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What are the SUPER POWERS of Learning.
COLLABORATION is a SUPER POWER it can make one teacher appear like 20. And student to student learning is very powerful. Read about learning coding using this SUPER POWER.
EMPOWERING STUDENTS is a SUPER POWER, read about the Berlin school that is turning Education upside down.
READING is a SUPER POWER check it out

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The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.
Jean Piaget, psychologist (9 Aug 1896-1980)

Boring stuff on the iPad is still boring

No grades, No timetable
Berlin school turns teaching upside down
Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany. Take a look at the article from The Guardian I would love to teach here. It is really challenging the boundaries and empowering students.
Reinventing education: pupils at the ESBC, which is gaining a reputation as Germany’s most exciting school.

Roald Dahl Day
2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl - the world’s number one storyteller.

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, on the birthday of the World's No. 1 Storyteller. The swizzfiggling BFG is famous for catching, creating and making dreams come true.This year the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg –finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic to life. The BFG is in Cinemas NOW - watch the trailer on YouTube It's had a staggering 5,388,788 views.

There are Lesson plans, timelines, downloadables, characters, stories of course, performance
ideas, great quotes and quizzes.

Things to Do Roald Dahl Events

Take a look at the Roald Dahl Website

Hold a Roald Dahl Afternoon Tea Combine a Cooking, Research, Reading and Art Project. Follow the format of a traditional afternoon tea, with a curious twist, savoury and sweet items all take inspiration from some of Roald Dahl’s most beloved books(research reading and cooking), all served on bespoke crockery(designs on paper plates) depicting Quentin Blake’s famous illustrations.

Make some The BFG Dream Jars Check it out here you might even like to setup some mini trails around the school, jars would be plastic bags for my class.

Download Your gloriumptious Roald Dahl 2016 party pack here!

Make your kids eyes twinkle because they are feeling twinkly.

Pupils at Sydney's Darlington Public School are learning how to code computers and devices.
It's a very short little video about what is happening at Darlington. And coding is just as easy as iMovie. The kids can make games and also use it as a presentation tool. And they love it.
Here's my no prep startup solution to it.....

1. Download
Scratch Jnr onto the iPads/iPad just use one to start if you like.
(This can be used K-6 and once older students have learned the ropes they can migrate to the online version)
2. Watch
the in app video - the kids will teach themselves and help each other out
- USING THE SUPER POWER OF COLLABORATION. Give them some time to play around with the interface.
3. Watch the Paul Hamilton Video and do it
4. Do a series of tasks, designed to introduce the features of scratch, download the pdfs here and print out enough for a small group of each and let the kids follow the instructions
5. Then let them design their own game or presentation(i.e. demonstrate a maths concept - explain how something works, etc.
Just do it - the learning outcomes:-
technology use, collaboration, design, problem solving, demonstration of understanding, logical thinking, mathematical thinking, working with others etc.
"Technology is a scaffolding that extends our thoughts, reach, and vision."
Philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers
You will have the best day ever at school
And the great part is this can be used with a huge range of learning outcomes and an amazing range of content.

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Hi Cathy

I teach computer skills to seniors, and some individual clients with a range of ages and occupations.

I would just like to say first, I do appreciate the very interesting Virtual Teachers newsletters. We have had a lot of fun with Adobe Sparks it was so easy to use and immediately my clients were producing great results. - thank-you!

regards Kate

Hi Kate,

Glad you liked Sparks - great results easily.



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