iWill CODE of the iPadizens

by CATHY BROWN No:241 26 04 2019
Hello Everyone,
With the pressures of teaching and he weight of the administrative work that needs to be done in teaching now, it is so easy to become jaded and to see the extraordinary as just ordinary.

So how do you avoid this??? You look after your self. Make sure you are getting time out and time off to do things you love. Book that massage, take the guys out for lunch, have a spa, go to the beach and eat some deliciousnesses, do whatever it is that you enjoy. And become more creative. And take a look at the wonderful John Cleese Video on Creativity, what an inspiration. This is absolutley where I want to be next term.
Some of the EXTRAORDINARY things I have seen lately have been kids working with videos. Taking tangiible pride in their work and sharing it with their parents and peers and teachers, it has really changed the way they learn.

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If we would have new knowledge, we must get us a whole world of new questions.
Susanne Langer, philosopher (20 Dec 1895-1985)

If we only train our students to give answers, who will come up with the questions?
Cathy Brown

I think the computer industry has lost its way. User interfaces have become difficult to use. It’s bizarre. And so, I’ve changed our motto to empowering creative freedom, so we remember that every decision we make in our products are to enhance the freedom people have to be creative.
Grant Petty CEO & Founder of Blackmagic Design

Mercedes AA Class Car - Loved this Video. This fake Mercedes-Benz ad a standout sketch from Saturday Night Live. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' sells this 2 minute parody as a real commercial - until the actress reveals ......... well I don't want to spoil the surprise......
The latest research shows that electric cars are far from carbon dioxide neutral. "Over the lifetime of a Tesla Model 3 car, 27.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide are emitted whereas a petrol powered BMW 320i car releases 22.8 tonnes." Ian Plimer The Climate Change Delusion and the Great Electricity Rip Off.
This book is an interesting read with facts backed by reasearch not funded by the climate lobby.


When students know their work has public attention, from their peers and school and the wider community, it changes the nature of how and what they learn. It inspires and engages students and the learning is more valued.
Meta Learning
When students can see themselves working, they learn about their own learning and the learning processes.
Creating an Experience
Video creates an experience of a lesson or activity. These learning activities are a lot more immersive and fun, as well as more appealing and engaging.
That's what makes everything worthwhile.
Video Learning
Videos produced by one class can be used for current and future classes to jumpstart a lesson.
Improving Speaking
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Description automatically generatedUse video to improve speaking and performance skills.
A topic can be re-introduced and revised visually; students respond well to watching themselves doing the original activity.
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Description automatically generatedReinforcement of a topic or concept.
A person standing in front of a birthday cake
Description automatically generatedVideo can be used as a stimulus for recounts.
Procedural Writing
Videos can be used as a stimulus for procedural writing, motivation is increased when the students themselves are involved.

Videos can be used as a planning stimulus to improve future activities.
Analyze and Refine
Videos can be used to identify problems and rectify them. For both teachers and students.
Video provides a better, more immersive and meaningful learning experience for students. And the results pay off immensely!
"Experienced teachers have had enough," Professor Riley says.
Comments like
I don't know how much longer I can take this"
I love teaching but 80% of the time you are doing something else and not teaching."
I need a break
Teachers are leaving the profession in significant numbers — the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest 53 percent of people who hold a teaching degree, do not currently work in education.
Although the figure varies by locality, about 40 to 50 percent of our newest teachers leave within their first five years on the job.
Why are they leaving
These graduates are leaving for various reasons, but similar themes recur: they feel burnt out, unsupported, frustrated and disillusioned.
There must be a better way.
1. The International Baccalaureate Curriculum is a fully developed curriculum supplied to teachers, they do not program, they implement an existing program. A huge amount of teacher time could be reduced by implementing this system in Australian schools.
2. Testing should be drastically reduced and if required should be conducted online and automatically marked with results feeding into individual student reports.
3. Report writing should be streamlined, all data entry should be automated directly from existing programs students are working on, eg Mathletics, Reading Eggs etc. REport categories should be reduced. Reporting on individual outcomes removed.
4. Reduction of administrative task undertaken by teachers from the current 80% to say 20% by using automation and administrative staff.
Get back time to be creative and inspiring and collegial, and let teachers do the job they love - teaching

iWill CODE of the iPadizens

Here's a CODE for iPad use. Hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to download and use.

Is the Alcubierre Warp Drive Possible? | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

What are your questions???
Is warp drive possible?
Do you think we will travel this way in the future??
What would you like to discover in space?

Where would you like to go?

Plan a voyage through our solar system and describe the things you see along the way?

Here's a great place to start to encourage student questions.....
I do answer all emails, so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Hi Cathy,
I'm Saura. I have two daughters, 10 and 11 years old. I care about my children's internet safety and often read related web pages. Recently, I've found an in-depth internet safety guide for parents and kids. It's an awesome step-by-step instruction to follow in 2019.
I wonder if you could help me to share this guide among other parents. For example, you might add it to your ''Internet Safety'' page.
Please, let me know what you think of it. Thanks!
Best wishes,
Saura Bala
Thanks Saura, a good resource.
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