A Letter to my Teacher

A Letter to my Teacher – Karen Janowski

A touching insight into what students are experiencing in our classrooms on a daily basis.  It truly is a teachers duty to ensure the curriculum is accessible to every student regardless of ability, and with the technology available today there is no excuse for not delivering.  This letter supports my belief that by supporting the needs of students with disabilities, I am also directly supporting the needs of all students in my classroom.

Digital Passport

In 2012 Common Sense Media designed a road map to provide students with the tools they need to safely and responsibly navigate and interact with online and mobile technology.

The modules are presented as a series of interactive, self-paced tasks which can be completed as a class or independently by the students in Years 3-5.

Schools have free access to this resource.  I believe it is well worth checking out as the students accessing online and mobile technology today are younger than ever before.  Once signed up you can create groups, add students, customise activities, track student performance and download support material for activities.  I have created an educator account, as I hope to use this resource in my own classroom when I begin teaching.

Common Sense Media Launches Digital Passport

Introducing Digital Passport 


QR codes

Teachers wanting to further facilitate learning using iPads should take a look at iPad Arts Creation and Consumption, a site dedicated to sharing information about how to become consumers and creators using iPad technology.

I particularly like the use of ‘QR’ codes to link students to a specific digital destination; serving as a valuable assistive technology tool enhancing curriculum access for all students.

Students use QR to create links to academic content they have created, such as writing samples, resumes, websites.  Place codes at work stations around the classroom that will take students to different online activities, videos or content.

Teachers can create QR for linking students to examples of quality work, whether it’s PowerPoint or slideshare for a class presentation.   For homework tasks, add QR codes to challenging problems that will take students to video explanations, additional practice, or online revision.

Like all technology, QR codes are a tool and need to fit a purpose; they can create engagement in a lesson, manage classroom activities or facilitate inquiry in a project when used effectively.


Unpacking the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies

This link is to the “Hangout” video posted by Chris Betcher in which thoughts regarding the Draft Curriculum are discussed.  The following people participated in the discussion:

  • Bruce Fuda – President InTEACT, Canberra
  • Dr Jason Zagami – Griffith University
  • Matthew Wells – classroom teacher
  • Tim – Independent education consultant
  • Nikki – University of Sydney
  • Maurice – University of NSW, Head of Computer Science and Engineering


Concern was raised regarding the ability of teachers to deliver the curriculum at a level which aligns to expectations in the Draft document.  There is no doubt that a degree of teacher training is needed to ensure implementation and delivery of this new curriculum.  However, teachers should also realise the knowledge and skills they already posses is adequate, they just need to be shown how to apply it in this new context.

Social Media

The article, Social media youth skirt child porn line (Courier Mail, April 15, 2013), highlights the inability of young people to make sound judgements regarding what is appropriate content to be shared on social media sites, such as Facebook.  Little do these children realise, when they film and post explicit content they are potentially breaking the law.

This further highlights the vital role teachers play in educating students about the safe, responsible use of digital technologies.  Teachers, along with parents/carers, also have the responsibility of ensuring students understand the detrimental, ongoing impact the sharing of inappropriate images and actions can have on their futures; these are the permanent digital footprints they are leaving.

Learning Activity Types

Week 5 activities have introduced me to Learning Activity Types (LATS).  LATS act as tools for teachers to plan engaging learning experiences.  The approach to planning with LATS requires learning goals to be identified prior to selecting technologies; ensuring student learning remains central.

Teachers can utilise the taxonomy for each activity type to identify compatible technologies that may be used to support the learning (Harris & Hoffer, 2009).  This resource provided excellent Technologies suggestions for project application, as well as assessment purposes.

Teaching: The Next Generation

Lynsey Peteresen’s article, Teaching: The Next Generation, highlights the importance of technology integration as a vital part of 21st century teaching.

Due to technological innovation, there are technologies that future generations will never experience because they will are constantly being replaced (Petersen, 2011). Teachers must be aware that these ever changing technologies have necessitated an educational transformation from ‘learning what’ to ‘learning how’.  Within a 21st century classroom there is a shift of control from the teacher as the centre of learning to the network of students working together; education is collaborative, global and mobile, and is about students learning to learn.


QSITE is a statewide network providing support for Queensland teachers using ICT in their classrooms and for professional use.  Peter Albion provided information pertaining to this network via the EDP4130 forum.

There is a QSITE learning community and network specifically for Early to Middle Years teachers.  The aim of these networks is to:

  • Engage…… students and educators in life-long learning
  • Share……… Schools Web and Student Design challenges, share student achievements and experiences
  • Connect….. with colleagues for collaboration and learning and providing Professional Development opportunities
  • Lead………. ICT education and ICT integration in Queensland

Curation Project

Hello. My name is Theresa Berryman and I would like to welcome you to my blog about Technology Education in the Australian context.

During this blogging experience I hope to share and learn about the technology skills, experiences and attitudes required for teachers to be effective technology educators.

The focus for this project is to curate a collection of resources and ideas associated with teaching technology in a primary school context in Australia.  In addition this project is intended to support the dual outcomes of becoming a member of personal/professional learning network (PLN) as well as establishing a positive professional presence on the World Wide Web.  In order to further expand my PLN I have established a Twitter accoount – @tberr40.

I look forward to sharing ideas, software applications, design problems and projects pertaining to technology education and discussing how these link to the implementaion of the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technology.

The linked EDP 4130 Digital Technologies Report follows my learning journey during the course of this semester.  Included in the ePortfolio are my relfections on the Scratch tasks and extension projects completed as part of the assessment process.  Scratch is a free a graphical programming environment that allows children to create their own interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations which can be shared online.  Scratch has been developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group.