How does ICT and technology impact on your learning (and teaching)?

Consider how you learn at St Andrews….

Think about the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) that you use to support your learning journey and inquiry?

How does using technology impact your learning (and teaching)?

Yr 4 -6  wallwisher 

Yr 5 A created their own wallwisher. This is what they thought  Yr 5A wallwisher.

Or post your comment below (don’t forget to just use your 1st name).

Oliver and Reading Lists survey

In order to improve the use of resources in the JS Library, the Oliver catalogue has the function of READING LISTS.

All teachers and students have been introduced to this resource.

In order to make the most of the function READING LISTS and to ensure it meets your needs, please complete the survey below.

Click here to take survey

Stephen Heppell and Future Pedagogy

I was fortunate to attend the recent conference Future Pedagogy at the State Library Queensland.

The podcast will be available soon.

Below is a You Tube video of one of his presentations 11th January 2011.

Stephen Heppell and Learning without Borders

A few thoughts from the day for me….

“Kids +technology =progress”
“Technology allows us to do it differently.”

These tweets are from the twitter stream online at visible tweets.

See more about the fantastic projects that Stephen is involved in at

More information about this presentation will be found at
Stephen Heppell

PS – Love his travel tips!

Schools Thinking Differently

Most of us probably think of a school as having four walls, desks and chairs.

These schools think differently about education.

GREEN SCHOOL (from TED talks)


Floating school Bangladesh






What are your thoughts about the different types of schools and how they learn?

What you change at your school?

Change the world -Taking Action

Let’s Take Action

Click on the link to view the poster – change_the_world.

“Learn about the Change the World charity campaign and get involved. Remember that small change adds up and that you can make a difference!”


All you need to do is ‘click on the penny and one penny will be donated by edutecher.
Watch the video to see how this works in reality.


Change the World


Flipstack Webtool Mashup – Blooms, MI and more

Webtool Mashup – Integrating Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, Gardner’s Multiple intelligences and Webtools

This tool has great application for the classroom and Professional Learning.

Some of its features include the ability to save the work as a PDF and to embed the results.

An example of this tool being used for Professional Learning is below.This FlipSnack was created by Kirsten Lange as a way to present key words (using wordle) for each year level using the Australian Curriculum and Mathematics learning area. It is an excellent example of blending two Web2.0 tools.


I’m reading fantasy and adventure in….

“The Throne of Fire” No. 2 in the Kane Chronicles…

One curse. Two Heroes. Five Days to Save the World

Rick Riordan talking about the Kane Chronicles

See more at



Others new to the JS Library are:


Jim Springman and the Realm of Glory

“Jim Springman and the Realm of Glory is a funny new fantasy offering in which reality is thrown into chaos and starts to appear more and more like the world in Jim’s sister’s book, the Realm of Glory a book which Jim hates, even though he hasn’t read it. There is action aplenty, with twists and turns and laughs to entertain middle and upper primary aged readers.”

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous and award-winning adventure.



Outstanding picture books – Books that pack a punch

 Older Reader Picture Books

The following picture books are worth spending some time analyzing and enjoying.

One small island – PYP Appreciation, Caring, Respect, Integrity

“In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site.  Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.”

From little things big things grow – PYP Caring, Respect, Tolerance, Commitment

“Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly’s famous song has here been turned into a beautiful picture book. Featuring the background story to the lyrics and the lovely artwork of Peter Hudon and children from Guringji country in the Northern Territory, this is a title that will appeal to adults and children alike.”


Peaceful Hero – PYP Respect, Appreciation, Integrity, Principled

Why is “hero” a word so often reserved for warriors who fight with guns and weapons to defend their people? In this uplifting book, renowned picture book biographer Jonah Winter writes of another kind of hero, a peaceful hero, who is willing to die for a cause, but never to kill for a cause.

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