Oct 13, 2014

Changing Writing Outcomes Using SOLO

Writing Outcomes: How do you get children to look at things in new ways?
(see learning maps aligned to SOLO)

Apply SOLO Taxonomy in layers to writing from listing to connecting.  Levels 1-3 are surface features. What have they done in their writing? Listing? Describing? Questioning? These verbs, which are included on SOLO pages, can be a guideline as to which level of understanding and ability they are working at.

Refer to slide 6: Describe-Writing Outcomes 

Levels 4-6 How I teach
Vocab + Connections + Exemplars = allows students to see things in new ways

Habits of Mind
Always have a verb from SOLO tied into WALT as a habit of mind / scaffold.
1. Don’t let our own expectations knee cap our kids. Push their boundaries.
2. Be the Santa Claus and gift them the strategies that will allow them to be successful writers
3. Push your own boundaries when exploring text and adapt to your learners.

What builds creativity?
Creativity          Fluency          Elaboration           Flexibility (different styles)

Haiku activity

·      Santa Claus = Provide full page of examples on a chart with number sequences
·      Take pieces out of chart to come up with new lines
·      Level 5-6: Create your own

Good books to use with activity below
The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson
The Arrival of Sean Tan

Before they write
Have students work up the levels
·      List themes that are present in a book (Use a Describe Map)
·      Take the map and theme and make a connection
·      Come up with questions from story where there is no answer (infer), put these ideas onto the map and then connect them to issues that have been listed. E.g. Why might George have been living with his grandmother?
·      Extended Abstract Predict what would happen if……….
              Create a picture about how the dog got his leg
Let them write about………

The Scarecrow

·      LIST SCARECROW WORDS ON A DESCRIBE MAP:  Show images, look at time of day, faces, movement. Gift them with questions and vocab.
·      INCREASE FLUENCY by having them count up words. Share what ideas you have and pinch others.
·      Then look at MAKING CONNECTIONS e.g.  find words that are the same and opposite which are building up word banks.

·      Take the baby talk out of writing. Highlight 5 words. You can’t use these so grab thesaurus and choose new words. 
·      CREATE OWN POEM. Scarecrow can’t be in title. Use words / clue to let reader figure it out. Gift them a framework to take the guess work out for strugglers e.g. this many words on this line and…
·      Then provide AUTHENTIC CONTEXT create a book, evening www. snapfish.co.nz hp to allow students to make their own book after     exploring all things about books, evening where stories are read to nanas.

 Integration with INQUIRY         

E.g. Orangutans
·      List ideas around brainstorm and then make a connection to list words
·       What are definitions of words?
·      Extended abstract: May lead away from orangutans but exploring issues associated with them.

 Other Resources

Use ‘Carrying Baggage’ and ‘The Ian Sharpe Poem’ as basis for activities
The Exercise Book: Creative writing exercises from Victoria University’s Institute of Modern Letters.

Carrying Baggage
Glen Colquhoun G. (2003) The act of walking upright. Wellington: Steele Roberts Ltd.

iPad Literacy support options – Lynne Silcock

iPad Literacy support options – Lynne Silcock

Go to Assistive Technology for resources

eval: bit.ly/breakouteval

Assistive Technology (VLN)

Word Prediction

-       Spelling, productivity (flow), reading & editing
-       Writing vocabulary
-       Motor difficulties (less keystrokes)
-       Can disrupt writing for some students
-       Slow typing
-       Predict ahead

Go to iPad Settings and change settings to suit.

Speech Feedback

As you type (most)
Predicted words (most)
Review writtend work (editing – using iOS or app)

iOS speak selection
settings – general – Accessibility
Turn ‘speak selection’ on
Highlight/ select text
Depends on app
Long press
Double and triple tap

Best Apps reviewed:
IWordQ – most accurate but have to toggle between reading and writing
iReadWrite -
Spell Better – can insert pictures
Brevity – cheapest
Pictello – Book format

Speech Recognition

Suitable for everyone!!
Need to be careful about clear speech
May need a microphone in a noisy environment
Cannot give 100%
Has to be online to work

Bluetooth pairing option on iPads to use wireless headset
iPad default – hold close to mouth (all CAT tests)

Skills required
Think of what to say
Speak clearly
Speak the sentence fluently
Speak punctuation
Track delayed writing on screen
Read and review your work

Onboard iPad iOS dictation is better than any apps you can buy.
Good accuracy

If you have an iPad 1 or 2 (no microphone on keyboard) use Dragon (free!)
If you have an iPad 3 or 4 use in built iOS.

Future Learning: Programming, robotics and missions of code

Future Learning: Programming, robotics and missions of code


STEAM curriculum model:

Chn need cognitive flexibility – combining concepts, adapting to unfamiliar situations

Maker Movement – making things that you can imagine
Magazines: Wired and Make
Instructables website
Apps: DIY Make skills. Also has a badge system

Hour of code – Codecadamy

Raspberry Pi Community:
Raspberry Pi - $40 computer – plug in old stuff mouse, screen, cameras etc

EV3 mindstorm $800ish
scratch.mit.edu = Scratch – animations – on Raspberry Pi plus free app on iPad
Flappy game

In China, every child learns computer programming!

Game Design:
Kodable – iPad app – okay for younger chn if they can read
Game Press – designed for older chn. Can personalize it and use it to reinforce other learning in the classroom.

Romo – affordable $240. Comes with a base. Have to have iPod touch or iPhone. 8yrs +. Great for geometry.
Play-i. Uses Scratch to programme.

The best way to predict the future is to create it. Alan Kay

Robots and 3D Printers . . . a learning journey . . . with Colin Gover.

Robots and 3D Printers . . .  a learning journey . . .  with Colin Gover

Colin Gover Marina View School Auckland

Diamond Mind – local in Henderson $1800  185 degrees 3mm. Uses free software - Repetier. Single head.

Flashforge – import $2000 uses PLA. 265 degrees to melt.  110 degrees for the plate. 1.75mm. Comes with commercial software called Makerware. Dual head.

Hebal – manmade rock for carving

Don’t have air con on. Works better when warm.

Save as .stl files

Take and put on SD card and feed into 3D printer.

Use Inkscape to draw then put it on tinkercad and save as .stl file etc.

SculptGL is easier than Blender.

Use Paint to draw a Cookie Caster shape.

Arduino – free web programme. Language allows you to do lots of cool stuff.

Autodesk 3D iPad and laptop app


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