Professional learning for teachers

Innovative learning activities to engage students

In the 2014 K-12 Horizon Report, creating authentic learning opportunities was identified as a solvable challenge; those that we understand and know how to solve. Authentic learning allows students to focus on real-world, complex problems and solution. In this 40… Read More

Professional learning for teachers

Factors to keep in mind for your next classroom design

In this webinar snippet Karen Bonanno shares background research, design elements and examples of how classrooms and libraries have been designed to improve student learning outcomes and behaviour. The key environmental factors which affect student learning are identified as furniture,… Read More

Inquiry skills scope and sequence

Inquiry-based learning is a constructivist approach where students have ownership of their learning. It starts with exploration and questioning and leads to investigation of a significant question, issue, problem or idea. It involves asking questions, gathering and analysing information, generating… Read More

EduTECH 2014 day two & masterclass reflections

It was an interesting and exciting experience being the chairperson for the K-12 Library Managers Congress. Day two got off to a cracking start with Joyce Valenza’s keynote on The Flipping Librarian. The pace was frantic as Joyce worked her… Read More

EduTECH 2014 – day one reflections

At EduTECH 2014 I had the opportunity to present the opening address, on behalf of the Australian School Library Association, at the K-12 Library Manager Congress. Here are some of my reflections from the first day. Our past is just… Read More

Professional learning for teachers

Google Drive for Education

Google Drive is a powerful application that will help you facilitate collaboration and communication in your classroom. It has added benefits of keeping you organised, and providing a back up in the cloud. Learn how to use Google Drive effectively,… Read More

Working smarter with Google

Use Doctopus and and Goobric to distribute and assess Google docs easily. This video shows how to set up for distributing Google docs to students using the Doctopus script and then attaching a rubric with Goobric. Join us for a… Read More

Professional learning for teachers

A Space for Creation

A Makerspace is a learning environment rich with possibilities. As new hardware and software tools for making, digital design, and fabrication are emerging, we’re working together — with teachers and community leaders — to place those tools into the hands… Read More

Professional learning for teachers

Problem Based Learning in a Public High School

Sammamish High School is in the midst of a five-year process to change from traditional teaching to an entirely problem-based curriculum. Check out this video to see what the teachers are doing to transform the school and engage students in… Read More

7 Skills our Students will Need for the Future

Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future: Critical thinking and… Read More