Fostering a learning triangle through technology

I believe that wherever possible, teachers need to involve parents in the learning process with their children. Research shows that parent involvement can improve students’ behavior, attendance, and achievement. Therefore, teachers should be trying to create a triangle between themselves, the student and the parent(s), where the teaching and learning is open and transparent. If…

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App smashing using Aurasma and Explain Everything

As part of my endeavor to create a classroom environment that encourages self-directed learning, I have created posters that are brought to life using the app Aurasma. Aurasma is an augmented reality app, where the user hovers over a trigger image (in this case my poster), at which stage the content appears. In my example,…

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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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Self-directed learning in a 1-1 environment

I am lucky enough to be in the situation where my class is 1-1 with Chromebooks. In saying this, I also believe that we are not too far away from having the opportunity to be 1-1 in every class in the future. The reason I say this is because: 1) Technology is getting cheaper and…

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Grammarly – a great tool for students and teachers!

Recenlty I have been using the tool Grammarly, both for my own writing and to help students improve their writing. Grammarly checks your spelling and grammar either through their website or within your social media posts if you have installed the Grammarly extenison. The picture above shows how Grammarly works when you are are writing…

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The Basics of Google Docs for Teachers

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Creating Individualised Learning Plans

My two colleagues and I teach Year 10 homeroom classes. Numeracy is one of our main areas where we are looking to really engage our students so they can excel. We are also on the verge of moving into our new modern learning environment, so between the three of us we have been experimenting with…

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Great Maths App – PhotoMath

Recently I discovered the app PhotoMath. It was described as the following on the app store: “PhotoMath is the world’s smartest camera calculator! Just point your camera to a Math problem, and PhotoMath will instantly display the answer. Join millions of users worldwide and make your learning progress faster and more enjoyable. Use it to…

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Using AutoCrat to create certificates

Autocrat is a great tool and can be a real time saver for teachers. I have been using autocrat in a number of ways, but the most basic way if you are using it for the first time would be to experiment with making certificates. I have also been using autoCrat to personalise learning focuses…

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Navigating and organising your Google Drive

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How could Periscope be used in education?

There has been a lot written about the app Periscope and how this could be the next big social media trend. As a teacher, naturally I have begun to think about possible ways that Periscope could be used in the classroom. For those of you that are not sure of what Periscope is, click this…

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Encouraging self-directed learning

In this day and age, one of my major goals as a teacher is to encourage self-directed learning. In my mind, if I can do this and make my students realise that they can learn anywhere, anytime, and without a teacher, then I believe I will have gone a long way to helping my students…

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