It has been a while since I posted – too many other exciting things to do, like read and rest and try to stay on top of marking. Laptops have arrived and like many other DET staff I have been playing and thinking about how I will use them in the classroom. I don’t have a year 9 this year and this is useful, since I usually have ‘free’ periods when year 9 are on and should be able to support the teachers in the classroom. I think we are going to have a lot of fun with sorting out what we are all talking about – have a look at my ‘personalised’ laptop – I know it isn’t the digital meaning but it sure makes it easier to find mine when they all look the same!
I took mine into class on the last day of term and my year 10’s helped me find some things – and showed me how to use the bluetooth – we identified everyone in the classroom who had their mobile phones turn on – talk about Big brother.
I’ve finally signed up to twitter. I think I’m going to have to go wireless. How will I keep up with checking everything regularly and still get my daily dose of family and TV, unless I can multitask and twitter at the same time? At least the laptop would allow me to do that.
I’ve been doing some PL with other faculties and spent a very enjoyable day with one of our HSIE teachers. Mark has put his hand up for the new IWB in HSIE and we are in limbo with Activstudio until we get regional support with Smartnotebook, so I looked at all the ways you could use the IWB without using a flipchart – turns out there were heaps of interactives and other resources available on the net for his subject area. He also liked the collection of literacy and numeracy games links I have put on the school lesson drive. This has been really useful for other teachers in the school. The kids told them where to find the page! I’m a bit disappointed the DET didn’t stick with Activ studio – so far I haven’t found Smart resources as easy to use or find. Promethean planet has such a huge resource bank and all it needed was for more Australian teachers to upload their stuff.
Well. It is beautiful day outside so I’m off for some R&R in the sun.