I’m back

What have I been doing since my last post? Teaching of course ūüôā I was studying my PHD but then found the commitment to studying, full time work and family life challenging to manage. I haven’t presented nor conducted any PD for teachers but have been on a learning journey. My life over the past two years in as little words as possible: Continued to work with staff and students […]

We need to ask ‘What if?’ instead of ‘What is?’

I was inspired by this EdTek talk so much that I had to share it. It is an amazing story about an artist named Phil Hansen. He talks about¬† how a life-changing injury forced him into rethinking how limitations inspire creativity. One of his key points is ‘learning to let go’, letting go of outcomes, failures and imperfections. With this comes the ability to be creative, to think only of […]

80 plus coding resources!

Throughout the year I have been blogging and pinning resources for teaching students how¬†to code. So I decided to put them all together in a single document.¬†I thought this¬†was a great idea to start off with but it¬†ended up taking¬†longer than I thought! Below is a¬†Slide Share presentation¬†containing resources for both Primary and Secondary teachers who are required to teach coding. The presentation includes online resources, apps (Android, iPad and […]

Harvard researchers built a $10 robot for teaching coding

Robots are becoming popular educational tools in Australia due to the inclusion of coding in the National Technologies Curriculum. “The Wyss educational robotics team is working to ignite a passion for science and technology among students at a young age by building robots that introduce the fundamentals of programming and controlling robots” (source) which retail for around $10! The Affordable Education Robot, better known as AERobot, can: – Move forward […]

Explicitly Teaching Creativity

Creativity doesn’t come naturally to everyone but it can be taught. According to Albert Einstein, ‘the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but creativity’. This year I have gone back to using a range of higher order thinking theories/models such as De Bono’s Six Hats, Thinkers Keys, Blooms Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. I have not only used them for programming lessons plans but I have taught them explicitly […]

Create QR Codes with QR Droid

QR Droid ¬†provides a free online QR code generator for nine different QR code¬†types. One which I think is of particular use is the QR text generator. Simply type in your text, adjust the size and colour if your choose and the click generate QR code. Print the QR code and post¬†it¬†on the front door of your classroom. All parents/students need is a device with a QR code reader app […]

Looking for Educational Android or iPad Apps?

apps4primaryschools.co.uk is a great place to start. The site allows you to filter by platform (Android or iPad), by age and or by subject. It provides an image of the app, pricing and a brief description. However, the links are not to the Australian app store. For Australian iPad teachers, when you find an app which you like, open a new browser, search the name of the app + iPad […]

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

ABC Splash 150 plus new games

ABC Splash have recently added over 150 new games, all of which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Each game clearly states the related curriculum area and recommended year levels. For those who are not familiar with ABC Splash it is an education website with high quality digital educational content from across the ABC and around the world. It is packed with thousands of videos, audio clips, games and interactive […]