At the annual EdtechSA AGM, Paul Clapton Caputo gave a talk on the subject of the Learning Architect – Learning Technologies. Throughout his talk his words seemed to focus on managing and influencing teachers to help them understand and progress with their use of technology in the classroom. He reminded us that we were the people, with […]Jolly Phonics
What’s the fuss about Phonics? Phonics isn’t new it was taught for a long time The connection between reading and writing thought to be separate skills. There have been several different theories over the years about how best to learn to read / write. One is synthetic phonics, like Jolly Phonics, The other is the […]The Importance of Being Creative Commons
I’ve been working with my students at Flinders on the ICT General Capability for ICT this week. We’ve mostly been focusing on the one organising element of “Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT“. We’ve been trying to break down what that means, how that might add or grow the content of […]Using Word to Assess and Track Pupil Progress
This post represents the information shared with a group of teachers at my site in 2007. I have since updated this to reflect Word 2010. I led some training in how to use Word to support students with structured assessment feedback. In this post, I outline to colleagues what we’re hoping to achieve by using […]Teachers Don’t Plan Lessons, Why Should I?
I’m writing this blog post with a certain audience in mind. Over the past few weeks I’ve heard several things that have caught my attention. Things that I think I can help with. They are: Teachers in the field don’t plan lessons so why am I doing a lesson plan I don’t really get […]The Four Part Lesson Plan
Below is a piece I wrote for the pre-service teachers I was working with. We were exploring effective planning and teaching strategies. Strategies that help students connect to their learning and encourage critical and creative thinking. The strategies I share assisted them to expand their repertoire of teaching strategies in both verbal and non verbal […]