Getting Googley – My Google Innovator Journey

During the past 4 years, I have been on an incredible journey to become “Googley”. Having just arrived back in New Zealand from an inspiring trip to London to attend the Google Innovation Academy, I can now say that I am a Google Certified Innovator, and I now feel as Googley as ever! So what…

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DocStickers using BitMoji

Recently I saw a great idea from Stephanie Filardo (@i3algebra) where she creates digital stickers in Google Drawings, adds them to Google Keep and then uses the Keep Notepad integration feature in Google Docs to add the stickers to student work. As Stephanie points out, kids love the feeling of getting stickers. However, with many…

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Managing Workflow with Google Sites and Google Classroom

Many teachers battle with the decision of whether to use Google Sites or Google Classroom. In my opinion, it is not a question of either or, it is a question of how we can use them both to manage workflow efficiently and in a way that will transform the learning for our students. Besides, ask…

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Ten Educators you need to follow

I am a huge fan of using Twitter as an Educator to expand my Professional Learning Network (PLN). There are so many great educators from around the world that are sharing their experiences, ideas, and resources so that all of our students can benefit. So if you are looking to expand your PLN and not sure…

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Back to school for teachers – My tips for a digital classroom

With the start of the 2017 school year just around the corner, it’s time for teachers to get ready for a new year full of innovative and future-focused learning opportunities for their students. With technology continually changing, teachers will always have the chance to try something new and I would challenge all teachers to take a…

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The new Google Sites – Features and Limitations

Recently Google released the new version of Google Sites. I have used the older Google sites extensively over the last couple of years, so I was intrigued to see what the new platform had to offer.  Below are my thoughts after having the last week to have a play on the new Google Sites. Features…

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Future-focused learning with Google Expeditions

After having it on my list of things to try for a while, I finally got to try Google Cardboard in conjunction with Google Expeditions. Instantly I regretted not giving this a go sooner as it was so easy to set up and the more I explored, more and more learning opportunities came to mind. What…

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Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth.…

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What about the digital divide in education?

  Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. In the future, teaching and learning is going to be social, says Matt Britland. The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. Teaching and learning is going to be social. Schools of the future could have…

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The role of self-directed learning in modern learning practice: #mlpchat review

It was great to have so many future-focused educators participating in my chat on the role of self-directed learning in modern learning practice. Without a doubt, all agreed that self-directed learning is a critical factor in modern learning practice, and there were some great ideas shared. See the Storify below for a detailed recap of…

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The role of learner agency in Modern Learning Practice #mlpchat review

This year I have pushed the idea of learner agency in my classroom, and subsequently learner agency has become one of the key aspects that I consider when designing learning tasks. Core Education does a great job of explaining the concept of learner agency: “One way of thinking of learner agency is when learners have…

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The role of GAFE in modern learning practice: #mlpchat review

Thanks for those that joined last weeks #mlpchat on the role of Google Apps for Education in modern learning practice. I hope that everyone learnt something that they could take away and use in their classroom to enhance student learning or teacher efficiency. Below are a few take-outs from the questions that I asked. Question…

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The role of the Modern Learning Environment in Modern Learning Practice: #mlpchat review

Last week I hosted the inaugural #mlpchat on Twitter. I have started this chat so educators can share their ideas and hopefully learn something new about various aspects to do with Modern Learning Practice. It was great to see many educators join the chat, and hopefully this continues to grow in the coming weeks. Below…

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Use technology to help you teach PE like a boss

Many teachers (especially at primary level) do not have the luxury of having a specialist PE teacher to take their class for PE. Below are my top three ways for how technology can help you run PE lessons like a boss! 1) Teaching Dance Teaching dance can be a daunting task for a lot of…

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Using Twitter in the classroom

As a teacher, Twitter is hands-down the best tool I have used to further my professional development. Having a PLN of like-minded professional sharing resources and ideas has improved my teaching immensely. After seeing the benefits of Twitter for my own development, I decided at the beginning of this school year that I would use…

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Motivational Posters with QR Codes

In my class, I really try to push the concept of Growth Mindset. Earlier in the year I created some posters of famous people with some motivational quotes to put up around the room. To do this, I used Google Slides. I knew that the students were likely to ask who the various people in the posters…

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