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Noelene Callaghan

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Keeping Afresh with Tech

Posted on 25 February, 2016 at 23:00

Term 1, 2016 marks a new start for many teachers, including myself as I continue my teaching career at a new Western Sydney high school. Beginning or resuming teaching in a new school can be quite daunting particularly in the space of technology.

 

 

Investigate, plan and share to successfully teach with technology.

 

Many schools are implementing BYOD programs that require all or a huge group of students to use their own computing devices to compl...

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ABC iview. An App Review

Posted on 25 February, 2016 at 22:55

Teachers often want their students to complete a module of work independently and are then hit with obstacles when they would like their students to watch a clip on YouTube but it is blocked for students, so the class must watch the clip together (and usually, just the one time).


ABC iview have a great collection of videos/clips that are not blocked by the DoE which allows students to watch them independently and as many times as they need to, so that they obtain a full unde...

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How to introduce Blended Learning into your classroom?

Posted on 23 February, 2016 at 0:20

There has been much debate lately of how much technology in the classroom is too much technology and at what point does it become unproductive. Unless students are only using technology and devices to play games, they will always learn something skillfully and/or cognitively.


As many schools move towards using Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and putting an emphasis on using digital resources in the classroom, it is pivotal that Blended Learning pedagogies are used to maximise ...

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Starting all over again

Posted on 31 January, 2016 at 18:20

 

This year I have commenced working in a new school and as a result all of the technological platforms that i created and embedded and fully utilised with my students at my last school are left with that school (as they were created with a school account and cannot be transferred to another school) and thus i must start all over again.

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In Australia, Minecraft, Kangaroos, and E-Portfolios

Posted on 8 December, 2015 at 17:55

6:00 a.m.

 

It’s 6 am and the alarm on my mobile phone is playing the most horrific sound. I reluctantly pick up my phone, let my  Fitbit  app know that I am awake and check how disruptive my sleep was. I check my emails to see if anything “urgent” was sent to me (nothing was...it's all online shopping opportunities). I check Facebook to see if anything remotely exciting has happened to my friends, check the notifications on my Twitter acc...

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Building a Minecraft Church

Posted on 1 December, 2015 at 22:10

As our school year comes to an end, we are delving more into Minecraft. To complete our Minecraft community, we built a church. Please watch this time lapsed documentary of students collaboratively building their church;

https://youtu.be/CyqbU0mAodU

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The work of 7E TAS

Posted on 23 November, 2015 at 17:50

My 7E TAS class have been working tirelessly this semester in designing their dream homes using a Project Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy. Students learned how to incorporate the Design process to design their house. Students needed to consider the location of where to build their house, what resources are available there to build the house, considerations of natural disasters and climate.

 

Students then designed their house using CAD software - Google Sketchup. Once this was ...

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"The room that was"

Posted on 22 November, 2015 at 21:00

The journey of converting of a traditional classroom that has been set up as a computer laboratory a mere 20 years ago into an innovative 21st century learning space is nothing but epic. I have been reading quite a lot of material in regards to how redesigning classrooms can lead to a boost of student retention, engagement and learning (as per the article below), so I set out (with the executive staff at my school) to begin my own journey.

I was determined to set myself on a journey of ...

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A Minecraft Year in Review

Posted on 18 November, 2015 at 20:15
Students have been meeting as part of Minecraft Club twice a week. This club is student-run and my only role as the educator is to ensure that all students are positively contributing to the build of the game.

To celebrate the work that we did this year in our Minecraft Club "Minecraft 4 Me", students made a video highlighting their best achievements;


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How to introduce Blended Learning into your classroom?

Posted on 8 November, 2015 at 16:40

There has been much debate lately of how much technology in the classroom is too much technology and at what point does it become unproductive. Unless students are only using technology and devices to play games, they will always learn something skillfully and/or cognitively.


As many schools move towards using Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and putting an emphasis on using digital resources in the classroom, it is pivotal that Blended Learning pedagogies are used to maximise ...

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Cheat Sheet: How to maximise using Google Apps For Education (GAFE) in the classroom?

Posted on 8 November, 2015 at 16:10

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is one of the more popular platforms that schools are integrating as part of their digital curriculum. Ensuring teachers are aware of all of the tool available and have sufficient professional development to be able to use them with their students to enhance their teaching and learning opportunities. GAFE is a cloud based computing option that is inexpensive for schools to implement. More importantly, it can be used on any type of device that has Google Chrome...

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The Latest Updates to Google Classroom

Posted on 11 October, 2015 at 18:15

There have been several exciting updates to Google Classroom over the last few weeks.


Google classroom Updates:

Google Calendar: Each class has a calendar, and work with a due date is automatically added to the calendar. Teachers and students can view the calendar in Classroom, or in Google Calendar on their computers and mobile devices.


Share to Classroom with Chrome: Students and teachers can use the Share to Classroom Chrome ex...

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How to maximise using Google Apps For Education (GAFE) in the classroom?

Posted on 7 October, 2015 at 20:05

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is one of the more popular platforms that schools are integrating as part of their digital curriculum. Ensuring teachers are aware of all of the tool available and have sufficient professional development to be able to use them with their students to enhance their teaching and learning opportunities. GAFE is a cloud based computing option that is inexpensive for schools to implement. More importantly, it can be used on any type of device that has Google Chrome...

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Ngurrara - Australian Aboriginal Interactive Storybook

Posted on 7 October, 2015 at 20:05

This truly amazing app details a Dreamtime story about the Ngarluma people in both English and in the Ngarluma language. This free iOS app is suitable for students of any ages and is an excellent way to engage students in learning about Aboriginal education in a digital format. This app not only supports the learning of Aboriginal culture and history, but gives all users the ability to learn indigenous linguistics with the capability of creating a unique piece of work using the information in...

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How can I use Skype in my classroom?

Posted on 7 October, 2015 at 20:05

Skype is renowned for connecting people globally to communicate via video conferencing mainly for personal reasons. However, Skype has launched ‘Skype in the Classroom’ which is aimed at all schools (regardless of Stage) that connects classrooms from all over the world.

 

Skype in the Classroom enables students and teachers to communicate with others using various functions and tools which are all offered by Skype.

 

Collaboration Tool

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How to create digital resources for Aboriginal Education?

Posted on 7 October, 2015 at 20:00

The inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures is now a recognised part of the Australian Curriculum. As stated by ACARA;

 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority provides the opportunity for all young Australians to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, deep knowledge traditions and holistic world views. This knowledge and understanding...

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Magnificent Microsoft Education Exchange

Posted on 11 August, 2015 at 2:10

How to best use Google Apps in the Classroom

Posted on 11 August, 2015 at 2:05

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2015

Posted on 15 July, 2015 at 22:30

In 2015, the theme for NAIDOC Week is "We stand on Sacred Ground; Learn, Respect and Celebrate". NAIDOC Week is celebrated at Rooty Hill High School by all students attending a whole school assembly that includes a special guest as well as having the opportunities to work together in a specially designed NAIDOC Week Do Now Activity. Each faculty within the school also design and facilitate their own KLA based NAIDOC Week lesson.


This year in ICT, students were asked to re-cr...

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Why encourage students to code?

Posted on 2 July, 2015 at 8:25

1. What do you think empowering kids to create the apps that they themselves or others of their age use will bring to the quality and usefulness of the app created? E.g. could it increase the adoption rate, capture workflows that only kids could think of etc?

Children and Teenagers are creating apps that adults can not. This is due to a number of factors but mainly due to the limitations that adults possess in living in a technological world. Children are increasingly finding...

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