Learning Day for Teachers

On Monday our teachers attended a Professional Development Day which focused on skilling up teachers as they work together with students in the world of technology.  Of course the teachers were very excited to receive their own school iPad to assist them in their teaching and very keen to participate in all the learning activities.

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions.  It commemorates not only the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915,  but all Australians who served and died in war.  Many people get up early to attend the dawn service, others attend the ANZAC march and yet others stop to reflect privately on the spirit of the Anzacs, with their qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice.

Our students have been learning about the ANZAC story and its importance in the history of Australia, and some students have created art work or written stories about their thoughts.  Here is a presentation on Book Creator.

 

Old Technology v New Technology

Let’s compare an old rotary phone (used in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s), with a current iPhone.

Children were asked several questions –

  • How does it work?
  • What is the dial for?
  • Can you show me how to call someone? (What is the first thing you do when you want to make a call?)
  • Can you send text messages on it?
  • What else can you do with a rotary phone?

Do you know?

For many of the children it was the first time they had seen such a phone in reality, so there were many different ideas and suggestions made.

When they compared what they knew about an iPhone however, here’s what they came up with.

Which phone would you prefer to have?

Why?