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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Get Lost

Upper primary cyber citizenship resources were in need of a fresh look and that’s exactly what the Office of the eSafety Commissioner released in July 2018. Suitability: Grade levels 5-8 What’s it all about: Unlike other cyber safety resources for upper primary, it is not focused on stranger danger, spam emails and online privacy (topics…

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Clips (iOS App)

Apple Clips – Bench the other content creator apps! Purpose: Content creation Price: Free Device: iPad/iPhone For: P-6 and Teacher Use You may never have heard of the Apple app, Clips. Just so you know, you’re not alone as I accidentally stumbled upon it whilst searching for another app. It’s time to put the spotlight…

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Collaboration through commenting

Question: What do Google Docs, Slides, Classroom, Flipgrid, Padlet and blogging all have in common? Answer: They allow for collaboration Although one of the biggest benefits of technology is the ease of which collaborative learning can be established, students are not innately able to collaborate effectively. We’ve all seen activities where students are commenting with…

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Review: Acer Spin 11 Chromebook

Everything about the Acer Spin 11 is built for education! Tser Lin Hetherton Boasting a ruggedised exterior, full rotating hinges, touch and stylus capability coupled with dual cameras (front and world facing), this machine is ready to transform learning. It’s the Acer Spin 11. As soon as you open the Acer Spin 11 lid, you…

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