ISTE2015 – Day 2 – Ideas and inspiration

I attended some great workshops today and I have been plenty inspired, however, I think that I have months worth of stuff to ponder.  For now, I will write in my notes that I took, in their raw format and I will continue to come back to them for further reflection in the weeks to come.

THE VIRAL VIDEO EFFECT (click for presentation)

  • Some of the lamest videos are the ones that go viral, E.g. Nyan cat
  • What makes videos a viral sensation?  What makes students want to put everything that they do on YouTube?  What makes students want to be professional YouTubers?
  • So many YouTube videos demonstrate students success, so that we can celebrate with them.  Why do we not celebrate these more at school, in the community, with parents?
  • Video storytelling is so effective when it takes a simple content area, analyses it and reproduces it in a fun and creative way. E.g. The dating game with rocks.
  • Build tension, but make people laugh as well
  • Science experiment videos with final outcome at the beginning hook the viewing audience, very effective
  • Science video with ear and sound frequencies, interactive video, gets audience participation.  Use rhetorical questions in videos to make it interactive.  Use the videos interactive with the editing tools, overlays etc in YouTube.
  • Scratch can be used for robotics and game design as well as video storytelling.
  • Vine is a great video tool for creating stop motion videos and ally creative videos, look up vineoriginals, limit of 6 seconds

Example videos shared include:


  • First level support and curriculum support
  • Digital citizenship in schools by Mike Ribble, third edition out in August
  • Important book… The principals guide to a powerful library media program
  • Develop an elevator speech about what the library is about, what it offers.
  • Build bridges and unify visions
    – change perceptions
    – embrace change,look to the future
    – get to know your IT folks
    – learn the lingo
    – seize opportunities: daily opportunities for data backups and curriculum discussions, what could I offer in free periods? “I want to help you, because I know it helps others.”
    – right tools for the right job
  • The benefits of team-ups
    – IT and information specialists
    – empowering others
    – streamlining access for resources (Worldbook, discovery Ed, IDM)
    – voice for the user
    – collaborative benefits
    – stewards for digital citizenship
  • Work towards the future
    – librarians as tech leaders
    – librarians as learning centres
    – be an innovator, a model, and SHARE
    – volunteer
    – build relationships
    – be a myth buster: failure is always an option


  • Teachers won’t be replaced by technology, they’ll be reached by teachers who use technology.
  • If we can Google the answer, we need to change the assessment.
  • Curation and narration are missing in the 21st century skills
  • The ability to find good information, and understand it, makes you care about it
  • Ngram viewer – scans books and tells you how many times a book is seen within that book


  • High school Spanish teacher, quit using textbooks to relinquish control and restraints
  • Students need to learn the skills to engage with others online
  • Need to encourage creative and productive use of devices
  • Kids use Twitter to get feedback from strangers worldwide using the hashtag #comments4kids
  • Check out some of the back channel activity that formed the majority of this session, click below

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Going Google Apps… finally!

Its been awhile since I last wrote a blog post as so much has been changing I guess and time gets away from oneself.  I have been working on my own business Kristina Hollis Ed Tech Consulting, and enjoying a great variety of jobs and experiences.  I have also started working back within the NSW DEC at a Hunter Valley school.  Whilst I am still settling into a new school and working out the ‘lay of the land’ so to speak, I have been excited to find that the NSW DEC has finally released Google Apps and provided access for all staff and students to this essential suite of tools.  I have been a Moodle advocate and trainer for 5-6 years now and still firmly believe it to be the best LMS out there, however, Google Apps is definitely a suite of tools, when used the right way, that could rival any LMS.

Benefits of Google Apps

My own personal and professional beliefs about the benefits of Google Apps are:

  • SSO (single sign on) for students to a large number of apps in one browser is simplifying navigation and creating a user-friendly learning experience.
  • Collaboration is easier than ever and revision history plus comments make it possible for teachers and other group members to track work and changes more successfully.
  • Cloud storage is the best way for students to store and manage their work, no longer needing to rely on a USB they will probably lose or potentially corrupt.
  • Extensions bring even more potential to the already ‘brimming-with-possibilities’ suite of apps, assisting individual schools and educators to customise their experiences.
  • Google Classroom is a fantastic way to get students to submit work as it will go into automatically created Google Drive folders, making it easy for teachers to find the work later, download in a ZIP folder and mark.
  • The integration of apps for the purpose of productivity and organisation will assist students to become owners of their learning experiences and more accountable for them in the long-run.
  • Making your own website has never been easier than it is in Google Sites.

There are many other benefits but these are my top ones and I’m looking forward to helping colleagues learn these for themselves and discover the potential Google Apps give them in their own teaching and learning.

Check out the Google for Education website for more information.

PBL World (Australia) – Day 1

PBL World (Australia) – Day 1
Questions to ask in PBL
So many questions came out of today and like the start of every PBL project, there is many questions that we need to know the answers to in order to complete our project.  In this case our project is to learn about and plan effective PBL projects.

  1. #pblaustralia Is your project a MAIN course or a DESSERT? Can we ‘renovate’ our dessert projects 2 b more encompassing of the curriculum
  2. ‘Who in the adult world would need to know this content and how would they use it?’ Thanks @OlaDoctorGina !!! #pblaustralia
  3. How much should we as teachers monitor the work students are going? Management of work. #pblaustralia
  4. How can you create buy-in for students to hook them into the project? Build their motivation? #pblaustralia
  5. “Who am I and what do I contribute to the world” PBL philosophy #pblaustralia
  6. Stimulus resources vs stimulus experiences to prompt further inquiry… Which is more appropriate? #pblaustralia
  7. What real world topic should your class tackle? Students deciding = engagement, passion, & ownership! #pblchat #pblaustralia #PBLStyleChat
  8. What essential questions do students need to be able to answer before answering the driving question #pblaustralia
  9. Is the new innovation missing? We usually start with renovation, making incremental changes. #pblaustralia

Great take aways

For me there have already been some great take away statements and resources that will help me a lot in planning PBL but also in helping my colleagues do PBL as well.  Here are some below.

  1. Best take away… “You do not know what your students can do” @gregwhitby #pblaustralia I love giving students scope to demonstrate this
  2. Cross-KLA planning for new teaching and learning programs… Luv it! #pblaustralia
  3. Good PBL: Plan collaboratively. Spark student interest. Exhibit student work for the public #pblaustralia
  4. “A common intellectual mission…” #pblaustralia
  5. “Standardisation…the death of innovation” Luv it! #pblaustralia Larry Rosenstock
  6. “Uncovering material not just covering material” Larry Rosenstock #pblaustralia
  7. @Pblaustralia Larry Rosenstock giving us gold…produce, keep it simple, all students & adults learn, uncover not just cover #PBLAustralia
  8. Do the higher order all the time and lower order takes care of itself. Production takes care of consumption #pblaustralia
  9. Do the PBL first… Not at the end of ‘Chapter 5’… Begin with the end in mind #pblaustralia

My own project begins

I’m planning a project that will facilitate learning about digital citizenship and responsible online and digital interactivity.  I particularly want this to include implications of the law.  My target group is Year 9 with a product that will target a Year 7 audience eventually.  I’m a little different in that I am not a full time classroom teacher as such but this will definitely be a good project to use with Year 9 in iPlan lessons I hope.

The student we all hope results from these PBL experiences 🙂

iPads in Education – Where are we heading?

The college where I am Leader of Learning Technologies and Information Resources Manager is making the move to 1-1 with iPads next year and this is a journey that certainly does not have an end date. What research have I gathered to inform the implementation and training process?

There has been so much information from so many sources to digest and to make use of in preparation for our own implementation.  I’ve always loved curating resources but my curation has gone to a whole new level with my growing addiction to Pinterest and creating many purposeful pinboards.  Twitter is of course a vital part of curation and as the largest social bookmarking site it has provided great gems for me to read and consider on this journey so far.

  1. A More Flexible iPad Classroom Through Apple TV via @TeachThought
  2. How Tablets Can Enable Meaningful Connections for Students and Teachers | MindShift… via @MindShiftKQED
  3. Integrated blogging app for iPad, could be handy for my trip:…
  4. What the iPad Is and What It Isn’t | @langwitches #edtech #plaea
  5. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: SAMR model | @BrightBytes #eddtech #edchat
  6. EdTechSandyK: iPad Basic Training for Teachers | @LeonarderRod Great info from @edtechsandyk #ipadchat #mobile2013
  7. iPurpose before iPad Always a pleasure to read Mark’s work…
  8. Results and iPads discussed – The Impact of New Technology in Schools #edtech
  9. The Impact of iPads in Schools – Results are in! #edtech
  10. Resources for teacher development that I collated & developed recently – iPads in the classroom #ipaded #edtech
  11. In The Netherlands, Schools Are Letting IPads Do The Teaching By @christinachaey… via @FastCompany

The Padagogy Wheel, developed by Adelaide’s Allan Carrington has played a big role in the professional development I have provided colleagues and has informed my own practice with planning for more intentional classroom use of iPads.  His work has been made with Creative Commons licensing and I appreciate being to utilise such great work.

  1. Introduction to the Padagogy Wheel
  2. Padagogy Wheel developed to refocus on learning rather than technology. Flip your thinking!… @AllanADL #edtechsa
  3. The Padagogy Wheel… #T4L13
  4. #cegsa Padagogy Wheel. For excellence what attributes do graduates need & how can we develop. Pls do & help #edchat
  5. So Cool! Teach with #iPads The Padagogy Wheel V3.0, including QR Code linked videos!… #edutech #ImpCol SV
  6. Mapping of Bloom’s for learning outcomes and linked activities (Ss video). iOS Apps linked Padagogy Wheel… #caedchat

So where are we heading?  What do we hope to see in the classroom as a result of this move?  I can’t speak for everyone in the college as to what outcomes would be desirable from the implementation but as a college we are committed to modelling, teaching and facilitating opportunities for our students to become motivated, lifelong learners.  I would love to see the students taking more initiative in their learning, directing their learning experiences more and exploring information in ways they had not previously considered.  The opportunities excite me and I hope to have every opportunity to demonstrate  just how much is possible when students have a personal device at their fingertips, ready to learn ‘just-in-time’.  We aren’t heading towards teachers being obsolete or irrelevant in the classroom by any means, however, teachers’ roles will change and they will become part of a portal to a whole new world of information and opportunities.

The Rule of 6: How to Teach with an iPad by Jim Norwood

My previous post reflected on this book and a lesson I designed that implemented the book but I have continued to ponder it further and the other day created these two infographics to outline the basic content and stages of The Rule of 6.

The Rule of 6 - Part 1 The Rule of 6 - Part 2

Adapted from the work of Jim Norwood in The Rule of 6: How to Teach with an iPad.

‘H’ is for Habituated learning – A to Z of learning Ls

You might be wondering why, if you have been following my series on the A to Z of learning Ls, I skipped out on D for Design-based learning (DBL) and G for Games-based learning.  I didn’t really skip either though because on the blog post The complete (almost) A to Z of Learning Ls you will find the list links to Moodling by Design – Design by Moodling as well as Gamification – hype on the rise, which are posts I did on DBL on GBL previously.  I’m not sure where it was that I came across the notion of habituated learning but it did provoke some thought into how we learn when we do things out of habit.

I’ve struggled to write this entry a little and the draft has sat here for several weeks but habituation is the notion that repeated exposure to the same stimuli eventually leads to decreased response to that stimuli (Read these explanations: Wikipedia, Cognitive Science, and PSY 376 Wiki).  It’s a very hard concept to grasp in terms of learning but what it might be is the decrease in response to classroom distractions and other disruptive stimuli in the learning process.  When we are continuously exposed to something we become used to it and I think this is what habituation is.  What might make us struggle to learn, for example, distractions and the unfamiliarity of a learning experience/activity but the more that these are part of our learning experiences the more it becomes a habit and routine and it won’t negatively effect the learning.

This is a very hard concept for me to get my head around so I may leave this post with this and update later.