Category Archives: Classroom Teaching

Wheels of Change

I’ve just emerged from a tumultuous term, culminating in a farewell to my beautiful Year 12 English class, my own Masters graduation and, just a few days ago, notice of resignation from my current teaching position. All in all, you … Continue reading

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Show me what you know 2.0

Last week my Connected Learning team finished a PBL assessment task for our Worlds Together, Worlds Apart unit, which explores issues related to present-day Afghanistan and our relationship to these issues as Australians, including the war, gender-based inequality, religious intolerance … Continue reading

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Marking 2.0

This week I’ve just finished marking a PBL project with a team of very talented Year 7 teachers. As part of the marking, I suggested we experiment with a Google Spreadsheet. Given the many assessable components to the project, a … Continue reading

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Using Cognitive Organisers to Meet Students ‘where they’re at’ – Preparing for ELH

It’s been a frantic few weeks starting Term 3. I’ve once again been quite remiss in blog-postings, despite having a whole range of things to post about! Next week sees me heading off to present at this years ELH (Expanding … Continue reading

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Re-thinking Mind Maps

  I invented this cognitive organiser partly out of frustration with mind maps in general. I feel that in terms of the way they are most often used, simple mind maps promote closed, lower-order thinking that at best shows an … Continue reading

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The Internet – what’s happening in our world?

Lately in my classes, I’ve been more consciously trying to promote the openness of the internet. Partly in response to the challenges posed by Berners-Lee and others on threats to net neutrality and partly because I’m a huge believer in … Continue reading

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With surveys, you learn what you teach…

Despite a fiendishly frantic term, I’ve been lucky enough in the past few weeks to benefit from my own technology lessons in the classroom. Teachers are both blessed and cursed with the realisation that sooner or later you learn what … Continue reading

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Word on the Tweet – Baby Steps in Promoting the Professional use of Twitter in Schools

I’ve recently decided that one of the technologies on which I will focus for 2011 will be the professional use of Twitter. I say the word “professional,” because all too often, when we talk about Twitter to teachers, eyes glaze … Continue reading

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Why RSS Still Matters to Educators in 2011

Late last year, I ran a staff training session on RSS feeds to coincide with the release of Google Reader for all Google Apps Education users at my school. Not wanting to mess up a technology that I feel is … Continue reading

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Bridging the Divide: Web 2.0 Tools and Content

I’ve been a fan of Web 2.0 for the last few years now. In such a short time, we’ve developed tools for engaging with web-enabled content and putting students at the centre of learning, where they belong. As ‘the read-write … Continue reading

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