Wonderopolis: Where the wonders of learning never cease

This is an exciting site which I have recently discovered. Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life. The site provides multi-disciplinary content that purposefully aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. “Teachers can use the daily Wonder to jumpstart their students’ critical thinking, […]

Media overstimulation and online life teaching resources

Having just returned from a 10 day campervan holiday in New Zealand with my family and with no Internet usage, I thought I’d share the video below. Media overstimulation? I think there is something we can all learn from this video, including myself. Under the video I have embedded a unit of work which I wrote today. It provides resources for teaching students about their online life and how to […]

Coding: Resources for Y5-6 Teachers and Students

Yesterday I collated coding resources from my Pinterest page for Year 5 and 6 teachers and created the slideshare below. Within the slideshare, you will find software, online games, robots and apps in order to support students learning to code. I have also posted the slide share on my technologies website with links to all of the resources. Here is the link: http://technologiesjvillis.weebly.com/coding.html Year 5-6: Ideas for teaching coding from […]

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

Resources from SchoolstechOZ 2014 IWBNet Conference

The conference finished today and I have just arrived home. Please find additional sessions which I presented below (refer to my previous blog for the other sessions). The key note speakers were great. The themes throughout the conference (as I perceived them) was a strong focus on the need for teachers to consider our current students’ digital world, the need to not only integrate multi-media but use it as an […]

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, […]

More technology unit plans!

I have been progressing with my PHD studies and in between creating new technology based units of work for one of my other website: http://technologiesjvillis.weebly.com/ . Below I have embedded some teaching ideas which you may like to use: Towering high: Technology unit from Joanne Villis Designing Toy: Y2 Lesson Ideas from Joanne Villis Y5-6 Forces and Electricity Teaching Ideas J Villis from Joanne Villis   Data lesson ideas for Y3/4 […]

Using mobile technologies on a shared basis? Interested in helping me with research?

For my PHD I am focusing on the shared use of mobile technologies in primary education. What does this mean? Well, mobile technologies (ie, iPad, tablets, lap tops and smart phones)  are ideal on a 1:1 basis yet many primary schools can not afford this. Therefore I would like to find out if mobile technologies on a shared basis in primary education are working effectively based on teacher’s opinions. I would […]

Technology unit plans

I am meant to be researching for my PHD but at times I get a little distracted. Having noted this, distractions are not wasted  as I frequently find ideas for new units of work. Below are a few units of work for technology which are linked to the Australian Curriculum. Caine’s arcade technology lesson ideas for teachers from Joanne Villis Forces and materials teaching ideas JVillis from Joanne Villis Forces […]