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There were four of us – me, a teacher of 40 years, an enthusiastic, competent student teacher, a dedicated contract teacher and a teacher of less than 5 years with some awesome art skills. The other members of our faculty had to be elsewhere for various reasons.The four of us were charged with critical unpacking of the national curriculum for our faculty. Four subject areas – History, English, Maths and Science are already implementing the national curriculum. Ours is in the final stages of writing . The challenge we had between recess and lunch today was quite a sizeable one. Thank heavens for technology! I hooked up the Apple TV so we could use it to screen share when necessary but it also meant those who had not seen the Apple TV set up could orientate themselves to it. Our first task was to find the current curriculum document for our area. That was hard. We searched and searched and at the point we were going to give up, the student teacher won and brought us the document via email. I printed copies and she learned how to better use the photocopier. Our our art talent had the job of creating a visual mock up of the elements, key processes and key concepts. All along the way we were negotiating and our dedicated contract teacher was great at keeping tabs on the links and what we had decided were the important things. He recorded everything so we could use it later. My job was to keep the eye on the ball and make sure we were always headed in the right direction no matter what.The advantage of the laptops was we could easily show each other what we were doing, what we thought, what we wanted permission to continue with and what was cool. The visual mock up looked really impressive by the time we had finished with it. We had wondered for a while which graphic organiser to use and settled, in the end, on Comic Life. Completely suited our purposes and will offer some good advantages when we next unpack all the descriptors for the elements under their year levels. ICT was there to support our problem solving, inquiry learning, discovery learning , differentiating the curriculum and the sharing and feedback. We had applied the tried and true internet concept of creating content, sharing it and getting feedback. In an hour and a half we did not waste a single minute because we could smooth over all the communication processes with our laptops. In the end we had a great sense of accomplishment because we had something to show after all the frustration of trying to find what we were looking for! The next part will be so much easier because we have a plan, a process and some great group skills.
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