I’ve just had a fantastic 4 days at Singapore at the ADE Institute for 2015. I’ve done a separate post about my awesome experience throughout this time. Upon my return (5 hours later to be exact) I went along to the Young ICT Explorers Final at University of QLD to meet up with our school’s 4 groups who had been shortlisted for the finals. I was super impressed by the levels of expertise demonstrated by these young people – the sort of skills that previously would have been shown by those at least 10 years older.
Below though are the things on my agenda upon my return:
Possible Actions back at my site:
Student Leaders: this is something I know I need to do. To fast-track this, can I invite applications for this process and get this going in Yrs 4 – 6 straight away.
Junior Primary Leaders – Can I take my Prep Group on a Monday morning and pick 5 things that I can train experts in. These experts can then work with their class, present to the neighbouring classes and then take this knowledge into Year One.
Digital Pedagogy Coaching: I had a great session with our Regional Coach before I came here which was timely. I need to start this. I need to use the TOPS Padagogy Placement to shape these conversations and direct where I can best help.
Makerspace: Make a meeting with parents and interested staff but get going straight away by introducing a piece of equipment straight away – one per week – put out in the Library with instruction signs. ‘Pop-up Maker Table’ to appear at the beginning of the week and then be integrated in the space downstairs.
- 3D printing apps
- Little Bits
- Girls and Engineering Kits
- Stop motion with Lego
- Edison robots
- Makey-Makey with laptop
- Scratch on laptop
- Coding on iPads
QUEST CLUB morphing into CODING CLUB
My idea of identifying those for a Code Club needs to develop. ENG QUEST for training ground in Engineering processes and then some of these children identified for CODING CLUB. Registration for Bebras can happen first.