I should be marking trial papers but needed a break. Last week was ‘big’ in terms of professional learning. The VC suite is in my classroom so I was able to assist other teachers to participate in the Festival of Laptops conference. They discovered how easy it is to use and were really happy with the sessions provided through Macquarie Uni on using laptops in specific KLA’s and for specific software. Then the HT meeting participated ina VC presented by Pip Howell on Cool Tools for DERvices. This was a great presentation with lots of really useful links and ideas for any teacher.
The English staff were also scheduled for ‘Moving to Notebook’ Training. Our regional Implementation person, Ross Woolfe, was happy for us to view the Laptops in English session at the Festival. Another inspiring presentation from Arthur Phillip High. We then spent the rest of the day learning about Smart Notebook (and unlearning Activstudio). I am a big fan of Activstudio, but I can see that Smart Notebook offers more for the classroom. I just think the ‘bells and whistles’ are better in Activstudio and are not so visually boring.
Now I just need abit of time to ‘play’ with Smart Notebook!