Bringing Geography to Life with Google Maps & Skitch

There are times where a chance remark can lead to amazing learning outcomes. The use of Google Maps and Skitch in Year 2 and 3 Geography was one of those occasions … A conversation about mapping skills led to a suggestion that we take a risk, and see if we could integrate Google Maps (which I know […]

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Using my image without attribution is NOT ok!

As an ICT integrator and teacher, I place a strong emphasis on teaching my students and colleagues about why and how we attribute online images and creative works. I also take the time to teach them how to find Creative Commons and Public Domain works we have permission to use in our projects, so long as […]

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Demystifying Coding and Programming – Just Scratchin’ Around

Jenny Ashby @jjash may not know it, but her Sydney #slide2learn session on Beebots and coding gave me the push I needed to take a risk, and experiment with Scratch programming in Years 4 and 5 in late 2014. Openly acknowledging in class that I had next to no idea of how Scratch worked, and what it […]

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Powerful Learning with iPads – iMovie Book Trailers in Grade 3

As I look back over the past six months, one teaching and learning experience stands out as a true highlight – the Year 3 iMovie Book Trailer Project, which was developed and brought to life by the amazing students of Year 3B, and their wonderful teacher.  The Process This project was run in Term 3, […]

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Challenging Students to Respect Copyright

Many students, and many teachers, are unaware of, or not completely informed about how copyright law works online, and most have never heard of Creative Commons or Public Domain media. Yet, these concepts are critical to developing understandings of digital citizenship, and form part of the ICT General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. As part […]

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Shaping ICT Policy and Future Practice

Since joining my school just six months ago, I have been working on a number of projects alongside my ICT teaching and integration role, including: Collaborating with the CEO ICT team to complete the technical set up Google Apps for Education, and planning for staff professional development and student use in 2015. Providing feedback on […]

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Thoughts on the #ipsict iPad Rollout

One of my many jobs this year has been the rollout of my school’s iPad program. Working in close collaboration with my colleague, who works as a part-time IT technician, and the school administration, I’ve learnt some valuable lessons about iPad VPP management, and explored effective pedagogical strategies for integrating iPads into K-3 classrooms. 1) […]

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On Becoming an @HaikuDeck Guru

  HaikuDeck Guru Application – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires   As I recently told my students, I vividly recall the time I sat at the back of a classroom, struggling to stay awake through one of the most mind numbing PowerPoint presentations I’ve ever experienced. I could barely keep my eyes […]

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Flat Connections, Sydney 2014

Heading to Sydney for Flat Connections marked an important milestone, namely the first time I have ever visited the East Coast of Australia! Held at the SHORE School, Flat Connections proved to be an amazing conference, where I met many friends, new and old, and discovered leadership and multimedia skills I didn’t know I had 🙂  […]

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