Gotta Go Stand Up and Be A Teacher: 50 Things Pre-Service Teachers Should Know

Recently in a discussion with first year undergraduate Pre-Service Teachers' (PSTs) the situation of placement came up. In particular we discussed the things they wished they had known prior to going on placement in a school or educational setting. In retrospect reflecting on these things was easier now, as at the beginning of the year …

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Making your move in a Collaboration: Tips to enhance your team to gel

Collaborations in learning and teaching are very common. We can consider them to be a part of the learning environment from the perspective of both being a teacher and a learner. Common scenarios include: TEACHER: a. Planning for curriculum in teams b. Collaborating to seek funding c. Collaborations on a project that is design dot …

Digital Education Revolution: What does this vision look like?

In Australia, there is the Digital Education Revolution (DER) Strategy introduced in July 2009 paralleled with The Statements of Learning for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) from 2006. One is a national approach to implement systemic change to increase the level of ICT proficiency for teachers and school leaders across Australia, while the later provides …

Mobile Digital Technology in learning: Enhancing mobile learning for anywhere anytime engagement

In a blog post, Chris Dede, a professor in learning technologies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, advocates the use of mobile devices in education. The devices, which allow students to learn any time and anywhere, expand instructional time beyond the classroom and the teacher and help increase students' motivation to learn, Dede writes: 1. …

Hottest 5: What are your Top Five learning and teaching strategies?

At this time of the year the Australian radio station TripleJ have just run a competition to nominate your hottest ten soundtracks of the previous year in order to compile the Hottest 100 songs of the year. The countdown features for Australia Day airplay and reconnections and highlights are shared in the months proceeding. This got …

Mountain bike riding and online learning communities: Parallels of skills and participation

It has what? [insert raised eye brows] What on earth are you thinking Narelle? [insert shaking of head] How can an active sport have parallels to something we do mostly sitting down? Really? [insert high pitch voice] I can hear you saying these things (and well a few people already have when I ran the …