Creating an informal Back Channel for the classroom

Learning in the 21st Century is seeing more teachers defaulting to the position of facilitator to support and develop the learner. With students embarking on personalised learning pathways with differentiated tasks, blended learning, group work and independent research all possibly running simultaneously the classroom has become a difficult place to manage, or has it? Why […]

Read this article…

Supporting Digital Tech Teachers with Database Development – Random Records

Students often find it quite challenging when they are required to provide sample, or test data to populate a database with. This is certainly important at NCEA Level 3, where students are expected to be generating their own test data to use in their solutions for initial prototyping/testing purposes. This is particularly important when systems […]

Read this article…

Friday (14/3) is Pi Day – Great resources for Maths TEachers

Yes, this Friday (14 March) is Pi day, where 3.142 gets celebrated in all of its glory. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has put together some great activities and resources that are available here. Enjoy!

Read this article…

Supporting teachers with 3.40 Information Systems External

A number of teachers through the NZACDITT forum have asked for the link to my resources for the delivery of the 3.40 Digital Technologies external so I have hosted all the resources I have on dropbox, for which the link is here. A great deal of time was put into preparing this standard for delivery […]

Read this article…

Schools – be mindful when upgrading to iOS7

Tips for managing School wide updating to iOS7 Having done quite a lot of reading on where things currently lie, schools need to be very careful about whether they decide to update their iOS devices to iOS7 (assuming that the device is compatible). It has become clear over the weekend that there is no easy […]

Read this article…

Google Apps – A reflection on PD: 18/8 Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland)

So, today saw me taking a day out from school to drive up to Auckland for an immersive day with Google Apps. The day was a big success and although I took just a few things away with me it was great to start developing my PLN here in New Zealand. The day was facilitated […]

Read this article…

Recording Notes to accompany Web Video – great Educator’s tool! Videonot.es

VideoNot.es is a a great tool that lets you take notes and add them to a web video. It is an app that integrates with Google Drive, so is great for all those schools who run a Google Edu Domain, works with all major browsers and is designed with educators and students in mind. Being a […]

Read this article…

Selfing Marking quizzes in Google Forms using Flubaroo

Flubaroo is a script for Google Forms (found via the script gallery) for turning Google Forms into Self-marking quizzes. A great tutorial can be seen here: Another great tool is using the FormLimiter script on the Google Form/spreadsheet. This allows you to set a few variables as to when your form will become available and […]

Read this article…

Great tip to get more from your Google Quota

OK, so we all get a little concerned when we get close to our limit on our Google drive. It is worth remembering that any content created using a Google product does not count towards your allocated space. So, a trick – when inserting images into a googledoc, embed image urls. Get students to use […]

Read this article…

Video in Google Forms

OK, so there are a few new features that are available in Google Forms and are great at supporting the flipped classroom. The most interesting of which is the ability to add Video into your Google Forms. Schools who are not seeing this functionality available from their Google Edu domain need to go into the […]

Read this article…