Links to be reading

Stephanie always has some thought-provoking, paradigm-challenging content.

Teaching the Teacher

Teens and media – a common sense approach from Common Sense media.

The unexpected maths from Van Gough maths in unusual places

From knowing to empathising – @geomouldey argues it’s time to get to know your kids

Listening to and trying to understand student thinking which has been made visible – Cathy Brown demonstrates the power of visible thinking through acting and inquiring into what students think.

An awesome conference – unleashing learning – happening in just over a month.

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Google Expeditions – bringing the world to the classroom #coetail

Teaching the Teacher


As a child do you remember having a view-master?


This analogue augmented-reality device enabled two generations of kids to view in three dimensions scenes from around the world from the comfort of their own home.

Fast forward a few decades and we have a new, more awesome version.

Google Expeditions.


I see space

// few weeks ago I got an email from Suan Yeo, an education manager from Google, asking if my school wanted to be part of the of the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme.

Despite a busy schedule, the only answer to being one of the first to try out a new bit of technology especially with a bunch of elementary kids is always yes.

Instead of a usual day at school, my class explored the Great Barrier reef, Antarctica and zoomed into space all while keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground in Singapore. Expeditions uses google cardboard with…

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Kids must code on iPads

““School work is no longer school work when it’s recognised outside school” – @iPadWells”


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An important 21st Century skill

This post is about a topic and app close to my heart. Computer programming is the engine of modern life and dream maker for tens of thousands. More and more countries are introducing the subject as compulsory schooling at surprisingly young ages. The UK is introducing a national school programme in september this year whilst also funding to increase momentum. is pushing an international message with big-name endorsement. Even small countries like Estonia have their 5-year-olds taking their first steps into logical problem solving. A site I’ve used for years is

estonia codeWhat learning to code offers young people.

Even I was surprised at how much my students have enjoyed their first experience of coding this year. In a number of ways, coding offers a ideal learning experience. Students receive immediate feedback from any attempt and can see the results of their endeavours…

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Coding on iPads – Beginner to Pro

It’s about unleashing the creativity and potential of our learners. “Teachers – let them show you what they can create!”


Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.

There’s an app for that (and a generation)

Fortunately, the world of code education is getting easier and more self-sufficient every month. When I say self-sufficient, I mean such that having an expert in the room is not longer a requirement. Thousands of children, some as young as four, are teaching themselves to program and make apps and games . They are using, apps, YouTube, gadgets, drones and robots, all available at home. This generation are also becoming experts at collaborating online.
Initially, many code teachers in the world were skeptical about whether the…

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Paying for kids education?

I think that just about every primary teacher can nod sagely and say, “been there, done that,” to the points Stephanie makes in her latest blog.

Teaching the Teacher

Being a public school teacher is the only job where you steal things from home to bring to work. Old furniture, newspapers, milk bottles, boxes, old machines. Teachers, in particular primary teachers, are masters in the art of transmogrifying other people’s junk into learning experiences. Partly because it’s fun but mostly because school funding never quite stretches that far.

Reading that schools are quietly dipping into operations grants to buy food for kids didn’t surprise me. Instead my first thought was; it isn’t just food and it isn’t just schools. Teachers often dip into their pockets over the course of the school year. Most people assume it’s paying for little extras like stickers and stamps but often we’re also chucking a few dollars at kids in our class who need a helping hand.

Based on a highly unscientific poll on twitter and my own experience here’s a sample of what New Zealand teachers dip into their own funds…

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New 5K iMac, Force Touch MacBook Pro 15-inch, Tom-Tom Maps deal, next Thunderbolt, better Photos Adjust

New 5K iMac, Force Touch MacBook Pro 15-inch, Tom-Tom Maps deal, next Thunderbolt, better Photos Adjust.


Mark Webster reports on the new iMac and MacBook Pro 15-inch. Interestingly you can now get 18 months interest-free from the online store! Happy reading.