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 →

#oneword2016 Kid edition

If 2016 were a  colour, what colour what colour would choose? If 2016 were a word, what would you choose? What symbol would you use to show that word? The kids then searched for an image online and used Adobe Draw to trace over it using iPads. They then added text using Adobe post. Like... Continue Reading →

iContastic scavenger hunt – getting up to speed on iPads

Disclaimer: I stole this idea from Pana Asavavatana - please give her all credit. I had three kids start in my class this semester. Keen to get the new  kids up to speed on iPad usage and also give some of my less confident kids a bit of a boost, I held an icon scavenger hunt. The... Continue Reading →

Using documentation to power up writing

One of the challenges of teaching writing is that it can be challenging for children to see improvements day on day. They often zero in on surface features: spelling, the legibility of their script, punctuation as areas for improvement. One of the challenges for me as a teacher is to help the children catch that... Continue Reading →

“Split personality” photos on the iPad

At the moment my class is exploring how humans use clothing to express their ideas and beliefs. To tune into the unit we had a 'free choice' fashion day where the children could choose their own outfit to express their personalities. I did an initial fashion shoot with the children where I encouraged them to... Continue Reading →

The audible is the visible

A few weeks ago as part of a tuning in, the children answered a binary question on whether energy as dangerous. Because  the kids had been on a 2-week holiday and then went on camp, I decided to do a quick diagnostic on what the next learning steps for the unit. After listening to the first... Continue Reading →

Modern technology on camp

When you are late into camp being able to send updates on whereabouts via Google Maps...

Taking iPads on camp with 8 year olds

My Year 4s had their first taste of adventure by venturing into Malacca on school residential trip. The children had traditional pencil and paper to record the children's thinking and experiences. But They also had... iPads For those worried about a school camp where the kids were on their devices the whole time, the iPads... Continue Reading →

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