Designing a PBL. A reflection after week one

Holidays are always a fabulous opportunity to have space to think, reflect and plan. During the break I was able to plan and create a Project Based Learning task for my Year 11 Studio Arts students. We have two classes studying Studio Arts with two teachers, myself being one of them. I guess I started with considering... Continue Reading →

Trying to dig deep with a flipped classroom

I have been a 'fanboy' of the flipped classroom for sometime, having built up confidence in totally flipping my subjects and seeing the many benefits a flipped environment brings. One of the main areas that I have been really happy with is how the flipped classroom allows the class to dig a little deeper into... Continue Reading →

Friday Standups

I wanted to create greater student accountability around their learning and also give students the opportunity to present their learning and discuss where they are going.  I got the idea from collaborating with a UX designer in London with my class. With her team every Friday they meet and discuss what they are working on, seek feedback... Continue Reading →

Hinge Questions, Exit passes and Digital Portfolios with FlipGrid

I have been using flipgrid with my students which is a fabulous question curation application. Check it out at flipgrid.com. It allows you to publish video or text questions and curates the responses in a visual grid for your class or even the world to see. It is really simple and beautifully intuitive to use.... Continue Reading →

I am the master and you are the apprentice – Renaissance Painting Guild

I have been really been fascinated with the idea of developing classrooms that utilise collaboration. It is very obvious that technology empowers this idea and makes it seamless, however, I still see the great power of this in a more traditional sense. An example of this was a project a colleague and I developed for... Continue Reading →

Using Minecraft to create and explore ideas

Throughout our Abstract Sculpture Unit of learning Year 8 Visual Arts students have been using Minecraft to generate their work. Minecraft is an open-ended ‘sand box’ game, where students can create, explore, collaborate and be experimental with their imagination. Its a game, where students can build and design structures. Using Minecraft in class students explored... Continue Reading →

Collaborative musical chairs 

Who doesn't love a game of musical chairs? You would expect the act of drawing to be an intimately private process that doesn't involve any collaboration. This couldn't be further from the truth. I always find students believe they can't draw, but what does that mean? You can't place a mark on a page? It's... Continue Reading →

Why you should use past students as experts 

I have been lucky enough to work in many collaborative environments, where experts were readily available to shape my learning and provide inspiration which challenged my thinking. This is something that I have been keen to continue with my students. With point to point technology it is relatively easy to invite an expert into your... Continue Reading →

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