I hope you all had a wonderful break and are refreshed and energised for a new term. I had a few days in Cairns at the School Library Association of Queensland Conference and it was great networking with other librarians from schools all over Queensland and to listen to some very inspiring speakers from Australia and further afield.
We should feel very fortunate indeed to be at Emmaus with all the wonderful students, resources and qualified staff on hand in libraries, administration, classrooms, offices, and maintenance areas. Some schools are not nearly as fortunate.
Feeling tired? Here’s why. Our digital lives are stressing our brains.
To add to your digital stress:
The Literacy Shed. This is a wonderful site, aimed at primary, but I had a look at the Thinking Shed and the first two items and think they would be fabulous to use in secondary from an art perspective as well as multi-media teaching, as well as an add-on to themes about refugees, bullying etc. Have a look and see what you think.
This looks like a great read about how the iPad can help revive reading.
Whilst mainly for Primary, this collection of Digital Narrative sites could be useful for individuals or special needs groups.
For any of you who may be not quite sure about protecting your own kids online, this looks to be a very reputable site with some good information.
This is a great site for looking at issues on a personal, local and global scale. Simple idea but very effective.
Creative Commons. This link takes you to an Atomic Learning tutorial where you can learn how to licence your own work to be shared under the Creative Commons licence platform.
This is brilliant to help understand all the different literacies that now exist and students have to come to terms with.
Interesting collection of comments from students about using iPads in the classroom.
Great article about why technology is still not used in all schools.
If you worry about the reputation of teaching, this makes an interesting read.
Great blog post about differentiation.
We’ve all heard how great Finland is as far as education goes, but this is from someone who’s been there recently and is a good reassuring read.
Finally, I’d like to leave you with a fabulous quote I found this week,
- “Life is a thing that mutates without warning, not always in enviable ways. All part of the improbable adventure of being alive, of being a brainy biped with giant dreams on a crazy blue planet.”
- Diane Ackerman, One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing, 2011
Have a wonderful week.