Intro to the Applications and Challenges of Mobile Devices in the Classroom

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Mobile Devices – Fiona Perry (4)

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Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills – Free Online Course

Check out the link below. I have heard great things about this course. Ran by the University of Melbourne.

https://www.coursera.org/course/atc21s

index.mp4 (Click for video about the course)

Course Syllabus

During the course you will have opportunities to:

  • Review the origins of the current interest in 21st century skills in education, in particular the technological and social changes which demand changes in the skills students need to prosper in the modern world.
  • Delve into what precisely is meant by the term ‘21st century skills’ and review some 21st century skills frameworks.
  • Examine in detail several of these ‘21 century skills’, not as abstract concepts, but as concrete learning progressions suitable for adaptation by teachers.
  • Investigate innovative new thinking and practical tools for assessment and teaching that arise from using a developmental approach to learning.
  • Explore, in the company of other professionals from all over the world, the practicalities of teaching and assessing these 21st century skills in the subjects, specialties or levels of education of particular interest to you.

https://www.coursera.org/course/atc21s

Korean Barley Tea

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I have recently been thinking about my time in Korea and missing it dearly. My husband and I decided to try out a Korean Restaurant in Melbourne that I often walk past called Mahn Doo.  It was delicious and the flavours and sounds took us back. We had spicy BBQ Pork, Pork Mahn Doo (Korean Dumplings), Bibimbap and Pajeon.

When I was teaching in Korea we often drank Barley tea. There was a communal pot of it that we would help ourselves to after lunch and it was the perfect end to a meal. A cup to savour over, while we digested our meal and chatted about the day, taking a few mins to prepare for our next class. I will have to head to the Korean supermarket and get some for home. I also loved the cover on the tea cup. I drank half before my meal, popped the lid on while I ate, then drank the other half.

Click here for more about the benefits of Barley tea.

Marrying the Animal: On sale now

Wonderful book, short, snappy and very funny.

The Equiatic Bind

Marrying the Animal

The wait is over!

Marrying the Animal: One hundred 100 word stories is on sale now here for Australians and here for Americans and here for Brits or at your local Amazon site if you’re not from these three countries. Some of these stories have featured on this blog (usually from prompts supplied by two very awesome, very talented ladies) but there are a whole lotta others that have I’ve kept to myself until now. 

Buy it, tell your friends to buy it, tell your enemies to buy it, tell their friends to buy it and most of all enjoy it!

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Learning Students’ Names

Step into cover an unknown class or help out and you quickly realise the power of knowing student names. Generally, I am hopeless at remembering peoples names, so I make a big effort to learn students names at the start of the year. I wanted to share a few tips that have worked for me.

1. I make a point on the first day of telling my students that I am hopeless at learning names, they always make an effort with me to help me learn their names.

2. I make a seating chart so that the students are always in the same seats.

3. When marking attendance in the first few days I look up after each name and make eye contact with the students and try to take in their faces and create some kind of memorable mnemonic.

4. My most effective tip is to get the students to make a name card with a small picture that represents them. Then they explain in to me and I take a photo. (I explain to students that it is for my eyes only, they understand beause they know I am trying to learn their names). I have also done this with a polaroid camera and made a wall display with the photos.

Below are some tips from Edutopia.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-did-you-call-me-how-remember-students-names?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-what-did-you-call-me-names-question

Meditation Club

I have been dipping in and out of meditation fro the past 5 years. I have also used some guided meditation in my classes to help students focus. I have found it to be an effective tool with all age groups. You have your initial few giggles the first time, but once I explain the reason and science behind the activity kids get on board. I have also sent guided meditations to students whom are having difficulties winding down and switching off before sleep, with positive feedback.

This article delves even further with a teacher creating a meditation club, I would love to try this. Click on the picture for the full article.

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/elementary-students-skip-recess-for-meditation

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Rodda’s Clotted Cream

 

I have mentioned before my love of clotted cream. I stand by my assessment that the best I have had is here in the UK where I am staying at the moment. So far Rodda’s is the best I have found. I love everything about it. The cute packaging with the gold font, peeling back the plastic to reveal the golden crown and piercing through it with a silver spoon.WP_20140728_019 WP_20140728_020 A simple favourite of  a scone with raspberry jam and cream  paired with a cup of tea is a perfect treat any time of the day.