From Learning to Exploring

With only a week before school returns for 2015, I am beginning to consolidate my ideas into planning for the new school year. As the Digital Technologies Teacher K-7 (plus a year 11/12 course) I am keen to continually innovate and push the boundaries. I have a new leader in the STEM curriculum area, whom I believe will be supportive of innovation, and a very supportive Principal who has given me license to push towards innovation and making a difference in my field, but to always reflect and evaluate upon the implications.

When I plan for the new Australian Curriculum – Digital Technology I know there will be many challenges and a very steep learning curve to navigate. I took the opportunity to begin some coding with some students at the end of last year during the Hour Of Code, which was received well by some students, so I believe they are up for the challenge and change. My big idea for the year is to allow more freedom to the students in what they will explore and learn. I want them to take more responsibility for their learning and the direction of their work. I know some students will run with this and thrive in the new learning format and space that is being provided, and others will need guidance and modelling every step of the way. This is an effect of the education system we traditionally impose on our students.

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Hour of Code 2014

This year I have signed Ocean View College up to participate in the Hour of Code. I have put together this presentation with the support of some University of Adelaide resources. If you would like to use them please do so with acknowledgement of the authors.

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Learning trends in a Decade – My Predictions

In 2013 I began as LMS Manager (EDUMATE) in our college, which is a Birth-12 public school in Adelaide, Australia.

As the first teacher employed with significant ICT skills in the college for over 7 years I was seeing first hand the gap in learning and skills that the students had. I was also entrusted to bring the skills of the K-7 students up to date with their peers across the world. As the foundation was vastly non existent for the majority I began teaching everyone the same – no differentiation.

As the year progressed, I found that many students we advancing faster than many others. This was the time to differentiate. I signed our college up as a Google Apps for Ed site where I began introducing students to collaboration and to some degree a blended learning model. Through the sue of Google sites, with embedded Google Docs and even home made learning objects such as screen recordings. By the end of the school year I had students achieving higher levels than expected just through the differentiation and engagement.

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