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Technology in the classroom and teacher resources blog

QCAA - Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

QCAA pinterest

The QCAA now have their own pinterest pages. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority provides Kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses, guidelines, assessment, reporting and certification for schools. There are some 70 boards and 5,000 at time of posting. All subjects, by grade level from Kindergarten and prep, up to year 10.

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science...
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Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works

Book - Using technology in the classroom

Amazon: Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition

Publisher: ASCD - Learn, teach, lead

This looks very interesting. Have you read this?

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ICT Evangelist

Education Evangelist

Education Evangelist - by Mark Anderson

Mark is an award winning education technology expert, keynote speaker and independent consultant, a passionate advocate for the purposeful use of technology. He led the teaching and learning and delivery on one of the world’s biggest 1:1 rollouts at Clevedon School which has led to him working with schools all over the world. Mark is the author of the best selling ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson’. With two decades of classroom experience, he knows the power and importance of student voice in developing sound practice having co-founded the Digital Leader Network in the UK. Mark is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and expert in mobile learning.

A fascinating site that I will revisit soon. These posts in particular caught my attention and are recommended reading.

  • SAMR flow chart based upon Ruben Puentedura’s work as a tool for helping with decision making related to planning lessons using technology.
  • TPACK - Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge
  • Digital Parenting with link to guidelines for different ages from Vodafone
  • He has a number of publications listed below that I can see filling my summer vacation reading slot. Read more >>>

    Queensland Government, Australia - Department of Education and Training

    Department of Education and Training

    In the first of hopefully some interesting posts is this ICT - Policies category is from the Queensland Government, Australia - Department of Education and Training.

    A comprehensive and well developed site.

    Smart Classrooms is a comprehensive strategy for digital education in Queensland state schools.

    The key to the strategy is that it is student-centric; recognising the demand, from both students and their parents, for seamless movement between learning at school, home, work and play.

    Smart Classrooms provides direction for harnessing the learning and business potential of ICT now and into the future.

    Areas of interest that require further reading by myself are ...

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    Government Educational Policies and Initiatives on Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

    Part of my ongoing research into technology use in the classroom, particularly at an English speaking International School in Tokyo. In a nutshell this category (ICT - Policies) will provide links to:

    • Policies that are in place by Government Departments of Education.
    • ICT Expectations and Standards
    • Training
    • Showcases

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    Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.

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