Real world connections – talking science on Google Hangout

I love this photo. The children enthralled at the picture but more because they got to talk science with a real scientist, in this case a volcanologist. As a teacher I can help the¬†children in my class understand plate tectonics, I can show them pictures, I can inspire them to ask questions and show them... Continue Reading →

Why I banned Google slides in class

I love Google Apps for Education the services keep getting better. There are oodles of scripts and extensions to further enhance the experience for both kids and teachers. As far as ease of use, ability for children to collaborate and a teacher to give feedback nothing beats Google. Yet there has one been one tool... Continue Reading →

#gafesummit – Moving from talk to action redux

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 2 years¬†since I last attended a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) summit. Life has changed a lot since then. When I left the last GAFE I came away with a lot of plans and a zeal to share my plans with anyone who would listen and many... Continue Reading →

Doctopus + goobric making google apps for education more awesome

I love Google Apps for Education. However managing workflow can be an absolute nightmare with students sharing new docs and not naming the correctly which can make it hard to find work. Moreover keeping an eye on your data can be even more cumbersome. But what if there was a system that easily shared documents... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection – on your way to Disco

This year I volunteered to be the teacher in charge of Student Council which also means I'm the teacher in charge of organising the school discos. Officially the student council run disco but there are limitations to 11 and 12 year olds organisational skills. Organising permission slips, tickets, posters, food sales, lighting, music, prizes, decorations... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: #GAFEsummit Moving from talk to action

Another holiday, another trip up to Auckland to attend a conference. This time around it was Google Apps For Education (GAFE). Conferences have a two-fold purpose for me. The first is obviously to hear new ideas but the more important one is to renew links with all the teachers I interact with on a regular... Continue Reading →

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