Annotated Biblography 1

Rogers, E. M. (2003). Attributes of innovations and their rate of adoption. In Author, Diffusion of Innovations. 5th ed. (pp. 219-266) New York, NY: Free Press. Description This book chapter looks at five key variables that cause an innovation to be adopted by the mainstream - relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability and observability.  Each of these variables... Continue Reading →


A draft casestudy plan on Instagram in the classroom

What is my goal for writing this essay? My goal in writing this essay is to utilize two change models to examine early adopters on Instagram within my current teaching context.  This case study will examine the conditions that cause teachers to experiment with new technologies, the impact on learners, their extended families. What information do I need to... Continue Reading →

Do our classrooms challenge gender norms or reinforce them?

Girls we've come a long way. It wasn't so long ago that your education was seen as expendable. You were not thought of as capable of discussing big ideas or concepts. In 2018, we have women CEOs, scientists, and Prime Ministers. We have universities churning out more women graduates yet in the top echelons of... Continue Reading →


A research topic: The @Instagram classroom

For the last two years, my blogging output has slowed to a crawl due to completing my Masters of Education through the University of Canterbury.  This semester blogging is a requirement of my coursework. Past readers can look forward to three months of me reflecting on the use of Instagram in the classroom! Alongside our major... Continue Reading →


Student-led conferences – a lesson in trust

Over the years, student-led conferences have become increasingly popular in schools. Instead of the parents and teachers talking about the child while the child sits at home, the child is there not only to hear the conversation but, in theory, lead it. Yet how often do the children get a choice in: The artifacts... Continue Reading →


Video provocations – use small screens to develop conceptual thinking

Video is a powerful medium for provocation. Images, words, music can help us visualize powerful concepts and support storytelling that explores big ideas. Traditionally, teachers gather the children into one group and all watch the video together. Yet during this process how much precious learning time is wasted: Organising the children to sit down in... Continue Reading →


The tour guide on the side – inquiry outside the classroom

Field trips. Barking at the children to not touch, wander off, fidget and listen attentively all while in the public eye. It's stressful. Does it need to be? Inquiry learning is something teachers plan for in the safety of the school environment. However, once we take children on field trips, it's easy to slip back into... Continue Reading →


The dance of inquiry

It starts with a binary question. A small sentence to provoke thinking, a decision to be made. Which pot? The children record their thinking on screencasting software, we will return to thinking later. In the meantime, let's have a go at writing 'how to guides' for our favourite apps so the new children in the... Continue Reading →


Decluttering pedagogy – creating space to spark curiosity

I'm about three years late reading Marie Kondo's Joy of Tidying Up. The thesis of the book is that if an item doesn't spark joy, then dispose of it. To an international school teacher, living light is a necessity.  Sentimentality goes in the bin along with your unwanted possessions when you are under a strict... Continue Reading →


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