1st day of P.E. & Qld Handwriting Font

Great first day! Rewind << back to this morning. I ‘hit the ground running’ and ‘got thrown in the deep end’ – sink or swim! The first day of ‘round four’ of my Professional Experiences (P.E.) went from the good morning greetings, introductions and roll marking… over to Mrs H! Now, before I go any further, my pre-service peers may ask, “Why are you on prac already?” We have a show holiday next week so I chose to make up a day pre-P.E. as we must complete 15 days.

I jumped straight into my role as a teacher. Two students wrapped their arms around my legs within the first five minutes. WOW! Our morning session began with Talk Time. Four students took turns talking about a book that they have read. Considering their age and developmental stage, it can be difficult for little ones to sit still when the weather changes. We had a ‘cold snap’ overnight and the kiddies were feeling it. My multitasking skills came in handy with ‘crowd control’ while supporting the student presenting their recount. This was a challenge at times as I did not know any of their names yet.

The rest of the day flew by! I taught short lessons during Mathematics and Literacy rotations. I assisted the teacher with the class routines, behaviour management and ‘eat duty’. I valued my time with the students and learnt as many names as possible. Cheers at the end of my first day in Prep, I LOVED it.

In preparations for my lessons, my mentor asked me to create a few of my own worksheets with the Queensland Beginners Font. I searched online for the correct font and found these resources. You can download the free Years 1 – 3 handwriting resources from the learningplace.com.au website here. Click Download Syllabus.

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Australian School Fonts [Image] (2016). Retrieved from http://www.australianschoolfonts.com.au/font-info/qld-font-info/


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 https://twitter.com/vivienVD/status/729895141163421696/photo/1

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 http://www.quotescover.com/wp-content/uploads/The-teacher-is-the-one__quotes-by-Elbert-Hubbard-96.pngue

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 http://orig06.deviantart.net/7b8d/f/2015/086/2/7/clem_by_doreikuplz-d8na6og.jpg

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 https://hacklibschool.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/eportfolio-wordle.jpg


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 http://www.blendingict.net/ 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. teachingmrsh.wordpress.com 2016


Childress, M. (2012). The Technology Integration Planning Model (TIP). Retrieved May 5, 2016 from http://www.slideshare.net/vatechnoteacher/meda5400technologyintegrationplanningtipmodel

LearnTechLib. (n.d.) Abstract. Retrieved May 5, 2016 from https://www.learntechlib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Reader.ViewAbstract&paper_id=13687