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‘Developing a Culture of Learning by Making Thinking Visible’ – Raelene Delvin & Sandra England 

You may be interested in reading the article, “Developing a Culture of Learning by Making Thinking Visible”, on which our Head of Primary at Gilson College – Taylors Hill Campus, Raelene Delvin and I collaborated. It was recently published in the Avondale College research journal ‘Teach Journal of Christian Education’. 


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Hour of Code adds Minecraft module

Some of our teachers are already planning to use this Minecraft coding module with their students! You should too!

This askatechteacher link has a comprehensive list of coding sites for teachers to use during Hour of Code! Very useful!


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Listen Up! To anyone under 30 Who has #Leadership Aspirations

I wonder what language tics I have? Do you have a language tic? This brief post shows how one’s unconscious use of a language tic or three might leave a negative impression on potential employers! Worth a read.

Thinking is Hard Work

If you are under 30, or you have loved ones under 30, please listen up. I decided to end my long relationship with the motor vehicle this year, as a kind of one year test: life without a car.  As a result, I’ve been taking the bus to school. This particular bus is loaded with undergraduates chatting freely to each other. So of course, I eavesdrop, mainly because it is fun. What I hear worries me.

Here is my message for our aspiring leaders. Stop using the words like, totally and so.  Now there is nothing wrong about the words like, totally and so. However, if they are used as a substitute for thought, they make you sound kind of innocent, unsophisticated, uneducated and young. You know what I’m talking about, comments such as, “She like, told him off, like.” or “He was totally drunk last night”, or “She sounded…

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National ‘Sorry’ Day – May 26


These resources from ABC Splash will be useful for teachers and students as the explore the significance of this historical 2008 event for all Australians, but in particular our indigenous people.

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ASV Teachers, ‘The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units’ book and Edutect Online Unit Planner

At the Adventist Schools Victoria Annual Conference (ASVAC) in January, many of our teachers choose (from two books offered them by ASV Education leaders) ‘The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units’ by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

This book was offered because our school system has begun to use Edutect Online Unit Planner, which will assist our teachers to enhance their learning and teaching planning for the benefit of our students, as well as to further develop collaboration between teachers, and across our schools. 

The Edutect Unit Planner uses the ‘Curriculum Planning for Understanding’ inquiry model based on Wiggins and McTighe’s UbD unit planning template, v.2.0. 

The videos linked here will be of some assistance to ASV leaders and teachers as they seek to understand UbD more thoroughly, as well as how the how Curriculum Planning for Understanding model works within the Edutect Unit Planner.

Hawker Brownlow, publishers of Wiggins and McTighe’s  book in Australia, and providers of professional learning for users of the Edutect Online Unit Planner have also provided some YouTube videos of conversations held with Jay McTighe, about the book and the planner. These will also help help our leaders and teachers to understand a little more of the purposes of the book and the planner. 

Hawker Brownlow, to introduce their video discussion with Jay McTighe about the book, writes: 

’[The book] offers instructional modules on the basic concepts and elements of Understanding by Design (UbD), the “backward design” approach…educators [can use] to create curriculum units and assessments that focus on developing students’ understanding of important ideas. The eight modules are organised around the UbD Template Version 2.0 and feature components similar to what is typically provided in a UbD design workshop, including: Discussion and explanation of key ideas in the module; Guiding exercises, worksheets and design tips; Examples of unit designs; Review criteria with prompts for self-assessment; and a list of resources for further information.’ www.hbe.com.au

View the YouTube video about the book here: 

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units

And the video discussions about UbD and Edutect Online Unit Planner here:

Jay McTighe Discusses UbD and Edutect’s Unit Planner (Part 1)

Jay McTighe discusses UbD and Edutect’s Unit Planner (Part 2)


Learning, Learning, Learning not Apps, Apps, Apps

Daniel Edwards writes on his ‘…blog [which] chronicles the trials and tribulations of 1:1 iPad deployment in a large secondary school:


‘An app on its own is like a thinker without thoughts!’

‘…It may be the nature of the beast that apps alone form the basis for conversations about new technology in the classroom. However, the success of tablet provision in the classroom is NOT underpinned solely by apps…alll too often I see reference to ‘look how I can present these words across a picture to engage my students!’ or ‘Check out how this random name app selects my students.’ Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure these opportunities have a place as part of the process, but they certainly aren’t a reason to use tablets in the classroom. The power of learning with new technology lies with the teacher and the ability to choose the appropriate tool for the right intention. Moreover, success directly relates to the relationships between learner and educator, and the learner and learning…’ 

(Emphasis mine)

Read Daniel’s full post here: Learning, Learning, Learning not Apps, Apps, Apps