App Review: WordFoto

Technology
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Another app I love. It’s designed for iPhone but works on iPad and I think some iPods too. It’s very simple, but beautiful things can be done. All you do is open a picture in the app and choose or add a set of words. Then you get the fun bit, changing fonts, styles and […]

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Alternatives to Spelling Tests

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Yes, spelling or at least vocabulary is important. But spelling tests are deadly dull and have no educational value – all they do is tell you which kids got the letters in the right order in that particular contrived circumstance. They don’t teach anything themselves except panic. I do think there are circumstances where rote […]

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Back to School (for teachers, not students)

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I know some states have already started, but the NT goes back on Monday. I thought I’d put together a little checklist of things that will help in the first few weeks, especially if you are new to teaching or in a new school. School things Most schools have a handbook which is not something […]

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I can haz critical literacy?

Technology

Because right now, we don’t. In fact most of us are still trying to work out what literacy in the information age actually is, let alone practice it or especially teach it. The first step is to accept that this is truly a different world to the one you grew up in. It’s not just […]

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My Special Needs Chick Can Fly

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No, that’s not a euphemism. I have an actual chick, hatched from an actual egg, that has a few ‘issues.’ He (I have no idea, we just call it he) has one enormous eye – it appears the eye has either popped out of the socket or the socket never formed properly. I assumed he […]

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Challenging Behaviours

Classroom Management
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You can’t extinguish a behaviour. Can’t be done. Behaviours can only be replaced, not extinguished. And if you think for a moment it’s very obvious – if they aren’t doing whatever the problem is, they must be doing something instead. Even staring at the wall is doing something. Unfortunately, too many behaviour management plans focus […]

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Inertia in Education

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Teaching is an incredibly conservative profession. These are people’s children you have in your care and parents have this little habit of being hypercritical of whoever is responsible for their kids. Twenty-nine of your families may love your spiked pink hair and tattoo sleeve, but if one doesn’t you could be in for a rough […]

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The Australian National Curriculum (with programming summary)

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It turns out I was wrong with my guess of how it would all work out. I’ve deleted the incorrect parts of this post and suggest you look at the updated series I’m slowly trying to put together. Australia finally has a national curriculum after about fifteen years of trying. It’s still being phased in but […]

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Teachers and Google +

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Google plus is the new kid on the social media block and it’s growing explosively. However numbers of users only tells a small part of the story, as many of those users only joined up to check it out. Even the ones who like it are still fitting it into their routine and finding a […]

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Five Ways to use Twitter for Lessons (especially in communities)

Technology

Part three of my list on why Territory (and other) teachers need to use Social Media. Seeing part of my aim is to get more Territory teachers using social media I’m going to keep talking about communities, because that’s where a lot of kids in the Territory live. And when you are isolated in a two […]

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