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Finding an Authentic Goal for Your PBL Classroom | Edutopia “PBL is focused on helping solve the problems around us. e-NABLE has definitely tapped into something, but it doesn’t need to be the charity that you focus your classroom on.Teachers have a role to play in helping students ask the questions to discover what those needs are. This process of inquiry should be the initial part of any PBL unit”
Welcome to Quick Rubric – Free, Fast, and Easy to Use!  A tool that helps you create and print assessment rubrics. You can customize point values, definitions of good performance, rows and columns, then print the rubrics for distribution. The site also offers tips for writing a strong rubric. Also privacy note: Quick Rubric collects personal information from educators who create accounts. Students do not need to create accounts.
Photos For Class – The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class! A search engine for Creative-Commons-licensed photos for students to use in class or on their homework. Students can download and repurpose any photo they find, and the images come with appropriate attributions. The search also filters out inappropriate images.
WeAreTeachers – Get Lesson Plans – Teacher Grants – Teaching Resources and More This site offers a lot of free, printable lessons, PD resources, decorations, lists and blog posts, along with info on grants and contests. Subjects range from financial literacy to social emotional learning.
101 Educators to Follow on Twitter | @TeacherToolkit This is a list of educators who use Twitter to share their ideas and expertise with others. “They are not teachers, but educators in various sectors and countries, curated from those whom the author has been interacting with online for up to 8 years; some people they have met and have developed professional relationships with.
[3874] 7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding A podcast that is useful to listen to as it offers ideas and tips for teachers and it is not too long. “Though many teachers have no interest in coding, demand for the subject is growing rapidly. Increasingly, teachers are being asked to teach elements of coding in their content areas. Our guest offers some simple tips to help teachers get on board.”
Reflective Practice- Are you Doing it? | An Ethical Island “Reflective practice occurs when teachers step back and evaluate the learning environment. The teacher looks at himself or herself. They ask, “How can this be better?” They identify what went right or wrong. It occurs both during the learning events and after.”
Instead of Handouts – Google Keep – Teacher Tech A Google option that allows you an easy way to go paperless.
Math Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt – Teacher Tech “A fun way for students to learn math vocabulary is to ask them to go on a vocabulary scavenger hunt. Students go out on campus and take pictures that represent the “math in the wild.”” It could be adapted for use across many learning areas
My Lesson Plan Template – Teacher Tech “I teach pre-service teachers. Part of my class is their first lesson plan ever. Unlike most of the lessons my students experienced as K12 students, their lesson plans need to include Common Core standards, SAMR model, students using technology, Digital Citizenship and identifying DOK levels. The lesson plan template I provide the students is really long, I would not expect them to fill it out more than this one time. The idea is to get them thinking about elements of a lesson plan that they possibly would not naturally include since they do not have any experience with lesson planning.”
To-Do List Competition: Level UP – Teacher Tech “A Google spreadsheet to keep track of all the assignments due during the semester. Each person who voluntarily wanted to participate created a column for themselves to check off when they have completed a task. This was helpful, but after adding a gamification element to the to-do list it really got fun. “
Why a Brochure? – Teacher Tech Links to template but many ideas for better student creation listed
CS Teaching Tips: A project funded by the NSF (Grant # 1339404) 10 posters with Teaching Tips for teaching Computer Science focussing on a number of areas including reducing bias, assessment, seeking help, pair programming, scratch and more. ach is linked to the tip sheet and helpful video.

Photos for Class: Helping students find images

Another lesson assisting Year 7 students with their research and trying to get them to find and properly  attribute the images they want to use in their final presentation. They understand about copyright and creative commons but many are always looking for the quickest/easiest way to find something. We have had a few teaching moments about fair use of the internet resources using Google advanced search, CCsearch , Flickr advanced search or Flickr Storm, MorgueFileStockVault.net, and Photl.com (Free options may soon be available) etc. letting the boys explore the options. I have also used a nice little tool ImageCodr.org to attach Flickr images to my online resources and shown the boys how easy it is to use. Lately I have been showing the boys Photos for class. I read about it at the end of last year and it offers that easy access to appropriate images. This means that the students can spend their time creating rather than finding.

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This is a search engine that searches the Flickr site for photographs that have Creative Commons licenses so students can use in class or on their homework. Once you have found images you like you can visit the Flickr original or download and reuse.

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When downloaded, the images come with appropriate attributions. This saves the boys from having to add this information themselves and so saves them time and makes it very easy, making it more likely that the information is included.

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Also useful is that the search filters out inappropriate images. If there is something that you have an issue with you can report it.

There is a guide about how they filter and how the citations  are organised.

The Photos For Class site “makes it as easy as possible to properly attribute photos, especially for printed or presented materials so that there is no worry about plagiarism or stolen work.”

When you click download a watermarked image is automatically generated. It contains the following:

  • Name of the author
  • Name of the photograph
  • A link to the original photo
  • The name and type of license along with a link to read it

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 Public Domain Poems – Selected Public Domain Poetry from the Great Public Domain Poets – Yeats, Shelley, Whitman, Frost,Tennyson,Wilde, Browning, Hardy and many more! This is a great place for students to explore the works of favorite poets, from Oscar Wilde to Percy Shelley. All of the poems are in the public domain and are open and accessible for classrooms. The Poetry Foundation also features an immense collection of more than 12,000 poems that are searchable by topic, occasion, author, etc.
4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise | Edutopia ” The classroom writing process involves: Brainstorming (Think About It) Drafting (Getting It Down). Revising (Making It Better). Editing (Making It Right). Publishing (Sharing It!). At the beginning of the writing process, I have had students write silently. For it to be successful, in my experience, students need plenty of topics handy (self-generated, or a list of topics, questions, and prompts provided). Silent writing is a wonderful, focused activity for the brainstorming and drafting stage of the writing process. I also think it’s important that the teacher write during this time, as well (model, model, model). However, when it comes to revising, and later, editing, I think peer interaction is necessary. Students need to, for example, “rehearse” words, phrases, introductions, and thesis statements with each other during the revision stage”
10 Things You Need to Know to Develop a Growth Mindset“Some suggestions you could follow to develop a growth mindset. It will help you to look at situations and problems from a new perspective.”
5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students | Cult of Pedagogy  “This blog post offers a ways of diagnosing a problem many teachers struggle with. What we perceive to be reduced student motivation may be, in part, be caused by our decisions. This post looks 5 questions to help use turn this around.”
Teaching Geography – A Unit on Liveability for 5/6/7Australian Curriculum Lessons “Summary of Unit: Students will explore features of a range of countries and the factors that influence where and how people live. Students will investigate the inquiry question: ‘How liveable is Australia?’ Students will compare life in another country and will choose from Europe, North America, Asia and Europe. Throughout the inquiry students will be collecting a variety of data and information, recording and representing data with the focus of maps, tables, charts and graphs”
10 Teacher Tools to “Techify” Your Classroom – Learn2Earn Blog “Thereis a vast array of technology tools that can be used in the classroom to increase student engagement. Sometimes, however, the world of educational technology can seem daunting and extremely overwhelming. The list of of teacher tools listed here will hlp to “techify” your lessons one step at a time. Each one has the potential to enhance your classroom biome and get students excited about your content.

How Minecraft could help teach chemistry “Minecraft is more than just a game and used carefully it can also be a powerful educational tool. It allows young people to create and explore places that are completely inaccessible by other means. Within the blocky world, they can roam around historical sites, delve into the geology beneath their feet or fly through the chambers of a heart, and much more besides.

The rich resources of these virtual worlds, coupled with the educational version of the game, allow teachers to immerse young people in a comfortable but exciting learning environment. Minecraft has the ability to bring just about any conceivable structure to the classroom, and beyond.
Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job — The Message — Medium “It’s about preserving our digital history, which as we know now, is as easy to delete as 15 years of GeoCities.We can’t expect for-profit corporations to care about the past, but we can support the independent, nonprofit organizations that do.”

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators “Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. This handy tool has opened up the doors of blended learning and collaborative classrooms like never before. Teachers wanting to implement Google Classroom can use these resources to get started, level up their learning, or become a pro at all things Google. Vicki Davis spent several weeks combing through resources and has picked some of her favorites.”

Part 3: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Process | 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning “The focus of the post is on Differentiated learning using writing technology tools. The author sees this as multiple concepts. One dealing with the actual writing process and the others provide tools and resources for  various writing opportunities  and student engagement”
graphite | The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning A free service from the terrific Common Sense Education site that makes it easy to discover the best apps, games, and websites for classroom use. There are many reviews of tools such as Edmodo, Kahoot, ClassDojo, and LightSail put up by educators. Assists in finding the best edtech tools by providing reviews written by teachers in the classroom and experts in the field. “On Graphite, you can learn best practices for teaching and connecting with our growing community of educators.”

How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life | MindShift | KQED News Great practical (hands-on) approach to teaching maths concepts

These Two Buttons in Google Drive Will Help Keep You Organized | The Gooru “To help locate files more quickly, Google has relocated two buttons in Drive to help you organize your files and avoid spending time searching for a document. These buttons will appear when you are in Shared with me, Recent, Starred, or looking at Search results in Drive. When you select a document in one of these views, the below bar will appear at the top of your Drive page.”

5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship | Edutopia A good range of options if you are looking for short videos/films as entry points to discuss digital citizenship with students.
20 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Social Media Images “An annotated list of some free stock photo sites whose images fall under CC0 license.”
Good Free Photos – Free Public Domain Stock Photos Many unique public domain photos.
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Inspirational Quote by rhondda.p, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License   by  rhondda.p 
 Moving Students From Digital Citizenship To Digital Leadership “The idea behind the shift? A kind of empathy–moving beyond see one’s self, and moving towards seeing one’s self in the physical and digital company of others. As digital technology and social media become more deeply embedded in our lives, and more nuanced in their function, this is a shift whose time has come.”
Starting a makerspace with (virtually) no budget | AHS Makerspace A lot of great links o all things Makerspace
10 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Google Could Do – Techews.com An interesting list of some leeser known aspects of Google
Teach Writing Skills: Powerful Prompts for Student Writing“You can teach writing skills with powerful multimedia based prompts and ideas, a global audience, and easy to use tools. John Spencer has the data to show that kids write more using this method.”
Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started | The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | MindShift | KQED News Game-based learing is becoming more normalised in schools. Games can be a useful tool for teachers for teachers to use in a variety of ways. “Games provide a different approach to developing metacognitive skills through persistent self-reflection and iteration of particular skill sets. Games offer experiential contextualized learning through virtual simulation. Games can also offer an especially engaging interdisciplinary learning space.”
Scenarios – DigitalCitizenship A great range of scenarios to use with students
Oversharing – Digital Citizenship – YouTube A short video that address the issue of your onine persona “Published on 7 Aug 2014. Think before you post! This unit teaches students about digital citizenship. We offer the top ten to think about before you post to social media platforms. See the full lyrics and lesson plan at http://www.flocabulary.com/oversharing/”
Flocab’s Best of 2015 – YouTube A short video that address the issue of your online persona “Published on 7 Aug 2014. Think before you post! This unit teaches students about digital citizenship. We offer the top ten to think about before you post to social media platforms. See the full lyrics and lesson plan at http://www.flocabulary.com/oversharing/”
Teachers’ Resources The National Archives Lesson Plans section contains incorporates U.S. primary documents and its excellent teaching activities correlate to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government. Lessons are organized by chronological era, from 1754 to the present
Activities | DocsTeach National Archives US Great archival site offering access to primary documents and its excellent teaching activities correlate to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government.
Education – The National Archives Offers access to a large array of resources in a variety of formats
22 Things About Computer Security Everyone Needs to Know From Vicki Davis – “a quick video with the 22 most common mistakes I’ve seen since beginning my work with computers in 1993. This is a beginning video that I also share with my students and their parents.”
5 Games That Teach You How to Code “These Web games are a fun and engaging introduction to the world of programming.”
10 Ways to Win with Windows 10 in the Classroom – Microsoft in Education Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs “Some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students. There are links to more extensive training on using Windows 10 in the classroom in the Quick Tip videos”
Ignore the headlines – computers in classrooms are a good idea, and here’s why | Nesta Good discussion piece. ““Many other potential benefits fall outside of what PISA can measure through the performance of 15 year old students. The fact that this report does not document them does not imply that they do not exist.””
Are School Internet Filters the Forgotten Equity Battleground? | MindShift | KQED News Based on US situation but still applicable to Australian situation. “Despite the increasing emphasis on technology as a learning tool in the classroom, many school districts still aggressively filter the Internet that teachers and students can access. While the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools filter for pornographic images, many districts are over-filtering, blocking sites that can be used positively for education. There are a lot of myths about how tight these required filters must be.”
Education World: Printables, Templates and Worksheets for Teachers Education World’s page shares some other sources for templates. It has a large collection of free templates for forms, documents, letters, and classroom visual aids on their Tools & Templates page. Most are available as word processing documents. You can modify and individualize those before saving or printing them. Some templates (mostly created in PDF format) are designed to be printed and used “as is.” You can make modifications, such as adding a specific name or date, after printing the product.
The Secret to Finding the Best Games for Education – K-12 Tech Decisions “How do these teachers find and then evaluate the games that they use?  The most common way of learning about any educational tools is from peers. While face to face networks are limited by the number of interactions with people in one’s grade, school, or conferences, online professional learning networks have become invaluable.”

For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft | MindShift | KQED News “Getting started with MinecraftEDU can be intimidating for teachers who don’t consider themselves “gamers” and aren’t sure how to harness the engagement and excitement of Minecraft. Luckily, there’s a robust and global Minecraft teacher community to supply tips, support and even lesson plans.

Teachers who already use Minecraft in the classroom love it because of the flexibility it offers – almost any subject can be taught with a little creativity. And like other powerful learning games, well-structured Minecraft lessons give students opportunities to fail and try again, improve their skills, and participate in an immersive environment that aids retention because students can attach the academic concepts to their personal experiences within the game.”
Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions | Edutopia “Putting Students In Charge of Their Learning. Through inquiry, Wildwood works to ignite passion, inspire relevance, and develop ownership in their students. Using student inquiries and questions as guidance, teachers develop lessons that engage and excite, teaching their students to be active thinkers rather than passive learners.”
Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit | Edutopia “This collection of blogs, articles, and videos aims to help educators deploy social-media tools to develop professionally, connect with parents and communities, and engage students in 21st-century learning. By Ashley Cronin, Edutopia. originally published Feb 12, 2013. Updated: Feb 19, 2015”
iPad Classroom Visit Look-Fors | Edutopia Good points about how to gauge classroom usage of technologies. Ideas transferable to notebooks in general.
Relief Teaching IdeasJigsaw Pairs – Relief Teaching Ideas “There are so many things you could do with these! Here’s a few ideas: – lower case/upper case letter matching. – sight words – antonyms – synonyms – math sums – shape names & pictures – analogue/digital time – subject area questions & answers. Blank sheets can be handed out to older kids to make up their own revision questions before a test. After writing the questions & answers on the pairs they cut them out, put the pieces into an envelope & swapped with another student to complete.”
Situating Makerspaces in Schools – Hybrid Pedagogy Good article about Makerspaces (& STEM /STEAM) and schools. The discussion puts perspective into the equation. The authors talk about three values of student learning and empowerment: agency, authenticity, and audience and these are used as a basis for decisions about what happens in classrooms. I like the last few sentences. “Defining making in education in terms of tools, spaces, or disciplines is insufficient. Learning through making is a philosophical approach that can affect classes across the curriculum and schools across the globe. It’s time to change the paradigm.”
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Reading – Graphic for choosing a book

We have spent a lot of time working with students and staff so they have something to read in the school holidays. I have been reading and reviewing some YA fiction on GoodReads as have our student reading group but thought I would also share this infographic I came across the other day. I am also thinking about our kids creating one of their advice infographics. What would they choose.

Note to self: get them to create one for next holidays.

What Do You Feel Like Reading Infographic