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 doing 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 […]

Free Early Years Literacy Resources

Literacy Solutions is a company which offers professional support for educators through workshops, consulting, online courses and resources. You can visit their resource page for free, downloadable resources. Resources include black line masters for reading activities, deskmats, charts and prompt cards.

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, […]

Tag Galaxy: Free flickr flash application

Everyday our students are bombarded with countless images through digital media. Tag Galaxy is a flash application that can be used in the context of the classroom, to model and explore the reading and writing of visual texts through Flickr photo images. Tag Galaxy uses Papervision3D with transition effects via virtual planetary systems. You enter a tag and related tags appear as planetary systems, enabling students to visualize words, ideas, […]

Reading Eggs: Cognitive Benefits

One of my components for my Masters in Education/Technology course, required a description of an application of information technology for the enhancement of cognitive development. I chose to evaluate Reading Eggs, an online micro-world which is specifically designed to support young student’s reading. The paper explains the program, the cognitive benefits for students,supported by research and provides a rationale for schools who may be interested in adopting the program. Please note, […]

Digital and paper working together

The video above demonstrates the digital world in which our young students are engaging. I believe that young children need to be exposed to  digital books as well as electonic books. I would hate to see picture books become a component of history lessons! Electronic books which can be displayed through the SMARTboard are ideal for class use as all students can clearly see the pages.  However, teachers can use a […]

Word Shake

                Wordshake is a game which you can play on any interactive whiteboard. Students are given 3 minutes to create as many words from the letters which were shaken and then displayed on the smartboard. Source: http://smartboardgoodies.com/

Storybird: Free online books or create your own

Storybird is a gorgeous website which offers you a free library of stories which you can read online on your smartboard. You can even create and publish your own stories with your class online. It is very user friendly and I highly recommend it. I have embedded a quick tour of the site below.