Monthly Archives: May 2015

Curriculum Research and Readings

QUT STEM high school

A Twilight PD for teachers at QUT STEM High School

Every now and again an email appears in your Inbox that gets your attention. It’s not directly about Teacher Librarianship, or libraries, but it looks interesting.

Such was the case with the QUT Twilight teacher PD event “Learning with Technologies”, held on 12 May at QUT and hosted by the STEM High School Engagement team.

The program consisted of a panel of presenters form both schools and University faculties. Each presenter had 30 minutes to talk about what they were currently creating, or researching, teaching and asking questions about. Maybe they just wanted to share an idea from their areas of specialty in Learning with Technologies.

The program was diverse! Using Social technologies in the learning environment: exploring the ways that social media can contribute to meeting students in their own space to create a learning environment that fosters engagement in blended, online and flexible learning situations.

A demonstration of a flipped classroom in action, examples of Crowdsourcing in the classroom to gather information for problem based learning tasks, and the recent research in setting Multiple Choice questions, and how to enhance the learning with this method of questioning.

A wearable technology demonstration led to a keen discussion on classroom practice from both the panel and forum group. How to implement this practical and hand’s on learning? What is the relevance today?

An event such as this serves to remind me why we are doing Maker Spaces in our library. It is the unending enthusiasm and collegiality of a group such as this!

To offer a meeting place that feeds the thinking behind the mission of QUT STEM school workshops makes sense. To “seek to bridge the secondary-tertiary interface and provide students with an opportunity to understand the relevance of STEM skills in their learning and future” is a vital role school libraries can own, manage and drive from their library.

Quick links from QUT STEM:

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Opening a can of worms: Introducing programming

Scratch Map

Scratch Day is a global network of events that celebrates Scratch — and the young people who code and create with it. During Scratch Day, kids and adults gather to share projects and learn from one another.

In the meeting today I have launched the Competition for this term’s Challenge.
We are learning Scratch to create a 2 level game.

Suddenly I have keen boys wanting to use Kudo, Puzzlescript, Visual Studio, and a few more. Homework for me again!

I am feeling encouraged, however. I have the support of the IT department to allow the boys to load the program onto their student computers, and the Head of Middle School. The Boarding House is excited and I think we are off to a good start. A letter home to parents and the added development of a Team App to make it easier for parents to follow along.

As a beginner, I am learning with them. They are very keen to share with the entire group, and already they are making comparisons across platforms, and the rules are becoming elastic to accommodate their ideas.

Scratch Day is May 9th, 2015. We will offer activities on this day from our Library. Watch this space for more photos!

Ongoing to the conversation.. we’re on the right track:

May 10: Tasmanian schools to roll out Coding curriculum

Sharing our programming skills


Compared to Blockly… Scratch is….


A bustling, shared place


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