January 4, 2017
by rcrellin

SOLO Taxonomy Sessions

SOLO Taxonomy

The SOLO Taxomomy (Biggs & Collis 1982) has provided a valuable vehicle to identify and support deep learning opportunities in many NPDL schools. It has shown the relationship between surface and deep learning and the importance of scaffolding learning for both.

This workshop aims to provide schools with further tools, ideas and practical strategies to help teachers plan and implement the SOLO taxonomy in their classrooms.

Pam Hook is one of the leading advocates for the SOLO taxonomy and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

To find out more and register:



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August 5, 2014
by rcrellin

Addressing the cybersafety challenge: from risk to resilience

This report, comissioned by Telstra, explores the unique behaviours and risks that face children, young people, adults,  seniors and parents in their online engagements. It identifies the most effective cyber safety strategies toTelstra cybersafety
specifically address each age cohort.

Key Findings:

Cyber safety is not limited to preventing cyberbullying or protecting children from online predators. Cyber safety includes minimising the risks of everyone’s exposure to: fraud, privacy breaches in credentialing, identity theft, malware, phishing and scams through to internet and device addiction, violent and sexually explicit content, security-compromised online gaming activities and ‘sextortion’ (extortion involving digital sexual imagery and distribution).

One of the most effective ways to be cyber safe is to be digitally literate. Digital literacy enables us to: navigate technology and adjust privacy settings, judge the quality and reliability of online information, and, understand the social norms that apply in online settings.

To date, most cyber safety initiatives have focussed on protecting children and young people but have largely failed to address other vulnerable groups including parents, adults, those over aged over 65 and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

Those aged over 65 are commonly the least technologically literate and are often asset rich and therefore particularly appealing targets for those who engage in fraud, identity theft and dating scams.

While adults are active users of new communications technologies in Australian workplaces they are mostly computer literate but are not necessarily internet literate due to exposure to online technologies and applications often coming relatively late in their careers.

Many parents feel under-equipped to address the numerous and often complex safety issues their children might face online. 91% of parents claim they are aware of their children’s mobile phone and online usage, however teenagers overwhelmingly claim that this is not the case.

While young people aged 12–17 do not readily distinguish between ‘online’ and ‘offline’ activities, they often hold a lot of expert knowledge about new technologies. This makes young people the ideal candidates to transfer knowledge between generations to increase the rates of digital literacy across all age groups.

Many SMEs struggle to stay abreast of technological change, often due to limited time or financial/human resources, and find it challenging to move out of ‘self-preservation’ mode when it comes to managing online risks.

New technological developments have accelerated our exposure to risk as a consequence of our increased levels and frequency of online engagement. These trends include:

  • user generated content and content sharing platforms;
  • the uptake of mobile technologies and, in particular the adoption of smartphones;
  • cloud computing;
  • platform integration and single sign-on mechanisms; and
  • the rise of GPS and location based services.

We learn best by doing rather than by being told. A hands-on approach to learning cyber safety strategies is warranted and some exposure to risk is necessary to improve digital literacy. Increasing the rate of digital literacy and taking account the differing needs of all age groups is the best way to maximise cyber safety – as the risks and benefits of digital participation go hand in hand.

To find out more:

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November 6, 2013
by rcrellin

Physical Education and ICT

iPads in Physical Education

Research fromLiz Weir at the ACU looks at how iPads complements the teaching of Physical Education in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course and develops the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies that enables the pre-service teacher to confidently and competently teach children in the twenty first century.

Research highlights:

  • The inclusion of ICT in the teaching and learning of physical education can improve the quality and effectiveness of a program (Collins, 2011).
  • Physical education that challenges all physical educators to think creatively, more deeply and broadly will help shape the future direction of this important school subject (Kirk, 2010).

ACHPER Conference 27 – 29 November 2013  – guest blogger Trent Brown

“The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victorian branch is the leading members-based professional teaching organisation focussing on the professional learning needs of health, physical and outdoor education teachers from Foundation to Year 12. In 2013 we have the pleasure of hosting the 28th National/International conference concurrently with the state conference that will see over 1200 delegates from overseas, interstate and Victoria attend sessions in a range of sessions

We have keynote addresses this year from renowned Professor of Physical Education, David Kirk (University of Bedfordshire, UK) and local Professor of Teacher Education, John Loughran (Monash University). Featured presentations include those on the Australian curriculum, Leadership in the School Environment and Next Generation Technology. In addition we have over 200 elective sessions for delegates to choose from including some fantastic sessions presented by practising primary and secondary teachers focussed on developing ICT skills in HPE teachers.

You can follow the conference through social media (Twitter – #ACHPER2013) or by following the @VicACHPER. Further information can be found out by contacting the ACHPER branch on 9274 8900 or by visiting the Council’s website or conference website.   We hope that you make this fantastic professional learning conference.

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October 9, 2013
by rcrellin

Innovating Pedagogy 2013

Have you heard of MOOCS, crowd learning, maker culture and geo-learning?  Do you know what they are and how they might impact on education?

Innovating pedagogy 2013 is series of reports from the Open University UK that explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, in order to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.

Innovating pedagogy 2013 – explores the following:

  • MOOCs:  Massive open online courses
  • Badges to accredit learning: Open framework for gaining recognition of skills and achievements
  • Learning analytics: Data-driven analysis of learning activities and environments
  • Seamless learning: Connecting learning across settings, technologies and activities
  • Crowd learning:  Harnessing the local knowledge of many people
  • Digital scholarship: Scholarly practice through networked technologies
  • Geo-learning: Learning in and about locations
  • Learning from gaming:  Exploiting the power of digital games for learning
  • Maker culture: Learning by making
  • Citizen inquiry: Fusing inquiry-based learning and citizen activism
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September 11, 2013
by rcrellin
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Health & Physical Education ICT Conference

Guest blogger: Rob Malpeli

Peak Phys Ed organised and hosted a Health & Physical Education ICT Conference on Thursday 22nd August at the Manningham Function Centre (Doncaster) Over 100 delegates from Swan Hill to Stawell representing all education sectors engaged in an amazing day with educational leaders, practitioners and DEECD representatives.

Rob Malpeli & Amanda Telford, who formed Peak Phys Ed had been planning this conference for over 9 months and have surveyed teachers as to what they wanted in the ever growing area of eLearning and ICT. As a consequence they were able to tailor electives to suit teacher requests and needs, of which the top 4 were:

  • an ability to use ICT to facilitate personalised learning
  • “hands-on” practice with educational programs that encourage learning
  • more than a collection of apps, and more about ICT teaching strategies
  • Within the SAMR Model, examples of how ICT can assist task design and redesign

Some links from the day:

What tools were being shared?

  • Mobile devices are great for PE especially for filming fundamental motor skills and video analysis. Presenters and particpants shared ideas and common apps such as Coach’s Eye and ubersense.
  • Develop your own survey or quiz to quickly assess your students knowledge and understanding of the topics you are teaching or as a revision. Two popular tools were: testmoz and socrative
  • QR codes provide an easy and interesting way to provide webpages and URLs to students via tablets or phones. Generate your own QR code

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July 17, 2013
by rcrellin

Learning in one of the World’s Biggest Classrooms – ISTE13!

Guest Blogger – Anne Mirtschin

The 2013 ISTE conference #iste13 was held in June in beautiful San Antonio, USA. The following statistics give some idea of the size of this conference:-

  • 13,100 registered participants representing 74 countries with 1855 international attendees
  • 373 virtual participants using Access ISTE and
  • 4500 exhibitor personnel showcasing the latest in ed tech from 49 companies
  • 1,100 presenters
  • More than half a million pieces of digital content were created during ISTE 2013

Its sheer magnitude meant that this conference can exemplify an ‘innovative and ideal’ classroom. Customized learning, catering for differing learning styles eg choices of lectures, hands on, networking, interaction, conversations, small groups, peer to peer, virtual can take place. Personal choice over the best space for learning – from lounges, cafes, ballrooms, formal classroom settings to quiet reflective spaces were provided. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) was evident with every conceivable mobile device being used by attendees. There were doctors in the house for technical problems. Short concentration spans were catered for by IGNITE sessions where there is a high turnover of presenters and topics within the hour. Play time was allowed for in the numerous Playgrounds, Learning Station sessions on offer etc.

The keynotes set the scene for the conference. Two notable ones included the opening keynote with a leading speaker on games and the application of game-design to education, Jane McgonigalLearning is an Epic Win and the closing keynote by popular perennial ISTE presenter, Adam BellowYou Are Invited To Change the World. Jane mentioned the 10 positive emotions of playing games  (see image below) and shared some highly successful social games that included Evoke and Find the Future – game to encourage the young people back into the State Library of New York.

The trending themes/topics this year (from my perspective) were:

  • Games in Learning or Gamification of Learning
  • Mobile Learning
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Augmented Reality
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Google glass

Some of the trending tools and apps included:

My favourite learning spaces included the Bloggers Café, the Interactive Playgrounds (interactive videoconferencing, mobile learning, digital storytelling, digital media) and the Learning (Poster). Sessions where I could interact, network, ask questions, learn on a personal basis, share conversations and enjoy ‘hands on’ activities with mentors, experts and fellow teachers.  Other favourite sessions included: 

Networking is an important element of attending a conference and there is something very special about being in the Bloggers Café, sharing conversations with many people who are brought to Australia as keynote speakers, meeting a professional network face to face and making many new friends etc. I was proud to be able to share personal involvement in global education at the Global Education Summit Global Projects for Beginners and the Flat Classroom Learning Sessions, Birds of a Feather “Global Education in the Flat Classroom” gathering and the #flatiste13 Spotlight presentation “Do You Co-create at the elementary level – Flat Classrooms Do.”

There was a strong contingent of Australian educators present and on many occasions I would mentally compare education in Australia, particularly Victoria, with that in other countries.  It is always satisfying to note that teachers in Victoria have high and ready access to technology; the teacher laptop program; the EduSTAR image for staff and students, a 1:1 policy amongst many schools and a supportive DEECD Digital Learning division with a commitment to embrace immerse technology in innovative and ‘cutting edge’ ways. Many of our teachers are using technology at the leading edge, sharing their work online and all Victorian teachers have ready access to blogging campuses, virtual classroom and conferencing software. This sets us on a par (or at the lead) with the most other countries. Centres like Quantum Victoria are at the forefront of innovation in using robotics, 3D printing, games based learning etc.

The work of our Victorian Virtual Learning and the Virtual Wimmera School is commendable. Many rural and remote schools in the USA have videoconferencing facilities. These are used to provide access to specialist subjects, expert speakers, virtual excursions etc. There did not appear to be a centralized distance learning centre with a teacher and subject base. In Victoria, most rural schools have been provided with videoconferencing equipment. There are many districts in the USA where classroom access to computers and technology is sadly lacking. The emphasis on data driven learning is of high concern to many US educators (as it is with many of our Australian educators).

Attending ISTE13 was a great opportunity, providing many networking opportunities, exposure to the latest trends in learning, technological devices, cutting edge thinking etc. Learning at ISTE13 was the theme of this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday webinar. Listen to the recording 

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