Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fun Friday – great books and characters

Two fun things for you this Friday, neither of them technology related but there are some links worth clicking…

First up, great Australian books. Buzzfeed have put together a list of 50 Australian books you should read before you die. I was pleased to see some picture books and young adult fiction included and happy to find I have read 30 of those listed. I now also have a few titles to add to my holiday reading list. How about you? What do you think of the titles included? Are there any obvious titles missing? Please share in the comments.

Secondly, there seems to be a proliferation of online quizzes of late – from “What animal are you?” to “Which Superhero are you?” to “Which Chemical element are you?“. The list seems never ending and just a little ridiculous (there’s even “What Kind Of Person Who Takes Online Personality Quizzes Are You?“). Usually I find it pretty easy to ignore them but this one “What children’s book character are you?” instantly appealed (for obvious reasons). Who are you? Please share your result in the comments.

Which children's book character are you?

iPad news and views 04/02/2014

  • Using tablets in the classroom–whether iPads, Androids, or surging Windows devices–is largely a matter of workflow.

    If you can forgive a mixed metaphor, the traditional classroom sees the teacher as the both the director and the bottleneck of all productivity. They create assignments, assess proficiency, respond to assessment data, and refine planned instruction in light of constantly changing circumstances.

    This is challenging in any context, but in 1:1 and mobile learning environments, it’s even more complex. With tablets, every student has both an information portal and a digital printing press. This means they can reach both communities and potential collaborators.

    This article includes a graphic from @ipadwells that visualizes a workflow, while offering up representative apps for each step of the process.

    It distinguishes four unique areas–collaboration, content, workflow, and modeling. It demonstrates the direct relationship between teachers and students (top and bottom), and the less-direct but still possible connection to parents and communities (on the right), and 12 apps to make it all happen.

    tags: KDSiPad iPad workflow collaboration creation

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Worth a read 04/02/2014

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Heide Education Resources

Heide Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved from

You may have visited Heide Museum of Modern Art with its galleries, cafe and beautiful gardens (if you haven’t I highly recommend you do!) but you might not know that their website contains a range of very useful education resources, and not just for art.

From the Education Resources page you will find links to videos and printable resources on artists such as Albert Tucker and Mirka Mora; general art resources, sustainability resources, and education resources for many of the exhibitions held over the years. All are free to view or download.

I particularly enjoyed this video on Concrete Poetry with its cross-curricular application to language and visual art.

Concrete Poetry from Heide Museum of Modern Art on Vimeo.

iPad news and views 04/01/2014

  • The iPad has fundamentally changed how and what I teach in my Spanish classes. First of all, I no longer use textbooks. Ever. Why would I when everything I need and more is available online or through an app? As educators, we are often told to teach students “21st century skills”, but let’s be honest, more often than not; it is the teachers who need to become more proficient in how to reach young people through technology.

    tags: KDSiPad language teaching

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