Sphero in the classroom

Sphero, a robotic ball.  The Sphero is one of the robotic devices in the Digital Technologies Kit that was supplied to Government Primary Schools across Western Australia. The reasons it is one of my favourite robotic devices, and the reasons I recommend using it in the classroom is because it is durable and versatile. Sphero is not just a robotic ball that can be coded, there are so many other [...]

Class VR Kit – Virtually Disrupting ‘Real World Application’ in Learning Design

With 8 headsets, a portal and an app the Class VR kit provides a measured mode of delivering Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) learning tasks in the classroom. The VR library groups collections into learning areas and topics and is growing rapidly. For me it provides a powerful insight into HaSS and Science topics in particular. In terms of skills, the collections provides ample opportunities to develop empathy, [...]

Socrative has upgraded!

I have never made a secret of the fact that I love using Socrative in class.  Whether you are super organised, and want to run a quick quiz to collect some data, or you just want to run a couple of quick activities to check understanding within your class, Socrative has always made it easy to do so. The latest upgrade appears to be more cosmetic than anything.  The welcome screen [...]

More on HaikuDeck

A while ago I posted this article on HaikuDeck, in which I talked about some of my favourite features of this slick presentation app for iPads. I recently came across this blog post on HaikuDeck's own site.  In honour of National Teacher's Day recently, the good folks at HaikuDeck put together a cheatsheet for all we teachers. I really like the way they have approached the article from both a practical [...]

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Taking Control of our Email

Happy New Year!  As the first post of the year, I'm going to capitalise on two things.  The first is how fresh our memories of Christmas lunch or dinner are, and the second is the openness to forming resolutions characteristic of January. But first, let's talk turkey.  (I promise I'm going somewhere useful with this!)  My in-laws traditionally celebrate on Christmas Eve, and traditionally can't decide whether they want to embrace [...]

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