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Learn about Formative Assessment theory and practice with a global community of educators. Help drive student achievement, engagement and interest in teaching and learning, and become a master of Formative Assessment with Assessment Ninja.
Demystifying Computational Thinking
Across the world, digital technologies curriculums are including computational thinking (and coding). Learn how to focus on and integrate computational thinking in your learning design.
Formative Assessment Into Action
One of the clear ‘winners' for improving learning outcomes and learner engagement is Formative Assessment. Learn how to use a range of formative assessment strategies and practical ideas.
Neuro-Education for Effective Learning Outcomes
With burgeoning brain research over the last decade, there are many implications for education. John Joseph will lead you through current research and its implications for learning, motivation and working with learners in new ways.
Behaviour with the Brain in Mind
Learn how to create classrooms that are uplifting for the spirit. Taking into account what we know about how brains work, this course explores human behaviour, student engagement, and emotional intelligence to support the creation of effective behaviour management.
Learning by Design
In this course participants will develop an understanding of design thinking processes and design based pedagogies. Explore educational applications for design thinking, current goals of STEM education, and how 3D printing can enhance student learning outcomes.
Building School and Classroom Culture
In this course you will learn a range of practical strategies for building classroom and school cultures focused on student ownership, democratic principals and collaboration. Classrooms as communities of learners and schools where peer support is the norm are great places to work and learn.
Formative Assessment Into Action
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Demystifying Computational Thinking
Digital Technologies - Computational Thinking
In Australia, and across the world, new national curriculums are being written and implemented. Everywhere, Digital Technologies is a key learning area, one which asks students to use computational thinking and coding to define, design and implement digital solutions. Are you concerned about how to teach digital technologies? Are you working to integrate digital technology into your teaching and learning? Do you wonder what computational thinking actually is? Demystifying Computational Thinking will help you to teach and use digital technology in your classroom. It will simplify computational thinking and show you how to integrate it across the curriculum and provide lesson plans and unit outlines for easy implementation.
Digital Technologies – Digital Tools
A world of classroom opportunities have opened up with the burgeoning of digital technologies tools and programs. This means that teachers have access to new and engaging ways to substitute, modify, augment, redefine and transform learning tasks. There are dozens of digital tools and resources now available to achieve almost any learning function. The tricky part is having time to locate and review them all. To help educators to make decisions about what will engage and support primary and secondary students' learning, and indeed our own professional learning, Teacher Solutions has curated our favourite digital tool recommendations into an easy to use format. Tools and programs are sorted by function, with a short description and a URL to take to straight to the source, all in one a handy list. This comprehensive list of digital tools and guides will support you to always have the right tool for the job at hand.
Enhancing Teaching and Learning
Drowning in new teaching and learning ideas? Overwhelmed by all that is expected of you? Formative assessment, inquiry learning, rigor and challenge, differentiation strategies, student initiated learning, thinking skills, collaborative learning, authentic learning, digital technology integration, deep learning strategies, growth mindset ... and the list goes on. Whether you’ve already had access to lots of professional learning or not, Teacher Solutions promises to summarise the latest thinking, provide practical resources and lessons and to help you link it all together in a coherent and do-able plan that will make a significant difference for the learners in your care.
Formative Assessment, or Assessment for Learning’ is recognised as a highly effective starting point for teachers wanting to increase the effectiveness of their teaching and learning processes and to build student engagement with and ownership of their learning. In this section we’ll introduce you to the principles of formative assessment and offer practical strategies for giving learners feedback, building reflection skills, using self and peer assessment and offer advice about applying digital tools across all assessment processes.
Design and Technologies - Design Thinking
Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. All students need opportunities to become creative and responsive designers. Managing projects independently and collaboratively from conception to realisation, engages students in creating quality designed solutions. Students need opportunities to apply design and systems thinking and to design processes, investigate ideas, generate and refine ideas, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. In collaboration with Makers Empire, Teacher Solutions is developing a 3D printing and design thinking resource; practical help, ideas and exemplars for teaching design thinking and project management and assisting students to develop and utilise spatial intelligence.
Digital Technologies - Teaching Coding
Across the globe, there are calls to include the teaching of coding in every school curriculum. World leaders espouse its value and politicians are calling it a critical life skill. As you’ll know if you've been into the Digital Technologies - Computational Thinking section of Learn With Us, we see the underlying skills as crucial. We’ve joined the call to consider computational thinking as the 4th ‘R’, even if it doesn’t have an R! Do have a look if you’ve not been in that section! At the same time, there has been a great deal of concern expressed, by our community of followers, about what to use to teach coding with various age groups. To make your life easier, we have curated lists of ways to teach coding, in one central point. Find a list for F-2, 3-4, 5-7 and Junior Secondary in this section.
The Arts - Creative Thinking
The Arts are a wonderful vehicle for teaching the essential skills of creative thinking and problem solving. Students are highly engaged in arts learning and this resource will support you with examples of quality arts pedagogy; ways for students to take risks, use their curiosity, construct knowledge and express themselves, and ways to engage students in the creative process as they learn to express their social conscience and understand The Arts as a social platform and leverage point for change. The Arts - Creative Thinking will provide practical and accessible advice to help you to integrate creative thinking across the curriculum and also provide lesson plans and integration outlines for easy implementation.
The Importance of Play
Do you find yourself faced with debates about the importance of play? Are you defending play with parents, colleagues and line managers? The ‘Importance of Play’ supports early childhood educators to promote play, and it’s critical role in all children’s learning and development. In a political climate where academic instruction is being pushed into early childhood education and where ‘drill and skill’ approaches are hot topics, it is critical that early years practitioners have tools and resources to promote play-based education. Children need us to defend their rights; these resources will help you to do just that.
The Importance of Literacy
On the drawing board - literacy help for all teachers. Internationally, literacy (and numeracy) is valued but also seen as problematic. The role of the English teacher or all teachers? A key skill requiring explicit teaching or embedded across the curriculum? Utilising the assistance of a range of experts, we are exploring the current research; identifying crucial information, skills and strategies and preparing a great resource for you. Practical help will be here soon.
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