Category Archives: teaching tips

Future-proofing and expanding students horizons at Toowoomba Christian College

Alison-JamesWe all have that one special teacher who we recall had a big impact on us, someone who helped shape our future through their dedication, encouragement and most of all, confidence in us when we were faltering.

One such mentor is Alison James, Specialist Computer Studies Teacher from Toowoomba Christian College in Queensland.  Founded in 1979, the school is a P-12 co-educational school with over 700 students.

Alison’s dedication, paired with her students hard work has recently seen 4 pupils from the school compete in the Queensland State Microsoft Office Specialist Championships.… Visit the author's original post

Feedback strategy guides STEM uptake of wireless; video tools

Like many schools, All Hallows’ School in Brisbane is experimenting with stylus-enabled devices for STEM topics. What makes us different is our strategy. For the past 18 months, our technology adoption has been guided by a single, clear aim: to enhance the speed, quality and impact of teacher feedback. The results are terrific.

Step 1 for stylus: formulate your strategy

All Hallows began using tablet devices over three years ago. We saw the combination of stylus, tablet and OneNote as a great trio for taking class-work fully digital.Visit the author's original post

#Back2SchoolHELP is here! Teacher Ambassador hosting Live Stream FaceBook Q&A

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Microsoft Education is here to help you with your planning needs this year. We’ve got expert teachers standing by to answer your questions or help you maximise your planning for 2017. How can we help you?

We’ll be running Live webinars on our Facebook Page next week to help you prepare for planning the next year to ensure that you hit the ground running for a successful school year.

Facebook Live Webinar Series:

  • Monday 23rd Jan 10am – Setting up for teacher life in 2017
  • Tuesday 24th Jan 4pm (K-6), 8pm (7-12) – Insider tips on integrating ICT general capabilities from the Australian curriculum
  • Wednesday 25th Jan 4pm – Tips & ticks to setting up student collaboration in your classroom
  • Friday 27th Jan 8:30am – Get students to love your lessons – making learning fun!
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Flipping the Classroom, a blended learning approach

Flipping the Classroom is part of a Blended Learning approach to delivering content to students.  The website flippedlearning.org defines Flipped Learning as:

‘a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.’

Teachers all around the globe are leveraging the use of sophisticated, internet-powered tools to deliver flipped learning to their students.… Visit the author's original post

This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design

Presentations are a key part of the academic world, and multimodal assignments are frequently assigned. In most cases, the teacher wants to know what the student knows and understands about the topic being presented. The knowledge of how to use the software and the design principles (i.e. their understanding of appropriate font size and colour, image placement and size, white space, etc.) is rarely reflected in the criteria/rubric used to grade the presentation. 

But while teachers sometimes say that they will only mark the content, the look and feel of the final product can still have an impact. Visit the author's original post