Pt England School   --> CLICK HERE <--

Google Classroom and Google Sites:

These are two great tools for developing your digital learning communities.  Get started with digital learning  --> CLICK HERE <--

Friday, January 9, 2015

Free Remote #elearning Support and #PLD -- Book Now!

Special funding from HP allows Saunil to offer remote support to New Zealand schools AT NO COST. This limited time offer helps schools kick-start their future-focused e-learning vision, no matter where the school is located.

What teachers need, when they need it

Saunil uses Google Hangouts to facilitate the meetings. Google Hangouts enables meaningful interaction, including screen share and document collaboration, as well as the necessary high-quality video and audio interaction (requires decent connection speed), making it a great way for teachers to access "just in time" professional development services which address their needs at a time that suits them.  

Personalised support

Up to 10 participants can be in a Hangout, making it a highly effective method for groups of teachers tackling common goals. Schools might organise small groups based on shared need (eg help with Google Classroom) or shared subject (eg developing a literacy e-learning site) -- the possibilities are endless!

Booking made easy

Bookings are made via special Google Calendar appointment slots. To request access to the booking calendar and for more information, submit the form below or email

Thursday, January 8, 2015

#Google Educator Status

It's funny: years of using Google Apps as my go-to productivity suite -- both personally and as an educator -- and only now am I getting around to getting certified.

Today I completed the last of five courses to get certified as a Google Educator.  View my results here.

'Google Educator' status should not be confused with 'Google Education Trainer' status, which is the next level of certification and requires considerably more effort than merely some online study/revision/tests.  Nevertheless, 'Google Educator' certification is a necessary step in the journey to become a certified 'Trainer' and admittedly was quite challenging.  Sometimes that questions seemed rather haphazard and sometimes ambiguous.  I also feel that perhaps some instructional design wouldn't go astray to improve the online assessment method so that it more accurately assesses one's understanding of Google Apps/Chromebooks etc in educational contexts, rather than merely a hodgepodge of minutiae which perhaps merely shows one's ability to search out answers under pressure.  The next level of qualification does take a much more rigorous approach, requiring the submission of case-studies, videos, and references, amongst other materials.  This will certainly more accurately reflect my ability to use GAFE, Chromebooks etc in educational settings, and truth be told has me a little daunted.  Not for material being wanting, but more because of the time that will need to go into the application.  No time to start like the present then...