ILE (Innovative Learning Environments) and e-Learning
In order for our students to meet 'The Way We Learn' part of our school vision by being 'self-managing thinkers who are connected' Whitney Street School is gradually implementing innovative learning practices including the updating and modernisation of our current classrooms into flexible and modern learning environments in our school. The teachers have undertaken comprehensive professional development in this area over the past 3 years (and this will be ongoing), to ensure they provide the best possible educational opportunities for our children. Further information is provided here, and you are welcome to consult with your child's teacher at any stage.
A variety of devices including laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, IPads, visualizers and data projectors feature in our day-to-day classroom activities. E-learning is an important tool and part of our learning. It is integrated across the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning. Whitney Street children learn to use technology to support their learning throughout their time at school. We have an informative website www.whitneystreet.school.nz (in fact, you're looking at it right now) and our Facebook page will keep you up to date with what is happening on a day to day basis. Many classes use Seesaw as a way to share what is happening at school with home, and celebrate their learning.
GAFE School (Google Apps For Education)
Our older students have individual Google logins and are using this to form connections as good Digital Citizens. Having individual logins allows our students to create, share and edit files in real time. They have the ability to create Blogs, collaborate, send e-mails, and access their digital world via any device - both at home and at school. They are able to personalise their learning and use Apps that will help them with their understanding e.g.Google Voice and Google Talk. We are working towards having individual Google logins for our students from Year 3 upwards.
Students are welcome to bring their own devices from home. An agreement will need to be signed. Equity issues are addressed by devices being provided by the school. If you would like your child to bring their own device, please click below.
Educational Apps and Online Learning Programmes
The apps and online learning programmes we use at Whitney Street School are recommended by educational experts and used as tools to support teaching and learning. The technology is used to enhance the teaching and learning, not replace face-to-face teaching. The teacher still takes lessons in Maths, Reading, Writing and other curriculum areas directly with the children, and the technology is used for a variety of purposes where appropriate eg to practise the skill, or learn the skill in another way, or to allow students to learn at their own pace, etc. It is also used to engage and motivate children.
Some of the Apps and Online Learning Programmes used at Whitney Street School
- A New Zealand online learning resource for Maths. Mathletics helps students enjoy Maths and achieve great results. We fund students from Year 2-6 to access this website. Your child has 24-hour access to Mathletics. By using their personal username and password your child can access the Mathletics website at www.mathletics.co.nz. Our top Mathlete for the week is celebrated and presented with the Mathlete Trophy at school assembly.
- Ability to deliver courses aligned to New Zealand maths standards across Years 1-13, matched with dynamic tools and reporting for teachers.
- Able to do the learning and reinforcement of teacher-led instruction at a time and place that suits the learner- not tied to being in the classroom at a particular time
- Is designed to provide students with a captivating and safe learning experience. Their analytics combines targeted and adaptive curriculum content, structured and interactive support, with engaging gaming and rewards – all aligned to the New Zealand primary maths curriculum.
- Supports individual instruction delivered at just the right adaptive level as opposed to teacher-led group instruction that may be too hard or too easy for an individual child within that group
- Seesaw empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school.
- Students can 'show what they know' using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links.
- Seesaw makes it easy for students and teachers to review progress over time and demonstrate growth.
- Quickly sends an announcement to all families or students in the class, or privately message individual parents right within Seesaw.
- Seesaw helps capture the learning process, not just the end result. Students can use Seesaw's built-in audio recording, and drawing and caption tools to reflect on what they've learned or explain how they got their answer.
- Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers, parents and even other classrooms around the globe, encouraging better work and real feedback.
- Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates allow the opportunity to be seen by whānau and give families an opportunity to provide feedback and encouragement when they can’t be at school with the child. It also makes it easy for teachers and parents to record and see progress over time.
Literacy and Maths Hubs
- These NZ developed online resources directly link to the NZ Curriculum and contain a wealth of resources collated to engage, inspire and personalise learning, along with teacher resources and suggestions for use in the classroom to extend the learning experience beyond the basic. Many of the videos, online learning tutorials, etc also have links to book resources and worksheets to further extend the learning. It scaffolds the learning process for teachers and students.
- Developed by teachers, for teachers, Banqer is a financial education platform that provides a hands-on environment for you and your students to get curious, creative, and ultimately, confident with money.
- gives an authentic, age-appropriate platform for children’s learning about money and the ways it can be earned, used and spent.
- a variety of apps are used on iPads (in mostly the junior classrooms) which provide interactive learning at individual levels to enable personalised learning. The apps are engaging and support the classrooms learning programme.
If children bring cell-phones to school they should be handed into the office before school and picked up at the end of the day. SMART Phones can be used by students, with teacher supervision.