Remeber back in 2015 when I held my ‘GAFE in Action’ Day? Well, guess what? This year I’m working with staff and students to showcase something bigger and better!
Are you a GAFE (Google Apps for Education) school? Are you interested in GAFE? Are you currently in the process of adopting GAFE? Or do you have absolutely no idea about GAFE and really want to learn about it?
Heard about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and wondering how you can implement all of these elements within your Curriculum?? Or do you just want an amazing learning opportunity to see how successful technology tools can be used from K-12? If so, then this is an opportunity for you and your students.
St Thomas More is a Catholic Primary School located in the heart of Hadfield. Here at St Thomas More, we have been using GAFE for almost 8 years and it has changed the way we collaborate, assess and communicate with students, parents, and colleagues. We would love to share our journey and experiences with you because sharing and learning is what teaching and learning are all about.
We were recently featured in the Catholic Education Office Melbourne ‘Director’s eNews Vol. 8, No. 2 – 23 February 2018 for the amazing work our students have been doing. Students have been building APPS to make a difference in the world and the local community. Read more here.
Most professional development days only involve teachers… And that’s about it. We want to give our teachers and students the opportunity to showcase their learning and show you and your students how GAFE and other digital technology platforms have changed their learning experiences. Schools are a place for kids right? So why not get them involved?
We’re working together with Google and Source Central to put together this fantastic event. You’ll get to see TECH in Action! This event will be run by the students and teachers of St Thomas More Primary School, the Source Central Technical Support Team, and you’ll possibly get to meet some real Googlers too! Teachers and students will run practical workshops throughout the day. You’ll have the opportunity to decide which workshops you want to attend. We want to show you how to use GAFE and other Digital Technology tools in a practical way. You’ll learn about the many ways you can use the G-Suite Apps, Coding platforms and robots, App creation tools across the curriculum and most importantly, how to have fun!
Come along and see how we use Digital Technologies in the classroom in an efficient and easy to manage way. You’ll also hear about our journey, and how we got to where we are today. Come and experience our ‘whole school approach,’ and see why St Thomas More has been so successful in using Digital Technologies to enhance student outcomes.
Please note: This will be a BYO device event
Watch this space for agenda and keynote speakers to be announced!
I recently heard Dr Jordan Nguyen speak at a PD I attended. All I can say is that he was extremely inspirational! I’m going to use what I learned from him to drive the 5/6 Inquiry unit in a direction I never imagined! This unit will focus on STEAM and we’ll be looking at how Digital Technologies can change the world and make a difference to lives. Children need to understand that Digital Technologies isn’t just about ‘coding’ and building/playing games. There’s so much more to be learned. It’s about using these tools and skills to actually make a difference.
The aim will be to get students to work in teams (just like they would be expected to in the real world!) They’ll have a project on their hands that will require them to design something that could potentially change lives. The image to the right explains some of the roles students will take on.
I’m also working on teaming up with Source Central Partners and some of the guys from Google to showcase how we use Digital Technologies at St Thomas More. The GAFE in Action day was so successful in 2015, we want to take it to the next level! The aim is to have kids showing off what they’ve learned through this Inquiry. They’ll be marketing the event with us too! Watch this space. I’ll share the journey and experiences with you. I don’t to give too much away just yet:)
I’ve been doing some research about coding and came across this fantastic article that was published in Forbes Magazine.
Next week, I will be holding a coding Curriculum day with my staff and I’m ready to have questions fired at me!
You all know what I’m talking about… Right? Answering their questions with, “It’s in the curriculum and you have to,” just won’t cut it! I want to provide teachers with some evidence. They need to be able to see the reality. Coding is becoming part of everyday life. We’re teaching kids and trying to prepare them for jobs that don’t even exist yet.
Just thought it was a valuable article to share with all you other techs. Happy reading:)
What a fabulous article. One of my colleagues shared this with me this morning… Just in time as I’m running a PLT with my staff tonight about the new Digital Technologies Curriculum. Saves me so much time re-wording it myself! Thank you!
I ran a PD recently for a Primary School whose staff were trying to wrap their heads around the new Digital Technologies Curriculum that is intended to be active in Victorian Schools next year. I think the staff would forgive me for saying that they found the language in the curriculum a little daunting.
I based the PD heavily on the PL-in-a-Box slides provided by CSER at the University of Adelaide. I didn’t have anything like the time required to put resources together on my own, so PL-in-a-Box was a heaven sent opportunity to help this school out without spending hours developing supporting materials in my mythical free time.
I thought I would be working my way through the slides, but it rapidly became clear that the language of the curriculum itself was proving rather difficult to interpret. So we spent much of the time working out way through the
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Originally posted on Tech Crunch. These coding ideas are fabulous. Certainly some I want to try next year with the kids at STM as we explore the endless possibilities and the world of coding!
Hello everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve posted… I’m slightly ashamed of myself, but certainly have a great excuse… I’ve been on maternity leave. Although it’s been a while since I’ve been in this space, I can assure you my brain hasn’t stopped ticking! Between late night feeds and nappy changes, I’ve still managed to think about education (is that sad lol?)
I won’t officially be returning to school until next year but have so many exciting things in the pipe lines.
Next year I’ll still be working in my IT role and aim to hold another GAFE In Action event (didn’t realise the domain for this has expired. I’ll get it back up and running). Last years was so successful. I plan on including students again, holding similar workshops and defiantly want to showcase some of the exciting things that have been happening at STM.
One of the things I’ll also be focusing on next year is coding! Yep! I’ll be tackling that by the horns. I’ve been playing around with Ozmo and am so excited to use it with the kids. The Coding Club has been so successful, that next year, every student from prep to 6 will have the opportunity to explore and learn through code. After all, it is the way of the future. So watch this space!
I hope the rest of the year is exciting and eventful, as well as relaxing. I know it’s a crazy time of year with reports, but it’s also a great way to spend quality time with the kids as Christmas approaches.
Enjoy what’s left. I look forward to posting fresh ideas in 2017!
So it’s certainly been a while since I’ve posted. Time got the better of me, but I had to share this! Today I came across this post on Google+ about a new feature that Google Slides has released. A colleague of mine was also really excited when the Q&A feature popped up on her presentation in the classroom. We had to give it a go! Kids loved it, we loved it, and it documented everything that was happening. Give it a go!
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