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Artistic Apps


Experimenting with some free artistic Apps today. The first two photos have been altered using DotMatrix.There are lots of designs that you can use and the colours etc can be changed. The third photo was treated with photo sketch, another free App. The last photo uses the App Photobricks. All of these Apps are free. I also used toon camera for iPad in a recent EdublogsClub post, my story.

Together Everyone Achieves More


Schools, for many reasons, have been put in the position of being in competition with each other. Whilst technology has had an amazing impact on our society and has provided the opportunity for more transparency it has often been used to increase the competitiveness between schools. Data is now published to the whole community and this is often used to set up what is essentially “leader” boards, as the local context is not really included. It is not used to open up conversations and/or to improve the system. Instead schools that are seen as “under” performing because their data doesn’t have them sitting at the top of the data table have to compete to improve and maintain the student numbers in their school, they have to work towards employing or keeping “quality” teachers and they have to compete for funding and grants.

I believe, like others, that your success at school should not be based on your postcode or the school you choose. Sharratt and Fullan in their book “Putting Faces on the Data”, advise that within a school we need to ensure everyone knows they are responsible or “own” all students in the school. This means that all teachers within the school need to contribute to the learning of “all” students in the school, not just the ones that they have in a classroom. Whilst teachers are limited in their realm of influence outside of their own school setting I think it is our responsibility to work towards improving the whole system. Sharing our learning and resources is one way of doing this. If we all work together there is a better chance of achieving better outcomes for everyone. This is why I have always made time for providing professional learning for other teachers and education staff, be they in my school or in another one. I have contributed to networks and worked with others sharing learning and resources.

The slogun for team, “Together, Everyone, Achieves, More” is a reminder of how working together we can achieve more. I have used these posters in the past and would like to share them with the readers of my blog. I hope they are helpful.













Who is on the train to “Change”?


This is an interesting video talking about change, particular in relation to taking on the opportunities that technology provides. It could equally apply to any change, though. It explains how to best use your energy to take on the change, e.g. the middle carriage or the fence sitters.
Do you agree?

Digital Technology_The Australian Curriculum


This ACARA based video introduces the new curriculum of Digital Technology. It isn’t detailed but provides some insights into how the learning area will fit into the curriculum. It emphasises how schools need to integrate their curriculum and develop authentic and real life ways for students to learn.

The Power Within


The Power Within


This clip is for a Duracel battery, but it has a great message of the power of believing in yourself. It would be a great stimulus for writing or dialogue around learning and achievement.



Mulligan speaks about the inspiration for his book Trash.



The Future is Now


The Future is Now

A useful video for looking at the place ICT might play in Contemporary Learning.

Identifying the Zone of Proximal Development


Have been lucky enough to see Phillip Holmes-Smith twice in the last couple of weeks. He has created a new tool which I think is just fantastic for the classroom teacher. It is an excel document that allows the results of pre and post test answers to be scored and answers sorted to clearly demonstrate the zone of proximal development. At the pre test stage you can clearly see the things students already know so there is no need to teach it. Without this information time can be wasted teaching students things that they already know. Research says something like 30% of teaching time is focused on teaching students things they already know. At the post test stage it clearly shows the things that students still need to learn so that the learning and teaching program can be adapted to meet the needs of these students. Also shows progression and highlights those students that need challenging. Watch for it to be launched…I will certainly be introducing it into my work with schools. Phillip’a website -http://sreams.com.au

Gateways to Personalised Learning


David Hargreaves describes personalised learning in terms of three deeps. Deep learning occurs through Assessment for learning, student voice and learning to learn. Alongside this there needs to be Deep support, through mentoring and coaching, and by providing guidance and advice. Deep experience, which is clearly relevant for contemporary learning is through new technologies and the curriculum.

David Hargreaves – Gateways to Personalised Learning

To ensure all of this happens we will need deep leadership which will mean new designs and organisation and reform of the workforce.

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