Snapshots of Learning, Making, and Inquiry in my STEM Makerspace

  In 2015, I was inspired to establish our school makerspace as a result of my experiences and learning at the International Society for Technology Education Conference. As I have reflected in past posts, it took me years to understand that effective STEM programs were built on inquiry learning pedagogy, curriculum integration, and hand-on ‘maker’ […]

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Meeting My “First Year Self”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with a group of student teachers and a few new relief (substitute / casual) teachers, and been given ample opportunity to reflect on my early career experiences. I still have vivid (painful) memories of my student teaching practical experiences, and remember how I graduated from university in 2008 […]

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The Story of an Image

In preparing for my Science, ICT, and the Global Classroom presentation at the Science Teachers’ of Western Australia Conference this weekend, I’ve learnt some valuable lessons about global connections, crafting powerful presentations, and about connecting science to the real world. But perhaps the greatest lesson has arisen from my endeavours to model the appropriate (legal) use of […]

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Struggling to Teach Creative Commons

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Scott McLeod Would you believe that our education department ICT policy makers, in their infinite wisdom, have blocked student access to Flickr.com? And that this means, that no less than four out of five Creative Commons images sites, which are SUITABLE for students, don’t WORK AT […]

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Engage, Connect, Inspire: My Teaching Philosophy

  Whist preparing a recent job application, I took the opportunity to update my teaching philosophy statement, the ‘reflective ‘manifesto’ which defines my beliefs about 21st Century teaching and learning practices. I’ve posted it here. What impressed me the most was not that my ideas and approach had necessarily changed over the past 3 years, […]

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Digital Citizenship (#flatclass Book Club, Part 4)

  Chapter 5: Citizenship, focussed on the complex educational issue of digital citizenship. I was particularly interested in the idea that we could examine digital citizenship through 5 lenses, the areas of technical, individual, social, cultural, and global awareness. As I am not a classroom teacher, I really struggled to relate this chapter to my […]

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