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Showing posts from September, 2014

Moonshot! Dreaming with students...

I'm really excited about continuing to develop my Moonshot from GTA by grabbing help from the teachers around me.  I started today over lunch, brainstorming how we could get a class of year 5 and 6 students (9-10 year olds) to dream about their future.

Here's my prototype so far with a few additions from today..

We're starting off with creating a dream wall in the classroom with the students.  I'm thinking photos and their dreams surrounding those.  We talked at length today about how important it will be to expose our students to dreams they may not have thought of.  Once we've got their first set of dreams we'll have a better idea of where to go next in terms of exposing them to the amazing things they can do if they're prepared to dream and put in the hard work.

Watch this space...

Google Teacher Academy First Thoughts

A bit of a review .....

G for Goosebumps arriving at Google in Sydney and getting my name badge for the two days. Seeing Team Black Sheep and the rest of our GTA cohort face to face!

O for Onwards and Upwards diving straight into our Moonshot ideas and starting to formulate them into something that we can achieve rather than a bunch of notes

O for Oh so Awesome hearing from our mentors and getting to know about what others had thought about in terms of their moonshots, gathering in like minded groups, talking about completely re-designing school in the HackSchool group.

G for Great Food enjoying a bite to eat and taking in the sun and views of Sydney, talking further and making more connections over lunch with the inspiring educators that are part of the GTASydney cohort

L for Liking the Wow! being inspired by entrepreneurs and looking at putting the practice into classrooms. Thinking about how my Moonshot is going to make a difference and working with Team Black Sheep to make that a …

Leadership in Digital and Collaborative Learning - Assignment 1

Another assignment completed for my Postgrad certificate.  This one is looking at my leadership style.

I chose Servant Leadership.  The marker comments on this one included the fact that I hadn't linked my leadership style with what is required and beneficial in a classroom situation - I'd have to agree, I think this kind of leadership is really important in the classroom especially when you're working with students that perhaps don't have the opportunity to be coached, encouraged and to take control of their own learning outside of the classroom.  I think it's really important for students and teachers to feel empowered, cared for and part of the process rather than just having the process dictated to them.

I realise this kind of leadership also has it's downside, something I've evaluated in the next assignment for this course.  It's important to not make this the only way - although I think that's the case for any leadership style, we should be l…

Digital and Collaborative Learning - Assignment 1

I'm currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in a Applied Practice - Digital and Collaborative Learning through The Mind Lab by Unitec

One of the first assignments we had to complete was to look at a digital learning innovation, so I chose Google Maps engine, most of the information about this I've mentioned in this post  but here it is in video form as well, that's the great thing about this course is much of the assignment material can be presented in videos rather than writing essays or sitting exams ... my kind of learning!

Here's the video...