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Creating an informal Back Channel for the classroom

27 March 2014

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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 […]

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Supporting Digital Tech Teachers with Database Development – Random Records

12 March 2014

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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 […]

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Supporting teachers with 3.40 Information Systems External

26 February 2014

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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 […]

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Schools – be mindful when upgrading to iOS7

23 September 2013

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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 […]

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

18 September 2013

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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 […]

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

18 September 2013

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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 […]

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Managing Collaboration in a GoogleDoc

18 September 2013

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There are a number of ways of managing collaboration within a Google Doc to help manage the work that your students are producing. Here are some ideas: Insert a table (1 column and multiple rows) assign a cell to each collaborator for their work Colour code sections of the document for different people to use […]

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NZQA Launches a Series of Facebook Pages for each senior subject

3 July 2013

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NZQA has launched a series of Facebook pages for each senior secondary school subject.  Pages can be located by typing the NZQA and subject name into the Facebook search tool. These pages alert people to new or updated information for internally assessed standards on the NZQA subject pages. Teachers need to click ‘Like’ and then alerts are […]

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Using Google Maps Engine Lite in the classroom – Student Worksheet included

3 July 2013

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After feeling inspired by completing the Google Mapping course I have created a worksheet that is suitable for Year 8/9 students to use in order to develop their understanding of online mapping and Google Maps Engine Lite. This could be run as a standalone lesson or as part of a wider project. I have used […]

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Getting all theatrical in class

27 June 2013

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Scenes for Learning is an excellent free online video resource hosting an ever growing series of powerful, theatre in education style videos for use in assemblies or the classroom. They are a great at supporting the PSHE curriculum, covering topics including: Alcohol Bullying Communication Drugs Knife Crime Peer Pressure Road Safety Smoking STI’s Teenage Pregnancy Transition […]

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