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

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Using Evernote for Professional Learning and Development

Being a passionate and inquisitive teacher in a digital, globally connected environment opens up so many opportunities for professional development. Like many teachers, I thrive on extending my knowledge in multiple areas, I want to know everything I can in order to make me better at my job and life in general. I am constantly seeking ways to inspire and better myself, other teachers at my school or in my wider PLN and importantly, students I engage with and teach. In an age of ‘infowhelm’ it can be hard to manage, truly engage in and learn from so much information. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Organising my Studies with Evernote

I have long blogged about using Evernote for teaching and how I use it in the classroom and with my students but this time I thought I would share about how I am using Evernote as part of my studies. I am currently studying two subjects for my Masters of Education (Information Technologies) and after this semester will only have two subjects to go (insert happy dance here). I am so incredibly busy, between work, extra curricular commitments, travel and a serious family illness, I still had to keep up to date with my studies. It has been full on but thanks to Evernote I have felt calm and organised. Continue reading

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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

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