Learning and Teaching at Gilson College

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

http://askatechteacher.com/2015/11/09/hour-of-code-3/


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Why All Teachers are teachers of ICT Skills…

The new Australian Curriculum intends that all teachers work towards embedding Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in all learning areas for which they have responsibility. ICT becomes a General Capability for all teaching and learning – for students and teachers.

It is the responsibility of all teachers, when planning for learning and teaching, to consider why, when and how technology and its tools might assist in enhancing and increasing students’ learning achievement, assist students engagement, allow students to be creative, to collaborate, to become problem solvers, and to develop their critical thinking skills, among other digital literacies. 

I believe Jeff Utecht, in his blog ‘The Thinking Stick’ supports this thinking in his writing: 

‘Really? It’s my job to teach technology? 

Read Jeff’s post here:

 http://www.thethinkingstick.com/really-its-my-job-to-teach-technology/


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TECHexpress Episode 19 with Lynda Cutting and Craig Dunstan is out!

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From Circle: Why Are We Slow To Use Technology In Schools? By Greg Mitchell

20120531-061256.jpgGreg Mitchell introduces his post with what may be an all-to-familiar scenario:

“Now everyone, copy down all of these notes as you will need them for Friday’s mock exam,” instructed the teacher with a sweeping gesture across a whiteboard covered with neat black writing.

It was a simple enough direction for a Year 10 English class. However one student didn’t seem to believe it applied to him.

“Which part of ‘everyone’ don’t you get?” his teacher quizzed, using his second best sneering technique.

“Oh,” the student grunted, coming back into orbit with a bump. He fished deep in his pocket and produced his well-worn mobile phone.

Click! Click! Click!

“I’ve just emailed them home,” he said, peering into the screen. “What do you want me to do now?”

“Give me your phone,” the teacher replied, ramping up to the sneer he reserved for road rage, “It’s confiscated!”

Is this scenario a familiar one?

Read more here:

http://www.circle.org.au/view/gm/feb_2013_20130226132536


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1:1 iPads – Working with fewer apps can make for more success…

English: An image of an iPad 2.

English: An image of an iPad 2. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://bit.ly/17zVL20

This recent post, ‘iPads in the Classroom – Can we make it simpler.’, linked above,  from Daniel Edward’s blog, SydEd, is worth reading and noting! By both administrators and teachers. Daniel’s good advice is relevant to us at ASV, especially as our schools and teachers develop their 1:1 programs and apps lists.


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QR Codes – More fun!

 

You may already know much about QR codes, or have learnt more in my last QR Code post.

Nevertheless, to learn more about QR Codes and how they can be used in learning and teaching, use your smartphone or tablet QR reader to scan these codes Links to some simple to follow tips.

You don’t have a QR reader on your device? I’m sure you can use your favourite browser to find the most suitable app for your device! Consider downloading a suitable app and then explore here to see what QR codes are all about. Once you do you’ll see them everywhere! Happy QR coding 🙂

QR Codes - Part 1QR Codes - Part 2Audio QR Codes

And this last one is a ‘Thank you’ link to the source author’s website, which you’ve probably found by now!

Tech Tips of the Week


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SCOOTLE News – ICT in Everyday Learning: A Toolkit for Teachers

Just posted on the ‘ASV Teachers – Showcasing Their Students’ ICT-based Work’ blog.

To check it out follow the link to that blog above.

SCOOTLE News – ICT in Everyday Learning: A Toolkit for Teachers

…those in charge of developing SCOOTLE have done much over the last few years to align the first four learning areas of the new Australian Curriculum (English, mathematics, history and science)to the digital objects. This new release further complements this initiative to provide ICT ideas and resourcing for the new Curriculum.