In the week since the brain-changing events of the #EdChatNZ conference, I’ve been actioning a few things with my classroom.
The most notable of these is my implementation of SOLO taxonomy as a thinking tool. Although I didn’t attend Pam Hook’s presentations on SOLO over the weekend, the number of tweets popping up in my stream while I was attending others reminded me of the amazing tool SOLO is.
Early on in my teaching career I was lucky enough to be part of a the ICT team at Maungawhau School in Auckland. At the time we were receiving some professional development from Pam on the use of SOLO. This culminated with us presenting a session on SOLO at uLearn 2009 (I’m counting back – I think it was 2009 but I can’t find any actual proof on the interwebs).
My question to myself at the start of this week was: “Why the hell aren’t you still using SOLO you idiot?” Because of the fact my class is situated in a pre-fab separated from the other buildings and I get to school before anybody else in the morning so I’m able to
abuse myself reflect on my pedagogy in this way. So I’ve been trawling Pam’s HookEd website this week for ideas, thinking tools and reminders of the way things used to be.
Hilariously, this morning whilst trawling I discovered an embedded voice-thread from my class talking about their learning and assessing themselves using SOLO taxonomy. Unfortunately the embed code doesn’t appear to be working so you’ll just have to click here to be taken to the page.
This is a wonderful blast from the past and reminded me how long I’ve actually been a lone-nut.
Enjoy your weekend!
UPDATE: Pam has kindly embedded my YouTube commentary on our Olympics unit. As you may be able to see from the hair, there was a definite touch of the mad scientist about me back then…