Designing #microbit Virtual Pets & Monsters – So many possibilities!

At the end of last year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to test two new design technology / makerspace projects utilizing MakeyMakey and Micro:bit. This is the second project, and it’s one that I am very keen to reteach and extend in the future. I ran this project with one Year 4 […]

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Accessible Game Controllers – A @makeymakey #design project

At the end of last year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to trial two new design technology /makerspace projects utilizing MakeyMakey and Micro:bit. This first project was inspired by an experience I had at the @Questacon Makerspace as part of the 2018 STEM X Academy. It was designed for Grade 4 students, […]

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Fostering a Love of Mental Maths with #microbit – A STEM Project

Why, hello. To cut a long and eventful story short, this post was originally drafted last year, prior to my leaving my school to pursue my long-held dream of traveling around the world in 2020. It was time to move on to something new, and explore the road less traveled. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak […]

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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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Inquiry Learning & The Engineering Design Process in STEM

18 months ago, I had the privilege of attending the prestigious STEM X Academy in Canberra. In January 2019, I was one of four STEM X Alumni invited to return to Canberra, with the job of mentoring the Primary Teachers’ cohort, and sharing my experiences post STEM X 2018. It isn’t often that you can […]

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Empowering girls’ learning & creativity through @Scratch #scratched

Over the course of the 2017 school year, my approach to teaching Scratch changed dramatically as I came to better understand how to support my girls’ learning and engagement with Scratch visual programming. As I have previously explored here and here, my students thrive on challenging, authentic visual programming tasks which focus on storytelling and game […]

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CEWA LEAD Awards for Excellence 2016

A few weeks ago, my library colleague and I accepted, on behalf of our school, a prestigious Catholic Education WA LEAD Award for Excellence in Learning. This award recognized our work in establishing our school’s makerspace and robotics program, which includes a research partnership with the Schools of Education and Engineering at Curtin University. Unfortunately, due to a […]

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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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Unleashing the Power of @AdobeVoice

Over the past few years, I have been privileged to attend two #Slide2learn events, in Perth (2013), and in Sydney (2014). Despite being terribly sick for most of the Sydney event, it made a deep and meaningful impact on my teaching practice. At the 2014 event, Tony Vincent @tonyvincent introduced me to Adobe Voice, an extremely powerful tool […]

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Science, ICT, and the Global Classroom (#CONSTAWA33 Keynote)

Last weekend, I presented the Dinner Keynote at the Science Teachers’ of Western Australia conference, exploring the topic: Science, ICT, and the Global Classroom: Exploring the Possibilities.  Science, ICT, & the Global Classroom (#CONSTAWA33 Dinner Keynote) from Michael Our Challenge: Engaging Students in Science As a primary school teacher & global education specialist, being asked to […]

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