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The making of Yawarra Community School

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 10:10 PM


Yawarra Community School is $19.5 million school providing vital educational facilities for Dubbo and surrounding areas. It possesses four new state-of-the-art classrooms for up to 40 special needs students from Kindergarten to Year 12.


Under the leadership of Debbie McCreadie, 35 students with special needs currently attend the converted Dubbo West Infants School. Yawarra Community School assists students ...

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The making of a Microsoft Showcase School

Posted on October 13, 2019 at 3:00 AM

5 brand new NSW Department of Education schools are selected and recognised for excellence in technological pedagogy transformation and named as Microsoft Showcase Schools.


Microsoft Education Australia and the Foundations.T4L team have partnered together to identify and work with five of the newest New South Wales’ newest Department of Education schools who deliver outstanding technological pedagogy in its schools.


We’re excited to announce Ba...

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The making of North Kellyville Public School

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 6:55 AM

North Kellyville Public School is located in Sydney’s North West. This school has the capacity to educate up to 1,000 students in both mainstream and support.


Under the leadership of Tom Moth, North Kellyville Public School relentlessly focuses on the formation and maintenance of positive interpersonal relationships. Resilience, persistence and personal responsibility are the key themes of wellbeing programs ...

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The making of Manly Vale Public School

Posted on May 11, 2019 at 6:55 AM

Manly Vale Public School is located in Sydney’s North. This school has the capacity to educate up to 1,000 mainstream students.


On Day 1, Term 1, 2019, Manly Vale Public School opened its doors to 527 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Under the leadership of Mrs Tina Lee, Manly Vale Public School offers students access to 40 state of the art flexible learning spaces, a hall, modern library, canteen, a cov...

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The making of Finigan School of Distance Education

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 6:50 AM

Finigan School of Distance Education is located in Queanbeyan (20 minutes west of Canberra). This school has the current capacity to educate 1,000 students in distance education. These students are either travelling, living in remote NSW locations, attend a communal learning hub periodically, or have behavioural or medical conditions that prevent them from attending mainstream school.


Opening on Day 1, Term 2, 2019, Finig...

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The making of Bella Vista Public School

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 6:45 AM


Bella Vista Public School is located in Sydney’s North West. This school has the capacity to educate up to 1,000 students in both mainstream and support.


Opened on Day 1, Term 1, 2019, Bella Vista Public School opened its doors to 139 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Under the leadership of Mr Derek Danby, Bella Vista Public School offers students 40 flexible learning spaces, a hall, library, cantee...

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The making of Hunter Sports High School

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 5:40 AM


Hunter Sports High School is located 20 minutes south of Newcastle in Macquarie Lakes’ Gateshead. This school currently has 750 students, enrolled in both mainstream and support classes.

Hunter Sports High School is a partially selective public high school that has personalised academic curriculums including:

  • Aboriginal Education
  • Big Picture Academy
  • Vocational Education
  • Tale...
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Minecraft Education Pilot Program

Posted on August 12, 2018 at 9:05 PM

Glenwood High School was selected to participated in the Minecraft Education Edition pilot program by the NSW Department of Education in 2017. The program will see 30 Year 10 students learn curriculum content using Minecraft Education Edition during class time.


More specifically, students created a new suburb for the Stage 5 Geography topic 'Urbanisation'. 10 HSIE 2 was fortunate to participate in the MEE trial under the supervision of Ms Callaghan. 


T...

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4 Reasons to Join the Microsoft Educator Community

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 10:25 PM

 

Be a Part of Something Big-4 Reasons to Join the Microsoft Educator Community

You visited us at the Microsoft Educator Network and we want to invite you to come join us over at our new home, the Microsoft Educator Community. Join a global community of educators and gain access to free professional development, lesson plans, discussion groups, digital badges and more. Educators keep coming back to this ever-growing comm...

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How do I use Infographics?

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Asking for new and innovative ways of receiving assessment tasks for students can be a little tricky and with 30 students submitting powerpoint presentations for every assignment, it is easy for students to use the same creative decisions that they continuously make when using animations and transitions. Using new tools such as infographics allows students to create data based posters that are both informative and creative.

 

What is an infographic?

An infographi...

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App Review - Classroom

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Finding an LMS that suits your class can be difficult and time consuming. Moreover it can be confusing to students if we switch from one to another mid-term. Google Classroom is a great online LMS that is suitable for all students of any age that allows them to access and submit their classwork. Available as an app on both android and iOS (for free) permits Google Classroom to be accessed anywhere at anytime. What makes this a great teaching and learning app is that it provides its users with...

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BYOD - after implementation

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 11:40 PM

What the concerns, the obstacles, the myths?

 

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. A pedagogical practice that many schools have integrated. Albeit that many schools are at different stages of implementing this new technological program to support 21st century learning in their own schools, they have all overcome similar obstacles and experiences that schools whom are about to implement BYOD could learn from. Overall, BYOD in Australian high schools has been highly suc...

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Using Robotics in the Classroom

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 11:35 PM

The use of robotics is becoming a key resource that is being used in classrooms from K-12. No longer is this subject area limited to just Stage 4 students as the new curriculum allows its integration into numerous teaching and learning activities in all stages. Using robotics is more than simply just building a moving toy whilst having a lot of fun. Using robotics permits data computation which means that students can use coding techniques based on how they would like the robot to move. This ...

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App Review - Snapchat

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 11:35 PM

As ironic as it sounds, Snapchat is one of the fastest growing app being used by teenagers and it is for this reason that schools are jumping on board to use it as a means of communicating with their students. High schools in particular are using Snapchat to converse with their students in determining what activities their students would like to participate in as well as well as gaining more feedback about certain school events such as the Athletics Carnival, Harmony Day and even the school p...

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Exploring with VR

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM

Virtual Reality is quickly becoming a tool that individuals are enjoying for leisure use and businesses are using professionally (in-house and as a professional development tool). Within education, Virtual Reality is taking the classroom experience to a whole new level.

 

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

The technical definition of VR is that it is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends ...

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How do I introduce a Digital Curriculum to my students?

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 11:25 PM

With an emphasis on BYOD and meeting the ICT National Capabilities, may teachers are now dreading the mammoth task of digitalizing their resources and more critically, modifying the way in which they deliver content to maximize learning in their classroom.

 

This entire process is actually not difficult however it may add some time to your planning to get it right until you get into the groove. The first thing to do is start. By adding one technological tool into your lessons...

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FotoRus - Photo Editor Pro

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 6:25 AM

With more students getting online and using either an LMS or a cloud based website to complete their school work or home work, it is imperative that students have a selfie on their account that they are confident to showing their friends and classmates. A great activity for students is to take the selfie and then alter the photograph using an App such as FotoRus - Photo Editor Pro. This free app that can be downloaded on Android and iOS allows students to manipulate pictures without the compl...

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How do I introduce a Digital Curriculum to my students?

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 6:20 AM

With an emphasis on BYOD and meeting the ICT National Capabilities, may teachers are now dreading the mammoth task of digitalizing their resources and more critically, modifying the way in which they deliver content to maximize learning in their classroom.

 

This entire process is actually not difficult however it may add some time to your planning to get it right until you get into the groove. The first thing to do is start. By adding one technological tool into your lessons...

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Exploring with VR

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 6:20 AM

Virtual Reality is quickly becoming a tool that individuals are enjoying for leisure use and businesses are using professionally (in-house and as a professional development tool). Within education, Virtual Reality is taking the classroom experience to a whole new level.

 

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

The technical definition of VR is that it is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends ...

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Increasing the Literacy of Stage 6 Students

Posted on March 23, 2016 at 1:50 AM

As teachers, we all spend a great amount of time teaching and reiterating the key concepts of literacy to our students. Regardless of the subject matter that we teach or the age or learning ability of our students, learning literacy is critical to brain development and overall educational success.


 

I have seen many primary teachers spend countless hours teaching young children components of literacy, key terminology and encourage them to practice those techniques...

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