My Other Blog (weekly)

  • Mashing up Thinglink with Tackk

    tags: thinglink Tackk

  • Pi-Top is a crowd-funding assemble yourself Raspberry Pi laptop

    tags: laptop raspberry pi

  • “A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window.
    It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.
    And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.””

    tags: solar energy solar system solar panel

  • “October 16, 2014
    Exciting news educators – Scratch extensions are now available! We debuted our Scratch 1.4 extension at the ISTE Conference this summer and it was a big hit. We’re now looking forward to seeing what you and your students can do with it (scroll down to find links to the resources you need to get started).”

    tags: scratch arduino

  • This is a really neat slideshow from Jonathan Wylie, ( exploring green screen movie creation using the Do Ink Green Screen app, ( The slides also contain a number of links to demonstrations of green screening as well as some tips on how to do green screening.

    tags: green screen Jonathan Wylie

  • “Librarians consistently struggle with how to cover the concepts they need to teach in a short amount of time instructors allot them, all the while making their instruction engaging and interactive. Some are embracing the flipped (or inverted) classroom method, which turns the traditional teaching approach upside down in order to enhance and expand time with students. Here’s how it works: Instead of a lecture in class and hands-on work at home, instructors assign material to be reviewed ahead of time, allowing for problem-solving activities during class time.”

    tags: Flipped Classroom libraries

  • “In many ways, Flipped is a transitional method for leading teachers towards a more student-centric classroom. For a teacher who has always done direct instruction, Flipped is a great stepping stone in that it can begin by recording lecture and move forward from there. Similarly, with iPads, Jon says that it can be a “subterfuge method” by incorporating iPads. It shows that both teachers and students can become creators. He addresses this more in his blog post, Why You Should Flip Your PLC?”

    tags: Flipped Classroom

  • “BYOT can save schools and governments considerable monies and hassles forever on, while enhancing the quality and appropriateness of the schooling provided. In brief BYOT, and the natural next step, digital normalisation forever removes the onus on the school funding, selecting, maintaining and replacing every student’s rapidly evolving suite of personal digital technologies.”

    tags: BYOT byod

  • The Victorian Government today launched a website allowing users to discover if onshore gas licences cover their property. The website comes as the controversial CSG issue threatens to reshape Victoria’s Parliament at next month’s state election.

    tags: mining victoria

  • “Jay Atwood, a Google Certified Teacher, has created two easy to follow tutorial videos walking through the process of setting up both Doctopus and Goobric. If you are interested in going paperless, viewing your students’ documents as they work, providing more formative feedback, and streamlining your grading and assessments online, check out these tutorials to learn how to use Doctopus and Goobric.”

    tags: doctopus goobric google drive google spreadsheet

  • “Each year we conduct a survey on how educators are using blogs.  Our goal is to document the trends in educational blogging. We started the annual survey because we’re frequently asked for detailed information to help educators: Convince school administrators to allow blogging.
    Understand the benefits of blogging and how blogs are used with students.
    Know more about which blogging platforms are commonly used by educators (and why). Here’s what you told us in 2014!”

    tags: blogging edublogger

  • “The interactive guide looks at the 50 examples of innovative approaches to professional learning and performance and development profiled in the Global Trends in Professional Learning and Performance and Development report.”

    tags: AITSL professional development guide interactive

  • “Welcome back to the final episode of my epic series on the so-called ‘pause’ in global warming. Global warming poses some of the most complex risk management issues known to the human race.”

    tags: global warming climate change Dr Karl abc

  • “Although the guidelines provide some indication as to where curriculum and reporting is heading, they provide little clarity for schools. The one guarantee though is that the dependency of many schools on QuickVic, the free product offered by the Victorian state government, is coming to an end. In a culture of autonomy, the onus is being put back on schools to develop a solution that best fits their needs. For many this means that the current reporting process is open for discussion and with that how and when reports are produced. In search for the next big thing, I started scrolling through the different options out there. Not only for the best program to replace QuickVic, but also the right fit for the school. The three main contenders that initially stood out were: Accelerus, Reporter Pro and Compass.”

    tags: reporting Aaron Davis

  • “The maker movement — think of it as “smart DIY,” a high- and low-tech approach to tinkering that turns users into inventors — is spurring excitement about the power of ingenuity in fields as disparate as robotics and design and agriculture. What can students gain from an approach to education that focuses on so-called maker experiences? Agency by Design (AbD), a multiyear research initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero, is investigating just these questions — chronicling examples of maker-centered learning across the country, gathering thought leaders, and reviewing literature in order to position the trend within a context of best practices.”

    tags: making maker movement makerspaces

  • “Using Google apps such as Google Forms and Google Sheets (spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel) is free and easy. These tools combine to provide and excellent way to receive feedback and even distribute self-graded quizzes.”

    tags: google Google Forms flubaroo

  • “the term Flipped-Learning seems to ignite fiery debate, sometimes it’s even strongly opposed. When analysing the opposition to Flipped-Learning, we find there are three dominant misconceptions. Consequently, these myths result in a habitual debate about whether Flipped-Learning works, when this is no longer a question we need to be asking.”

    tags: Flipped Classroom

  • “More and more teachers are turning to technology when assigning homework. But while e-homework can make out-of-class learning more fun and interactive, research suggests that it might further disadvantage students from low socio-economic families.”

    tags: disadvantage homework

  • Wiki Summarizer could be a good tool for students who are just starting a research assignment and are not quite sure what terms to use or what topics to explore. By using the Wiki Summarizer web view or word cloud view students will be able to find some terms and topics that could help them alter and or direct their searches. In other words, Wiki Summarizer could help students who have a very broad research topic narrow down their searches.
    You can also use the Wikivisualizer pay for service.

    tags: wikipedia research visualization summary

  • “Questions Are the New Answers, with Warren Berger”

    tags: questions questioning questioning techniques Warren Berger inquiry youtube

  • I’m Warren Berger, author and speaker on innovation, and this is my website about questioning and about my new book A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (Bloomsbury, March 2014). I’ve interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask fundamental questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities.

    tags: questions questioning questioning techniques Warren Berger inquiry

  • “Published on 7 Nov 2013
    The book A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2014. Visit to learn more about this nonfiction book and Warren Berger’s journey of inquiry.”

    tags: questions questioning questioning techniques Warren Berger youtube

  • “Published on 11 Aug 2014
    Journalist Warren Berger discusses how thinking in questions can catalyze innovation and reveal more effective answers. The time to adopt this mindset is early and Berger advocates for teaching this skill in primary schools. Berger is the author of A More Beautiful Question “

    tags: questions questioning questioning techniques Warren Berger youtube

  • “If you’re moving away from traditional grades, the single-point rubric is a perfect instrument for delivering specific feedback: The open columns on either side leave plenty of room to comment on exactly what this student needs to do to improve their work, or to pinpoint the ways they have gone above and beyond. And if you’d like to get more student input when creating rubrics, it’s even easier when you only have to craft language for the desired outcome, rather than the missteps.”

    tags: rubric rubrics

  • An infographic on the Internet of Things

    tags: internet of things infographic

  • “A paradox exists between adult learning at conferences and student learning in the classroom. On one hand we talk about students taking ownership of their learning and collaborating with others without the teacher “giving” all the information…yet at conferences, the majority of the time we seem to sit submissively and listen to presenters in a didactic style approach. This was one of the major reasons for bringing the EdTech MasterChef Challenge to the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2014. With colleague Narissa Leung, we facilitated the event to offer an alternative style of professional development for educators at the conference.”

    tags: pd masterchef professional development ACEC2014

  • “You’ll start the challenge on Sunday- come alone or bring friends, but be ready to collaborate! You’ll pick a challenge (see below) and then we’ll give you a set of secret ingredients you will need to include in your solution. You can cook up your solution on the spot, or you can meet with your group later- but be ready to present your final concoction on Wednesday! On Tuesday, we’ll gather together and share our recipes for success in a fast-paced, engaging presentation. To be a part of this event, you will need to plan on attending BOTH Iron Chef sessions- Sunday morning AND Tuesday morning!”

    tags: pd masterchef professional development ACEC2014

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