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Hockey World Cup

Hockey World Cup

Everyone is caught up with the soccer world cup and not many would even know we are in the final for the field hockey world cup tonight! The Kookaburras are looking to beat Netherlands at 11pm tonight. The aussies are up against it with the Netherlands having a strong home army flooding the stadium in orange. Yes this is slightly relevant to the course as it is on a live stream! A really good use of youtubes resources  

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Using sport to change students lives and schools culture

Using sport to change students lives and schools culture

I was thinking about different types of websites and technologies to share on my blog and realized that there is one we all know that is still extremely useful and under underutilized, YouTube. I did a simple search on my area, sports, and found this incredible video that depicts a school that was struggling to get attendance over 40% and through the integration of sport every morning attendance rocketed to over 70%. In this school sport is used to create a sense of belonging which help build confidence and enables students to find their place within the school. I believe that ICTs can be used in a similar way to assist in students confidence and belonging as they may feel more comfortable being able to do things with familiar technology. Not only do I encourage you to watch this video, especially SHPE students,  I recommend that you have a quick search on YouTube in your teaching area.  

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Teacher Tips

Teacher Tips

This is only a short read (couple of hundred words) about getting students to research a new task. It has a few suggestions that can be helpful when asking students to do internet searches on a new topic. It get the students thinking about prior knowledge and then allows the student to further understand what are the key elements they need to search. This eliminates the wasted time of students plugging in words that may not be key or useful in their search for knowledge. Only a quick read and could be helpful in our upcoming practical placement. 

Click on the ” Teacher Tips” link or http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/03/search-tip-for-students-think-before.html 

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My Next Trick

My Next Trick

I have previously heard about prezi, however, never ventured into using it. I would have previously have done a PowerPoint as I found it sufficient. After having a play around on prezi I have found it to be very similar to a PowerPoint and somewhat more interesting and fun. It gives you the option to run it in a sequential order or if you want to skip to a certain slide you can also do so. I makes the links between point much more fluent and obvious as you can see which sections tie together. If you ever feel the need to knock up a quick PowerPoint to show to the class I think prezi will be a much more interesting way to cover the information. 

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Helpful videos

Helpful videos

Ever tried using a video to start off a new topic within the classroom?

I have always tried to get the students excited for a topic to try and increase the willingness to learn. This can include games or an activity, however they can take up time and you might not have a great idea for every topic. This link I found off investigating Teacher Tv which I saw being used by a tutor in another class. It gave me several links for different pages that teachers would find helpful. This first page was one that has different categories for different subjects. As I am minoring in maths and majoring in HPE I chose the maths category that used a sports example. The video offers multiple maths questions that you could work through as a class. This would be effective as many students could relate to the relevance of the task in ‘ real life’.

For more links to similar pages like this, google search ‘TeachersTv’. There is a UK link and an Australian link. I find the UK link more helpful, however, it’s up to you.

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Interesting Read

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-stories-heather-wolpert-gawron?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=blog-kids-speak-out-question&utm_reader=feedly

For those who haven’t yet fully got the hang of feedly, this can be the benefit. Great articles pop up on your feed for interesting and informative reads. This particular article shows the students point of view on engagement in the classroom. All I had to do was sign into feedly using my usq email and then subscribe to some pages I thought would be beneficial. There is also a EDC 3100 page to follow to assist in finding effective articles about education. I also followed some sporting pages as that will be helpful for other subjects I am enrolled in. It took some courage to work my way through all of these sites but I am seeing the benefits of them now.

Boydey