Not long ago gamification was a bit left field, after all learning is learning and playing is playing and each should stay in their lane, no?
A few years in and it’s looking like a definite no, gamified learning has shifted from something that was set as part of homework, sometimes, to front and centre in class where gamified tasks seem to be a natural fit; they’re collaborative, accommodative of varying ability levels and engaging.
“I’ve been in the business for four years and at the start there was the perception that this wasn't much good. Now we’ve been able to prove educational outcomes, show how kids are improving and we’ve also been able to show how easy it is for teachers as well, how gamification is making their lives easier,” says Literacy Planet CEO Adam McArthur – Literacy Planet is an online reading and writing resource. Read More
STEAM clubs have been popping up everywhere and that’s a good thing as they bring young people together who have in interest in STEAM and want to explore the subjects in innovative ways outside the school curriculum. Read More
A huge part of being a good STEAM-powered teacher is staying connected. PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) on Twitter are a fantastic way to link up with like minded teachers. Read More
Add an ‘A’ for arts to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with Cool Australia’s brand-new package of primary lessons STEAM Made Simple, there are six lessons to help students develop their creativity. Read More
In general, if you grow up with teachers, you either become a teacher or run like hell from the profession. I know a LOT of teachers. Mum, until recently, taught at a primary school. Dad (before he died) worked his way up to principal... Read More
The problem I’ve always had with Mathematics as a subject is that is the most often looked at as an “open to page 23, do every odd exercise. Test on Monday” subject. Read More
The Brainary has teamed up with the world leading Australian 3D printer company, ME3D, to bring together Robotics and 3D printing. The idea is that the two can be used together so students can create their own robot from scratch. Read More
This issue, I wanted to do a joint Twits, because these two work as a pair, organising a very popular weekly hashtag called #PrimarySTEMChat. Every week, they present a number of questions to teachers involved in the chat. Read More
Five issues in and the world is already changing. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says that the government will consider bringing former tradies and nurses into teaching with changes to the registration process. Read More
I approach my curriculum planning in the way I approach much of my life: I work out what I want to achieve and then I work out how to do it so I keep a short note on my computer’s desktop reminding me what it is I want to achieve. Read More
I honestly believe that we are beyond keeping our best lesson plans for ourselves. Yes, you might take my unit of work and give it to a graduate and that saves you from hiring me at the top pay scale and… Read More
I don’t know what they’re actually called but every issue I will profile a useful Twit, for you to build up a collection of people to follow. Deb Hicks is an ICT coach and began tweeting to share resources and develop a personal learning network. Read More