Digital Technologies… And Life

I recently heard Dr Jordan Nguyen speak at a PD I attended. All I can say is that he was extrem001.jpgely 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:)

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Why Every Millennial Should Learn Some Code

Hello, all!

I’ve been doing some research about coding and came across this fantastic article that was published in Forbes Magazine.

Why Every Millennial Should Learn Some Code

Next week, I will be holding a coding Curriculum day with my staff and I’m ready to have questions fired at me!

  • why is coding important?
  • why should we have to teach it?
  • how can I teach the kids if I don’t know how to code?

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:)

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Demystifying the Digital Technologies Curriculum, F-6 (Part 1)

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!

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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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4 Startups Revolutionizing the EdTech World

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From online micro-tutoring to photographic tours back through history, educational technology is giving children new ways to learn… read original post here

12 Gifts for Next Generation Coders 

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! 

https://techcrunch.com/gallery/12-gifts-for-the-next-generation-of-coders-this-holiday/

I’m Back!


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! 

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Talk with your audience—not at them—with Slides Q&A

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!

Read the original post here…

https://docs.googleblog.com/2016/05/slidesQA.html

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Ideas for Using SeeSaw in the Classroom

I’ve started using SeeSaw with our Grade 1 and Prep students. The feedback has been positive so far. This is a great article to share with colleagues! Thanks!

using seesaw in the classroom coverDid you just say, “What is SeeSaw?”, well then start here and pop back after!

Now that we are all up to speed, I want to share some ways I have been using it in kindergarten. Many of these ways can be modified to work with your grade level as well! This is just the tip of the iceberg, so come back for more ideas in the future!

Bring parents in on fun celebrations!

Not all parents could attend our 100th Day Extravaganza, but they could at least get a glimpse! We made some awesome and tasty necklaces that would likely never make it home, so I sent pictures and some videos with a couple clicks!

seesaw ideas 1 Making cereal necklaces with 100 pieces for 100th Day! Sent to parents via SeeSaw!

I recommend signing in to the teacher account for this since you are the one taking the pictures. This gives…

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10 Things to Help Start the New School Year

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Well… It’s that time of year again. Back to school! Back to school commercials and radio ads are everywhere. We’re certainly being reminded. As we approach 2016, the first thing that comes to mind as a teacher is, “What am I going to do to set up a positive environment?” “How will I ensure I get to know my kids for who they are?” We all want to do our best and provide the best learning opportunities. The start of the year, I think, is the best time to set up the learning environment you want.  Positive start. Positive year. So I’ve compiled a list of things for you to use in the classroom:

  1. Set up a space in the classroom/learning environment where kids can share photos, personal stories etc throughout the year.
  2. Ensure your students know from day one that mistakes are welcome.
  3. Burry ‘I can’t.’ I always begin the new year by having students write down something they think they’re ‘really bad at,’ or ‘can’t do.’ They’ll look at you oddly in the beginning but the impact is worth it. Once students have written what they can’t do (I also join in), share what they have written in a circle. Then tell them to rip up and stomp on it. Once the fun is over, have children put all the ripped pieces of paper into a box and burry them somewhere. You can also just hide them in a secure place. Then at the end, discuss how we don’t say ‘I can’t’ in this classroom because anything is possible. You’ll see throughout the year when kids say, ‘I can’t’ other students will pull them up and remind them that we buried ‘I can’t.’
  4. Talk about the power of positivity and the power of the mind. I find doing this in the beginning of the year helps eliminate some of that self doubt. It also allows the kids to understand that as their teacher, you believe in them. Displaying something simple that says, ‘If you think positive things, positive things will happen,’ helps the students to understand that they’re thoughts are very powerful.
  5. Ask your students what they expect from you as a teacher. You can do this with some poster paper and sticky notes. I even allow students to comment on one another’s thoughts.
  6. Have the students write a letter to their future self. They can state goals, favourite band, colour, friends etc. Things they’re excited about for the year. Anything really! Then collect them and give them back on the last day of school. They love reading them.
  7. Laugh with your students and talk to them about yourself.
  8. Provide Brain Breaks by using things like Go Noodle.
  9. Watch Kid President videos.
  10. Smile at your kids everyday 🙂
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GAFE In Action

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So it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I haven’t been MIA… I’ve been happily working on the GAFE In Action event which consumed by every minute. And can I say, it was completely and totally worth it! Friday’s event was so successful. I am so overwhelmed by the positive feedback and support I have received. It’s really made me realise just how powerful and important it is to involve students in Professional Development Days. School is a place for kids. They need to be involved more. I have never seen my students so excited to teach. We provide lots of opportunities for them to teach on another in the classroom, but they have never been given such a ‘real’ experience. Providing them with the opportinuty to teach teachers and students from other schools really showed them how much they knew about GAFE. They were proud of themselves and were able to realise just how much they knew. They really were the experts. It was also rewarding to invite other schools to St Thomas More to see how we use GAFE across the school. Teachers need to work together inside and outisde their own schools. GAFE In Action really confirmed this for me. Thank you again to everyone who attended, supported me and ran workshops on the day. It wouldn’t have been possible without you. I have shared presentations of workshops I presented on Friday with you. A big thank you to Eleni Kyritsis who also inspired me with her passion towards Genius Hour. Another big thank you to Chris Harte and Brett Moller who were Keynote Presenters. You kick-started the day perfectly!

Thanks again:)

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BPNKtXtaaFeDrJ3iwgCET-KrQ9Hrr5eP-D2yX3ixdTM/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000“>

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Kksr1INRcbu_UXZ-tJij2w6qbCI8aL-qsLLOzPNnhqo/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000“>

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