Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Focus: Relationships

Already a term has flown by in 2015 and I am finally publishing a post I have had sitting in my drafts for some time... Just before we head into Term 2!

A key focus for us this year has been to build an inclusive learning environment, focusing on team work and positive relationships.  We wanted to make sure we spent more time and energy on providing a space and creating a learning culture where students could feel like they are valued and part of our team.  We wanted all Marama learners to realise that we can all find success, no matter how big or small, and in many ways.

Now that we have been down the track a few years of learning in our open, flexible learning space  we wanted to ensure that success was not just measured by reaching a standard in reading, writing and maths.  We can be successful in many more ways and learning is not just about national standards...   We had found  that national standards were having too much of an influence on everything we do.  We felt that we needed to ensure that our learning environment, (with 80+ students and 3-4 teachers), was not just providing a positive learning experience that catered for the learners that were already engaged and motivated.  What are we doing differently or what have we changed to ensure that the 'disengaged' students are engaged and part of the team?  We wanted to celebrate and cater for all students to succeed at their own level and pace, while knowing their strengths and weaknesses and knowing how to be the best learner they can be.

So, what have we done?  Firstly we have tried to slow down... For term one this year our main focus has been building positive relationships.

Seeing parents for the first time to inform them that their child is not meeting a national standard really isn't the most positive experience!  So, we have ensured that we have or are making contact in different ways. We have invited parents into join us during contact time and developed a shared activity where students shared their learning smarts and then along with their parent they had to identify their own strengths and weaknesses and set some goals together.  This worked really well as students put pressure on their parents to come in!  Some feedback was that parents found this really useful coming into school and actually have that discussion as this wasn't something they would usually do at home.  So after completing the, "It's good to be me' we have shared these on our student blogs and this was the first step in developing learning pathways for our students this year.  As part of the "It's Good to be ME', we have also investigated and identified 'what helps me learn' and what I can do when I am stuck (Still more focus needed on this).

Simply emailing a parent to let them know how awesome their child was on camp.  Simply sending a photo of their child after they have achieved something. Making a phone call and ensuring that we have met all new parents to our school.  Every student has a learning blog - these blogs have a setting on them which allows us to email all their posts to a child's parent.  So every post that their child has written comes through to their inbox. Parents are kept up to date with their child's learning, in a very simple way.

Here a some of our student's blogs:
http://npsostenh.blogspot.co.nz/
http://npslewish.blogspot.co.nz/
http://npsjulieh.blogspot.co.nz/

Each teacher has a 'homeroom' within our whole team.  We meet for 'tiaki tima' twice a week just to catch up and see how we are all going.  We also have these teams so that each teacher has a core base of students/parents that they ensure that they keep in contact with.  (Pastoral care)

We have also spent a considerable amount of time on leadership and what is takes to be a great leader.  We invited parents along to take part in a team building day and ended the day by making pizzas using the school pizza oven.

I think that ability group based learning groups on a much larger scale - 80 students rather than 20 to 30 in a single cell) can create a 'hierarchal learning culture'.  Students in the 'top' literacy groups tend to always be in the top literacy groups and vice versa for lower ability students.  (In saying that,  there are also huge positives as well - there are more students to work with at your own level and more variety of groups).  We decided to ensure that this doesn't happen,  and to experiment with working with socially grouped learning teams.   10 groups of 8 students (mixed gender).   What we have found is that all of us Vicki, Bianca and I have really enjoyed learning with these teams.  All teams learnt from one another, every student contributed positively and were active members of their team.  They learnt from one another and supported one another.  It has been a lot of fun, we have had many interesting discussions!

We quite often ask ourselves -  if I was student would I want to be in our team? Would I want my own child in our learning team?     To build positive and strong learning relationships means that we value all of our students voice or opinion.  We value an environment where all students are comfortable to take a risk, have their say, make a mistake, are fully engaged in their learning and one of the most important things - they are enjoying it.  Learning can be fun!  Student growth depends on building these positive relationships between teachers, students and parents.  For both the student that is the 'high achieving' student meeting all the standards and the less academically driven student.  By building positive learning relationships led by us teachers- it can only  maximise learning potential!

I also think a lot of what I have just written is a bit of yeah - no kidding, that's what we do... Teachers are always aware of the importance of this but we often get tied up with other things - such as meeting national standards and there is not enough time spent really focusing on this.  We have made a conscious decision to do this.  We just need to make sure we slow down, do less and focus on building these positive relationships first and foremost.

I am lucky to be able to be part of a team of passionate teachers who are willing to take risks, and who really care about our learners.  Thanks Vicki, Bianca & Hamish!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Student Response: Responsive Workshop Week

Responsive workshops some views from our students:
  • I learnt lots - from students, not just teachers.
  • A good thing was students using their strengths to lead workshops.
  • We got to choose what we booked in to.
  • The workshops were quite specific, to the point.
  • There was a good range of workshops.
  • The workshops were fun.
  • Workshops ran smoothly.
  • Learnt how to run a workshop effectively.
  • Easier then booking into a 1-1 conference because there were more people to share ideas.
  • We had different workshops to choose from - from computer science to using capital letters.
Next time:
  • Mi planning at the start was a bit hard to work out! 
  • Ensure workshops are well planned before hand.
  • Put the times on the workshop doc.
  • We needed more time to plan our week.  Put workshops on timetable then students can book in.
  • Missed our group meetings.
  • Timestables
  • Advanced coding.
  • Art.
  • Visualising workshop.
  • Some clashes - make sure we repeat some. 
  • Vocabulary - a better word for, meanings of words.  (WOW vocab)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Teacher Agency - Staff PLD

At Ngatea Primary School we have made changes to how we run our staff PLD. Staff workshops are optional and all staff are given the opportunity to put ideas forward or to lead something they have an interest or expertise in. We now have a range of workshops. Staff brekkies, workshops during learning time, (to show students that we are learners too), workshops where we connect with others via skype or google hangout and a few very rare after school meetings. I particularly enjoy the staff brekkies - informal, quite specific, and not too long. This is the quick workshop I led this morning. I shared some Google Add ons and extensions that I have found quite useful.

Google Add ons: (Add ons are what you find in your google docs tab.  click add ons, then get add ons)
  • Text help study tools - highlighting tools - Can highlight words etc then group them together and open them in another doc.
  • Maps for docs - insert a map into doc
  • Mindmeister - mind mapping tool
  • Open clip art - lots of clip art that can be easily inserted directly into a doc
  • Gliffy Diagrams - can create diagrams like this one:

  • Google research
  • Google Define
  • Google translate

Google Extensions/Apps:

Monday, September 1, 2014

Changing it up, responding to learning wants and needs, being flexible!


Thanks for the tweet this afternoon from one of my 'team mates'.  We've had a bit of an interesting day 'changing it up.'

From this:


TO THIS:

We organise our learning using a shared timetable where group meetings, workshops, conferences, targeted teaching, IMPACT inquiries etc are all booked in.  The timetable becomes quite inflexible with 3 teachers, learning support staff planning in everything with 84 year 7 & 8 students.  We have been brainstorming ways for our students to not only have more say, but be able to add these ideas into our learning for the week.  After throwing lost of ideas around, and asking many 'what if' questions, I came up with an idea to try a full week or responsive workshops,  workshops that are responding to learning needs from their group meetings, (Writing Club etc) and IMPACT projects - 'what do we need to learn to reach our 'yeehah'. Workshops that are responding to students interests and needs.  We will try this on alternate weeks...

Not only are we encouraging students to book into workshops that they need and want and to make the right choices in their learning.  We are also encouraging students to share their expertise and teach one another.  'How do we know when we have learnt something - we can teach it.'

So, first day, slightly chaotic!  But nothing we can't improve on and make it work.  Some students needed more time to plan their workshops this morning.  We also need to allow more time for students to plan their week after finalising all workshops

Here is a screenshot of what our collaborated timetable looks like for this week:


And another screenshot to show what some of our workshops on offer look like:

Here is a screenshot of what our students Mi Plan looks like: (Our students personalised timetables).

One of the many reasons why I love our team at NPS - we constantly reflect on our learning and how we can make it better, we give stuff a go, and we are able to have a laugh and learn from what we do!

Learning in the Making: A conference for kids, by kids. (Feedback)

I've spent the last wee while since our first ever student conference, collating feedback from all involved - teachers, parents and students.

#Teachervoice
"THINKING IT! DOING IT! LIVING IT!"


What was the BEST part of the conference?
  • Seeing the range of workshops offered.
  • Catering for pretty much every students passions/ interests.  
  • Students being able to choose the workshops that they were interested in and that students could run workshops that they were passionate about. As a result, everyone was engaged and having fun.  
  • Being able to take workshops of our own passions and the learners passions. 
  • Seeing curiosity sparkled in learners. Hearing the excitement after workshops when learners talked about what they had done.
  • Lots of smiles!  The enthusiasm of both students and adults.  The enthusiasm of both students and staff.  Teachers being excited about the conference.  And the enjoyment seen on the students faces.
  • Students presenting - I was impressed with all student presenters on the day.  The student leaders did a fantastic job and it was great to see them take on this role and stretch themselves in a leadership capacity.  Students teaching students, children choosing what they are interested in.
  • The chance for students to try activities and have new learning experiences beyond their everyday school life. 

What do you think went well? What worked well to make it a successful day?
  • A lot of planning from the bosses and office made it work very well.  I think everything went well in spite of a few minor issues, which were easily resolved. It's quite an achievement seeing how many things could have gone wrong. Thanks to admin staff for the work done behind the scenes.  The day ran very smoothly - all the behind the scenes preparation.   The pre conference organisation made the day go well.
  • The structure of the day, beginning with keynote/story then moving into breakouts.  The quick turnaround of the break outs - i.e. getting through 4 in a day.

  • The lanyards!
  • The timetable and transition to the workshops went well.
  • Conference T-shirts! Really liked the t-shirts and the lanyards - felt very official and festive!
  • The variety of workshops
  • The organisation - beforehand and during. Having time between each session.  It was really well organised.  
  • Having a free slot to get involved in a breakout, wander, photograph and tweet.
  • Sitting down at the end of the day as a whole group to reflect.  




What else?
  • Presenters from other schools?
  • Probably just more time for each workshop even an extra 10 minutes, as the 50 minutes at the end of day was not necessary (other than helpful to tidy up).
  • Longer sessions, finishing the day at 2.45/2.40. (Too long at end of the day)
  • Possibly some Whetu children presenting as I think some are capable. 
  • Need something to bring them all back together...another keynote or something similar. Felt we just stopped, very abrupt. Was good for gathering reflections hot off the press.
  • Make the map easier to follow
  • Music playing outside somehow - make it feel festive.
  • Like the idea of it being offered to outside schools (yrs 5 - 8), then juniors maybe have one the day before..
  • What about an ‘Unconference’ slot - book in, then decide together what they will do for the session.
  • Open to other schools Y5-8.  Ask for presenters from other schools.
  • Another keynote to end the day.
  • A school wide conference then a Y5-8 conference open to other schools.
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    #Parentvoice 

    "I thought this was a fantastic learning opportunity for students. Well done to everyone involved."

    What did child/ren most enjoy?

    • Being able to choose activities that were of interest 
    • Student choice
    • Being taught by older students - students teaching students
    • T-shirts
    • All the activities that they did.  Being able to participate in activities they don't normally do.
    • Learning new things  Learning something new.
    • Having fun
    • She enjoyed the whole day but also even the process of choosing what workshops she wanted to go.
    • Taking on a leadership role and running a workshop

    BEST parts:
    • Practical approach to specific topics
    • Students leading workshops and being responsible - Involving older students in leading it
    • Tapping into students interests
    • Student choice - Students choosing what to go to.
    • Building on existing knowledge
    • Different experiences
    • Grease Monkeys
    • Was a really good range
    • T-shirts
    • New learning/experiences
    • Being able to choose/select options that suited them best
    • The photos that were taken
    • Seeing finished projects and seeing how excited the kids were
    • I think that the best thing about the student conference were that the kids got a deadline to make their own choices, they had many many choices which made it a little difficult which is a good thing =) then, after being organised, they got to complete their chosen subject/task.
    • There was a wide range of activities to choose from and was great to see the whole school being able to participate.
    • The wide range of workshops to choose from including ones that captured current trends eg looming.
    • Student Led
    • Hands on
    Another Conference? Yes  !00%
    _______________________________________________________________________________

    #Studentvoice (Some selected comments)

    • I really liked presenting because I liked showing what I knew to other people. And I loved knitting because I never knew how to but now I do.
    • To be able to work with other students and to be able to use your techniques and skills you have. 
    • To be able to talk to another school on skype. (The school was Nelson, and they lived in the city and they had a few questions for us.)
    • Because it was awesome that student's presented them to students.
    • The best part was talking to Mark Osborne about how technology is changing the world.
    • All of it!! Because it was awesome that student's presented them to students.
    • Going to the workshops. It was surprising that you were learning something new.
    • That we had the conference not the teachers!
    • I found the best part was presenting for the little kids because I enjoy helping young students with their work. Also Flax Weaving was really enjoyable because I learnt a few new things about how to make Flax Flowers.
    • Probably been able to work with people I never really worked with before.
    • I have really enjoyed the conference because I got learn new things that will help me in actives I attended. Making pasta because I have learnt more styles of kneading pasta dough. Being able to get taught by fellow students.
    • I loved that you could chose the things you wanted to do and learn lots of new things.
    Overall we had an amazing day -enjoyed by all, students, parents and teachers. 100% yes to having another conference. How often - still to be decided. Open to other schools - I think so!

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Learning in the Making: a student conference for kids, by kids.

     
    As I was hanging out our t-shirts from our student conference,  little Miss 7 asked me when we were going to have another student conference. "Mum can we please have one every Friday, but only if it doesn't make your's and Mr Fraser's hair stick up"

    Words well spoken from an unfiltered 7 year old.  She LOVED Friday.  She got to choose 4 different workshops, the hardest part was actually choosing the workshops - in her eyes.  So, according to little Miss 7 -   HUGE success!  (In fact the knitting needles and wool have been in action all weekend, and now lay safely beside her bed on her dressing table - within reach...

    Student voice still to come:  google form to be filled in and interviews with students who led workshops to be completed.

    Lanyards worked a treat - thanks to ASB.

    So what next:
    I see our next next step: a student conference for other students as well. (Y5-8) Open to all schools.  We need to book in a date as soon as possible.  Lots to plan.

    I am collating #studentvoice  #teachervoice #parentvoice  and will post feedback in a new post.





    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    #ptchatnz August 19th 2014 Topic: Reporting & Interviews

    Reporting and Interviews proved to be a great topic for discussion tonight!

    Again a full hour flew by.  We had many new teachers and and some parents join in tonight and openly share their thoughts and views.

    One thing that we have to be careful of is that we do not use too much 'teacher jargon'.  One of the parents involved in our chat tonight mentioned this.  Thanks - @martypartridge     So, if or when we continue to get more parents involved in our discussions, then this should help. The more parents we have, the more we can develop a shared language.  We can also make sure that one of the things we do during discussion is to ensure we explain terms as discussion is continuing.

    Next steps:
    Continue promoting - VLN, join us on Google+, and twitter.
    Continue to invite and try and involve more parents on twitter.  One way we have managed to get more interest in twitter from parents is to continue sharing   sharing a lot of what goes on at school through twitter.  So, we will continue this.
    Collate names and email addresses.
    Add names to list on twitter.

    Super impressed to almost have all NPS staff on twitter, including support and office staff. (Only 3 more to go, one being our caretaker).   Thanks @kell_ngatea and @LeanneLMLJ & @NoleenMurray, NPS staff who joined us for the first time!

    Thanks again to Neil_NPS, @BrendaK80 and @Coles_Vicki for helping moderate tonight - sure needed it!  Thanks also to @mrs_hyde - your support is much appreciated.

    So - how to continue to get more parents on twitter....

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

    Reflection and Moving Forward after HPPS Visit #Buzzing

    Last week, (a week before the #edchatnz conference), our team visited Hobsonville Point Primary School
    What an amazing place to be!  A MLE to be envious of!   I particularly liked how relaxed both the teacher and students were. Our learning is similar in many ways; no bells, teachers' first name, student choice and voice in learning, students' planning own time, workshops, 1-1 conferences etc.  Yet, we still have many things we are working on Next steps is to further develop the 'middle' planning.  Not really planning, as such, more consolidation what we do, school wide.   We have a vision, we have programmes running.  I feel like we are missing a middle piece to tie all this in together. 

    My forward thinking:  What are my next steps? Where to next?

    Making our planning transparent and available for all to see. Our planning is co-constructed and shared with our students, who can then share with our parents.  I wonder how many parents actually look at this? We could however, have it displayed -   I loved the stands that HPPS had around their schools.

    We need to continue to develop our learning dispositions. We held a team 'unconference' one  day last term.  Two things we looked at - our learner dispositions and our learning super powers.  Here are the learner dispositions that we came up with students/teachers, together:  Learner Dispositions   (This is still in draft form)  Another unconference day is in need!

    It was such great timing to then visit HPPS, and have Daniel share with us their learning dispositions and Learner Profile.  Our next step was - how are we going to use these in our learning, not just to look at.  So, it was brilliant to see how they were using them.  We are developing our own Learner Profile.  This also blends in quite nicely with something else I am working on which is our parent/student conferences.  What we do now, really doesn't fit in with how we learn at NPS.  They need to be more student centred and led,  this is a goal for the next round.  

    Trust Licences - I really loved this idea.  Something we would like to use and adapt for our learning area.   We do have a Gold Card system, where students have set the criteria of the privileges they have on a Gold Card, and if they lose this they have a red card for a week, and lose the privileges.  A Trust Licence would be a good way to involve our parents int the process, having to get them to sign the licence could help keep them involved in our learning.

    In and Out - at present we have an in and out visual display.  We now need to add to this.  This also ties in with the Trust Licence.

    Planning for workshops  - our students plan their own workshops and book these onto our shared timetable each week.  Next step - improve the planning of these workshops.  (Similar to the HPPS model). We used a similar model for our student conference, being held this week.  This is what I'd like our students to use for our everyday workshops:  Workshop Planner.   An idea I have thought of from here:   ALSO - advertise these school wide AND to parents.  I'm thinking about having a another twitter workshop next week, booking it into our timetable - but also inviting parents - via FB and Twitter and advertise on a board outside out Team.

    "Middle Planning" - tie some things together.  I would like to try and devote some of my DP time to this.  I am actually finding that there isn't enough time.  My days out with Neil usually fly and get taken up with other admin stuff, and lots of interruptions... just school life!  So we need to find a way to use this time wisely!  We now have our professional development during Thursday afternoon (school time) 1;15 - 2.30.  Workshops are chosen by staff and completely optional, we have been connected with presenters for these workshops virtually. e.g. Tessa Gray, Blackboard Collaboration on VLN, Sarah Martin, Skype, and so on.  

    We have IMPACT  PBL based on students interests and passions.  We have worked with the college to change how technology runs.  Lots of tweaking to do here.  How can we tie this into our learning more, so that it runs through all other areas of our learning?  Not just IMPACT? It was quite timely, also, seeing how HPPS run their PBLL.    We set up Milestones for our senior students to achieve.  A great idea, but we need to ensure that they are achievable and integrated into our learning  - not all on top of. 

    Learning Spaces - we don't have a brand new MLE, we have however, made the best use of the space we have.  We will continue to plan and dream about what we will do when we finally get our planning approved!

    Professional Reading List:  Daniel Birch shared some of the profession reading  and research that helped formed their vision, shich helps shape a mindset that is needed to be able t be part of the team at HPPS.  I have books and research that I've read and found useful to support our vision and pedagogy.  We have never actually formalised and shared an NPS list.  When discussing this with Neil, I think it would be useful to new staff, even parents to have access to our professional reading list - let them read about the research we have undertaken to get where we are today.  Can help with the mindset that is needed to teach/learn and be part of a collaborative, flexible learning space.

    So, as usual, when I come away from another visit, my head starts throwing around all sorts of ideas.  I've noted all these down more ideas - next blog post  #studentconference and #studenteducamp


    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    My #ptchatnz Reflection

    Well, after the 3rd round I can now say the #ptchatnz is now in full swing!  Last Tuesday night's chat was a great success.   We had a wide range of people involved, parents, student teachers, beginning teachers, teachers, teacher aides, BOT members, and principals.  

    Tuesday afternoon seemed like a tweeting frenzy.  I felt like a broken record, tweeting so much to remind everyone that it was happening and personally tweeting people, hoping we were going to be able to get enough interest.  I found that it was a pretty full on, intense hour, both exciting and nerve wracking, trying to moderate, post questions, keep up with discussions, encourage fellow tweeters and get the timing right!  I did thoroughly enjoy it though.  Thanks goodness @Neil_NPS and @brendak80 were helping moderate.  However, Neil's internet was a tad slow!  I can see how useful and valuable it could be as another way to connect parents with school.  A way for parents to have a say in a casual, non - threatening way. (Almost like an neutral playing field)!

    I particularly enjoyed hearing about ASHS breakfast meeting and affirmation cards, thanks  - @kaiako_nz .

     a parent new to our twitter chat, shared his blog and has started a new blog post, a diary about what his child says about school.  Great idea. I love the interest that Martin is taking in his child's education.  Awesome.  http://learningdiarynz.wordpress.com/

    After our second #ptchatnz, we soon realised that we had to advertise.  So, this is what I did:

    • Post our #ptchatnz on VLN - (Beyond the Classroom)  @nlouwrens and @tessagray
    • Make another visual and tweet, tweet, tweet!
    • Share on our school FB page.
    • Talk to our students - run twitter workshops and encourage our Ss to get  their parents on twitter
    • Advertise twitter in our school newsletter.  (We would love to advertise in other school's newsletters as well!)
    • Improve the school website - ensure twitter feed is up to date to encourage our parents to want to have a look at the latest happenings and going ons.
    • Personally invite, via twitter, other parents/educators that we know.
    • Create Google+ Community
    • Choose good discussion promoting topics that people really want to talk about.

    We also have had a lot of help promoting this from some other keen twitter users:  Thanks @mrs_hyde for all her retweeting and sharing at #educampakl along with  @BeLchick1 and @1MvdS.

    Neil and I first starting talking about #ptchatnz when we were at The Future Schools conference at the start of this year.  We discussed ways to use twitter and another way to engage with our community and parents, NZ wide.  Obviously, this is not an original idea.  We have adapted and used the same kind of twitter discussion techniques that  #edchatnz uses, thanks - (@MissDtheTeacher ), who runs a fantastic chat forum every fortnight.  There is also an Aussie parent chat -  #ozptchat who joined us for our discussion, which was great.

    I see in #aussieed chat last Sunday, that they used graphics with each question - I thought this was a great idea and would like to adapt that strategy to use next time! 

    We are coming up with more interesting topics and ideas that we think will engage our twitter tweeps.  So, I think if we choose the right topics, keep advertising and promoting,  #ptchatnz will be here to stay!   If you think you have a great idea for a topic to discuss; fill in the form below.

    Next  #ptchatnz -Aug 19th 8.30-9.30. Every fortnight. Follow @hull_karla & @imagineNPS for regular updates.   How to participate Guide: http://bit.ly/V4T9qz 
    We'd love to collate some names and twitter handles to share with #ptchatnz tweeps, so fill in the form below.  


    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Coding #creating #making #problemsolving #sharing


    I have begun a collection of coding sites etc.  This is what I have discovered so far. (My own thoughts - some may disagree)! I'm fairly new to all this stuff, but I have found many things that are allowing our Ss to make, create and share their learning! I particularly like the programmes that provide basic platforms that all Ss can use to create and find success, both simple to quite complex. Check out what one of my amazing students created. An original game called Shuffle Jump, using Scratch:


    What just some of it looks like 'inside'!


    Website/Link
    Explanation
    Why every child should learn to code
    A website that shows and explains a whole lot of different Apps and websites that can be used for coding.  Explains ages best suited for each site.
    Some more coding apps/sites.
    Shows different sites/programmes that can be used for different things.  e.g. I want to learn or I want to problem solve or hack.
    Tynker - programming site.  Can build own classes for free and add lessons etc  I have made a Marama one.  (Free version  - quite basic). Ss can also create own.  (Similar to Scratch) Great for y5/6. I think the real ‘good’ stuff you have to pay for.  Too basic for Y7&8.
    With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Simple to complex - check out Max M’s game. I’m a bit of a fan!
    An example of what you can do - build a website about self - I am going to get Perky Nanas onto building sites.
    On this site you can also find tutorials and practice activities with building script, websites, apps etc.
    Basic coding - hour of code cert - from site above. This is where the ‘hour of code’ is from.  Starts easy - gets harder. (Earn certificate).
    Lots of creating projects.  Create own websites, animations.  Use a range of different scripts etc.  
    Tutorials and teaches how to build a website, app or game.
    Kodable
    Self guided ipad game
    Hopscotch
    ipad app - learning to programme
    A site made based solely on a love of a board game! Max to make!
    Twitter storify #aussieed - Coding
    A storify of the aussie chat on twitter - loads of useful links and ideas.
    An interesting concept set up of Code Clubs in the UK.
    A group of teachers interested in learning more about coding.