Mapping media to the curriculum

Media maps are workflow storyboards for multimedia products. What do you want to create with your students today?”

This website clearly sets out how to develop a workflow with ICT to support the curriculum.
Simple, yet effective examples that can be applied to the classroom.

Wesley Fryer created the “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” website to accompany and support his eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.”

Love it!


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2012 top learning tools for 2012

Each year Jane Hart compiles the Top 100 learning tools.

Additionally, Jane has also provided the following tools:

“But now for the complete 2012 Top 100 Tools list. I have prepared a number of resources that not only provide detail about the tools but that also help to analyze the list.  This includes:

– a shareable slideset, (via Slideshare), which I have embedded below
– a textual list, where you can also see at a glance, how the tools are commonly being used (ie for Personal/Professional use, in Education or in the Enterprise)
– a list of the Winners and Losers in 2012 – compared to 2011
– and a categorised list of tools, called Best of Breed 2012

And, if you want to compare the rankings across the six surveys, there’s the Top 100 Tools 2007-2012 list too.”



I love looking at this list to see if I am current in my awareness of the tools that others are using, as well as finding new ones!

It is an excellent way to easily share what can be used from the myriad of resources out there, that can simply overwhelm.

My general rule of thumb is – find one new tool to experiment with – consider its benefit to education – trial it with some students and then share :).




I already use the majority of tools on the list – but will be testing out Learnist as an alternative content curator.


Ruben R. Puentedura’s SAMR model

Last week I was fortunate enough to listen to Ruben R. Puentedura and hear directly from him about his model SAMR about how to effectively engage and challenge in order to be innovative and creative AND how to enable true pedagogical change and improve student learning outcomes. 
The following is from Dr Ruben’s weblog:
September 3, 2012
Building Upon SAMR
The slides from my presentations in Brisbane are now online:
Building Upon SAMR
I have also uploaded the slides from my workshop on SAMR ladder design: SAMR: Thoughts for Design
My thanks to everyone who attended the session – you’ve given me a wonderful welcome to Australia!
Additional Resources
The links to his presentations and resources can be found on my diggo link.
Other resources about SAMR
This SAMR modle image cames from Jenny Luca’s blog

Visual Literacy, iPhone app, iPad resources, and Glean

Literacy and Visual Literacy in particular are key areas in the Australian Curriculum and General Capabilities.

Recently I presented about some ways to incorporate Visual Literacy with an iPad at the recent Apps Galore joint Mini-Conference (BCE and Lutheran Education).

These resources can be found here.

iPhone App for the session

Visual Literacy resources (JSSALC wikispaces)


Additionally, the Glean website has some excellent resources to support the development of literacy skills in its various forms.

Glean Learning Tools are free information literacy, data literacy and math teaching tools produced by Public Learning Media, Inc.




Kathy Schrock’s BLOOMIN APPS

Using Bloom’s with ipads and android devices – check out BLOOMIN’ APPS

Kathy Schrock is a well respected educator who is constantly producing fantastic resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Check out these resources to use with the iPads (and android). These are based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Kathy Schrock

Andrew Churches Edorigami

Dr L O Wilson


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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!

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.