On Saturday I attended a TeachMeet at Scienceworks, hosted by Simon Kelly. It was the first TeachMeet I have attended and it was AMAZING!
I heard from many educators sharing the interesting things they’ve been doing in their classrooms. From book drives to QR codes, all fantastic! We then spent 40 minutes in the Planetarium while Simon showcased the new projector system. That was completely mind blowing!
I left that afternoon completely inspired. I had a vision! This morning when I got to school I placed QR codes around the classroom, all linked to our new unit of Inquiry ‘Where in the world is Werribee?’. I spent some time showing my Grade 3 class how to use a QR code reader and we set class expectations for the technology. I was also lucky enough to get my hands on some iPods, with cameras! Which means students can use these MANY iPods to read the QR codes, rather than just my one lonesome iPad. As a class we decided that these iPods can be used during independent reading sessions, students will scan the the QR code and then read the material that is linked. Unbeknownst to my class we will also be using QR codes to display the work that the class does throughout this unit. Exciting stuff!
We also discussed cloud technology, many students were already familiar with iCloud so it was quite an easy concept to explain. I plan to set up a class Dropbox (as I have done in the past in a 1:1 setting) during the holidays so students are able to save and share their work with one another quite easily.
So as you can see exciting things to come for 3Jess in Term 3!
My name is Jess Gallagher and I am a second year graduate at Manor Lakes P-12 College in Wyndham Vale, Victoria. In 2012 I worked in a Grade 6 1:1 iPad program and this year I am with a grade 3 class integrating technology into our learning in anyway I can. This technology includes 8 MacBooks, an Apple TV, a class blog and class twitter.
I am an avid user of web 2.0. Over the past 2 years I have developed and contributed to class websites to support student learning and integrated social media (eg. Twitter) to share my own and my students educational successes and challenges. I have integrated cloud technology (eg. Dropbox) to share work with my students and give them a space to save their work.
I have worked closely with a number of educators who are extremely passionate about the integration of technology into learning, and this has quickly rubbed off on me.
In 2012 I attended uLearn in Auckland, New Zealand and co-presented on the 1:1 iPad program at Manor Lakes P-12 College. This was a fantastic opportunity as I was not only able to meet many wonderful educators from all over the world, but I was also able to take that next step in my professional journey. Throughout the course of the year I also attended other PDs such as ICTEV. Working at a college that is highly recognised for its effective integration of technology I have also had the opportunity to showcase the way my students use ICT as well as discuss my philosophies and practice with the many visitors that come through. Later this year I plan to attend a Victorian TeachMeet in order to meet people I am connected with on Twitter.
I’m currently preparing with my co-presenter our next presentation for this years ICTEV conference. Based upon our proposal we have been asked to prepare an article on learning and teaching with mobile devices.
The reason I decided to become involved with the Victorian PLN is to expand my current local, interstate and international connections.