Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi all,

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.

Great website for participating in  the Eucharist for students P-12.

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.

Writing tools to try in your classroom.

Whilst mainly for Primary, this  collection of Digital Narrative  sites  could be useful for individuals or special needs  groups.

Wonderful for anyone with an iPad

Food for thought for anyone thinking of having a 1:1 iPad set up in a class.

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.   

Professional Reading.

This is about how smart people aren’t always the best to teach our young, if they don’t have teacher training.

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.




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