Sharing with a Wider Audience

Girls Sharing by jasonstaten available via FlickrCC licence

Girls Sharing by jasonstaten available via FlickrCC licence

I’m very fortunate to be working part-time at the State Library of Victoria; I’ve been with their Learning Services area for nearly four years now. Besides introducing school groups to the wonderful history of Victoria and the extensive resources available to them at SLV, I find myself involved further and further with online learning projects including the VicPLN and  the Bright Ideas blog.…

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Readjusting my Connection

In 2010, I read David Warlick‘s Gardener’s Approach to Learning: Cultivating Your Personal Learning Network. I liked the idea of cultivating an information ecosystem (it appealed to the permaculturalist in me) . After reading the book, I decided map my PLN  out.…

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New!

 

A new year and some new projects for 2013 in the library!  We don’t start back to school for a couple of weeks yet, but that doesn’t mean teachers aren’t hard at work. I been running across excellent resources for my new projects and get them organised before I forget.

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Due to Technical Difficulties

This is just a quick update – I know I’ve been quiet on the blog this past two months.

Plans for Minecraft at school have slowed as my IT partner in crime concentrates on setting everything up for report writing.

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Games-Based Learning: Massively MineCraft Open Day (in which I learn to fly)

I recently attended an online Open Day on Massively Minecraft. It was probably the steepest learning curve I’ve encountered in a while, perhaps since primary school, honest! And here is what I learned.

Massively Minecraft (MM) is a guild or ‘ learning community  for kids and their parents – exploring how to live, work and play in MineCraft.’(MM site)  It had been recommended to me by several colleagues in my PLN as an excellent working model of an educational  private-server community for Minecraft.…

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Games-based Learning: Hunting and Planning

MineCraft

After talking with my boss (Head of Learning Resources) and with one of the school IT staff who is very supportive of games-based learning, we have decided to pursue setting up a Minecraft private server and beginning a small after-school group in the library next term.

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Games-based Learning: My PD goal for 2012

Video games by Caitlan Monahan

Video Games courtesy Caitlan Monahan Flickrcc

I’m a big fan of play – it is one of the most authentic, engaging, rewarding modes of learning.

My old school (primary) was heavily into play-based learning but now I work in a high school.…

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Toolbox: e5 iPad Apps

Next year the Year 7s at our school will be bringing their iPads to school. This is part of the plan to answer the Big Question presented to our teachers at the end of 2011 –

How does Vermont Secondary College better prepare its student and teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st Century?

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