The students’ guide to google search

Taryn Degnan from Commonsense Media suggests that: Google

“Every kid knows how to Google, but do they know how to Google well? A wealth of built-in — but sometimes hidden — features can help kids find the information they need much more efficiently than their usual shot-in-the-dark searches. A little Google technique can open up a world of trusted facts, homework boosters, and cool tricks to impress their friends (or their parents)”.

This article shows students how to use the Google calendar, dictionary, safe search, YouTube safe mode and many other search tools in Google.

Posted in Curriculum, Cybersafety, Digital Learning, Digital Literacy, Research

Augmented reality in the classroom

In 2013 the Horizon.K12 Advisory Board voted for the top 12 emerging technologies as well as the top ten trends and challenges that they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K-12 education over the next five years. Augmented Reality was identified at that time as Long-term horizon: four to five years technology

This video presents Charles Cooper and Jill using it through the app Aurasma with their students.  This link presents a number of applications

Posted in Digital Technologies, New technologies

The K-12 Edition of the Horizon Report 2014

The K-12 Edition of the Horizon Report explores the key trends accelerating educational technology adoption in schools, the significant challenges impeding it, and emerging technologies poised to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Download the full report and/or watch the video to see the 2014 version of this insightful report.
It presents more than influential technologies the report explores and presents possible pedagogical and social changes for schools and learners in short, mid-term and long-range predictions.
A resource worth a staff meeting viewing and discussion.

Posted in Digital Pedagogy, Digital Technologies, New technologies, Pedagogy

Registrations for the Artists in Schools information sessions are now open!

The Artists in Schools program creates the opportunity for practicing professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Artists may work in any art form. The funding available to schools for projects in 2015 is $10,000 for projects commencing after 13 April 2015.


In My Day
An absolute gem, this little animation produced by Natimuk Primary school students and animator Dave Jones in 2004, captures a different world as the town’s older citizens tell what life was like when they were at school back in 1934. The images drawn by the students are simply wonderful. After you have watched this, check out In My Day The Inside Story, to see how it was made and the impact it had on the town.
In My Day was funded through the Artists in Schools program.

Come along to an Information Session to – find out about the new online process to apply for funding,  meet teachers and artists interested in getting involved in the program and see how projects can support learning across the Victorian Curriculum.

Session Dates 

Online sessions –  Fri 18 July, Wed 23 July (4-5pm)

Preston – Wed 16 July (6-8pm)

Bendigo – Tue 22 July (5-7pm)

Bookings essential as places are limited – Register here –

For further information about Arts Victoria funding go to

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What does it mean to be a digitally competent teacher?

What does being a ‘digitally competent’ teacher mean? Does it mean using laptops, smartphones, or tablets in your classroom? Does it mean finding new and interesting ways to use those devices along with apps and web tools?  What level of expertise with technology constitutes ‘competent’? Or does the concept encompass more than that?   asked on

The list is great but I would add at the top …. knowing how any technology can make LEARNING  better…. perhaps implied?

I would add it to make the intentions clear for without it it could be concluded that this is technology for the sake of technology…. TPACK without the “C” or at worse the “P”.

Here is the list what do you think?

  • You can integrate digital skills into daily life. If you can shop online, you can teach online.
  • You have a balanced attitude. Digital isn’t everything. You’re a teacher, not a techie.
  • You’re open to using and trying new stuff. You can find digital tools, so can your kids. What matters is if they work.
  • You’re a digital communicator. You can use email and social media with ease. You know the difference between things like a tweet and a DM.
  • You know how to do a digital assessment. You’re a sound judge of the quality of information, apps, and tools.
  • You understand and respect privacy. You treat personal data with the respect it deserves.
  • You’re a digital citizen. You know how to behave online appropriately, legally, and in socially responsible ways. And you’ll pass it on to your pupils.

Just like in real life, being well-rounded is important when you’re addressing technology use. Having the ability to say, use an laptop isn’t really enough. The handy infographic below explores what it means to be a digitally competent teacher. Do you think that anything is missing from this list? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Posted in Uncategorized

9 ways to use mobile phones in the classroom

Originally created by 10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic it appears that the Google SMS service has now closed.

Some nice ideas here
Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Posted in Uncategorized

eduSTAR online catalogue

Victorian government school teachers can explore the current eduSTAR education software currently  available for them and their students. eduSTAR online catalogue
Log in with your eduMail details to search for software by learning area, and download core software and install it on multiple devices.
There are apps, over 80 software applications available and 24 support tutorials. eduSTAR online catalogue for others who want access to some of the free applications check out the tutorials for win and mac



Posted in How To, Online Resources

Using Historypin with students – AusVels

Historypin is a web 2.0 tool that allows students to explore it  contribute to it and curating stuff on it. The site allows students to take images, build a story, set it within real locations (Google Map allows placement anywhere in the world) and authentic sharing to a global world. Historypin provides support resources for schools

This technology used well supports the AusVELs curriculum with  the History curriculum but also uses ICT as an authentic, interdisciplinary way which makes the learning better. Photos can be selected, narrated and shared from  archives, attics, and family photo albums by the students from a class account. There is even an opportunity to create a project. Where did all our families come from? How has our local community changed? What is the story of our local monuments.

A community facing project could include a school working with a local library, historical society or museum.

Checking out the AusVELs Humanities – History curriculum there are many ways that a class of students could bring alive some of the local, family and even school history and present it in new, interesting and interactive ways.

Looking at the curriculum this tool could be used at all levels. With a teacher setting up a profile with younger students and older students able to work more independently.

The curriculum :
Foundation to Level 2 – Curriculum focus: Awareness of family history and community heritage
Levels 3–6 -Curriculum focus: Local/national history and use of a range of sources
Levels 7–10 Curriculum focus: World and Australian history, the analysis and use of sources and historical interpretation

Why use Historypin in schools?

  • Improve communication, social and inter-personal skills
  • Get families and carers more involved in the life of students and the school
  • Build positive links between your school and the local community
  • Engage students in curriculum subjects such as History, ICT, Geography, Citizenship and English with an exciting digital tool
  • Run natural and meaningful inter-generational sessions and events
  • Turn your students into local archivists



Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, History, How To, Online Projects, Online Resources

75+ New themes in Global2 for Victorian Schools

An invitation to all Global2 users to check out our new themes. Thanks to the Edublogs team who have been busy supporting Global2 to look more dynamic and stay up to date with new accessible and usable templates which look great and work beautifully on mobile devices. Full Details

New themes

Posted in Global2

The World Cup: A Fair Game? Teaching resources from OXFAM

There is great excitement in the air around one of the world’s big sporting events, The World Cup. 

Australia is in a tough group – Group B but how tough is it for other countries?
Oxfam has produced some educational resources for teachers to use which examine inequality between and within countries, explore footballers and other people who have taken action to make the world fairer, examine news around the World Cup, consider how making new rules in football could make the game fairer, and understand the causes, effects and solutions to inequality in Brazil.

There are independent activities linked to a variety of curriculum areas and support for pupils to investigate

The World Cup: A Fair Game?


Posted in Class Activities

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