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Lockdown Update – August – Oct 2021

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Kia ora koutou katoa 

Updated Oct 18th.

I do hope that you are doing OK out there in lock-down.

We have had several enquiries on how to share videos with students.  As a result of the lockdown, we have decided to make some of the videos easier to share with your tamariki.

About Working With Video Lessons

As a general rule, we recommend that teachers do a "live share" with students (see details below). However during lock-downs, some of our tamariki find it difficult to attend classes at the time you're giving them, making it harder for those students to participate.

Where remote learning is concerned, I recognise it's much easier to be able to just 'share a link', along with some written instruction for the associated task(s). It's up to you how you wish to use these resources.  You can simply share the links and ask your students to follow along.  Or you can share in a group and workshop it together.

Are you a Member / Subscriber or part of a School Subscription - or not? We have resources for both - just select the appropriate button to view more.

 

Paying Subscriber Information   |  Non-members Information

Not sure?  Ask your school administrator if your school has a subscription with us. If in any doubt, you can always use the free, non-members content and material.

 

 

 


Paying Subscribers / School Subscribers

1) Try 'Live Sharing' a Video Lesson!

Whether physical or remote, you can share all the Video Lessons with your students at full screen.

A "Live Share" of any of the Video Lessons with the class is where YOU play the video to the students, either face to face in the same classroom / space, or when that's not possible, during a class Zoom / Skype / Google Meet session.

The main reason for this "live share" suggestion, is to facilitate the teacher being able to "talk to" the video/story, to discuss it with the class, to ask questions, provide answers and generally set tasks, provide guidance and further instruction as deemed appropriate.

How to 'Live Share' a Video Lesson:

  1. This requires 'you the teacher' to log in to your membership account; Then navigate to the Video Lesson you wish to share;
  2. To watch the Video Lesson with your class, simply play the Video Lesson on your computer and enable full screen (if in a virtual call, we suggest you mute all attendees).

2) Videos For Membership Subscribers To Share Externally 

During lockdown, we have made the following Video Lessons exclusively available for subscribing members to share with their class.  These are not public, so please respect that.

We may decide to allow others to be shared externally also, however it is useful to point out that you can easily share ALL lessons via a group zoom / Skype / Google Meet (see above for instructions on how to do that!)

NOTICE: Don't share the following links with kids - these are the reference page for teachers / educators - the shareable links are contained within the reference page - please navigate there to find them.

Aug - Sept

  1. Murray Gadd Reads Keys for Year 4-8 students >> (reference page for teachers / educators)
  2. Murray Gadd Reads Ernest the Elephant for NE-Y1 students >> (reference page for teachers / educators)
  3. Murray Gadd Reads “Zoo” for Year 5 – 8 students >> (reference page for teachers / educators)
  4. Murray Gadd reads “Billy – A Lolly Leopold Story” for Year 5-8 students  >> (reference page for teachers / educators)

October

  1. Murray Gadd reads Tadpole’s Promise for NE-Y1 students >> (reference page for teachers / educators)
  2. Murray Gadd Writes About Pterosaurs – for Year 5 – 8 students  >> (reference page for teachers / educators)
  3. Murray Gadd Reads “The Runaway Dinner” for Year 3 – 6 students >> (reference page for teachers / educators)

 

How Do I Share The Above Videos With Students?

  • To share these subscriber only videos, log in to your membership account; Then navigate to the Video Lesson you wish to share;
  • Scroll down below the video to the "Share this video externally" ink that is displayed
  • Copy the URL link and share it an email or online with your class;
  • That's it!  We ask that you please only share the URL links with your class; These are not public, so please respect that.
  • The URL will expire at a future date to be determined.

3) Free Videos for ALL users

If you are not yet a subscriber, please consider signing up so that you can access the above videos and the multiple others available in our Online PLD resource.

As level 4 (and perhaps soon level 3?) look like continuing for at least another few weeks, I decided to record and share new free Video Lessons, based on picture books, just as I did for level 4 lockdown last year.  These are being made available free for everyone to share and use – so yes, do tell your colleagues and families about this.  They are accessible on the Murray Gadd website (for teachers / educators) and for a limited time, via YouTube and Vimeo:

October 2021 Lockdown: Murray Gadd Reads “The Runaway Dinner” for Year 3 – 6 students

Plan and write your own narrative about a runaway dinner, involving your favourite food. Students are to be as imaginative as possible as they describe the characters and tell what happens during their runaway dinner!

 

Sept 2021 Lockdown: Murray Gadd reads “Busting” for Year 1-8 students

The is a read-to lesson is designed for fun and imaginative writing.

Sept 2021 Lockdown: Murray Gadd reads “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” – for Year 4-8 students

The is a read-to lesson is designed for fun and imaginative writing.

August 2021 Lockdown: The Rascally Cake' (by Jeanne Willis) for Year 2 - 6 students

A fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well.  This lesson promotes procedural writing.

August 2021 Lockdown: 'Diary Of A Worm' (by Doreen Cronin) for year 2 - 6 students

Another fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though again some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well.

April 2020 Lockdown:  “Our Granny” (by Margaret Wild) for Year 2 - 4 students

April 2020 Lockdown: "Library Mouse" for Year 3 - 6 students

 

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Free Resources If You Are Not A Subscriber

1) Free Videos for ALL users

If you / your school is not yet a subscriber, please consider signing up so that you can access all of our videos and the multiple other resources available in our Online PLD resource.

As lockdown looks like continuing for at least another few weeks, I decided to record and share new free Video Lessons, based on picture books, just as I did for level 4 lockdown last year.  These are being made available free for everyone to share and use – so yes, do tell your colleagues and families about this.  They are accessible on the Murray Gadd website (for teachers / educators) and for a limited time, via YouTube and Vimeo:

October 2021 Lockdown: Murray Gadd Reads “The Runaway Dinner” for Year 3 – 6 students

Plan and write your own narrative about a runaway dinner, involving your favourite food. Students are to be as imaginative as possible as they describe the characters and tell what happens during their runaway dinner!

 

Sept 2021 Lockdown: Murray Gadd reads “Busting” for Year 1-8 students

The is a read-to lesson is designed for fun and imaginative writing.

 

Sept 2021 Lockdown: Murray Gadd reads “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” – for Year 4-8 students

The is a read-to lesson is designed for fun and imaginative writing.

 

August 2021 Lockdown: The Rascally Cake' (by Jeanne Willis) for Year 2 - 6 students

A fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well.  This lesson promotes procedural writing.

August 2021 Lockdown: 'Diary Of A Worm' (by Doreen Cronin) for year 2 - 6 students

Another fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though again some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well.

April 2020 Lockdown:  “Our Granny” (by Margaret Wild) for Year 2 - 4 students

April 2020 Lockdown: "Library Mouse" for Year 3 - 6 students


 

How Do I Share A Video

Sharing Free Videos Via External Link

  • If you wish to share the FREE videos, you can either share the YouTube or Vimeo link and these will be contained ion the page for that Video Lesson (usually in the lower part of the page).
  • Some teachers prefer to share the Vimeo link as there are usually fewer distractions for students.
  • You can share in an email, in a presentation, or via any method you feel is appropriate.

How to 'Live Share' a Video Lesson:

  1. This requires YOU as the teacher navigate to the Video Lesson you wish to share;
  2. To watch the Video Lesson with your class, simply play the Video Lesson on your computer and enable full screen (suggest you mute all attendees).

 

 

Please consider signing up to our membership, so that you can access more resources!

 

 

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More Video Lessons

If the lockdown continues, we will consider making more videos available in this way.  We may also publish additional lessons.  However, to access our full catalogue, please consider asking your school to join our Online PLD Subscription offer.

Stay safe New Zealand

Noho ora mai

Murray and The murraygadd.co.nz team