Noelene Callaghan

Noelene Callaghan

Noelene Callaghan is the Coordinator or Technology at Rooty Hill High School, NSW, Australia: "My greatest inspiration is enabling students who reside in a low SES area access to technology that they would not normally have. I support BYOD and the notion of sharing skills that can be transferred from home to the school and across curriculum. 'Technology is not the driver of education. Education and passion drives technology'."

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4 Reasons to Join the Microsoft Educator Community

 

Be a Part of Something Big-4 Reasons to Join the Microsoft Educator Community

You visited us at the Microsoft Educator Network and we want to invite you to come join us over at our new home, the Microsoft Educator Community. Join a global community of educators and gain access to free professional development, lesson plans, discussion groups, digital badges and more. Educators keep coming back to this ever-growing community. Whether it’s to learn tricks for using OneNote in the Classroom, or to participate in Skype in the Classroom activities, there is something for every educator.… Visit the author's original post

App Review – Classroom

Finding an LMS that suits your class can be difficult and time consuming. Moreover it can be confusing to students if we switch from one to another mid-term. Google Classroom is a great online LMS that is suitable for all students of any age that allows them to access and submit their classwork. Available as an app on both android and iOS (for free) permits Google Classroom to be accessed anywhere at anytime. What makes this a great teaching and learning app is that it provides its users with notifications so that both teachers and students know of any announcements being made so everyone is kept in the loop all the time.… Visit the author's original post

How do I use Infographics?

Asking for new and innovative ways of receiving assessment tasks for students can be a little tricky and with 30 students submitting powerpoint presentations for every assignment, it is easy for students to use the same creative decisions that they continuously make when using animations and transitions. Using new tools such as infographics allows students to create data based posters that are both informative and creative.

 

What is an infographic?

An infographic is [a visual representation of information or data, e.g.… Visit the author's original post

BYOD – after implementation

What the concerns, the obstacles, the myths?

 

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. A pedagogical practice that many schools have integrated. Albeit that many schools are at different stages of implementing this new technological program to support 21st century learning in their own schools, they have all overcome similar obstacles and experiences that schools whom are about to implement BYOD could learn from. Overall, BYOD in Australian high schools has been highly successful. Those schools whom have implemented it, are continuing their programs with few refinements.… Visit the author's original post

Using Robotics in the Classroom

The use of robotics is becoming a key resource that is being used in classrooms from K-12. No longer is this subject area limited to just Stage 4 students as the new curriculum allows its integration into numerous teaching and learning activities in all stages. Using robotics is more than simply just building a moving toy whilst having a lot of fun. Using robotics permits data computation which means that students can use coding techniques based on how they would like the robot to move.… Visit the author's original post

App Review – Snapchat

As ironic as it sounds, Snapchat is one of the fastest growing app being used by teenagers and it is for this reason that schools are jumping on board to use it as a means of communicating with their students. High schools in particular are using Snapchat to converse with their students in determining what activities their students would like to participate in as well as well as gaining more feedback about certain school events such as the Athletics Carnival, Harmony Day and even the school play.… Visit the author's original post

Exploring with VR

Virtual Reality is quickly becoming a tool that individuals are enjoying for leisure use and businesses are using professionally (in-house and as a professional development tool). Within education, Virtual Reality is taking the classroom experience to a whole new level.

 

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

The technical definition of VR is that it is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment.… Visit the author's original post

How do I introduce a Digital Curriculum to my students?

With an emphasis on BYOD and meeting the ICT National Capabilities, may teachers are now dreading the mammoth task of digitalizing their resources and more critically, modifying the way in which they deliver content to maximize learning in their classroom.

 

This entire process is actually not difficult however it may add some time to your planning to get it right until you get into the groove. The first thing to do is start. By adding one technological tool into your lessons a day, you will soon build a library of technological tools that you can use on an ongoing basis.… Visit the author's original post

FotoRus – Photo Editor Pro

With more students getting online and using either an LMS or a cloud based website to complete their school work or home work, it is imperative that students have a selfie on their account that they are confident to showing their friends and classmates. A great activity for students is to take the selfie and then alter the photograph using an App such as FotoRus - Photo Editor Pro. This free app that can be downloaded on Android and iOS allows students to manipulate pictures without the complexities that Photoshop and other tools offer.… Visit the author's original post

How do I introduce a Digital Curriculum to my students?

With an emphasis on BYOD and meeting the ICT National Capabilities, may teachers are now dreading the mammoth task of digitalizing their resources and more critically, modifying the way in which they deliver content to maximize learning in their classroom.

 

This entire process is actually not difficult however it may add some time to your planning to get it right until you get into the groove. The first thing to do is start. By adding one technological tool into your lessons a day, you will soon build a library of technological tools that you can use on an ongoing basis.… Visit the author's original post

Exploring with VR

Virtual Reality is quickly becoming a tool that individuals are enjoying for leisure use and businesses are using professionally (in-house and as a professional development tool). Within education, Virtual Reality is taking the classroom experience to a whole new level.

 

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

The technical definition of VR is that it is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment.… Visit the author's original post

Increasing the Literacy of Stage 6 Students

As teachers, we all spend a great amount of time teaching and reiterating the key concepts of literacy to our students. Regardless of the subject matter that we teach or the age or learning ability of our students, learning literacy is critical to brain development and overall educational success.


 

I have seen many primary teachers spend countless hours teaching young children components of literacy, key terminology and encourage them to practice those techniques over and over again until they are mastered.… Visit the author's original post

Keeping Afresh with Tech

Term 1, 2016 marks a new start for many teachers, including myself as I continue my teaching career at a new Western Sydney high school. Beginning or resuming teaching in a new school can be quite daunting particularly in the space of technology.

 

 

Investigate, plan and share to successfully teach with technology.

 

Many schools are implementing BYOD programs that require all or a huge group of students to use their own computing devices to complete their classwork, which then places a demand on teachers to also use a device as their teaching resource.… Visit the author's original post

ABC iview. An App Review

Teachers often want their students to complete a module of work independently and are then hit with obstacles when they would like their students to watch a clip on YouTube but it is blocked for students, so the class must watch the clip together (and usually, just the one time).


ABC iview have a great collection of videos/clips that are not blocked by the DoE which allows students to watch them independently and as many times as they need to, so that they obtain a full understanding of the content.… Visit the author's original post

How to introduce Blended Learning into your classroom?

There has been much debate lately of how much technology in the classroom is too much technology and at what point does it become unproductive. Unless students are only using technology and devices to play games, they will always learn something skillfully and/or cognitively.


As many schools move towards using Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and putting an emphasis on using digital resources in the classroom, it is pivotal that Blended Learning pedagogies are used to maximise the learning of all students, and not those that are advantaged (technologically) outside of the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Starting all over again

 

This year I have commenced working in a new school and as a result all of the technological platforms that i created and embedded and fully utilised with my students at my last school are left with that school (as they were created with a school account and cannot be transferred to another school) and thus i must start all over again.

 

I dont see this as a burden but as an opportunity to perfect my practices and pedagogies.… Visit the author's original post

In Australia, Minecraft, Kangaroos, and E-Portfolios

6:00 a.m.

 

It’s 6 am and the alarm on my mobile phone is playing the most horrific sound. I reluctantly pick up my phone, let my  Fitbit  app know that I am awake and check how disruptive my sleep was. I check my emails to see if anything “urgent” was sent to me (nothing was...it's all online shopping opportunities). I check Facebook to see if anything remotely exciting has happened to my friends, check the notifications on my Twitter account, and check Instagram to see what my daughter has uploaded after I told her “lights out” the night before.… Visit the author's original post

The work of 7E TAS

My 7E TAS class have been working tirelessly this semester in designing their dream homes using a Project Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy. Students learned how to incorporate the Design process to design their house. Students needed to consider the location of where to build their house, what resources are available there to build the house, considerations of natural disasters and climate.

 

Students then designed their house using CAD software - Google Sketchup. Once this was complete, students would build their house in Minecraft Edu to determine if their designs are feasible.… Visit the author's original post

"The room that was"

The journey of converting of a traditional classroom that has been set up as a computer laboratory a mere 20 years ago into an innovative 21st century learning space is nothing but epic. I have been reading quite a lot of material in regards to how redesigning classrooms can lead to a boost of student retention, engagement and learning (as per the article below), so I set out (with the executive staff at my school) to begin my own journey.

I was determined to set myself on a journey of converting this standard classroom with 20 desktop computers (and 10 very old laptops) into a place where students can move around, create, collaborate and showcase their work.… Visit the author's original post

How to introduce Blended Learning into your classroom?

There has been much debate lately of how much technology in the classroom is too much technology and at what point does it become unproductive. Unless students are only using technology and devices to play games, they will always learn something skillfully and/or cognitively.


As many schools move towards using Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and putting an emphasis on using digital resources in the classroom, it is pivotal that Blended Learning pedagogies are used to maximise the learning of all students, and not those that are advantaged (technologically) outside of the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Cheat Sheet: How to maximise using Google Apps For Education (GAFE) in the classroom?

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is one of the more popular platforms that schools are integrating as part of their digital curriculum. Ensuring teachers are aware of all of the tool available and have sufficient professional development to be able to use them with their students to enhance their teaching and learning opportunities. GAFE is a cloud based computing option that is inexpensive for schools to implement. More importantly, it can be used on any type of device that has Google Chrome installed on it thus supporting the technological hardware platform of the school.… Visit the author's original post

The Latest Updates to Google Classroom

There have been several exciting updates to Google Classroom over the last few weeks.


Google classroom Updates:

Google Calendar: Each class has a calendar, and work with a due date is automatically added to the calendar. Teachers and students can view the calendar in Classroom, or in Google Calendar on their computers and mobile devices.


Share to Classroom with Chrome: Students and teachers can use the Share to Classroom Chrome extension to share web content to to their classes. Teachers can use the extension to instantly push web pages to all students in a class, or create an assignment or announcement in Classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Ngurrara – Australian Aboriginal Interactive Storybook

This truly amazing app details a Dreamtime story about the Ngarluma people in both English and in the Ngarluma language. This free iOS app is suitable for students of any ages and is an excellent way to engage students in learning about Aboriginal education in a digital format. This app not only supports the learning of Aboriginal culture and history, but gives all users the ability to learn indigenous linguistics with the capability of creating a unique piece of work using the information in this Dreamtime Story.… Visit the author's original post

How to maximise using Google Apps For Education (GAFE) in the classroom?

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is one of the more popular platforms that schools are integrating as part of their digital curriculum. Ensuring teachers are aware of all of the tool available and have sufficient professional development to be able to use them with their students to enhance their teaching and learning opportunities. GAFE is a cloud based computing option that is inexpensive for schools to implement. More importantly, it can be used on any type of device that has Google Chrome installed on it thus supporting the technological hardware platform of the school.… Visit the author's original post

How can I use Skype in my classroom?

Skype is renowned for connecting people globally to communicate via video conferencing mainly for personal reasons. However, Skype has launched ‘Skype in the Classroom’ which is aimed at all schools (regardless of Stage) that connects classrooms from all over the world.

 

Skype in the Classroom enables students and teachers to communicate with others using various functions and tools which are all offered by Skype.

 

Collaboration Tool
Skype in the Classroom is not solely aimed at students. It also provides teachers with the opportunities to connect with other teachers to participate in professional learning activities.… Visit the author's original post

How to create digital resources for Aboriginal Education?

The inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures is now a recognised part of the Australian Curriculum. As stated by ACARA;

 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority provides the opportunity for all young Australians to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, deep knowledge traditions and holistic world views. This knowledge and understanding will enrich all learners’ ability to participate positively in the ongoing development of Australia through a deepening knowledge and connection with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.Visit the author's original post