Possum Magic – Embedding Technology in Deep learning.


A great learning experience for students at Pallara State School. The project involves monitor possum activity using 24 hour surveillance cameras linked to their classroom computers. The children learn Science, Biology and Maths content through this project. The children are unaware of how much learning they are participating in because they are having fun.

Check out the video – link above.



Constructing & Transforming Knowledge for Year One English

I am using the Australian Curriculum. “In 2014, The Australian Curriculum is being implemented in all states and territories of Australia.” (ACARA, 2014).

I have chose the English strand. English is one of my least favorite subjects to teach, so I thought I would get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with this unit.

I have chosen year 1 because I am confident teaching in the younger years and am hoping for a year one class for professional experience.


Constructing Knowledge

Discuss how authors create characters using language and images(ACELT1581)


Transforming Knowledge

Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams (ACELY1661)

Online resources for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with students

What a great find Jacinta! Crackerjack Education is a great website for educators. The site help educators understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and provides some wonderful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources.


Whilst searching Scootle for teaching ideas and resources for my next assignment which includes planning a unit of teaching for 5 weeks, I came across a great website that I thought I would share for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources. Crackerjack Education is an online tool of interactive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources for teachers, parents and educators. I have been involved with Nola Turner Jensen who is the founder of Crackerjack Education in my work in Early Childhood services but I didn’t even connect that their website would be great for my studies as well as searching teaching resources. I have seen the Culture Rocks kits and they are fantastic. They help educators/teachers confidently teach traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture without the worry of ‘Am I teaching this correctly’? I find there is a lot of uncertainty when teaching the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture…

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Kid Safe Google Search

While on the search for teacher blogs, I found a post on Kid Safe Internet searching. The blog is from a teacher of year 4 and 5 students. The project was for students to compare kid safe search engines.

I didn’t even know there was such a this as kid safe search engines. I took such an interest in checking out the different sites because of a incident that happened to my next door neighbors children. When the kids were searching the popular Loom Band YouTube tutorials, mum just so happen to walk by to hear a video that did not sound like a Loom bracelet tutorial. She quickly turned the inappropriate video off. A bit off track but the point of the story is that it is very easy for children to accidentally click on a pop up or incorrect or inappropriate site.

A great idea having kid safe search engines. My favorite is Kid Rex. The site comes up with a cheeky red crayon drawing “opps! Try again”  if something inappropriate is typed in.Kid Rex

Find a Teacher

Sadly this is not a recent blog as the teacher has not posted in the past 6 months. However I still chose to share the blog mostly because I recognised the school uniform (I use to teach at the Childcare down the road) and there were to many great resources not to share.

playing in prep is a blog from a QLD Prep Teacher. She shares lots of images of art works, information on the importance of play, and photos of the children’s learning.  Viewing the learning journeys you can really see how involved in the class the teacher is and how play is valued in the prep environment. A blog is a great way to share the children learning with the families.

So many great teaching resources and ideas.

Why use ICT’s to enhance student’s learning


Why am I going to be using ICTs to enhance students learning


well here is my mind map of why I am going to use ICT’s to enhance student’s learning.  Thanks Alisia for the link to the article 13 reasons to use Educational Technologies in lessons.  I used an iPad app called SimpleMind to create my mind map, but I believe you can also use this app on your desktop – and it makes it easy to swap between devices.

I think that ICT plays a massive part in education today and in particular in the classroom.  The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) encourage the use of ICTs across all areas of the curriculum (ICT as a general capability) as well as the Technologies strand. So they value the importance of ICT to enhance education.


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