Monthly Archives: May 2014

Young writer’s award – entries open!

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Your students may be interested in this:

The Melbourne Library Service Young Writer’s Award competition has launched for 2014. Entries are open to young people aged 10-25 for short stories, poems or graphic/comic short stories. Finalists will have their work published online with the overall winners from each age group and category receiving cash prizes.

Entries open 30 April 2014 and close on 31 August 2014.

Read more on the Melbourne Library Service website or download this YWA Poster to print and display in your classroom.

Worth a read 05/07/2014

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Teachmeet Melbourne

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The next Melbourne Teachmeet (or #tmmelb for the hashtag savvy) will be held next Saturday afternoon at the Immigration Museum in Flinders Street in the city.

But what’s a Teachmeet, I hear you ask? Well…

Teachmeets are simply an opportunity for teachers and others interested in education to get together and share ideas. There are short presentations and plenty of opportunity to network. #TeachEats sometimes follow!

The movement began in the UK and is spreading around the world. Melbourne had its first Teachmeet in 2011 and there have been eight or more events each year since, at locations ranging from Scienceworks, the Royal Children’s Hospital, various schools and on a couple of occasions, a pub.

Teachmeets are usually held on Saturday afternoons or late afternoon on a weekday. They are free and open to anyone to attend and/or present. Teachmeets are attended by teachers of all levels and from all sectors, as well as people working in education but outside of schools.

Presentations are limited to either two minutes or seven minutes and the timekeeper is brutal, but that’s part of the appeal – you’re not going to be bored silly listening to someone waffle on! An event usually lasts no more than two hours.

I love going to Teachmeets for the amazing range of ideas presented and the opportunity to get to know other educators with similar interests. Not every presentation is relevant to me personally but I always come away with some new ideas, some sites or tools to check out and some new or strengthened connections with others. No two Teachmeets are the same!

If you are interested in learning more check out the Teachmeet Melbourne wiki. You can see what has been presented at previous events including accessing resources, and sign up if you’d like to attend. This Saturday’s program includes presentations on Whole Brain Teaching for beginners (like me!) and Reporting: change in the windOh, and there’s someone called Heather Bailie presenting about Masters of Education study! The Teachmeet kicks off at 3pm but if you are interested you can come along at 2pm for a special tour of the Faith, Fashion, Fusion exhibition currently on at the Immigration Museum.

BrainPop created a special video to promote the first Melbourne Teachmeet.

Find out even more here:

Will I see you at Teachmeet?


Fighting devastating ignorance with fact-based worldviews everyone can understand.

Gapminder is an extraordinary source of information and statistics about the world providing a wealth of resources with numerous applications across the curriculum. Gapminder is a non-profit venture – “a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.” Founded in Sweden in 2005 the initial focus was on developing the Trendalyzer software which is used to turn data into vibrant, animated, easily understood displays.

Gapminder World allows the comparison of development of all countries across time and includes a downloadable pdf guide to help you get the most out of it. There is also an offline version of Gapminder World available.

This screenshot shows the comparative life expectancy and wealth of nations in 2012. The online version allows you to move back and forward through years to see changes and development in a highly visual way.

Gapminder World

The Gapminder site also includes videos and some excellent resources for teachers.

Watch one of the Gapminder founders, Hans Gosling, present “The best stats you’ve ever seen” at TED:

Managing your digital footprint

11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints is an interesting read from and the advice applies as much to us as adults and teachers as it does to students.

Don’t know what a digital footprint is?

Simply put, a digital footprint is the record or trail left by the things you do online. Your social media activity, the info on your personal website, your browsing history, your online subscriptions, any photo galleries and videos you’ve uploaded — essentially, anything on the Internet with your name on it.

The advice includes the obvious, like using privacy settings in Facebook, to less well-known information about how Google records and uses our search history.

I encourage you to have a read and share the information with your students and others as appropriate.