Thursday, June 4, 2015

Indigenous resources for the iPad school

Our NSW curriculum states that teachers, need to consider in their planning and programming, the incorporation of indigenous issues and themes across the curriculum. 'The incorporation of Aboriginal perspectives into classroom practice includes Aboriginal students through the important recognition of their identity, history and culture and also promotes reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians'.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture is a cross curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum: 'Engaging students in learning about our Indigenous history and culture provides opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. This knowledge and understanding will enrich their ability to participate positively in the ongoing development of Australia'.

For schools with iPads there are a range of very useful Apps and iBooks that can provide rich material for students to immerse themselves in the language, culture, art and history of indigenous Australians. Many of them are free.

Click on the image below to access the Pinterest board with links to the individual resources.

  Follow Lisa's board Indigenous iPad resources on Pinterest.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

iLearn Anywhere - reflecting on our journey so far

Our students in the iLearn Anywhere project have had iPads in their hands for just on 12 months.  It was timely that we review and reflect on the progress of the project and it's impact on student learning.

As part of our review, the following video provides a snapshot of how the learning is developing for our iLearn Anywhere students and teachers.  It was heartening to see the skills and learning in the areas of literacy, numeracy and religious education in such a short time.  It was also exciting to see the enthusiasm of all involved with the project.

The following slides then give a more detailed overview of the project.

This presentation chronicles the development of the project; the pedagogy direction, the management, administrative and technical infrastructure setup, examples of student learning, the professional learning model and the project challenges.