Mr Melkert's Meandering Mind

Tales of an Upper Primary Teacher

Teach, Tech, Play Part 2

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Makerspaces on a budget:

Another fantastic session I attended was run by Narissa Leung (@RissL) who is principal of two small government schools. After showing the must see Caine’s Arcade, Riss explained her journey of the “makerspace” at her school and how it started with a pile of sand and the student’s own curiosity. Read more about it on her blog post.

Narissa emphasised that the space and equipment of a “makerspace” are of far less importance than fostering a “maker-culture”.

Visit Narissa’s Oz MakerSpacers Google+ community.

Explore the world with Google tools by Samantha Vardanega

One goal I had from the conference was to have something to take back to our local network meeting to do with HASS. This session supplied a multitude of ideas to use in HASS but cross curricular ideas. I had a quick play with Google Tour Builder briefly describing my journey to Teach, Tech, Play.

Google My Maps has been demonstrated on Teach, Tech, Play episodes before and Samantha provided relevant, practical ideas for its use across multiple learning areas.

I have found some great resources for my maps tutorials but if anyone knows of any Australian sources I would love to know of them.

Mark Anderson’s Creativity App suggestions included many useful apps, that could be used by both teachers and students to enhance learning experiences. A couple of my favourites were:

Action movie: Easily add your own special effects in seconds.

Photofunia: Create amazing scenes with your own photos in seconds.

Ping Pong: An amazing app that can be used for so many evaluative purposes.

Unfortunately on returning to school I am having trouble getting iPads to log into a room. if you know of a fix for this I would appreciate any suggestions.


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