by CATHY BROWN No:244 24 02 2020
Hello Everyone,
I have recently given a few professional development sessions on THE MERGE CUBE.
A number of reflections from participants reveal that technology is a struggle for many.
The MERGE CUBE may well be the missing link between technology and reluctant teachers.
Top 10 Reasons Teachers Struggle with Technology in the Classroom:-
  1. They need more professional development.
  2. They have difficulty relating technology to Educational outcomes.
  3. Class room management is a challenge.
  4. They don't like technology and it is just too difficult.
  5. It's easy for students to be distracted.
  6. They don't believe in the use of technology.
  7. Technology can cause tensions within the classroom.
  8. They need more tech support in the classroom.
  9. Protocols for use are difficult to establish.
  10. They struggle with technology and are frustrated by it.
Enter the MERGE CUBE
This Mixed reality experience is simple to setup. Many of the apps are FREE, kids and teachers love it.
You can start out simply and progress to more complex tasks using Co-Spaces as a creator space for Merge Cube apps.
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Check out some of the MERGE CUBE videos on the Virtual Teacher Youtube Channel
These were all filmed using the in app video recorder. Then the kids added a voice-over, some an explanation, others procedures, descriptions and even narratives.


Merge cube – free apps – Give them a try
Galactic Explorer App
Hold the solar system in the palm of your hand with Galactic Explorer! Watch as the planets revolve around the Sun in their orbits, explore the texture and colour of each planet’s surface, and discover interesting facts as you navigate through space.
Explore the Explorer using the BLM then check out what Ashleigh and Stella Y4 did.
Mr Body
A fun, interactive game where students learn about internal organs and how they work.
Select each of Mr. Body's parts to get a close-up view of each vital organ and it's
function like the heart, brain, lungs, and more.
Dig! App
Mine and build to create 3D worlds you can hold in the palm of your hand!
Print out lesson.This a fabulous but initially frustrating app but the kids love it. it is great for mathematicla concepts as well as fantasies and story telling
Merge Things!
A collection of mini-games, play with your own Octopet, navigate treacherous valleys, battle alien forces, get hypnotized by a kaleidoscope, and hold a campfire in your hand! Great for ES1 experimentation.
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


MergeEdu - FREE Lessons Plans
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CoSpaces Edu
Creator Space Some FREE content as well as
List of Apps and Descriptions some FREE some paid.
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