Want to Transform Learning? Then Choose Transformational Tools

Introduction Over recent years I have regularly encountered two questions from schools: “what learning apps should we choose?” and “what devices should we use?” I am writing this article with the assumption that schools have a suitable and robust digital infrastructure including network, WiFi, and access to high speed internet. New Zealand schools are currently…

Redesigning and creating tasks to transform learning using digital technologies

A few weeks ago I facilitated some professional development for teaching staff and management at a primary school (students aged 5-11). I was asked to design and lead a workshop that would help kick-start staff collaborative sharing with Google Docs, including engaging those who were skeptical about the use of new technologies of this type. I decided to use…

Meaningful learning achieved through students creating concept diagrams with collaborative inquiry tasks

Introduction When improving student literacy we tend to focus on reading and writing skills. Apart from the core numeracy skills, research and critical thinking skills are also spoken of as highly valued. But, what about the visual literacy skills – the ability to see, understand and think, create and to communicate graphically? The Theory of…

Going Google Apps?

Many schools looking to switch to Google Apps often ask about how they should manage the transition for their organisation, particularly offering support and training to staff and students. The experience I had back in December 2009 when we transitioned Wellington College to Google Apps was made a lot easier by Google’s provision of a…

Fantastic Forms

I have been meaning to write this post for some time now so here it is. At the start of this school year (February for those in the Northern Hemisphere) I started introducing Google Forms (surveys) with my own classes and also to other teachers. For those not aware, Google Forms are a function of…