Opening a can of worms for Secondary Teachers: Safe online use, whose responsibility is it?

The safe and responsible use of information and communication technology is easier for primary schools than secondary schools. Why? Simply because for the majority of primary schools, students have the same teacher for each subject, therefore it is often covered as part of the health and or technology program by the class teacher. However, Ā in secondary schools, students have different teachers for different subjects. So, whose responsibility is it to […]

Free Resources For Teaching Puberty

Many years ago, I was approached by U-Kotex to create Smart Notebook resources for teachers, which were also converted into Power Point resources. OMG. RSI city! I recall working on the documents after school and on weekends, trying to meet deadlines. I used a wrist braise to support my hand when working on my computer but I made it in the end šŸ˜‚. Did I earn much money, no not […]

Motivating students to want to learn

Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like. Firstly, treat your students the same as you’d like to be treated. Each year, on the first dayĀ I tell my students that I am not going to clap , whistle, put my hand up, ring a bell or chant to get their attention because if someone did that to me, I wouldn’t like it. I let them know that there is one […]

Triple Zero Kids Challenge: Apps now available

Triple Zero Kids is a free online resource for Reception to Year 2 students. The online game based resources has been designed to help children learn about safety messages and hear what happens when you call 000. There are free online Police, Fire and Ambulance interactive games. For those who have been using the resources, they have recently added new games! The online site does not work on iPads as […]

Student Cognitive Diversity: ADHD and Education?

We all know that every student can learn and that learning differently requires teaching using different strategies. However, what do we do differently for our students with ADHD? The video below questions oneā€™s thoughts on ADHD. The speaker, Stephan Tonti has ADHD himself and describes ADHD as a difference in cognition, not a disorder. He describes ADHD as the inability to focus on tasks that donā€™t seem important to the […]

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship website, created by the NSW Government in response to 1:1 lap top programs in schools is free for everyone. The educational resources were designed in order to help students become positive digital citizens. There are games, learning activities, videos and additional information for teachers.This is a fantastic resource for Y3-Y11 teachers. Finding video clips to introduce elements of digital citizenship often proves to be a challenge because the […]

Teaching Websites: Free Primary Resources

        Teaching Websites is a series of free educational websites created by Mark Warner. The sites include Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas Library, Teaching Events,Teaching News, Teaching Photos, Teaching Videos and Teaching Appz. There are three sites which I particularly like. The first is Teaching Ideas which has thousands of free lessons, activities and display resources. The math display resources (downloadable PDFs) are great for students’ understanding about […]

Cyber Smart

Lee and Kimā€™s Adventure is a new resources which is great for students in Year 3-4. It introduces online environments in a student friendly way. Copacabana have also put together a very comprehensive list of engaging websites in relation to teaching students to become Cyber Smart. There is something for every year level.

Rules On the Road for Digital Kids: Internet Filtering at Schools

Many schools throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States filter online content with servers. ā€œInternet-related risks commonly mentioned as threats to children include the risk of exposure to sexually inappropriate content; exposure to negative or intolerant beliefs and attitudes; cyber-bullying; contact with unwanted strangers; and access to inaccurate informationā€ (Moyle, 2012, p.404). Whilst I acknowledge that malicious use of the Internet exists and the desire of educators to […]

TED-Ed online and TED for iPad

TED-Ed online provides free educational videos for students to watch and learn. Each video has a quick quiz, a set of higher order thinking tasks and links if students would like to ‘dig deeper’. The categories include The Arts, Business & Economics, Ā Health, Literature and Language, Mathematics, Psychology, Science & Technology, Social Studies and Ā Thinking & Learning.You can evenĀ customizeĀ your lessons by flipping the lesson. Below is a video introduction: You […]