Teens to Adults

ipadsThis is heaps of fun, showing adult learners how to use iPads in meaningful ways. Running classes at three Learn Local organisations has been my first, face to face opportunity in this sector.

I’m sort of “blending” my face to face time with online help. Here’s our website.

This new teaching environment has me thinking about Adult Learning Principles and how they compare to the pedagogy I’ve been practicing for over 20 years.

I’m not convinced these Principles are exclusive to adults…far from it.

  • adults are internally motivated and self-directed
  • they like to be respected
  • are practical
  • need to see the relevance of what they are learning
  • are goal oriented
  • have life experiences and prior knowledge

I’ll be back with greater insight at the end of term.

#communityconnect: Using mobile devices to promote higher order thinking skills.

Australia eSeries Community Connect Webinar

Sick of using iPads for skill and drill activities? Are your students using their mobile devices for only word processing and reading eBooks?

In this session I’ll be facilitating a discussion about using mobile devices, such as the iPad, for activities requiring higher order thinking skills.

During the webinar we’ll look at:

  • Blooms Taxonomy and Blooms Digital Taxonomy
  • Writing Learning Objectives suitable for mobile devices
  • Selecting and evaluating apps for applying, analysing, evaluating and creating


WHEN: Thursday 13th June 2013

WHERE: Blackboard Collaborate 

TIME: 8pm Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane, Australia time (GMT+11)

Comparing Tools Part 2: PhotoPeach

During my search for an alternative to Animoto I came across another slideshow tool called PhotoPeach. I prefer it to Animoto as it produces the final product quickly, the images don’t move around as much and it has an added bonus of the quiz. Students using this tool can learn new technical skills to create a presentation that looks and sounds good as well as including text and a quiz to add more information. Peer to peer teaching can be really effective in the classroom.
Students end up producing something that is creative, informative and interactive. I don’t want to sound negative about Animoto, a great tool, but for this task it is really just a modern version of cut and paste.
A change in pedagogy isn’t about using any technology for the sake of it, but making sure we use the best tool we can find to encourage our students to create, collaborate and communicate. We don’t need to reinvent the whole curriculum either. There are so many tools available for us to modify most of the activities we already do in our classrooms.


PhotoPeach also provides the option of presenting your pics in a spiral, but without text or the quiz.


A or B?

Are teachers doing A, B or a blend of both?

To gain an Enter Score, students in VCE need to memorize and reproduce the information given to them by their teachers.

In years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students are required to undergo NAPLAN testing for literacy and numeracy. The results are then used to compare similar schools on the My Schools website.

Teachers are required to deliver the VELS curriculum, for prep to year 10, based on national and international research about how students learn.

Now educators are preparing to embrace the prep to year 12 National Curriculum which will not be fully implemented for several years.

It seems that in Victorian schools at present, educators have many pressures on them. There are many changes happening but the delivery of knowledge, to be recalled via testing, is still very much a part of our education system.

This cartoon, illustrating pedagogical change, was produced in 2004. Having read about 21st Century pedagogy this week, I’m thinking that classroom “C” needs to be added.

So, am I an A or B teacher…..well, it’s a blend of both for now. What’s happening in your school?



Thankyou to Jackie Gerstein for including this cartoon in her Wiki.