STEM through literacy for Junior Primary Teachers

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM),  is based on the philosophy of teaching the four disciplines using an integrated approach, a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications, rather than as separate discrete subjects.  Many junior primary teachers are already teaching this as subject integration underlines their daily teaching. So what do they need to do, to be considered teaching STEM? First of all, I don’t think they need to […]

Christmas Drama Ideas

The slide share below covers a range of curriculum areas including English, Arts (drama), Technology and Religion. If you don’t teach at a Catholic school the slide share also offers alternatives. It also includes teaching ideas using Green Screen iPad app. Ideas for teaching Primary Drama at Christmas time from Joanne Villis

Screencast-O-Matic: Free online screencasting resource

Screencast-O-Matic is a free online resource which allows you to record your on screen movement and your voice, simply by clicking one button. You don’t even have to download any software. Go to the site, click and drag the box to the part of your screen which you would like to record and then click record. Everything you do on your computer will be recorded and if you use your microphone, […]

Imagistory: Free wordless picture book iPad app

  Imagistory is a free wordless picture book iPad app which encourages students to tell stories. Please note, the first two stories are free, additional stories cost $2.00 each. For schools, they have bundled the six books together. Creating a story is easy: 1. Choose a book 2. Add a name 3. A photo of the user is taken 4. The story will automatically start recording after the photo 5. […]

How to use Explain Everything for creative writing

Explain Everything is one of my favourite iPad apps,as it is versatile and be can used across the curriculum. Recently I used the app with students in order to create imaginative texts. The theme I used was superheroes and villains, however, you can apply the same techniques with any topic. Below I have embedded a slideshare which explains how I used this app to foster creative writing.   Superheroes from Joanne Villis

Schoolstech OZ 2014 Conference

This conference is being held in Melbourne on the 12th to the 14th of September. I am presenting three sessions, two of which I have shared below. I will upload the third once it is finished. There is little text per page in the presentations as I don’t like to read from slide. However, you may find the resources useful. I am happy for any feedback before I actually present, […]

Curriculum teaching resources which use higher order thinking skills

I have been working on my PHD so I have had little time to blog. However,  I have created a few original resources which you may find useful. The first one is a weebly website (work in progress) called http://technologiesjvillis.weebly.com/ . On this website I have provided a large number of resources for Y3-Y6 teachers. I am slowing working away at the Foundation to Year 2 level.         […]

Making a Difference: The Research Process Resource

Making a difference – research guide was developed at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College (MGSC), Victoria, Australia, by teacher-librarians Lesley Burgess and Shirley Melissas. A major objective was to make it quicker and easier for staff at the school to deliver quality teaching and learning. The support material developed at MGSC is based on the research process and assignment writing. It also simplifies Gardiner’s multiple intelligences and Edward de Bono’s six thinking […]

Have you visited Read, Write,Think lately?

Prompted by Richard Byrnes blog post (Easy to Create Cross Words Puzzles),I decided to revisit the site to see what they have to offer teachers. They offer 57 free interactive resources. I have used their interactive acrostic poem resource, comic creator, fact-fragment frenzy and persuasion map. There are many more to explore and they are fantastic when used on your interactive whiteboard. Looking for iPad or Android Training? Click Here

iPad and Android Apps by Joe Scrivens

I have been aware of the work of Joe Scrivens for many years. As an advanced user and advocate for SMART board technology, Joe Scrivens has provided and coordinated the publications of many SMART Notebook and SMART Table documents. Through internet searching, I have discovered that Joe has also created many iPad and Android Apps. I have played with several of his apps and from my opinion, Joe is creating […]