Education

Twitter for Digital Citizenship

On Friday I read this article, published in the local Leader Newspaper. The article was based on a complaint made by an older sibling of a student at Roxburgh Homestead PS about Twitter being used in a year two classroom…which to any reader probably sounds like an irresponsible thing for a school to allow. These views were backed up by “cybersaftey expert”, Susan McLean. Continue reading

Reflecting on my first term as an eLearning Leading Teacher

Today is the last day of Term 1 for Victorian public schools. For me, Term 1 has been somewhat of a rollercoaster. I came into this position at the beginning of the year with high hopes, massive plans and more things to accomplish than what turned out to be possible. This is normal for me though, I always want to do more than what I can, and even though some things I had hoped to happen this term haven’t, I know they are still on the cards. There are three more terms to go after all. Continue reading

What makes a connected and digital literate learner?

This is a cross post of a blog I originally shared for the Masters course I am studying- Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation). It was originally posted at- http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/becspink/2014/03/25/connected-learning-and-digital-literacy/

The world is moving at such a rapid pace and new, significant advances to technology and digital environments are happening exponentially. Continue reading

And they said I was too adventurous?

The 2014 school year has been in swing now for eight weeks and what a whirlwind ride it has been. In such a short time I have seen some fantastic and inspiring learning taking place at my school, from both students and teachers. One little project I have been working on is creating some iBooks with Prep students. Little? Maybe not. Continue reading

My Google Apps for Edu Journey

I first heard about Google Apps for Education in 2011 when I attended a conference session with Rich Lambert. At the time I was teaching a Prep, one and two combined class, my school was very small, only around eighty students. I decided I would try some of the tools out with my own class. The first thing I did was create a Google Site, which was used in a similar way to a blog. Continue reading

Doing My Best

 

Today was the last day of the 2013 school year. The last few weeks have been incredibly busy, the pack up and clean up and ongoing organisation for next year has gone on for weeks. Teachers were tired, students were tired. Everybody knew it was almost the end of the year. The walls in my school in the past few days have become bare and bleak. The classrooms no longer looked like classrooms but simple, empty and boring rooms. I didn’t like it. Of course, I know, it had to be done to get ready for next year, where we can splash colour on the walls again and create learning spaces that are vibrant, comfortable and welcoming for our 2014 students. Continue reading