USING THE TECHNOLOGY

Many of you will be familiar with using technology to enhance your students' learning experiences. This page is dedicated to those who are embarking on a rapid learning curve. 

Guided Reading using Zoom (or any other platform)

Updated 30 April
This week teachers have signed up for 30 min Zoom meetings where we have had a bit of fun role playing Guided Reading lessons using the Zoom platform and the powerpoints that go with each of our StoryBytes and InfoBytes.

"Your session was thorough and easy to follow.  I found it very worthwhile. For a while I've been reflecting on how much of the home learning I've been seeing from colleagues has been mainly task-oriented and 'one size fits some'. It is great to see how we can adapt and bring targeted teaching/learning sessions, into our distance learning plans."  Janene, Teacher

"It was valuable to know that this resource is available during this difficult time.  It is great to know that it can be used in this time as all the children know the routines and what is expected in a SHARP reading lesson." Lorna, Teacher

"That was fantastic. Thanks for the learning opportunity. Your delivery makes things easy to understand, and it's good to have opportunity to practise ask questions about the delivery." Diana, RTLit.

"I have been doing this for about six weeks now. It really does work so well. It's been the highlight of my distance learning programme."  Jo Reed, Teacher Australian International School, Hong Kong.

 These are the key points we have found.

1. Start small...grow it over time
Get you students used to the idea of turning up on time. Run a short lesson, send them off with a follow-up activity. On to the next group. 

2. Eliminate as many variables as is humanly possible
This is the BIG one. Relying on students to have downloaded today's reading material and have it in front of them is something you don't want to contend with.  

Our solution...every StoryBytes and InfoBytes comes as a powerpoint (as well as a PDF) and they are perfect for what we are suggesting here. You prepare your lesson by sharing the powerpoint to your Zoom screen then your students join the Zoom meeting and you are straight into it.

You can easily monitor your students engagement (their eyes are on the screen) and because you limit the text available you can assume that everyone is focussing on the same piece of information. 

Initially you might want to do just a paragraph per lesson, ten minutes worth. Over time you can extend your lesson out to complete all four paragraphs. These powerpoint are especially designed to use with our SharpReading Stage 3 guided reading lessons where we focus on the students constructing meaning for themselves. However, you are welcome to use them in any way that suits your guided reading delivery.

3. The HUGE plus is that you don't have to monitor the rest of the class!

FREE Powerpoint Samples - StoryBytes and InfoBytes

Click on the images below to download sample Powerpoints. There is a mixture of StoryBytes and InfoBytes at different reading levels (L1-L9). Download one of the files, open Zoom, share the powerpoint to your Zoom screen and imagine how easy it would be to run your lesson once your students join. 

SIGN UP for a FREE 20 minute Zoom Practice Session

Your session was thorough and easy to follow.  I found it very worthwhile. For a while I've been reflecting on how much of the home learning I've been seeing from colleagues, has been mainly task-oriented and 'one size fits some'. It is great to see how we can adapt and bring targeted teaching/learning sessions, into our distance learning plans.  Janene, Teacher

Just wanted to let you know your workshop was awesome.  Using the slideshow worked really well.  It kept things very clear.   

Thank you Hilton for showing me how the powerpoint could work in a zoom meeting while we are in isolation.

It was valuable to know that this resource is available during this difficult time.  It is 
great to know that it can be used in this time as all the children know the routines and what is
expected in a SHARP reading lesson. Lorna, Teacher

Thanks was fantastic, thanks for the learning opportunity. Your delivery makes things easy to understand, and it's good to have opportunity to practise, and then to ask questions at the end.
 Diana, RTLit





Thank you.
Xavietta

Using Zoom to deliver SharpReading Stage 3 "The 5 Steps"

We are providing some Zoom practice sessions for what we have described above for those of you who have done the SharpReading Stage 3 training. Enter name and email address, select a time that suits you and we will be in touch.

New Zealand - Tues 21 April  1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm (New Zealand time)
East Coast Australia - Wed 22 April  1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm (East Coast Australian time)
Western Australia - Thurs 23 April 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm  (Western Australia time) 
Hong Kong - Thurs 23 April 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm  (Hong Kong time) 

Register quickly - video conference sizes are limited to 6.


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Junior Classroom Guided Reading

We have found that junior classroom guided reading lessons, where the students are still working on decoding strategies, can be delivered on Zoom as well.  

By displaying the text on your Zoom screen, page by page (a Powerpoint presentation works well), you can replicate a classroom guided reading lesson. One of the difficulties will be making sure that you are not contravening copyright restrictions by converting hard copy books into digital copies.

We have some for you, StoryBytes with Pictures. We now have illustrated versions of some of our Level 1 StoryBytes (Reading Age 7-8 yrs - PM Level 20 - Purple /Gold) and Level 3 StoryBytes (Reading Age 7-8 yrs - PM Level 21-23 - Silver).

And we have created a new Level 0 (Reading Age 6-6.5 PM Level 15-16 - Orange).

These are particularly useful for struggling older readers who need age appropriate text.

These come as POWERPOINTS which are licenced for Zoom video conferencing and loading on school devices. You also get the PDF version for normal classroom use.

Click here for FREE samples and BUY NOW


StoryBytes with Pictures

Play the Powerpoint on Zoom

Google Classroom

Updated 7 April
The first thing you are going to need is a platform for communicating with your students. There are several options available. The main two are Microsoft Teams  and Google Classroom.

Google Classroom provides all (in our opinion) of the tools you need to get started. Click on the image to view this 10 minute introduction to setting up a Google Classroom. There are many similar introductions available online if you find this one annoying.

In summary, it provides you with a place to share announcements and receive responses from your students. You can upload assignments, reading tasks, videos and set times for task completion. Within your class you can identify groups which allow you to differentiate tasks. Students can post their responses and completed assignments - lots of possibilities here for older learners.

Zoom Video Conferencing

Posted 2 April
If you and your students are set up for video conferencing then using Zoom, or a similar application, is a great way to run online reading lessons.  Zoom is an online application that works like Skype but makes it possible for you to talk to many people at once and play powerpoints, show PDFs or pictures or essentially whatever is on your screen at the time.  Like any new application it looks a bit "impossible" at first but if you watch a couple of the videos explaining what to do  you will find it is actually a very easy to follow application.

Here are videos on how to use Zoom and we will add ideas on how to run a session in our next email.

The Supporting a Teacher Series

Making the Shift 
Easing Into a Remote Reading Programme  
Providing Reading Tasks and Reading Responses  
Using the Technology  
Upskill Yourself in Guided Reading

These webpages are aimed at supporting teachers everywhere who are having to make a rapid transition into remote or home based teaching and learning. Look for weekly updates as more information becomes available. 


 

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