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#FutureSchools Day 3

After 3 days of conference, my brain reached capacity today!  It was day two of the Future Schools Future Leaders Conference.  (If you want to read, my ramblings from day 1 click HERE) There were a number of ideas that I connected with… Pedagogy before technology – always! Fitness coach instead of a HPE class Teachers […]

#FutureSchools Day 2

I often walk away from conferences exhausted.  My brain is full, ideas are slowly forming, and I usually have a long list of things I want to try or at least research a bit further.  I wonder if this is how kids feel at the end of the school day.  Exhausted, brain full and a […]

#FutureSchools Day 1

Today was a whole day master class in Teaching Kids to Code.  I have dabbled in code in the past.  Tried scratch, tried Bits Box, tried various iPad apps, learn to code sites and it just never seemed to make sense.  I find drag and drop programming frustrating partly I think because I lose track […]

Flippin’ Over…

This year we are being challenged as a staff to take on three goals.  One is based on the Strategic Directions, one is a team goal and the other is a personal goal.  My personal goal this year has been to Increase my knowledge and challenge my understanding of the flipped classroom to support teachers […]

Dear Horribly Inefficient Teacher…

This post is in response to a blog post I read a few weeks ago on Betchablog.  I have read this post every day for the last 2 weeks as I tried to find the best way to answer…  This is my response… Dear Horribly Inefficient Teacher, I used to think like you.  When I […]

#gafesummit My Biggest Takeaway Ever

I have had the opportunity to spend two days at the Brisbane Google Apps for Education Summit.  I have learnt so many things which no doubt I will continue to investigate over the next few weeks and months and no doubt will share some of it here.  I have had so many ideas with regards […]

School is a Game… And the Rules have Changed…

I am sorry I haven’t posted my findings sooner, however a very significant and wonderful lady in my life passed away and I have needed the time to gather my thoughts and celebrate her lifetime. Last time I looked at Gamification and the research I had found.  I have now sort of put into practice […]

School is a Game… So What are the Rules?

This term I have been investigating the use of Gamification in the classroom with a colleague and while I’m not so sure that we have been successful I definitely have found that the concept is well worth further investigation. The idea behind gamification is that you turn the classwork or course into a game in […]

Is There a Site that Does That for ME…

There has been a lot of talk lately about Gamification in Education.  I have been having this conversation with some of my teachers lately who are interested in how they could potentially implement this in their classrooms.  While talking with one staff member she asked if there was a website that just did it (gamify […]

Education and Prizes…

As a kid I was fascinated with awards.  I loved to watch all the entertainment awards on TV…  The Oscars, The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes…  I liked the fact that people were rewarded for their hard work and perseverance.  As I got older I started to wonder if other people were recognised for their […]