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  • Jo 22 Nov 2012 12:14pm () in Can the iPad reach children that other tech can't reach?

    Is relevant engagement the key?  Similar to what you said about teachers knowing kids Tania.  We just had a conversation in class today about screwdrivers being a "tool" for fixing and ipads beign a "tool" for learning.  It may be fun to throw srewdrivers at a target but does any fixing happen?  The same with ipads and app games.  Does any learning happen?  Then one of the kids said, "What if the game meets our success criterea?"  I was like yes!!!! If apps are meeting learning needs of students and they are aware of their goals themselves then, along with engagement, they have relevant learning.  Surely that is moving to "Extend" on the Teaching and Learning section of the eLPF.

  • Jo 08 Jun 2012 7:31am () in Studyladder

    Anyone using studyladder on ipads in their classroom?  Looks like it'll work on Rover but interested to see if anyone is using it successfully.

  • Jo 30 Mar 2012 8:09am () in Beyond the ICT PD contract - what does sustainability look like?


    I think we must remember that ICT is a tool (essential tool!) in education.  This year is our first year as a school and cluster after the ICT contract. What are we doing?

    Continuing to work as a cluster! There are ten primary schools in our cluster who, for the most part, feed into the local intermediate and then college. Everybody came on board for the ICT cluster and the principals decided to keep the key teacher meeting etc going.  But what in? Well the intermediate identified numeracy as a area that "needed some attention" based on year 7 data. So this year the key teachers are numeracy leaders. ICT? Our shared cluster wiki continues - with that is a link to the new numeracy wiki that will have all information and links for rich numeracy tasks (of course using ICT).

    Yesterday we had our first meeting for this year. We introduced the wiki, watched our own videos of gloss testing and moderated them for the lead teachers to go back and share to their schools.

    VLN? I'm a watcher - and continue to get email updates and filter what is relevant to our school or cluster. Other ICT leaders (most not getting units now) from last year do a similar job. It's like running a sporting team I guess. Any questions about what we are doing please let me know. This is led from the top but we should not be hearing that this sustainability is impossible!


  • Jo 08 Dec 2011 1:55pm () in What happens to a cluster webspace once the ICTPD contract ends?

    Our cluster is looking at continuing to use this space as our new portal (the old one was a wiki).  Why not continue? We are continuing cluster shares, principal meetings, lead teacher days (with a link to another learning area - identified by the intermediate we feed into)...  ICT isn't the focus now but those tools that have become familiar are embedded in teachers pedagogy and we are using ICT to learn.  Isn't that the whole point?