Monday, May 12, 2014

Using My Technology Toolbox

EdTechTeam Guest Blogger: Alfina Jackson 
Catholic Education Office, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Summit, April 2014

Alfina getting Googley at the Sydney Summit
This was my second GAFE Summit and it definitely DID NOT disappoint! I even was top 5 tweeter of the summit! I aim for 1st place next year!

I was lucky enough this year to attend the summit with my colleagues and fellow teachers from the Catholic Education Office Sydney, and it was Google-in-action for us! We collaboratively worked on a Google Doc to neatly keep all of our notes together (at one time 75 people were trying to get into the Doc!) and share our insights and "ahhh" moments with each other.

My school had just purchased 85 new chromebooks, and as a Chromebook-'virgin', I was looking for innovative new ways to inspire my staff to utilise this great resource with their students. The summit opened up a world of resources for me. I communicated my new-found knowledge of Chrome Apps and extensions with my parish priest (who is a great example of someone who has used Chrome Apps to make his life easier) and my staff at school.

I aim to encourage my staff to move away from the 'we are using Chromebooks' approach, to "We are going to...what is the best tool to use?" I want the teachers at my school to teach their students to choose from their 'technology toolbox' to choose Chrome apps, iPad apps or Web 2.0 tools at their disposal to create, imagine and innovate solutions to problems. I hope my own Year 1 students can work towards using their technology toolbox to select the best technology options available to create documentaries on bugs at the end of the term.

Thank You, Alfina for sharing your reflection(s) from the Sydney Summit. We look forward to following your updates! You can follow her on twitter too, @GeekyAusTeacher

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  1. Thanks for posting this up! I had a great time at the Sydney Summit! You can see some of my videos that I have made using the Google App PowToon on my YouTube channel:
    See you all at next year's summit!

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