Weather Wonders on 7 Local News

Prep students have been learning about the weather and how the weather works in Science by observing the sky, using lots of visuals, pictures and movies. Seven Local News Wide Bay broadcasted a wonderful story by news reporter Vivien von Drehnen this evening, Tuesday 10th of May, 2016.

Livio Regano chatted online with the students via Skype from ‘Seven Local News Weather HQ’. The students interviewed Livio and eagerly awaited his responses through the interactive whiteboard. They quizzed Livio on his knowledge about the weather, asking: How do we get rainbows? How do we get rain? When I grow how do you be a weather reporter? Livio’s advice to the young man was “If you want to be a weather forecaster the best thing you can do is be really good at your Maths class in school.” (Livio Regano).

The use of digital technologies in this instance demonstrates how easily we can integrate ICT into the classroom. The students were able to reach out and engage with the wider community. The News Crew were filming in the classroom and in the newsroom giving a brilliant perspective of how the segment worked from both sides. I hope Mum’s and Dad’s recorded the News tonight!


“Today @7NewsTownsville hosted an online chat with Livio Regano and these prep students. See the story tonight” (Vivien von Drehnen via Twitter).

Prep Students [Image]. (2016). Retrieved May 10, 2016 from


What does my classroom look like?

Welcome to ‘my world’ for the next few weeks. This is exciting!

I met my mentor teacher yesterday afternoon and I had the opportunity to visit our classroom. This will be my world for three weeks and I cannot wait to meet the little people in Prep that will become our students during this Professional Experience [PE].

During my visit, I was very observant and quick to identify the digital technology that will be available during my PE.

I identified all of the digital technology in the classroom – an interactive whiteboard connected to the teacher’s laptop, two desk top computers and four iPads. The iPads are shared between three classes – the time in each classroom is managed by the iPad timetable.

There is a brand new ICT classroom within the school; however, the teacher has valid concerns about using the ICT classroom as the Prep students are too little to sit at the tall computer desks on the wheelie office chairs (they would be spinning and falling off). The students would also require individual student ID login and passwords. It is highly unlikely that we will be able to access the ICT classroom with these considerations.

I am confident however that I know enough about the digital technology in the classroom. I am also confident that I will be able to design my lesson plans with effective use of digital technology to amplify and transform student learning.

I plan to incorporate ICT into my Mathematics and English rotations due to ICT access and availability; however, I am determined that I can work with this and get the most out of what we have. For “…the true teacher is the learner.” (Elbert Hubbard) and with a positive approach, all things are possible.



Elbert Hubbard Quote [Image]. Retrieved from

Meet CLEM – Community, Literature, Examples, and Model.

Meet CLEM, he is an acronym for Community, Literature, Examples, and Model.

CLEM will have you armed with information and ready to ‘troubleshoot’ – we have to have some fun with blogging!


In a ‘nutshell’ as we learn how to use a new digital technology – CLEM can help us scaffold our learning – to amplify and transform our students’ learning.

To succinctly explain this process I have reviewed and paraphrased some of the steps from the Why and What page (accessible to current EDC3100 course students only).

Community: The who, what, where and how? (I’ve added in who?)

  • Identify who the communities (of ICT users) are within the school.
  • Ascertain what the communities use ICT for to enhance student learning.
  • Identify where the communities are using the ICT and find out where you can get help with ICT when you need help.
  • Observe how the communities use the ICT to enhance student learning and find out how to engage with this community of teachers and staff.

Literature: Research and identify the research and literature that supports the use of ICT in teaching to enhance student learning (always beneficial for justification).

  • Summarize what this research means to your specific context (and)
  • How you use and teach with ICT.
  • Identify any problems and limitations.

Examples: Find inspiration and good examples of what other teachers are doing.

  • What they are using to enhance student learning with ICT?
  • Identify how they are using ICT.
  • Evaluate what this means to you in your specific context.

Model: Identify the particular model that it designed, programmed and embedded into the ICT (all ICT has a model).

  • Learn about the model; how it works; the associated terminologies and jargon.
  • Learn about the ‘troubleshooting’ tips to help you resolve problems as they arise.
  • You will want to learn all about the model before you try to explain it to your students or colleagues.

This is a summary of my learning based on my interpretation and perception of CLEM.

I hope you have learnt something new and enjoyed reading it too! Drop me ‘a line’ in the comment box below.



CLEM [Image]. Retrieved from

Learning Curve with ePortfolio

Develop an ePortfolio unit with five pages… Challenge accepted!

Teacher Page > Student Introduction and Task Page > Student Process Page > Student Evaluation and Conclusion Page > References

Although I have become more acquainted using the ePortfolio, it has been quite a while since I’ve had to insert pictures and documents. I knew it would be wise to create my unit plan as a Word document to ‘pick up on’ any spelling and grammar hiccups. Then I simply copy and pasted my work in ‘chunks’ into a new text box in ePortfolio and changed the size, font, colour etc in the text box.

Upon reflection, this was a wise choice as the ePortfolio doesn’t provide you with those little squiggly lines under the words that have been jumbled up. When I’m ‘on a roll’ I have those moments where my brain is creating sentences way ahead of my typing…

One little tip: If you’re copy and pasting text with hyperlinks, just check that they work from ePortfolio (I had to recreate some of the links).

I also worked out that I could insert pictures in between paragraphs in a text box; however, when I needed to insert a PDF document I had to finish the text box, insert a PDF in a new box, then start another text box beneath it.

Yes, this was a time consuming ‘learning curve’. I’m riding ‘the high’ now that I have completed it well ahead of the submission due date.



ePortfolio wordle [Image]. Retrieved from


Safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT

Cyber safety is something that we all need to be aware of to protect ourselves and avoid the scenarios of becoming a victim of online bullying, predators, identify thieves and scammers.

This week’s course content prompted me to attempt a quiz called ‘What do you know about bullying?’ adapted from the “Support materials for teacher education programs” from the Professional Learning page of the Safe Schools Toolkit. I was surprised that Cyberbullying is not currently the most common form of bullying. “…Cyberbullying and offline bullying are often combined and it is probable that cyberbullying will become more prevalent in the future.” I received 3 out of 4 (7.5 / 10 marks) for this quiz.

The second quiz was the Cyber Smart Kids Quiz provided by the Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. I received 22 marks out of 25. I was surprised by the questions that were incorrect. The quiz reiterates why it is important for students to be careful and stay safe when they are online. As educators, we need to promote safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT.

The Technology Integration Planning (TIP) Model

The TIP model was designed to help teachers plan lessons that are enriched with ICT.

Wiencke and Roblyer (2004) describe the TIP model as a “…five-phased Technology Integration Planning (TIP) Model (which) was designed to help teachers plan for, implement, and assess their use of technology in instruction…” (LearnTechLib, n.d.)

Mike has adapted the model in The Technology Integration Planning Model. Mike has since relocated his blog over to if you would like to follow him there.

Kelsey Kelzer has written a fantastic explanation of the TIP model in Integrating STEM in Elementary Education.

Michelle Childress provided an informative and comprehensive slide show about the TIP model Meda5400TechnologyIntegrationPlanning(TIP)Model for technology in teaching and learning.

In reflection, I created a visual flowchart of the TIP model with SmartArt – adapted from Childress (2012).

TIP model. 2016


Childress, M. (2012). The Technology Integration Planning Model (TIP). Retrieved May 5, 2016 from

LearnTechLib. (n.d.) Abstract. Retrieved May 5, 2016 from

The biggest challenges on PE (Prac)

The biggest challenges on PE: then and now

  1. The top 2 challenges/problems/mistakes you have faced or made on prior Professional Experiences (Prac).
  • Forgetting names (teacher aides in particular)…
  • Unintentionally allowing a student to take over a Yr 5 Maths lesson (my mentor forgot to warn me about that student’s tendencies to take over the whole class). Lovely child, please don’t get me wrong!
  1. The top 2 fears/challenges you have about your EDC3100 Professional Experience.
  • Teaching a Prep class (very different from previous experiences).
  • Teaching a Prep class and incorporating ICT into my lessons (my mentor is a little apprehensive as well). The Prep students have had minimal use of the iPads and they have never had access to computers at school; however, during our telephone discussion, my mentor assured me that “we will make it work”. (What a relief!)

I am getting excited and nervous about Prac. My mentor and I have arranged to meet next week.

I loved reading Kerry-Lee’s post and this closing line in particular;

“So, am I excited YES VERY!!! Am I nervous ABSOLUTELY!!! Can I do this I WILL LET YOU KNOW IN A FEW WEEKS!!!” in ‘Meet the Mentor da da daaaaaaa’.

It’s such a relief to know that I’m not the only one feeling this way about Professional Experience… “I think I can – I think I can – I think I can” (Piper. W, 2011). It’s just round the corner now!

I would love to take the opportunity to wish a wonderful friend and ‘mentor in life’ all the best as she approaches the final ‘mountain’ of her Bachelor in Education. Good luck with your internship Trish! I admire your courage and I thank you for your support and encouragement as I too pursue this journey. I’m right behind you love!

The little engine


Piper, W. (1990). The Little Engine That Could. New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap.

[Image] The Little Engine That Could. Retrieved May 5, 2016 from