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Apple ADE / ADS Catch Up

2 weeks ago I attended a wonderful Apple event that was being hosted by Apple for members of the Apple Distinguished Educator Community as well as educational settings that have received Apple Distinguished School certification.

I always look forward to attending such events hosted by Apple as the networking that these events involve is outstanding. Being surrounded by like minded educators all with an interest in Apple Technology, but more so technology integration in education, certainly causes for some great discussions to take place in what we are all doing within our own settings. A chance to discuss the highs, lows and the otherwise!

The highlight of this event was of course the invited speaker, Dan Gregory. Rather than try to justify Dan’s credentials myself, I best leave it to his own website bio to explain….

“Dan Gregory is a author, educator, and social commentator. He is the President and CEO of The Impossible Institute™, an innovation and engagement organisation founded to make what’s not… possible.

Dan’s specialization is human behaviour – our motives, drives and belief systems, the things that make us buy, the things that make us buy in and the things that pull our strings.

Dan has helped develop new product lines for Coca-Cola and Unilever, invented new media formats for Murdoch Magazines, created interaction systems for categories as diverse as fast food chains and government departments and launched internal and external engagement campaigns for companies as varied as Aussie Home Loans, the National Rugby League, News Ltd, Vodafone and MTV.

He has worked as a director and lecturer at Australia’s premier creative school, AWARD, taught post-graduate students at Macquarie and Sydney Universities as well as privately coaching and mentoring CEOs and non-executive board members.

Dan is a captivating speaker whose business acumen is matched by a rapier wit and rare human insight gained during a three year sabbatical working on the US and UK stand-up comedy circuits – skills put to great use in front of 1.4 million viewers as a regular on ABC TV’s The Gruen Transfer.

His goal is to turn Impossible Thinking™ into an epidemic.”

As mentioned above, Dan is a panelist for the ABC TV’s The Gruen Transfer and I have embedded a short You Tube Clip below that shows Dan in action!

As usual with a lot of my posts, which can quite easily turn in to short novels, I will aim to summarise of lot of Dan’s messages that he covered throughout his 3 hour presentation and workshop! Hopefully I can do what messages and thoughts that Dan discussed justice!

Below are just six messages that really resonated with me personally. I must add that i responded quite lengthy to each of these to only have the ‘save draft’ link fail and lose all i wrote!  I’ll plan to use the comments below as a driver for my next post!

  1. Real leadership. Helping people to be what they want to be. Not telling people what to do. 
  2. Being famous for something. Break the mould. Be different. 
  3. Diversity and collaboration is about making a group smarter collectively. Not about playing nicely. 
  4. Achieve wins. Prove what you’re doing works! 
  5. Start a movement that people can participate in. Don’t sell an idea. Create change and let people participate. 
  6. Build trust as trust is currency. This creates and fosters change. 

To take these messages further, Dan engaged us with a number of small activities that aim to really provoke our thinking and drive discussion in our small groups. I personally found these quite challenging, which was great! These I plan on doing with my staff if the opportunity arises in the near future to hopefully prompt some of that innovate and creative thinking!

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There are things that I will take away from Dan’s session that will resonate with me for a quite a while I feel. Discussions, statements, and ideas that have… initiated me to do more to foster and drive change at my setting, no matter how difficult that proves to be. 😉

 

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DEECD TL21C Course(s).

Hello and yes, I know, it’s been a while as usual! My apologies!

Here we go!

Some time ago i was approached along with a group of other excellent educators, much more skilled than I, and better looking to boot!, by John Thomas, a highly skilled teacher and Department of Education Course Facilitator.

John was coordinating a professional development series of events for Victorian school teachers focusing on Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century and needed the assistance of the aforementioned people, and myself, to help ‘coach’ participants involved. Seeing this as both a wonderful opportunity to be involved in as well as thinking it would benefit my own development caused me to jump at the chance.

Without going in to a great amount of detail, the course involved 2 Face-2-Face days and 6 BlackBoard Collaborate Webinars thrown in the middle of each of those days. The initial F2F day involved all 88 teachers involved developing an understanding of what 21st Century Teaching and Learning looks like as well as how the technology we now have access to can make such a positive difference in our teaching and learning professional lives.

Before I continue I need to add that there we so many applicants for this course that DEECD decided to offer it twice! A testament to teachers throughout Victoria who were and are continually wanting to improve digital teaching practices.

John T giving an introduction on the first F2F Day!

Now, I am wanting this post to be informative yet if I list all details in detail we’ll be here well into the New Year! So i’ll aim to cut it short!

As mentioned, the course was split into 3 parts. A Face-2-Face day, the 6 webinars, and the final F2F day. It must be mentioned that on the first Face-2Face days the amazing Jenny Luca presented 2 awesome Keynote presentations that had all those involved, and even the coaches, engaged in deeper thinking about the positive change that we can all make. The change that needs to be made. You can find Jenny presentation below;

DEECD Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century – Keynote presentation
9th August 2013

During that initial day members of the course were asked to sit a particular table which was titled a particular ‘verb’. These ranged from;

  • innovate
  • construct
  • connect
  • collaborate
  • create
  • inquire
  • curate

…I am sure there were others! These verbs were to drive each groups work and progress throughout the next 7 weeks to assist them to either individually or as a group, complete a project based upon that verb. I hope that makes sense!

A snapshot of some of the more informal sharing that occurred during the F2F days.

The webinars that followed were based on a range of things all related to technology, inquiry, and , of course, 21st Century Teaching and Learning.

For a full list of these head to either one of the 2 blogs that listed the program and course in its entirety!

The real learning that took place, from my point of view, were in the form of the 2 final Face-2Face days. The culmination of all that had been achieved by so many shared on one/two, occasions.

It was pleasing to witness first hand teachers who perhaps had some form of trepidation to use and integrate technology participate in what essentially was a huge learning journey for them. Several of the positives that I personally witnessed were;

  • Witnessing and being involved in first hand the willingness for the teachers involved to step out of their comfort zones to attempt unfamiliar pedagogies in their classrooms with the focus being on digital teaching and learning.
  • To see that teachers had completely integrated GAFE (Google App’s for Education) in their setting/s
  • Developed strong PLN’s (Professional Learning Networks) to learn from and collaborate with
  • Using online social sites such as Global2, WikiSpaces, Google Sites and Edmodo to engage with their students, and staff
  • Undertake ‘Genius Hour’. Something that I myself am keen to engage with! For more information relating to the idea of Genius Hour head to Narissa Leung’s blog here: Putting the G in Genius Hour.
  • The willingness of teachers to get up and share their learning in front of others

A staff member from my own setting sharing how he used Google Sites with his Year 7 Class!

One of the discussions that popped up on both final Face-2-Face days was the listing of the barriers and challenges that a lot of what we were doing and implementing threw up at us. Having so many teachers attend from a very wide variety of settings did not all seem to matter that much, with the majority of teachers listing the same ‘blocks’ over and over again. These being;

  • Time! The time that it can take to learn, create, share, trial, and set up all the great tools etc…!
  • The amount of various tools being used by different teachers in the same setting. This for me was an interesting one as in my setting I encourage the use of various online spaces and tools to be used. Teachers can make up their own minds as to which tools they feel best suit their needs and that of their students.
  • Internet! With such a heavy reliance on online sites and spaces the need to fast, reliable internet is needed now more than ever. If we’re wanting students to be connected to capture, communicate and collaborate then this is essential.
  • Staff reluctance. I am a firm believer that fear is the biggest motivator in teachers not wanting to integrate and trial new technologies and tools. This means that it is up to us to be the drivers of change and innovation and to engage our reluctant colleagues!
I suppose in summarising that it is great that DEECD is supporting teachers towards becoming more mindful about 21st Century education. The fact also that two of these courses were needing to be offered is once again testament to the ongoing professional learning that teachers are willing to engage in. I’d like to thank John and the other coaches for allowing me to be part of this great course as well as those staff members that I was responsible for coaching as it was working with you and seeing your growth that made this such a experience.

 

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An Evening With Bill Rankin.

This Wednesday evening I was fortunate enough to attend an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator) meeting that was hosted at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The focus for this meeting was to spend a good hour and a half with Dr. Bill Rankin, and educational technology wizard, and a Director of Learning for Apple Inc. World Wide.

As Bill’s Bio states…

“I am a Director on the education team at Apple, Inc., with responsibility for promoting and enhancing innovative teaching and learning. Prior to joining Apple, I worked as an academic in higher education for 24 years, concluding my time as a Professor of English and Honors College Fellow at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. As ACU’s Director of Educational Innovation, I helped design the world’s first one-to-one that gave every student an iPhone or iPod touch as a platform for exploring next-wave mobile learning. With ACU’s Honors College, I consulted on a radically new kind of in situ learning that leverages just-in-time, differentiated instruction and media to prepare learners working to solve issues of urban poverty and social justice in South Dallas. I have received numerous awards for teaching and have presented on the implications of educational technology and emerging pedagogies in more than 25 countries.”

Impressive hey!

I first met Bill when i attended the ADE Institute in Bali earlier this year where Bill was a headline act and speaker sharing his knowledge and wisdom about all things technology and education. Bill also gave us an insight into just some of the powerful tools Apple has to offer, most notably Apple’s Keynote software, which as I found out in Bali, is more than just a slide presentation creation tool!

The presentation that Bill ran us through on Wednesday focused heavily on design presentation principles and the use of Apple’s Keynote software to showcase these. Design Principles that have been adapted from people such as Garr Reynolds and Robin Williams (not the actor!). Both of whom have written outstanding texts on these design principles that Bill discussed and showcased. Links to these texts via Amazon.com are below.

     

This session made me radically rethink the way i go about creating my own presentations, i suppose not just via Keynote but via all presentation tools that I use. Some of Bill’s messages that resonated with me were:

  • Bad design is like static, it distracts people.”
  • “Put things on the slide that put words in the audiences’ head. Don’t give them the answers…”
  • “Presentations need to be explicit and relate to your content.”
  • “You want to give the audience you’re presenting to that ‘pop’!” 
  • “Your presentation needs to have tension and release”
A Great example of what Apple’s KeyNote Software can do is embedded below. An animation created  in Keynote which demonstrates just some of the high quality effects than can be created! The Video itself has been created by Ray Nasher, an educator based in Melbourne. Not only is this a great animation as mentioned, the content contained within gives educators and educational minds a lot to digest and think about!

In summation… the creation of a presentation is more than just images and text on a slide. To effectively engage an audience and convey powerful messages, you need to consider those messages and specific design principles that will allow present your information in the most effective manner possible.
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Creativity and Learning!

This evening at our College’s latest ICT SIT (School Improvement Team) meeting we viewed Sir Ken’s 2006 TED talk on “How School’s Kill Creativity”. My colleague Michelle and I spoke about how there are some school settings out there giving their students 20% time, or ‘genius hour’ time to work on creative based projects of their choosing.

The notion of doing this is based on Google giving their employees 20% of their working week off, one day effectively, to work on company based projects of their choice that could add to Google’s offerings! A wonderful concept that fosters heavily on creativity and innovation. 2 things that we want our students to be aware of, and to attempt, as often as they can.

2 great local examples of this are from two fantastic teachers in Anthony Speranza and Narissa Leung, both educators in Melbourne. Their blog posts and online resources about what they are doing with their students is amazing and is certainly something I encourage not only our own staff to take up but are great for anyone wanting to ‘release’ their students to showcase what they are capable of!

What i really enjoyed reading was the way that both teachers went about integrating this and guidelines that they put in to place.This gave this idea I feel a greater purpose and meaning for the students as it guides their thinking to be more creative. This is evident in Narissa’s first project guideline where “Students had to learn something new while doing the project- it wasn’t enough to simply regurgitate information they already knew.” 

Reflecting on Sir Ken’s TED talk which i’ve seen several times now, he promotes a lot of thought provoking ideas and discussion points on the notion of innovation and creativity versus academic ability. The idea that the public education system does not cater for learners who have a need and drive for the creative. That schools are based on their academic success and results and it is this reason that our young learners grow to loose their creative ability.

As teachers and educators we need to ensure that we let all of our students have the chance to play to their strengths. That we do not simply rely on academic ability to judge how successful our students will be.

What do these 5 have in common…

  • Thomas Edison – Inventor
  • James Cameron – Director
  • Walt Disney – Animator
  • Mark Zuckerburg – Facebook Founder

and of course…

  • Steve Jobs – Apple Founder

They all are school dropouts. Oh, and all are known for their creativity and innovation in their respected fields.

The more we can encourage our students to be creative and showcase their skills and innovative capabilities the greater learning I feel we will see. By encouraging our students to think outside the box and move away from the norm is certainly something that needs to take place. The days of producing kids in the education system who are only academically driven are fast, if not already, becoming something of the past. Skills needed to be successful in the 21st century rely more not on reading, writing and numeracy, but on the ability for workers to be more technologically minded and globally connected.

The image below showcases 10 key skills and 6 key drivers our students will need by the year 2020. This has been developed by the ‘Institute for the Future‘ who have focused this work on future work skills, not future jobs. These skills being ones that are transferable across a range of jobs and work situations, all of which will aid workers to be successful in their chosen fields.

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I seem to have gone off on some sort of tangent here however… there is a point! 😉

That point being creativity needs to have a greater focus placed upon it in our education system and i feel that in most cases that the buck stops with the teacher. We need to step back, make room and space, and give our kids time to showcase and demonstrate what they can do, and the notion of ‘Genius Hour’ and or ‘20% Time’ is one great way in which we can assist in making the above happen.

For more information on what both Narissa and Anthony have been up to please head to their respective blogs.

Narissa’s Blog – Teaching in the Big Wired World and her post titled – ‘Putting the G in ‘Genius

Anthony’s Class Blog – Year 5/6 @ St.Marks Primary School and his post titled ‘The Genius Hour!

Anthony’s Personal Blog – ReconfigurEd If you scroll down you’ll find a number of posts related to his Genius Hour exploits as well as presentations that he has completed on this topic.
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VITTA 2013

Well another amazing VITTA conference has come and gone and as per usual when I attend something of this ilk I like to take this opportunity to reflect upon the two days that were!

One of the 4 keynote presentations about to get underway…

Personally, i like to judge a PL or conference on 3 main things;

Purpose.

Is this PL relevant to me as an educator and is it relevant to to 21st Century Teaching and Learning?

Practice.

Will attending this PL improve my teaching practice and allow me to improve that of my colleagues?

–  Performance

– Will the gained knowledge led to improved learning performance amongst my students?

It’s safe to say that VITTA ticked all those boxes. As it has in the past. The quality of presenters and speakers was again extremely high and for teachers and IT Leaders to have the ability to not only hear from these minds, but to also network with them, which I feel is just as, if not, more powerful the the presentations themselves.

It is quite astounding the amount of brilliant minds I have met through having developed a very strong PLN via the likes of Twitter and Google+, yet still, even only now, I am meeting people face to face for the time! Having had met over the past two days the likes of Richard Olsen and Louise Duncan face to face was fantastic. To have also attended their sessions and gained a greater insight in to the work that they do was also just as brilliant.

My own presentation was one that I feel was great in theory, yet due to me rushing it’s contents, came off a little… scattered! I’ll wait eagerly for the feedback! 🙂 You can access my presentation in either ibook or PDF formats by clicking on the image below.

So. Rather than give an in depth overview of all the keynote and the presentation sessions I attended, here are 5 things that I learnt and/or had reaffirmed over the course of the two days. There were THAT…

1. …teachers of all areas in all settings are continuing to push boundaries and take risks within their teaching and learning environments. The notion of wanting to create and foster students who are innovative and creative has never been more prevalent, and that technology integration has been and will be a major driver of this.

2. …the time is now. Teachers are THE ones who are the major drivers in technology integration and who can cause the biggest shift in 21st century pedagogical practices. The questions, as asked by Bruce Dixon, of what school is, what should it be, and what could it be, need to not only be answered but acted upon.

3. …teachers and educators are not alone. Through working together, networking, and developing collaborative practices, the ability to be able to ask for ideas, assistance and to tap in to great educational minds can happen anywhere and anytime!

4. …the hot topics are revolving around 21st century teaching and learning, mobile technologies and the integration of BYOD models within schools and colleges. That also when these three things are merged together we can have absolutely amazing teaching and learning exhibited!

5…lastly… as educators, we need to continue to develop a need to better understand our students. The need to develop that understanding based upon the ‘Modern Learner’ and our students learning in a technology rich world. Also, adding to this, that it’s not only about the technology itself, it’s about how our students learn along side that technology.

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iPads w/ Amber X2!

Recently my College was lucky enough to be asked to host a Professional Learning Event for teachers across the Victorian South-West Region.

The PL was ran by a wonderful American educator by the name of Amber Kowatch, a MACUL Teacher of the Year recipient and all round iPad and technology integration guru!

It was great to have Amber out at our College and hear her story around her school districts challenges and success in providing technology to their students. It was also wonderful to listen to some of Amber’s key messages in both integrating iPad devices from scratch and using these to support teaching and learning.

Amber’s session highlighted the work that had been done in her school district, Ludington, MI,  in running and coordinating a 1:1 iPad pilot program and the massive success that came from this pilot.


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Due to the success that had come from the work of Amber and her colleagues, a 30min film was professionally produced and tells the story of Amber’s journey in detail demonstrating all of those challenges and successes that were evident before and after the journey. The trailer for this film is embedded below and can also be can be located on Amber’s “Look, I’m Learning” website. This film is a must watch for any school looking to move forward down a 1:1 path and wanting some inspiration!

Look, I’m Learning from Allyson Rockwell on Vimeo.

Also that must be mentioned is the excellent ‘FAQ‘ page that probes in to a number of questions relating to the pilot Amber was directly involved in as well as questions directly related to the use of the iPad device in education.

This session will highlight how “Look! I’m Learning!” began. It will give details as to how the iPad pilot program in Ludington, Michigan got started and the success that soon followed. It will highlight the many incredible ways that the iPad changed the classroom environment as well as showcase the bond initiative that allowed the entire community to share in its success. This session will be ideal for administrators, School Council members, and educators that are interested in hearing about how to the program started and what led to its success.

Participants watching “Look, I’m Learning!”.

Following some great discussion about what we’d just viewed and delving a bit deeper in to Amber’s journey, we then proceeded to to discuss more about the actual  ‘nuts and bolts’ of using an iPad to support learning. The great thing here was once again, with all those in attendance from a variety of settings, all had great things to contribute and put forward.

Amber covered and discussed a multitude of iPad Applications that have supported her teaching, focused on learning, and assisted her iPad pilot program to become the success it has been. A variety of the applications that were covered were;

App’s Formative Assessment…

  • eclicker
  • Socrative
  • Poll Everywhere

 App’s for Creating Tutorials (by both teachers and students)

  • Educreations
  • Showme
  • Ask3
  • ScreenChomp

App’s to Support Reading

  • A to Z App
  • RAZ Kids
    • Levelled Readers
    • Guided Reading Groups
    • App Skills
  • OverDrive

 App’s to Support Math

  • Splash Math
  • Math Series
  • Clock Master
  • Pearl Diver
You can find a list of the above and other applications that Amber and her colleagues recommend HERE.
As a group and facilitated by Amber was the concept of publishing students school work in a traditional sense versus that of a digital method. The fact that having students create digital ebooks that could be shared amongst the class, the running of a class or individual blog, and the creation of online scavenger hunts, all encouraged students to share their work with a greater audience.

This also as we know fosters a greater notion of best practice amongst our students as what they are creating will be viewed by a larger audience, hence the quality of what we as teachers see produced by the students increased.

So, in summary of what Amber spoke about, shared, and discussed… Fantastic! Hopefully we see her back in Australia in the future to once again share her knowledge with us!

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iPads w/ Amber

Amber Kowatch

During the second week back of term 3, Thursday 25th July, my College, Manor Lakes P-12 College, will be hosting a wonder Professional Learning Opportunity open for all teachers and leaders in the Victorian South West Area.

The speaker for this event will be Amber Kowatch who hails from the United States and is an ‘ISTE Outstanding Technology Teacher of the Year” as well as a recipient of ‘MACUL (Michigan’s ISTE Affiliate) Outstanding PreK-12 Technology-using Teacher of the Year’.

As per the flyer attached below;

“Amber Kowatch is an outstanding primary teacher, technology coach and presenter. Amber’s firsthand experience utilizing iPads and other technology in her own classroom has been documented in the award winning film titled “Look! I’m Learning!” She has provided professional development for her district as well as for many other school districts. Amber is the author of Making Best Use of iPads and Other Cutting-Edge Technology in Grades K-2. Participants leave Ambers’ presentations inspired by her enthusiasm for teaching and equipped with numerous new ideas for making effective use of iPads and other cutting-edge technology in their primary classrooms.”

“This session will highlight how “Look! I’m Learning!” began. It will give details as to how the iPad pilot program in Ludington, Michigan got started and the success that soon followed. It will highlight the many incredible ways that the iPad changed the classroom environment as well as showcase the bond initiative that allowed the entire community to share in its success. This session will be ideal for administrators, School Council members, and educators that are interested in hearing about how to the program started and what led to its success.

“Following a thirty minute break for refreshments Amber will share more practical examples of how the iPad supports learning and home/school communication. Opportunity will be provided throughout the session for participants to ask questions.”

If, like myself, you are keen on hearing Amber’s journey please download the Flyer and register for what will be a great learning experience.

Amber Kowatch Flyer – MLP12C 250713

 

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Apple Leadership & Learning Event 2013

This morning I attended the Apple Leadership and Learning Event held at the Bastow Institute for Education Leadership in Nth Melbourne. The day was designed to work with Educational Leaders to a degree in utilising Apple Technology knowing that those in leadership positions are responsible for transforming teaching and learning.

The morning involved a panel discussion with 3 very knowledgeable Principals, all of whom were involved in some stage of Apple/1:1/BYOD roll out in their settings. One of these Prin’s being my own.

It was great to hear from all, however especially great to hear from Meena Marchbank (Cambridge PS) and Charles Branciforte (Keilor Views PS) and what they had to say which was reaffirming from my own College’s point of view. Each Principal gave an account of their setting, shared at what stage they were at in relation to technology integration and dove in to this in slightly more detail. Once this had been completed there was time for a Q & A session and for those in the audience to ask questions that were of course on their mind. And some great questions were asked!

From here Simon Shaw and Adam Brice went through a plethora of teaching and learning ideas with a heavy emphasis on several great applications to support learning but also how to use these to have students demonstrate learning outcomes taken from the Australian Curriculum. Applications such as;

  • Explain Everything
  • Frog Dissection
  • ROMA
  • Shakespeare in Bits: Romeo and Juliet
  • Motion Math HD
  • Showbie (Not officially demonstrated however Adam mentioned to me that this is a riper app!).

After a quick break and a check that i had not received a parking ticket, it was my turn to present the basics of what we do at our College and some of the pedagogy and philosophical concepts that drive what we do. Now being a fan of Haiku Deck, i quickly created one of these and have embedded it below for your viewing pleasure.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Overall, it was a great little morning that appeared to have many attendees thinking about their schools vision and path for the future. Something i’d like to keep an eye on!

If you have any questions about the above please feel free to contact me via the ‘About Me’ page located on this blog.

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ICTEV 2013

It was magnificent and yet again another day that showcased some of the best educators going around sharing their stories and teaching methodologies with the conference delegates, and thanks to social media, the world! Or so I heard…

Due to circumstances out of my control i was unable to attend the annual ICTEV conference which i need to say pained me, and still does. There are few professional learning opportunities like ICTEV that tick so many boxes, for me personally, to make it a unique experience to attend and be part of.

The tweets that were coming through thick and fast for the entirety of the day were overwhelming. I eventually got to the point where i had to leave my phone at home so as to not be checking every 3 minutes which was resulting in glares of a “pick your phone up one more time, i dare you…”  nature from my wife. 😉

So…

If you, like me, missed the day, and you’re on Twitter, search for the #ICTEV13 hashtag and retrace the excellent knowledge that was being shared throughout the day.

Lastly, to those who had selected to see me present on the day, i am greatly sorry for my absence, however, i have added a link to my presentation below. It is quite a media rich file causing the file itself to be large. Being a Multi Touch Book developed iBook Author, i have included the actual iBook File as well as a PDF version.

PDF: ‘Appy days – iPad applications to support teaching and promote learning’ – ICTEV 2013

iBook Dropbox Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b4j9ck1oni6l5r0/ICTEV%202013.ibooks

 

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School Improvement Team 2013

Recently on Monday I was involved in the co-running of one our College’s newly formed SIT’s, or School Improvement Teams for this year.

Oddly enough, with a great focus on our college being placed on technology and effective technology integration, the SIT i am coordinating is based on fostering Student Learning through Technology Integration.

It was great to see the amount of staff who nominated to be part of this SIT as well as those particular staff being from right across the College ranging from Prep to Year 8 teaching staff, specialist staff and a number of our support centre teaching staff.

To coordinate this SIT and keep all information in one place i created a Global2 Blog which can be located HERE.

The focus and goal that were developed for this SIT are as follows;

Our Focus: To investigate the improvement of student learning through technology integration.

Our Aim: To assist teachers in building their capacity in using using technology to support and enhance student learning outcomes.

One of the main aims that we have as a SIT is to determine if effective technology integration and pedagogy has a positive effect

Currently staff are, as homework!!!, writing me descriptive pieces of one major success relating to technology integration that they have been really proud of or have witnessed in their own classes, and, what they are hoping to obtain from being oinvoled in this team.

I am wanting the staff that are involved driving this team as their needs and wants are pivotal in them taking back their new found knowledge to their teaching teams, and continuing to spread the word about effective technology integration.

Be sure to keep track of our SIT and please also leave comments and questions that you may have about what we are doing via the blog as we’d love to hear from you!