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National Curriculum

I Think It Looks Like… (Part 1)

Critical and Creative Thinking is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.  One element is “Generating ideas, possibilities and actions”. This element involves students Imagining possibilities and connecting ideas Considering alternatives Seeking solutions and putting ideas into action. So, what does this look like in your classroom? Creating new ideas Connecting two ideas […]

What Does It Look Like in Your Classroom? (Part 5)

ICT Capability is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.  One element is “Managing and Operating ICT”. This element involves students developing an ability to Select and use hardware and software Understand ICT systems Manage digital data So, what does this look like in your classroom? Student selecting the right piece of equipment […]

What Does It Look Like in Your Classroom? (Part 4)

ICT Capability is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.  One element is “Communicating with ICT”.  This element involves students developing an ability to: Collaborate, share and exchange Understand computer-mediated communications So, what does this look like in your classroom? Selecting technology tools to safely view information Selecting age appropriate ICT tools to […]

What Does It Look Like in Your Classroom? (Part 3)

ICT Capability is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.  One element is “Creating with ICT”.  This element involves students developing an ability to Generate ideas, plans and processes Generate solutions to challenges and learning area tasks. So, what does this look like in your classroom? Using Inspiration to create mind maps Making […]

What does It Look Like in Your Classroom? (Part 2)

ICT Capability is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.  One element is “Investigating with ICT”.  This element involves students developing an ability to Define and plan information searches Locate, generate and access data and information Select and evaluate data and information.   So, what does this look like in your classroom? Using […]

What does It Look Like in Your Classroom? (Part 1)

ICT Capability is one of the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. One element is “Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT”. This element involves students developing an ability to Recognise intellectual property Apply digital information security practices Apply personal security protocols Identify the impacts of ICT in Society So, what does […]

#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 […]

McDonalds and Culture in the Same Sentence?

Our Year 6’s are about to study a unit on Culture and among discussions during planning the conversation moved towards what definition or concept of culture were the students going to look at.  Being an inquiry based unit the decision was to go with what ever definition the student decided to go with would then […]

What Exactly is the Purpose of Education?

This week I have spent my time in primary school planning meetings.  Each of these has started the same way with the teachers being given a copy of the draft National Australian Curriculum.  Each of these meetings has then gone in a very different direction depending on the combination of teachers.  One thing that did […]