Are you ready to engage learners in the way and at the level they require? Digital technology offers great opportunities for 'just in time', student led and differentiated learning.
Our top app and digital tool recommendations for Curating, Creating and Communicating this year.
Guest blogger, Mandi Dimitriadis, writes about building essential 21st century skills through meaningful design learning tasks.
Ideas and resources for linking up, in partnership WITH parents, to equip our students to be safe online.
Numeracy and ICT are two key capabilities for our students. Karen simplifies your digital tool choice in Numeracy.
What do games offer educators? What is gamification? Game based learning? Game design for learning?
Are we helping our students when we ban devices and block the internet? Karen puts the 'No' case.
Karen explores 9 reasons why all students should have access to this important part of being a digital citizen - Blogging!
Mandi outlines the top design ideas at Year 4 - see how to apply them across elementary/primary classrooms.
Reflections on EDTechSA's 2016 conference from Seymour Papert's potential perspective.
Coding won't go away, but there are some important considerations before diving in. Karen looks at these considerations and makes 40+ suggestions for coding starting points.
This blog post offers some background to 'Googling' and a free pdf of search tips.
So we are all using devices now, whether they be the 6 iPads that come to our classroom for an hour or two a week or at the other end of the scale, the school-wide one-to-one device program. This digital access brings with it a range of new decision making processes.
Have you heard the buzz? Are you concerned that you should learn to flip your classroom? Have you flipped it, but aren’t sure whether it was actually an improvement? What if you knew that, while it has some great applications, flipped learning isn’t necessarily THE answer some may have us believe it to be?
Do you use SAMR? Need help? Ideas? Karen explores models and links to higher order thinking and student voice.
We are living in a world progressively more and more managed by algorithms, and we need to teach students how to use and create them.
Arduino can seem like a tough thing to master. Fortunately there are many comprehensive guides on how to achieve specific outcomes with the Arduino and a few accessories. This means that students are able to pick up an Arduino board, and follow along with a project that they know will work at the end of the day.
So many of our supporters are on Facebook, on mobile devices, that we thought we’d share 3 things we’ve learned about using Facebook on our iPhones lately.
Just had your students coding for the Hour of Code? Are they excited? Want help to go the next step? Heard about coding and the parallel computational thinking conversation? Not sure what to do? Wondering what computational thinking looks like in the classroom?
Many educators are concerned about how they can teach and apply these skills in their classrooms. Most are unfamiliar or low in confidence about the introduction of digital technologies, let alone computational thinking.
Students are now expected to meet rudimentary targets in the digital technologies learning area, and while the skills that these targets assess may be useful now, just think about how much technology has changed in the last ten years. If our students canât even figure out how to search for relevant information in a website now, how will they interact with a totally search-driven supermarket?
Computational thinking and digital technologies are critical for our students to understand in our modern world. If we effectively relate digital technologies to students lives, then we can inspire a true love of thinking about things logically, along with an understanding of the power this thinking has in solving the world's challenges.
Call me a slow learner, but I finally got organised and really embraced RSS! OMG, its revolutionised how I organise myself. Why, oh why, didnt I listen when I was told how useful it would be?
What tools or apps might you find useful to Curate, Communicate and Create in your classroom? Try some of these suggestions.
How could we use Social Media in our classrooms? This blog reiterates the importance of using social media in our classrooms and provides some examples that might be helpful in getting you started.
Why Social Media? Why would I use social media in my classroom? What are the possible benefits? Karen Cornelius explores these ideas in this new blog post from Teacher Solutions.
Every educator should have a blog now! Its the 21st Century and there is so much you can be sharing with colleagues and youll be a great role model for your students! Every student should have a blog too! Read more about Why Blog, for you and your students, in this post.
4 Things teachers need to know about Twitter and how to use it as a powerful professional development tool. Go on, Tweet and Learn!
How often have we heard this, committed teachers lamenting their own IT skill development and worried that their own challenges with learning new skills and keeping apace with technology are problems for their students?
Why should teachers have an ePortfolio? Why should they worry about their digital footprint? Why should they blog and participate in digital learning? Read this Teacher Solutions post to learn more.
How do we maximise the skills of our technologically minded students to support the learning of staff and other students?