Andrew Napier

Andrew Napier

Andrew Napier is Head of Gooch House Senior School in Belair (Australia): "I actually love walking into my classroom. As the kids come in we strike up conversation, they enjoy my classes and I enjoy teaching them. What inspires me is the opportunity that I have to guide these students, both academically and pastorally towards becoming young adults who will contribute to society. I love the idea that past students remember me as someone with energy and a love of my subject. I am excited about using ICT in my classroom and experiment with new tools and ideas whenever possible."

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Examining Office Mix

Office Mix has captivated me for some time now and I am constantly experimenting with ways that it can be used as an educational tool. St John’s Grammar in Belair SA has set some pretty rock solid foundations as a 1:1 school, students carrying either a Samsung Slate or a Surface Pro 3 to classes. We use 365 as a learning management tool and students are increasingly comfortable using OneNote as the tool for storing information, writing notes and gaining feedback.… Visit the author's original post

Examining Office Mix

Office Mix has captivated me for some time now and I am constantly experimenting with ways that it can be used as an educational tool. St John’s Grammar in Belair SA has set some pretty rock solid foundations as a 1:1 school, students carrying either a Samsung Slate or a Surface Pro 3 to classes. We use 365 as a learning management tool and students are increasingly comfortable using OneNote as the tool for storing information, writing notes and gaining feedback.… Visit the author's original post

Office Mix Reaches Puberty – A Flipped Classroom With a Twist

Office mix

I am not sure how old you are, but when I was new to being a teenager and going through ‘the change’, there was no such thing as Health and Personal Development at school, and the only teaching about puberty was done by my PE teacher, who already had access to all of the testosterone available. I do remember going to my room one afternoon and finding What’s Happening to Me? (Mayle, 2000) partially hidden by my mother under my Maths homework.… Visit the author's original post

Office Mix Reaches Puberty – A Flipped Classroom With a Twist

Office mix

I am not sure how old you are, but when I was new to being a teenager and going through ‘the change’, there was no such thing as Health and Personal Development at school, and the only teaching about puberty was done by my PE teacher, who already had access to all of the testosterone available. I do remember going to my room one afternoon and finding What’s Happening to Me? (Mayle, 2000) partially hidden by my mother under my Maths homework.… Visit the author's original post

Learning eLearning

There is a transformational shift in education towards pedagogies that require the use of ICT that are engaging and bring the learner face to face with the rest of the world. If you go to any university website, you will always find portals to eLearning areas, where students engage in online learning spaces. These spaces do not negate the value of face to face teaching, but in our rapidly evolving society, learning must be done ad libitum and be made available to the majority who don’t have the time or resources to access face to face educational environments.… Visit the author's original post

Learning eLearning

There is a transformational shift in education towards pedagogies that require the use of ICT that are engaging and bring the learner face to face with the rest of the world. If you go to any university website, you will always find portals to eLearning areas, where students engage in online learning spaces. These spaces do not negate the value of face to face teaching, but in our rapidly evolving society, learning must be done ad libitum and be made available to the majority who don’t have the time or resources to access face to face educational environments.… Visit the author's original post

Who’s Afraid of the Digital Native?

Exploring the divide between the digital literate and the not so literate, and the impact that this has on 21 century learning design, the conclusion is, that there is no such thing as a ‘digital native’, and use of and experiences with ICT vary widely across all generations.

Bennett and Maton (2010) discuss the impact of researchers early in the 21 Century, who coined the term ‘Digital Native’, used to describe the new generation of tech savvy young people who had been immersed in a digital/technology based world from early childhood (Prensky 2001).… Visit the author's original post

Who’s Afraid of the Digital Native?

Exploring the divide between the digital literate and the not so literate, and the impact that this has on 21 century learning design, the conclusion is, that there is no such thing as a ‘digital native’, and use of and experiences with ICT vary widely across all generations.

Bennett and Maton (2010) discuss the impact of researchers early in the 21 Century, who coined the term ‘Digital Native’, used to describe the new generation of tech savvy young people who had been immersed in a digital/technology based world from early childhood (Prensky 2001).… Visit the author's original post

Using OneNote and Skype as Collaborative Tools

OneNote and Skype as collaborative tools in the classroom

When designing learning activities using ICT in my classroom, I aim to achieve 4 phases that the students go through. These phases are Investigation, Collaboration, Creation and Evaluation. Having woken up to the value of OneNote in my teaching I am very keen to employ it as a tool.

The Learning Activity

I have been spending time with my Year 9 Science class, developing strategies to find solutions to issues in our environment.… Visit the author's original post

Using OneNote and Skype as Collaborative Tools

OneNote and Skype as collaborative tools in the classroom

When designing learning activities using ICT in my classroom, I aim to achieve 4 phases that the students go through. These phases are Investigation, Collaboration, Creation and Evaluation. Having woken up to the value of OneNote in my teaching I am very keen to employ it as a tool.

The Learning Activity

I have been spending time with my Year 9 Science class, developing strategies to find solutions to issues in our environment.… Visit the author's original post

How Good is Office mix?

Office mix – From DNA to Workplace Training

Andrew Napier

Having a keen interest in both flipping the classroom and eLearning, I have been working on a number of projects to create Office mixes for my students, my school community and local business. Office mix is a very straight forward tool that can be mastered at a functional level very quickly, and its potential as a learning tool is enormous.

To successfully teach Biology in 2015 demands that the teacher delves into the far reaches of the course content in order to develop in their students a passion for the subject and a strong grasp of the concepts.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote and Skype as collaborative tools in the classroom


Guest Post by Andrew Napier, Microsoft Expert Educator

When designing learning activities using ICT in my classroom, I aim to achieve 4 phases that the students go through. These phases are Investigation, Collaboration, Creation and Evaluation. Having woken up to the value of OneNote in my teaching I am very keen to employ it as a tool.

The Learning Activity

I have been spending time with my Year 9 Science class, developing strategies to find solutions to issues in our environment.… Visit the author's original post