Are you compromising your children’s privacy online?

This article is one that your school can share with parents.

Marianne Stenger is a writer with Open Colleges.
Find her on Twitter @MarianneStenger The article was featured on ABC Splash.Goob ~ Day 41/365

She has written a thought provoking article about what she calls ‘sharenting’

These days if you don’t take a picture of something and post about it, it may as well never have happened. Whether it’s a child’s first steps or an amusing anecdote about a potty training mishap, most of us think nothing of sharing our childrearing highs and lows publicly through personal blogs or sites like Facebook and YouTube.

But do we ever go too far when it comes to swapping parenting tales online?

A recent survey by the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital shows that more than half of mothers and a third of fathers use social media to discuss everything from bedtime struggles to eating tips, and over 70% of parents feel that another parent has at one point shared too much information. Read the full article




Posted in Cybersafety, Digital Literacy, Parents

SchoolMate App for parents

Schools might want to promote this out to their parents.
Students can share this with Mum and Dad

SchoolMate is a great App for parents of school-aged children in Victoria, Australia.

That’s us!

Want to find out more about what your child is learning at school in each subject at each year level? Need practical tips about what you can do at home to help support your child’s education? Produced by Victoria’s Department of Education and Training, SchoolMate will provide parents with a road map to help aid their child’s learning at home and at school.

For iPhones:

For Android:


Posted in Curriculum, How To, iPads, Parents

My geeky life – one man’s love of maths – Adam Spencer Free Webinar

Adam Spencer has a passion for mathematics. He is the author of Big Book of Numbers and has a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Sydney. Adam is a radio presenter, comedian, and media personality. He first came to fame when he won his round of the comedic talent search Raw Comedy in the mid-1990s 

Connect with Maths ~ Maths in Action community has organised an exciting online professional learning event for teachers This is a FREE EVENT and we welcome all teachers with an interest in mathematics education. Membership of Connect with Maths communities is also FREE

Wednesday 10 June, 2015

4:30pm to 5:30pm EST

You can register at : or at

My geeky life – one man’s love of maths Adam Spencer talks us through his mathematical life and his best-selling Big Book of Numbers

Continue the discussion in the Forum

Community members have the opportunity to discuss  their favourite numbers in the Big Book of Numbers and share ideas in the Maths in Action community Forum. Post your comments or questions to the Connect with Maths forum.

Instructions for participants to prepare and attend the event

Click on the Blackboard Collaborate link for My geeky life – one man’s love of maths presented by Adam Spencer and Mary Coupland

Download the full webinar details here.

Posted in Professional Learning

Apps and websites for makers and creators

Common Sense Media have curated and shared resources created by Graphite featuring some great apps and websites which aa appsenable students and teachers to create content. Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence and imagination. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital products can help them develop their creative chops.


Posted in Arts, Class Activities, Curriculum, Digital Literacy, Digital technology, Geography, Health and Physical Education

DIGICON Festival of Learning 2015

DIGICON Festival of Learning 2015digicon

DIGICON is the annual Digital Learning Teaching Victoria (DLTV)

There is still time to register

It will be held at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn

24th & 25th July 2015


DigiCon brings together educators, pre service teachers, leaders, technicians and industry experts to share and learn in the area of digital learning and teaching.

For full details head to the Conference website

Posted in Curriculum, Digital Literacy, Digital Technologies, Digital technology, How To, Leaders, Professional Learning

Reminder ‘Making Good Choices’ session tomorrow for grades 4, 5 & 6

Just a quick reminder to schools that the ‘Making Good Choices’ webinar session tomorrow for grades 4, 5 & 6 starts at 9:30 tomorrow morning, 28th April. All schools are welcome.

It is also a good professional learning session for teachers.  If you have time we would love you to register at  but if not you can logon with the following link anytime from 8 am

Any teachers interested in connecting their students to similar events please contact me at

Posted in Class Activities, Cybersmart, Digital Literacy

Ideas for Book of the Year Awards Short List 2015

The Children’s book council of Australia have published the Book of the Year Awards Short List 2015

There are many great books on that list and I am sure you have read many in your classrooms (and the other places you like to read)!

This list provides a great opportunity to have your say and share what you think makes each book special (or maybe not so special in your eyes). There is no better place to do this than the State Library of Victoria’s site – Inside a dog.  

Insideadog has always primarily been a website for young people to share their love of books and reading. From the earliest days, however, it has found a place in school libraries and classrooms as well. There are teacher notes, designed to help teachers integrate Insideadog into their classroom and your school.  Here are some quick ideas.

Insideadog is open to anyone and is an ideal activity to undertake with a Sister School or even a cluster of schools.

Students would need to be signed up to the site and teachers should check they have parental consent before signing their students up to any site.

Book reviews 

The main focus of insideadog is user-generated book reviews. Students can log on and write about books they have read, and then share their reviews with the site. Each user has a profile page which can be accessed to see what they have reviewed and any comments they have made.

Book clubs 

Book clubs allow readers to join groups based around specific books, series or themes. There they can share reviews, news, fan art they have created, other books they have enjoyed, and more. These clubs can become the basis for a rang eof classroom activities.

Literature Circles 

Literature circles are an approach to reading and responding to books that takes into account student interests and abilities. Insideadog’s book clubs feature can be integrated with literature circles to enhance the in-class experience, or to take part or all of it online.

Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, Curriculum, Digital Learning, Digital Literacy, Literacy, Online Projects

Make a class maths dictionary using a wiki

Mark Warner suggested the following idea on the site  Teaching Ideas Its a great idea but I am going to suggest to do it using the global2 wiki tool to add to and deepen the learning.

Why use the wiki when it is so much easier to do on paper?

It enables students to collaborate, make connections about their learning, not to mention teaching  skills around the protocols and safe practices of using online tools.

Students collaborate to create the dictionary, connect associated terms and concepts using hyperlinks.

The activity becomes less teacher directed (Maybe after the students become familiar with the way the wiki works) and allows students to make connections difficult to capture with a paper book. It also introduces students to writing for a broad audience, online etiquette in particular in relation to shared content creation (collaboration and using wikis)

How to set up the wiki in Global2

Creating a class blog with the wiki feature enabled allows you to add and use a wiki on your blog. Once added to your blog, users, you have given permission, can easily edit everything on the page.

The wiki feature lets you make as many wiki pages on your blog as you’d like!

The idea:

There are a number of Maths dictionaries that you can buy in the shops.

However, why not get your class to make their own one? They are more likely to remember the meanings of the terms if they have made the pages for themselves. The class (along with your help) can also choose vocabulary which is appropriate for their age range. Once it is made, the dictionary can be kept in the classroom (and now online for home use) as a valuable reference tool, which the children can refer to anywhere anytime. .

The starting words:

2 D
3 D
Bigger than
Decimal Point
Smaller than


Posted in Class Activities, Digital Learning, Digital Technologies, Mathematics, Online Projects, Wikis

Open street maps – Mapping wiki

OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafes, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.

OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the world that anyone can add to, sometimes described as the Wikipedia of maps.

The community of people online ranges from professional cartographers to anyone that wants to help.Openstreetmaps

Those mapping, who co-ordinate and help each other, break the imagery into “tiles” and literally trace roads, buildings and highways onto the map.

The work of new mappers is validated by more experienced mappers to ensure accuracy. Just like a wiki.

Here is the resource

Saira Asher  from the BBC has written on how How ‘crisis mapping’ is helping relief efforts in Nepal using OpenStreetMap.

Geography teachers check the tool and the other resources provided by  Seth Dixon who curates

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What does good teaching look like? Check out this flipped classroom

What does good teaching look like?

AITSL has identified this as a “highly accomplished” example of a teacher who

  • Knows content and how to teach it
  • Knows students and how they learn

Peter Smyth is the teacher. Gungahlin College, Canberra is the school. Rumour has it that Peter was a first year teacher here. (I could be wrong it has happened before)

There is much talk about a “Flipped Classroom” particularly in conversations around using digital technologies.Peter Smyth. png

This post is in response to some of the simplified or misconceived interpretations around flipped classroom – A simple idea whereby you get your kids to do the stuff they do at home (homework) and swap it with the stuff they do at school. The conversation often then jumps to the various technologies to enable the flip…..


This is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by using a flipped classroom approach  – It is hosted on the AITSL site and I would suggest poorly tagged as “Maths on YouTube”.

It is way more than that, with concepts around about student voice and self managed leaning and I would suggest anyone ever wanting to see TPACK and SAMR working watch this.

Use this film to start conversations at your staff meeting. It is particularly relevant  for schools considering a flipped classroom approach, going 1-to-1 or just looking at buying quality learning time with students.

What is so compelling is his, and his students capacity to talk about their “flipped classroom” approach in terms of teaching and learning.

Snaps also to Peter Maggs who shot and cut the film and asked the questions about teaching and learning.


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