I was explaining to my kids the other day that when I was in primary school, we only had one TV. It was set up on one of the walls in the juniour block corridor, and when our teachers wanted us to watch something like an educational program on the ABC, or a video about …

It’s fair to say that I am a big fan of digital learning, but parent and teacher concerns around screen time (and an excess there-of) are real and reasonable. There’s ample evidence that too much screen time can have negative impacts on young people. But, we also know that technology can have a huge benefit …

I am, at the moment, doing research into the 1967 referendum to change the Australian constitution, in order to make some civics and citizenship learning resources. I was lucky enough, through my local library website, to find a interview with Faith Bandler. Mrs. Bandler campaigned both for the ‘yes’ vote for the referendum, and for …

I’ve been looking a lot into ‘learner agency’ recently. Well on it’s way to being something of an education buzz-word, properly understood learner agency means that students are active drivers in their education. It goes beyond ‘student-centred learning’, and shifts the power from teachers to learners. We’ve talked about self-efficacy before too, but again learner …

Ooo, controversial. It can depend, can’t it? You might feel appreciated by your partner, but not your boss. Your kids, but not at dinner time (when you’ve slaved over providing them with yet another healthy and delicious meal, that you’ve also planned, bought groceries for and dished up, only for them to take one look …

Ah, the internet. There’s many things to hate about the internet. As with any tool people use it to spread hate, to manipulate, to commit crimes, and to hurt others. I’ll admit that I control my children’s access to the internet (and in particular any forum where they can interact with others over the internet) …

Using Digital Resource in Your Classroom

I’m a big fan of digital resources in the classroom. Why? Because they can make teachers’ jobs easier. And with students, particularly in high-school, bringing their own devices to school, gone are the days of having to book a computer lab, only to find Dave snuck in with his class because you weren’t there within …

How You Can Use Media More Effectively in Your Classroom

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, a home educator, or a parent, you probably already know how powerful movies and TV programs can be in the classroom. You’re probably also aware that the misuse of media can lessen it’s effectiveness. If you’ve ever seen a class of students wander out of a double period glassy-eyed or …

Multiplication Pizza

Everyone loves pizza! It’s cheesy, it’s savoury, it’s delicious and it can help your kids practise their times tables. Well, this pizza can! Simply download the PDF and print out the pizza slices you’re focusing on with their related toppings. Students cut out their toppings and glue them onto the correct answer. Please feel free …

Cut and Fold Bugs

These cute cut and fold bugs have a variety of uses, from a simple craft activity to more involved learning tasks. One idea is to make the bugs (or have students make the bugs) and stick different weights to the underside. Have students weigh the bugs and compare and alter the weights.