10 tips for managing shared iPads

This was a brief presentation I gave for the elementary teachers at my school on managing iPads in a classroom environment where children are sharing devices.

Where great learning with iPads really starts…

Today was like Christmas at school. Each member of the primary school teaching staff received an iPad mini. For the amount of time and effort we put into technology, the most important person who needs the device first is the teacher. They need to understand what it does, play with it. Then start thinking about... Continue Reading →

Doing something outside my comfort zone…

We are two days into our in-service training week and this morning I co-led a session on restorative practices for the teachers of Years 3-6 as well as classroom assistants. For someone who has mostly been involved in educational technology and mostly as a 'guide on the side' to lead such a large group of... Continue Reading →

#pzc2015 Day 1 Taming the Wild

"We do not learn from experience ... we learn from reflecting on experience." John Dewey. This week I am taking part in Project Zero Classroom- a week-long course run by a research group at Harvard University. The course focuses on understanding and enhancing high-level thinking and learning in different contexts. Most of the participants are from... Continue Reading →

It’s time to stop being the ‘techie teacher’ 

A few years ago I was having a conversation with someone when they made an off-hand that ‘us techie teachers need to stick together.’  The language really bothered me because it was the language of exclusion. The techie teachers and the others.  Those with the inside knowledge and those on the outer. I know something... Continue Reading →

How could the PYP workshop be better?

One of the aspects that excited me about teaching in a Primary Years Programme school is an ongoing commitment to professional development of teachers. An integral part of PD for PYP teachers is attending a workshop. The workshop is held over several days there's a 'getting started' workshop as well as one of different aspects of the... Continue Reading →

We can’t all be right all the time – why a little bit of online conflict is a good thing

Early in my career I had a team leader who had a reputation for being highly critical. Other teachers thought this teacher was hard to work with. My team leader could harpoon an idea at any meeting big or small with a simple question: "Have you thought about..." It was a highly effective strategy. I still... Continue Reading →

Who watches the people watching teachers?

A few years ago I was in the room with a very senior member of the teaching profession who joked they used so little modern technology they didn't even have an ATM card. That comment bothered me for a long time. How can you be a senior member of a profession devoted to learning but be... Continue Reading →

Future-focused teacher education 33/365?

Last week Claire Amos wondered if New Zealand's Graduating Teacher Standards were future-focused enough. Having come to know the standards well both through being a fairly recent graduate and having used the standards as framework for my eportfolio, I can say the standards need a tweak but it is the delivery of the standards that... Continue Reading →

10 tips for First Year Teachers

1. Don't talk over the kids If there is one piece of advice I could give you, it is  this. Never talk over the kids.  You might have to wait a long time for their attention and on occasion you might have to stop and wait. Be patient. Allowing the kids to talk over you... Continue Reading →

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