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Real Life Vs School

I’ve recently been thinking about real life compared to school… This was spurred on by a YouTube clip about learning through games.   The tipping point for me was the statement made by James Paul Gee that we trust learning through games more than we trust learning through school.  This was explained by the example […]

Gamified World

I’ve not posted for a little while as I’ve been super busy.  I decided to take a Course on Gamification.  And while I thoroughly enjoyed the course it took up a bit more of my time than I thought it would.  However the time spent on it was well worthwhile as I have come away with a […]

Young Entrepreneurs…

A good friend of mine has been home for the holidays.  This good friend I see once every three years because of the nature of his work and life choices he has made.  In usual fashion the few times we have seen him over his holiday break we caught up on our life stories while reminiscing over […]

Pen and Paper…. That’s Soooooooooo Last Year…

This is a presentation was given at Expanded Learning Horizons Conference (#ELHSTECH) a few weeks ago as part of a TIM (The Idea Matters) Talk.  After a number of discussions since then I have decided to add the presentation here to continue the conversation. Please be aware that these thoughts are my own based on […]

If You Don’t Know the Answer…

The only time in your life you need to memorise an answer is at school.  Once you leave school if you don’t know the answer you look it up, you Google it, you ask a colleague, a friend, an expert.  This point has bothered me ever since I took the subject “Business Law” at uni […]

Expectations…. Maybe I’m Dreaming….

I’m very proud of my Daughter.  She has survived the first term of High School.  And has done exceptionally well.  Now I know I have a smart kid who loves to learn new things however I was concerned at how she would go when it came to the difference between primary school and high school.  […]

The Past or The Future…

My sister and I enjoy a long run every second weekend and afterwards we enjoy a good catchup over coffee and a walk.  Today’s conversation was about how my children were going at school and we started talking about the assessment my daughter in Grade Seven is currently working on.  The conversation then moved to […]

Maybe We Need to Ban the Classroom…

I know that I’m a bit behind in my podcast listening HOWEVER  this week I was listening to my current favourite podcast “Teacher 2.0”  the episode which caught my attention as I was running along was titled “Chalk Markets Plunge!”  in it Rodd Lucier from The Clever Sheep Blog was explaining his view on the […]

Proud as Punch (Both as a Mum and an Educator)

The last term has been a busy one.  Not only as an educator but as a Mum as well.  You see the last term has been dedicated to our Year 6 Exhibition.  My beautiful children attend the school where I work and as my daughter is in Year 6 she has been part of the […]

Change is inevitable…

Term 1 finished last Friday.  And boy what a huge term it was.  I have looked back at the last 10 weeks and I really cannot believe how much we squeezed into the term.   SharePoint 2010 Office 2010 Digital Profile Cards New Departments New Timetable Structure Large Amount of New Staff Not to mention […]