Wednesday, 19 April 2017

I closed my eyes and it's now Term 2!

So much has happened in the past 12 weeks. My students have been smashing it out of the park with their work in the Digital Technologies space and some were able to participate in the University of Melbourne coding challenge.

The first term of our new Digital Technologies curriculum has come and gone, with plenty to reflect on, improve and adapt. So far, so good. And once our STEM centre is built (watch this space), oh the possibilities!

So what have I been up to? I did present at the Canberra Summit in mid April. You can find a copy of my resources here.

What I took away from the summit was the great vibe that came from it. I mean, teachers giving up their time to learn?? Who'd have thought? But seriously, it was a great summit and had some amazing presenters. I highly recommend to everyone that they should attend at least one summit in their career and look at others like uLearn and EduTech (this year it is in Sydney).

In August I will be jet setting off to New York City for the EdTechTeam Masterclass, and hopefully the Google Certified Innovators Program in Washington. There will be plenty of photos, shopping and learning, not necessarily in that order. The nerd in me will be paying a visit to Best Buy to get a few things - Ozobots, Arduinos, MakeyMakeys etc.Even with the conversion rate, they're still way cheaper than in Australia.

 Well I hope you all had a great Easter Break.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Back to school

This week was the first week back for ACT students. Horrible weather (too hot), but they were eager to learn. 

I'm teaching Digital Technologies to Years 3-10 and a Year 10 SOSE class (aka HSIE). So far I've spent the week teaching Digital Citizenship to Years 5, 6 & 8, and started up digital portfolios with Years 8-10. 


Next week is my busier week, with two Year 4 classes, a Year 5 and a Year 3 on the Junior Campus and then my Year 6-10 on the Senior Campus. But I have to say I'm loving it.

The best thing this week was spending some time with the Unit - our Learning Support and Autism Unit - for our fortnightly coding and DigiTech lesson. 

Our new LegoMindstorms were a real hit as you can see below. 


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Google Edu on Air

This past weekend I had the great honour to be a presenter on the ANZ section of #GoogleEduOnAir. Thank you to all the presenters and the viewers for making this an awesome experience. 

The link to view the presentation is below. 

As stated in my presentation I have written a Year 6-10 Digital Tech curriculum and I will happily share it on here in the next few weeks. Just waiting for approval to run it in my classes. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Hitting the ground running

We are almost half way through Term 4 and lots has been happening in the Digital Technologies class, not to mention the usual teaching moments as we near the end of the school year.

The program keeps growing and hopefully I will have the curriculum documents finalised by Week 10. 

Making Drawbots

Makey Makeys with Play Doh

Later this term I will be presenting at Google Education on Air. I'm so excited to be representing both my school and GEG Canberra. It truly is an honour to be the only teacher in Canberra presenting. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Final trip for the year

This evening I returned home from Queensland. I was there to judge the Australasian Pacific Finals of Tournament of the Minds. 

For me, the best part of ToMs is seeing how our future leaders problem solve, work as a team and perform. Over 500 children from all states and territories in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand made it to the Gold Coast for the event. 

Sadly my home territory did not take home any honours or win their discipline but the memories they have gained will be life long. 

I look forward to ToMs 2017 and the opportunity to judge again at the APFs in Adelaide. 
Team ACT at the Opening Ceremony of the APFs 
(Outback Spectacular, Gold Coast)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

So what did I take away from #uLearn16?

In a nutshell, lots. 

I learned that what I want to teach and what I need to teach are close but still not close enough to the DigitTech curriculum. It has given me perspective and pushed me into the right direction.

It's even got me planning what to do on for my Term 4 GEG Workshop in Canberra - a forum to share and discuss ideas for 2017.

So my first few days back at work have been filled with ideas and planning for 2017, but also focussing on what I need to do this term. 

And today I learned that from 2017 I will go from 1 class of ICT to 3, across Years 6-10. Add to that some work with Year 5 and it will be a busy year filled with great experiences. 

What can I say? I love my job. 

Examples of work - Makey Makeys, Drawbots and CargoBot coding

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Day 1 #uLearn16

Entry into the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua

Today is the first day of #uLearn16 and I have already been blown away by the respect for culture. Students from Selwyn Primary School, Rotorua performed tradition songs for us, the opening was in Maori and we. all participants, got to sing as well.

As a Darug woman, with little to no language due to the arrival of the British in 1770, I was moved to tears by the respect - how language and culture is taught without question to all students.

My goal for today is to network and learn about innovation in the classroom. Going to a conference in another country can be daunting, but the plus is that it is close to home. And the first time I haven't had to purchase an electric plug adaptor! It's the little things that count.

So Rotorua, I am here. Ready and willing to learn.