Friday, June 30, 2017

All Good Things Must Come To An End!

But Why Must It End?

Sadly the last session with the newly named Digital Fluency Intensive crew has ended. I have taken on board a wealth of knowledge under great leadership, and have acquired skills and understanding that I can confidently implement in my teaching practice henceforth.

On an even more positive note, I'm delighted to announce the passing of my Level 1 Google For Education Exam! Wohoo! (Thanks to Dorothy and James and their influence over my learning the past 9 weeks I actually found the exam fairly easy!)

To answer my own question 'why must it end?' - doesn't! Manaiakalani have an abundance of opportunities for teachers wanting to make more of an impact in the education world, opportunities that I for one will be snapping up! As for my learning and development, this is just the beginning...

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Penultimate Session!

Are We Empowered?

This mornings session was all about Empowerment - a core value of Manaiakalani, and the levels of empowerment evident in our settings. Empowerment not only of ourselves as educators and the freedom we have to be creative, innovative, and original with our teaching practice, but also empowerment of the students themselves - making sure they have a voice to be heard and choices about what they learn and how. 

Definitely something to consider when deciding what kind of teacher you wish to be and how you can make a change...

Cleaning Up!

As the course comes to an end we revisit our class sites and up the appeal! My class site had a complete makeover using all the tips and tricks i've learned over the weeks - from page layout and organisation to HTML and image-mapping, this version of the site is my latest masterpiece!

New header more child-friendly and appealing the young eye
Revamped the button colours to match the header

Getting that HTML to make navigating the site a breeze!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Revisiting Site Development

Site Building for the HTML Experts


In today's session I boosted my site building game executing 'image mapping' - a setup that allows you to set your site up with links for buttons and images but not open those links in a new tab like the traditional 'transparent shape' setup forces you to do. 

Knowing the in's and out's of HTML will prop your site building skills up there with designers and ensure your class site or professional blog has never looked so good! 

Pixl Editor

Using a program like Pixlr will allow you to find the coordinates for the shape you want to link. 

Use the navigator to find the coordinates of the shape, button, or image you wish to map.

The end result, although unfinished, is coming along nicely and looking a lot more professional that previously! Definitely a process i will be using to update my class site and getting rid of all those pesky tabs!