It’s finished…the dissertation that is

Over the last 7 months I have immersed myself into an Honours dissertation. Why? Good question. It will provide a pathway to a PhD, if I decide to take that journey. At times it has been exciting, interviewing people who have been hosts of @EduTweetOz was a lot of fun (thank you all for giving […]

Learning…

As news breaks about who managed to get top spot regarding the TCE (ATAR) scores in Tasmania I think it is worth reflecting on the language that we use and what does it really mean. What message are we conveying and how is this deeply entrenched in our culture. As Tasmania moves forward to embrace […]

#Minecraft Club – what it looked like

  Nathaniel has done a wonderful job of documenting the work he has done with the young people who participated in our first Minecraft Club in Launceston, which was supported by the QVMAG and Definium and held at the Battery Shed. For an insight into the 6 weeks of fun and exploration, learning with each […]

#Minecraftclub fun fun fun!

The Minecraft Club is well underway and has just finished its 4th session. Nat will be documenting the ins and outs of the program shortly, but I just can’t help but comment – as last night was so much FUN! There is something awesome about a room full of young people who are working together on […]

How do we view technology?

One of the classes that I appreciated attending while at Ohio University was Advanced Seminar – IT Philosophy. I did not gain assessment in this class, as I chose to attend as an extra – just for the joy of it. And it was a joy, we had wonderful questions and resulting discussions that focused around […]

Distraction can lead to great things #Minecraft

In mid August I attended the Code Club Australia teacher training at East Launceston Primary School. I mentioned in a post that reflected on the day that I was a little distracted. Well I was a lot distracted! But that didn’t mean that I was totally detached from what was going on. Rather, I was […]

Computational Thinking – is it confined to computing?

It’s the latest buzz word – Computational Thinking. What do you think of when you hear it? A quick search of the Australian Curriculum puts it squarely in the Technology learning area, specifically that of digital technology, but is that where it sits? Can it be found in other areas? Is it not just a […]

Speaking with others #hardiefellowship

Last weekend I had breakfast with friends. It was our first proper catch up since my return from the USA. Apart from the fact that it was really nice to sit and chat and have breakfast extend to a couple of hours, it also made me aware of how I distill the learning for different […]

Coding… #Minecraft

This week I attended Code Club Australia teacher training, aimed at supporting the development of after school clubs for coding. This is a Scratch based program designed to support teachers set up clubs for students in primary school with the intent for the underpinning concepts of coding to be learnt and understood. It is fairly straight […]

It’s ok to freeze. Really? #Minecraft

Over the last couple of days I have had the opportunity to spend time with educators talking about Minecraft. This has been a wonderful experience and consequently has led to some thinking and reworking perspectives. One of the things I get asked when any discussion occurs around Minecraft is do you use MinecraftEDU. And the […]

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