Always looking…

Over the years I have worked with many teachers who continually look for new and interesting resources to enhance learning experiences for their students. I too now find myself ‘always looking’.
Teachers Pay Teachers is surely worth a look. There are  millions of educators from around the world sharing ideas, resources, insights and what inspires them as teachers.
TpTClick the link below to join TpT and find out for yourself.

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Mobile Video Feedback: When ‘Seeing’ Informs Reflection and Learning

Searching again for information on video feedback to support my decision to use this type of feedback in my lesson preparation… imagine my surprise when I came across this article by course Lecturer, Christopher Dann, (2014).


I resonate with the author, in hoping as teachers progressively use more technology in the classroom, it is the students who will engage in the learning objectives outlined in the Australian curriculum and not in majoring in the use of the gizmos and gadgets of technology.

International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2014




Providing feedback to students using ‘Screencasting’

What is Screencasting? In my quest to find examples of interesting technology to incorporate into my lessons for my ICT Assignment, I came across screencasting. My purpose for using screencast is to provide an interactive and multimodal form of feedback to my Year 2 students.
This form of feedback provides opportunities to apply audio content directly linked to instruction while viewing an individual students work. Additionally writing and/or highlighting can be used to emphasise a particular area. This type of feedback can assist those learners in the class who struggle to comprehend written remarks. One of the reasons I chose it, was the interconnection between the teacher and the student…I am talking directly to them.

Think about how much feedback means to you.


Click on the link ( The Journal of …) to provide interesting reading about screencasting.


Talking with Students through Screencasting: Experimentations with Video Feedback to Improve Student Learning

Riki Thompson, University of Washington Tacoma
Meredith J. Lee, Leeward Community College

The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy 2012


Back to School

Week 1 of any new term seems to take some students quite by surprise and they take the week to settle back into routine, while for others, its ‘get up and go’. Working as a Teacher Aide to students with a variety of disabilities, I find there is a definite mix of attitudes, to coming back to school.

I provide support to eight students in Grade 10, in subjects, English, Science and a Student Leadership Program, six Grade Eight students in English and a further eight in Mathematics. The students have varying disabilities including, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual and Speech Language impairments and learning difficulties. Some well below their grade level. Commencement of new topics is underway and has been met with the expected levels of individual enthusiasm.

All students at my school are now required to bring their own device (BYOD). This has presented a range of issues including:

  • families not able to afford laptops
  • students not charging devices overnight (they are not permitted to charge devices at school) and
  • students experiencing technical difficulties

As we discussed in the Week 1 tutorial, student engagement with ICT can be twofold. From the perspective of the teachers I work with and my peers, keeping students engaged with on task behaviours can be challenging. We often discover students have several windows open on their laptops or tablets, and cannot resist the temptation to flick between these or hide behind the screen (generally located at the back of the classroom) playing their latest ‘go to’ game, even after instruction has been given to close unnecessary sites.

How can this be avoided? Is it the pedagogy? Is it behaviour management? Is it lesson content that needs to be adjusted? Are the needs of the students being met? There could be a multitude of answers. With technology increasingly becoming a common tool used in classrooms, the problem of ‘disengagement’ using ICT poses complications for the quality of teaching and learning to occur.

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My First Blog Post


Welcome to my first blog.
To be honest this is a very ‘new’ experience. Not just writing a blog, but ‘creating’ one. I have read others blogs, but never thought I would create one and actually use it. Quite a surprise. Perhaps if EC3100 ICT & Pedagogy had not existed, I would never have ventured into this new experience.
So here I am, in an ICT subject hoping  to achieve the learning goals set out in the course outline. I know this will be a challenge… and that is also mentioned in the course outline.
However, I feel I wont be alone in my learning and look forward to giving and receiving support guided by the course examiner and my on-line peers.