ITEC 2014 Interactive Technology in Education Conference

Sydney Opera House

10 July 2014

The ITEC 2014 Conference provided a superb opportunity to focus on the benefits of connecting and collaborating globally in education. To follow are some highlights from the day.

Visual Global Collaboration – Via Skype

Classrooms without Walls

Greg Zorbas, Kenai Central High School and Rob Sparks, Skyview High School Alaska spoke of their experience with connecting classrooms and virtual visits to places using video conference technology. Both were passionate about the positive effects connection had on student interaction and depth of understanding content through interacting with others. They noted that through the use of video conferencing students have a chance to ask questions that a teacher may not think of.

Asia ConneXions Asia ConneXions

Live from Japan and Korea students performed via video conference at the ITEC 2014 conference.

Anyang Shingi Elementary School KScreen Shot 2014-08-04 at 2.10.30 PMorea, Traditional Music ITEC 2014 example 1

Higurashi Elementary School Japan, Traditional Dance ITEC 2014 example 2


“Australian and Asian schools connecting digitally in order to develop cultural and language exchange while fostering understanding between Australian and Asian students and teachers.  Through videoconferencing and online discussions, the school children see each other, talk to each other, and learn about each other. These Asia ConneXions interactions enhance the values and attitudes of Australian and Asian school students.”

Source: http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/school-of-education/teaching-and-learning-projects/asia-connexions

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Learning Across the Curriculum – English

Learning Across the CurriculumThe AISNSW ‘Learning Across the Curriculum – English’ PL day allowed for time to read and pull apart the cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities. The summary pages within the English Syllabus were helpful and provided guidance to embedding each priority in teaching and learning planning – what currently is being covered with our own programs was considered and new opportunities were promoted. What was evident is that the Syllabus is vast, there are amazing learning opportunities and time is required to fully absorb the new curriculum.

A summary of the PL day was created to share with teaching staff at school. Learning Across the Curriculum – English

For more information go to the summary:

LATC English


Feedback PL summary

The Feedback Essentials PL course run by the AIS NSW provided an awareness of learning intent and expectations to assist with feedback.  The course provided practical strategies to use in planning such as WALT, WILF and TIB. We explored different feedback strategies. Attached is a summary presentation created for teachers of the Feed Back Essential course.

Feedback Essentials Summary KMeet 2014


Digital Technologies – Binary Basics

Over the past few weeks I have been involved in an online course ‘Digital Technologies: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Learning Area’ run by the Computer Science Education Research at the University of Adelaide. This week we explored different ways data can be encoded, and how computers represent data. The activity was to share our understanding of the topic and create a video, poster, slide show. I opted for a topic new to me – Binary and decided to give the free trial of Sparkol VideoScibe a go. The process was time consuming, however it helped me organise my thoughts and present a summary of my understanding in a fun and creative way.




IPSHA TL Umbrella Group presentation, March 2014

The following presentation ‘Australian Curriculum Resources and Literature and the Australian Curriculum’ was presented at the IPSHA Teacher Librarian Umbrella Group, 13th March 2014, at Danebank Anglican School for Girls.

Please note that a couple of pages have been removed, the format has slightly changed and there is a double up of words on some slides.

The Literature and the Australian Curriculum presentation was based on some of the Posts related in the Teaching and Learning category within the School Library Owl blog.

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