The C21 Teaching Review – Week 6

It has been another great week. Here are the articles I posted over at C21 Teaching during Term One, Week Six. As always, head over to c21teaching.com.au for the most up to date articles, Flipped Teacher Professional Learning videos and free resources.

As a heads up, there will be a special announcement article coming on Tuesday afternoon.

  • FTPL – Using DocHub to save time
    • In this episode of Flipped Teacher Professional Learning, I demonstrate how to use DocHub to fill out, sign and send forms back to their recipient without needing to print them out, complete them, and scan them in.
  • FutureSchools Timetable Preview – Day One
    • I am going to FutureSchools 2017, which is in Melbourne this year, and this article outlines a preview of the sessions that I am looking forward to attending courtesy of the media pass that I have been provided by the conference organisers.
  • TMCoast Term One 2017
    • My regular readers would be aware that I am on the TeachMeet Central Coast (TMCoast) organising committee. We have an exciting event planned for Thursday 16 March for our Term One TeachMeet celebrating Aboriginality in education. All the details, including where to register are in this article.
  • Friday Freebie – Stage One Physical Education and Sports Program
    • This week’s Friday Freebie was a semester-long program that covered both physical education (fundamental movement skills) and sport for Stage One.

C21Teaching Weekly: Term 1 Week 5

It is that time of the week again where I send out a summary of the articles that I have published this week over on c21teaching.com.au. There are big things coming, so stay tuned each Saturday or head over to C21 Teaching.

Recent Articles

  • FTPL – How to log in to Mathletics
    • This Flipped Teacher Professional Learning video was made by request and shows you how to log into the Mathletics platform as a student, teacher or parent.
  • Do we need to rethink our engagement with Twitter?
    • In this article, I reflect on the way that educators use Twitter and our role in society given some of the vitriol that occurs, asking whether we should be doing more to combat it after reading about why one journalist closed her Twitter account after suffering years of personal attacks directed at her.
  • Twenty-First Century Skills
    • A reflective article questioning why we refer to some these skills as being twenty-first-century skills and the implication that they are therefore newly discovered or hold a newfound important when they are not newly discovered and do not hold any newfound important.
  • Friday Freebie – Guided Reading Group Template
    • This week’s free resource is a template for tracking your reading groups which can easily be modified to suit any age or ability group of students.

C21 Teaching Weekly Term One Week Four

It is that time of the week again where I send out a summary of the articles that I have published this week over on c21teaching.com.au. There are big things coming, so stay tuned each Saturday or head over to C21 Teaching.

Recent Articles

  • FTPL – Using GForms as a booking platform.
    • In this video, I show you how you can use Google Forms to create a system for booking interviews so that the options are removed from the list as they are selected. You can find the full list of Flipped Teacher Professional Learning videos by clicking here.
  • SMART Goals
    • I reflect on the way which SMART goals are used in my refereeing career comparative to my teaching career.
  • Why I am not applying to become an ADE in 2017
    • I reflect on why I was considering and ultimately decided not to apply to become an Apple Distinguished Educator in the 2017 intake.
  • FutureSchools 2017 Conference Overview
    • A summary of the different conference streams at FutureSchools 2017 and some highlights of particular talks that I believe will be interesting. You can find all the articles in my FutureSchools 2017 series by clicking here.
  • FTPL – Using GForms for checking in and out
    • In this video, I show you how you can create a checkout/check-in system for bookable resources. This could be used in a class library, for managing personal resources that colleagues borrow or for creating an easy to use and access register of visitors and other personnel on site for use in emergency situations. You can find my full Flipped Teacher Professional Learning video library here.
  • FutureSchools 2017 Masterclass Preview
    • In this article, I preview each of the Masterclass options for FutureSchools 2017. You can find all the articles in my FutureSchools 2017 series by clicking here.
  • Team Teaching
    • I reflect on the benefits I have discovered thus far working in a team teaching context.
  • Friday Freebie – Writing Observation Template
    • In this article, I share a resource that I have found very useful in helping to make the marking process of my students’ writing more valuable and useful as assessment of learning and assessment for learning.

That is all for this week. Please head over to c21teaching.com.au to stay up to date with my FTPL videos, my Friday Freebies and my reflections on practice.

FTPL – Word Online

In this episode of Flipped Teacher Professional Learning, I walk through the layout of Word Online and give you two examples of how it can be used as a collaboration tool in your classroom.

Click here for the full list of FTPL videos.

FTPL – Opening, Creating, and Uploading Documents with Office365

This video demonstrates how to open, create and upload documents using Office365, focusing primarily on Word, PowerPoint and Excel. A OneDrive video is on the way.

For more FTPL videos, teaching resources, and ideas, head over to c21teaching.com.au.

FTPL – Accessing Office365

In this FTPL video, I demonstrate how to access Microsoft Office 365 through the Department of Education portal and through the login.microsoft website.

Visit C21Teaching for more FTPL videos, teaching resources and pedagogical reflections.

FTPL – How to set up GDrive on an iPad

“There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.”
– Attributed to Nancy Kassebaum

The next few videos in the FTPL series will cover some skills that we have already looked at on the computer from the point of view of using them on the iPad. We begin with setting up Google Drive on your iPad.

FTPL – Creating a Kahoot

“All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.”
– 
Attributed to Mark Kennedy

In last week’s FTPL, we learned about Kahoot, an website that every student I have used Kahoot with, has loved. In today’s FTPL, I show you how to create a Kahoot.

I would like to point out that no matter how much fun students think Kahoot is, no matter how much you enjoy seeing students engaged with the Kahoot’s you use, it is still just a testing system. It’s aesthetically pleasing, it gives cues to create anxiousness and competitiveness in the participants (the music and countdown timers combined with the scoring and leader boards), you do not need to mark as it is done automatically; the list goes on. Despite all of these great features, however, it is still just a testing system, with all of the potential issues that can be found therein.

FTPL – Learning about Kahoot

“A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.”
– Attributed to John Henrik Clarke

I am taking a deviation from the recent videos with this one. Something a bit more fun to utilise, and still with some benefits educationally. This video shows you what Kahoot looks like, how to find Kahoots created by others. and how to preview them. A discussion of the benefits of them is included, though only briefly due to time. I will include more on that aspect in the next video on creating a Kahoot.