Category Archives: Teaching & Learning

Widgets from Wolframalpha

The widget creator from Wolframalpha is a must see for any teacher interested in developing student curiosity in programming. Here is my first attempt:

Its as easy as ABC…

Check out Wolframalpha today here.

Report time again…

Its report time again, the headaches and the late nights, but its not all bad, there is hope.

I use a program called Teachers Report Assistant developed by Ray Le Couteur, which I would consider the best report assistant since sliced cheese.

The best part is its FREE. Check it out today and save yourself hours of time consuming typing, checking and rechecking. There are also free comment banks to download and get your started.

Ten reasons to Blog in the classroom

I came across this video tutorial today produced by a year 10 class on the topic of blogging. Well worth taking a look at, from the students perspective.

I personally use blogging in all my classes, primarily providing students with an opportunity for reflection of their own learning and topics covered in a lesson.

The last five minutes of a lesson is the perfect time for a reflection of the lesson and provides students the opportunity to practice. Generally consisting of a paragraph or more, the reflection may be used at the beginning of the following lesson to build on concepts discussed earlier. In terms of integrated project learning approach, reflections are an excellent way of collating information learnt in a manner which may constitute a draft for a rich task, which may take the shape of a class newsletter or school newspaper report:
• Self reflection – how they felt about the lesson, what they got out of it [Also a useful assessment tool for the teacher].
• Critical thinking – Today’s employers and indeed employers of the future need/want employees who can think for themselves.
• Responsibility for Learning – Also a valuable skill for exam preparation.
• Think, Pair, Share – A strategy which may be used to introduce the concept of reflection time.

Google Search Tricks

Looking for an engaging way to present effective searching to digital natives? Check out Tony Vincents Prezi Presentation.

Tagxedo Creator

Thank you to Larry Ferlazzo’s Daily Best of the Web website for introducing me to Tagxedo Creator – a new and neat word cloud generator

3D Searching

Check out this search engine, it allows you see your search results as a slideshow:

http://search.spacetime.com/#

ICT in Education

I attended the SWSR ICT Inspire Conference last week and came away very excited about the future of education in NSW.  Hence these first few tentative steps at blogging and tweeting.

But what is in the future for IT professionals like myself in education when the National Curriculum rolls out?

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