Replacing Interactive Whiteboards

Mass installation of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) were all the rage in the early 2000s. Having an interactive element was the reason for the shift where teachers could create interactive lessons for students; encouraging them to come up to the front and move words, shapes and letters around… even complete a shared writing piece together. This…

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Team Shake (iOS App)

Here’s one for all the PE teachers (Pssst…it’s just as useful for classroom teachers!)(Pssst…it’s just as useful for classroom teachers!) Purpose: creates groups/teams Price: $1.49 Device: iPad/iPhone/Android For: Teacher Use “Ok, stay still and I’ll number you off into teams….1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4…and remember your number!!!” “Find a partner to work…

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Metacognition Made Easy

On the drive home after school, I will often reflect on the teaching day. I think about how today’s lessons went, what worked well and what definitely did not go according to plan and I reflect on how I can improve my practice for tomorrow. Metacognition, a fancy pants word that describes the process of…

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HANDS ON PD + 1

Designing and facilitating professional learning is not an exact science. We all recognise this fact and are therefore always looking for ways to maximise precious time. This year I led a professional learning workshop that I believe engaged teachers in a way I’ve not seen before. The concept was simple- each staff member brings along…

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Flipgrid Fever

Guest contributor- Ben Sandison In June this year, Microsoft announced it was purchasing Flipgrid and making it’s premium version free for everyone. Ben outlines why it should be a staple in your teacher diet. Collaboration, peer to peer feedback, community and sharing student work beyond classrooms is nothing new; but FLIPGRID gives us the power…

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Off to High School

If your students use Google Drive then here’s your guide to your Grade 6’s (and any exiting students) taking their work with them. Students leaving the school have 2 options to take their work with them. They head to https://myaccount.google.com/ and then click “Control your content”. I recommend option 1 for primary students. Option 1:…

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