AISSA AITSL Certification session

AISSA Evidence for certification

AISSA Evidence for certification

 A Jig-saw puzzle challenge

I went to a meeting about applying for the AITSL certification at AISSA on Saturday. I arrived feeling comfortable with my knowledge of the AITSL standards that I have gained over the last year from using categories on this blog. What I wanted to get out of this session was a clearer picture of how to annotate an artefact- exactly what was involved?

Estelle Lewis from AISNSW opened my eyes to a better understanding through deconstructing the standard descriptors into verbs, what has to be done and what is the expected outcome. This breakdown of the descriptors helps making decisions about what artefacts to focus on and how to add annotations.

I think the most important message was to do ‘less’ rather than ‘more’ by addressing more than one descriptor through the artefact and the annotations.

Another realisation, was the definition of ‘sharing’ when applying for HAT certification. It is important to get feedback on how ‘sharing’ has impacted on colleagues. It is not enough to post or share ideas. I need to get feedback and to collect it so I can prove that I have impacted others.  This also means getting data to evaluate learning content in lessons- before and after.

So this is my ”jig-saw” challenge: to make the most of my artefacts and to demonstrate impact on others-students and colleagues.

So has this blog made you think? Please leave a comment.

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  1. Your blog makes me think. There is so much variety and exploration of web 2 tools which are challenging for learners, both us and our students. I intend further to look into Video Ant and certainly to use blogs more frequently within the classroom. As a learner myself I am always amazed at how a blog forces you to summarise your ideas and theories and then to communicate in an interesting way so your reader will want to engage with you. I find your use of hyperlinks great and a useful resource. Thanks for your sharing but more than that thanks for the spirit of collegiality and your passion to excite learners into this marvellous world of web 2 tools to extend the teacher’s capabilities..

    • Hi Sharyn, Student blogs have a huge potential as part of visual thinking and learning. After the recent Google Summit session on E-Portfolios, I’d like to expand student blogs to be more than a reflective journal and to have a class blog where I can showcase student’s work, their reflections and that they have a role in such as, design and content.

  2. Hello Ann

    It’s not uncommon that people adapt ideas and not remember to provide feedback on how those ideas ran when implemented. Directly requesting feedback might not be sufficient but contextualising the request so that reviewers realise that their feedback has an impact may make a difference.

    I think its best to state explicitly that “if you provide feedback I can use it as a measure of the effectiveness of an idea or otherwise” and see if this induces more feedback.

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