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Getting Re-EnergiSed

Not long ago I was able to attend the Sydney 2018 Google Certified Innovator Energiser.  I wasn't going to miss this! Many innovators, that had already been to previous events around the world, raved about it and Sydney was just as fantastic!  

It was another chance to connect with educators who have a passion for driving education forward, changing the way we've always done things and looking into ways to solve education problems that are common in many parts of the world, so the rushing, organising and rather stressful end to the week to get there wasn't going to stop me.  

Before the serious part of the day kicked off there was food - of course we were at Google so the food as always was awesome... 

During the course of the day we took part in sessions on culture change by he Obyrant group, heard from Googlers about Jamboard and caught up with what was happening in the Innovator program.  We also had the chance to explore and innovate a few education problems through openi…

Photo of the Day - Full time in the Classroom

I've spent the last few weeks in the classroom with a group of amazing year 4 learners.  They already had an awesome blog setup that I had the privilege of adding to while I was in the classroom.  One of the initiatives I introduced the learners was to post a photo of the day.  Each day a new student was chosen as our photographer and they were able to take photos of our learning during the day.  Towards the end of the day learners were able to chose a photo they wanted to post to our class blog.  They were then able to write a sentence or two about the photo and why they chose it.  

While this was a pretty simple idea it was very powerful especially for those learners who find social interaction difficult - being the photographer allowed them to have a reason and purpose to talk to other students.  Part of our procedures around photographer for the day required students to ask before they took a photograph.  

This was part of our procedures as we talked at length about how importan…

Saturday Suite Tip: Sharing with Classroom

If you're a Google Classroom user you already know how easy it is to share documents with your students. How about sharing sites and getting them all on the same page at the same time? Check out the Share to Classroom extension to do just that...

Share to ClassroomShare to Classroom is a Google Chrome Extension that makes it easy to get your students onto the same website as you at the click of a button.  

It's as simple as it sounds..

Goto the website you want your class to be on
Click the 'share to classroom' extension
Share it to the classroom your students are part of
They'll get a notification to say their teacher is sending them to a site and all the need to do is hit yes and they're there.
What is an extension?An extension is a little add on for your Chrome web browser that extends its capability.  Sort of like apps there's an extension for pretty much everything you can think of from creating QR codes to blocking ads or creating GIFs and Screen cast…

ISTE 2018 - Gathering Great Ideas Even if You Weren't There!

In case you hadn't heard the last few days ISTE has been held in Chicago.  A massive event for educators, full of great educators, of course and lots of different EdTech and non-EdTech companies.  

I would much prefer to be there in person!  But for those of us that can't make it there is a massive amount of information, ideas, excitement, competitions etc. shared virtually.  I have participated virtually the last few years, with Twitter being my chosen way of being able to see, hear and enjoy just a little taste of the event.  

So here's what I collected this year... 

I'm sure they'll be a few more posts later, as a few of these ideas definitely work with what we're learning next term but for now just a few bits that might interest you.. 

Saturday Suite Tip: Useful Feedback

Are you working with a team to create a document? Are your students creating their own works of awesomeness? Want to make quick suggestions, send encouragement or correct a mistake. Have a look into the commenting and suggesting features in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings
Commenting If you've been using Google Suite (formerly Google Apps) for a while you'll know that comments are easily added to your Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings in one of a few ways:
Clicking the plus button next to your item or selected text Clicking the insert > comment menu Clicking the comment menu at the top right of a doc and pressing comment

Those that have commenting or editing rights to a document can see the comments.  If a user has viewing rights only they will not be able to see comments.  Comments are a great way to add encouragement, agree, disagree and suggest options moving forward.  
If you want to direct a comment at a specific person add where email is the…

Workshops from PMA Day

Workshops I had the privilege of attending the Primary Maths Association day a few weeks ago and what a great day it was.

I enjoyed taking part in three workshops and a keynote.
Where is Maths Going? (Keynote) See previous Post hereCounting CountsRich TasksComputational Thinking in the Maths Classroom I have added a few notes I took during the workshops below.  These are just what resonated with me and what questions I had from the workshops. Counting Counts Presented by Anna Noy

What I took away from this workshop:
- Reminder about teaching sets, comparing sets and removing and adding items to a set
- The need to count dissimilar objects not just sets of the same objects (usually counters) and how we can count anything even if we can't touch it
- How to check students understanding of counting what do happens when they are asked to count a group that isn't in a line?  Can they stop at the right spot?
- Helping students know when to stop counting by using containers, movement …

PMA - Primary Maths Association - PLD day

Thinking about Mathematics... I had the privilege of attending the Primary Maths Association day a few weeks ago and what a great day it was.

I enjoyed taking part in three workshops and a keynote.
Where is Maths Going? (Keynote)Counting CountsRich TasksComputational Thinking in the Maths Classroom My takeaways and questions from the keynote are detailed below.  Watch out for future posts on the three workshops I attended.
Where is Maths Going?Presented by Dr Fiona Ell
I really enjoyed the future focused keynote looking at big ideas in mathematics teaching and learning in New Zealand and where we might be heading.  It was a timely reminder of what's important with regards to teaching maths and what we might have missed in the last few years with the focus seeming to be on Number only.  Dr Fiona Ell outlined research in a number of areas that show teachers that make the most difference.

She structured the keynote around a treasure map with destinations that we might visit and impor…