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Student Wishlist

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As part of my school’s move to 1-to-1 computing, we polled the students from Yr 6 to Yr 12 about their technology use at  home and at school.

The final question asked them to suggest other aspects of technology which could be of use to them. The Wordle here is a summary of their answers. No surprises in guessing the most popular response!

Wordle: Student Wishlist

Written by Damien Morgan

March 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

PhotoPeach

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The current IWB newsletter alerted me to PhotoPeach, an online slideshow creator.

www.photopeach.com

From entering the site to creating and viewing my first slideshow took all of maybe 5 minutes. This was extremely simple and intuitive. I can see real classroom application for PhotoPeach.

Now, I know that this type of slideshow is linear, and may not be the most creative way to display information, but there is definitely a place for this in the classroom teacher’s armoury of ICT bits and pieces.

Storytelling, excursion reviews, art collections, etc, etc.

My first experiment is a collection of photos from our first day at Shanghai Expo last August.

You can see it here: http://photopeach.com/album/9ou6vo

As I said, 5 minutes from sign-up to production. Imagine what could be with some real time, effort and thought!

Written by Damien Morgan

March 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm

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Teaching Teachers for the Future

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Last week, Tony Brandenburg from ACCE invited me to join a forum in Melbourne as part of the TTF project.

Below is the piece my Principal asked me to prepare for the College newsletter explaining my participation…

Last Friday I had the opportunity to travel to Melbourne to attend a forum of education professionals discussing professional standards for Graduate Teachers. The project is called ‘Teaching Teachers for the Future’, and is funded by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the ICT Innovation Fund.

The project specifically targets systematic change in the Information and Communication Technology in Education proficiency of graduate teachers across Australia.

On Friday, our task was to work on the first of three components to the project: build explicit ICTE dimensions to elaborate the Graduate Teacher Standards of the National Professional Standards for Teachers. The forum was conducted by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, in collaboration with the Australian Council for Computers in Education, from whom my invitation had come.

The particular group in which I worked had educators from primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, from New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Queensland. I was the only member of my group not from a metropolitan setting.

These new National Professional Standards for Teachers, which will sit hand-in-glove with the Australian Curriculum, have three domains (professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement), and are written for teachers at four stages of their careers (graduates, proficient teachers, highly accomplished teachers, and leaders). In all, there are 35 focus areas for the 7 standards.

On Friday, we worked on the Graduate Teacher standards, drafting and editing elaborations to further explain the various focus points, and then including exemplars of how each might be done, all from an ICT perspective. It was an extremely busy day, and I believe we provided some valuable information for the facilitators to use. The process is ongoing, as all who attended the focus group are now part of an online community to continue the work. My understanding is that a final draft of elaborations and exemplars is to be published during the last quarter of the year.

Read more about the Standards here: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/

 

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March 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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