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The Covid-19 Online Learning Saga and Certifications Galore!

As teachers and schools all over the world did in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we went into lock-down and converted to online learning in Week 8, Term 1. Year 6 were in the last group of students to return to face to face teaching in Week 6, Term 2. This gave us 8 weeks of online learning to learn, plan, implement, troubleshoot and reflect on. 

My teaching partner (and Year 6 teacher extraordinaire) and I have been reflecting on our online learning saga as part of our Action Research at school, and it got me thinking about my tech journey and how I've learnt and taught using technology.

I started learning to use ICT as soon as I qualified as a teacher. In 2011, as a beginning teacher, I was sent on a professional learning workshop to develop my skills using the new Smartboards in our school. This IWB Masterclass gave me my first taste of using technology in the classroom, and I was hooked!

In 2015, I discovered the Google Educator certifications, and dove right into studying for my Level 1 exam. Two years later, having increased my skills, I went for my Level 2 Google Educator certification.

Happy Pi Day 2020!

Come to the nerd side. We have Pi!

My teaching partner, Kel, wore a t-shirt like this to celebrate!
Last Friday, Year 6 explored the goodness that is Pi Day! This year, Pi Day fell on a Saturday, so we had to preemptively celebrate one of the nerdiest days of the year. The Pi Day website has some resources that are helpful for your own Pi Day celebrations for 2021.

We watched this video.

I love how Visual Art and Mathematics go together so well, and this artwork is one that's quick and easy. It's called "Pi in the Skyline", and we challenge the students to create an interesting sky as a backdrop for our Pi skyline. This year's students did a great job!

First, using grid paper, students create a representation of the digits of Pi. We managed to fit these digits on our grid paper: 3.14159265358979323846264338. Once you've mapped them out, use a black marker or Sharpie to fill in the 'skyline'. When you're done, create your sky. We used coloured pencils this year. My teaching partner's class used chalk pastels. They all look fantastic!

...and we finished up with this video.

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