I’m back…and still a macgirl

This blog has been around for rather a long time. I believe I started it nearly 8 years ago which, in internet years, makes it at least 25. However it hasn’t held the allure in recent years and I have been pondering why. I still love writing and am a lot more prolific on my running blog. I still love teaching and learning, both within and beyond my classroom walls. For some reason, the spark doesn’t seem to carry through to writing about it once I’m at home. And there are lots of reasons for that – some simple and some a lot more complex. Perhaps they should become blog posts of their own. But I digress.

Aspects of my teaching have been revitalised recently by my new purchase – an iPad pro. While I might (thanks to Department policy) be limited to using a PC during school hours, I really am still draw to Apple and am a macgirl at heart. My new toy is proving this, especially with the addition of an apple pencil which has been a complete game changer. Despite only having had it for a short time, I’m lost without it. Whether I’m at PD, in a meeting, in front of the class or sitting next to a student having a conference, it’s given me a huge range of options I didn’t have before. I promise to elaborate soon – I’m brewing a blog post about how I’m using my iPad to turbo boost assessment and record keeping in my classroom and will publish soon. For tonight, I just wanted to put it out there that, while I didn’t go away, I’m well and truly back. And absolutely still a macgirl 🍎.

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Digital dandelions: Exploring and interacting with diverse digital texts in primary classrooms

I’m presenting today at the ALEA conference in Brisbane on the topic of using digital texts in primary classrooms. If you’re interested, here is the Prezi and supporting notes that go along with the presentation. A proper blog post will definitely follow 🙂

Prezi

 

List of digital texts that could be used in primary classrooms

iPads – our journey begins

My own, personal journey with an iPad began in January in New York. I was convinced for a long time that I didn’t really need one and wouldn’t really use one. However I’m now quite attached and have found lots of ways that it has helped me, particularly in streamlining some of the admin through my use of Evernote.

It also opened my eyes to the possibilities that this piece of technology could open up in our classrooms. Despite the ‘macgirl’ tag, I’m not exclusively apple and want to promote the idea of ‘one to many’ devices at school, not limiting our students to one flavour of technology. We already have laptops or netbooks in all classrooms so, rather than adding more of the same, we chose to bring iPads into the school recently to provide more choices and tools for students.

So far, so good. The iPads have been released into classrooms this week and have, as expected, been well received by students and teachers. While encouraging play, I’ve also written an app guide to let teachers know what is available on the iPads and suggestions for use to help with their planning. I’m sure I’ll blog more as the journey continues – looking forward to Slide2Learn in a couple of weeks to further challenge me and harvest more ideas 🙂