Photo courtesy of David Gallagher via flickrcc license
Hooray! I am two units into the Google Certification for Educators.
Whew! Time to pause and reflect.
At the end of Unit Two I’ve:
- clocked 37 hours of PD time
- written, tabbed and highlighted 82 pages of notes
- answered more than 150 multiple choice questions
- learned a hell of a lot.
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
On June 12th, I attended the National Cyber Safety Summit in Canberra with two students from the school. They were select members from the Youth Advisory Group (YAG) who took part in online forum discussions to help inform the government on cyber safety initiatives.…
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?