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Victorian iPad Workshops

Victorian iPad Workshops

Victorian iPad Workshops happening soon! See you at my Victorian iPad in Education Workshops facilitated by the team of Release The Geek. Melbourne and Wodonga.

iPad in Education

iPad in Education

This workshop is designed to demonstrate the practical use of the iPad as a tool in teaching and learning. Workflows, tactics and tips will be shared with all.

End of the day

End of the day

A teacher’s desk at the end of the day. Books, pencils, scissors, laptop, cables, and a humongous toolbox. The end of a two week teaching cycle. TGIF.

Sootie speaks his mind

Sootie speaks his mind

I shared a photograph of my cat Sootie reclining alongside me on the sofa today and Colin Gallagher tweeted that he looked like quite a character. Well, here he is.

Song Dong Exhibit

Song Dong Exhibit

Exploring the Waste Not exhibition by artist Song Dong at Carriageworks provided an intimate and very real insight into the lives of post-war Chinese people.

Full throttle writing

Full throttle writing

Full throttle writing and high speed engagement can be a good start to any lesson. Settling students at the beginning of a lesson can be a challenge. Organisation is the key

Rainbow Lorikeets

Rainbow Lorikeets

There were a few Rainbow Lorikeets in our garden this afternoon. I was photographing the sky at the time & managed to take two photographs of the birds as well.

Teach past, teach future

Teach past, teach future

We need a new subject. It’s focus should be on the future. Not sure what to name the subject. But we need it. Maths, English, Music, History, Art, Science, Geography, and… Life.

Mountain Tweaks

Mountain Tweaks

After installing Alfred last week I decided it was time to remove the Spotlight icon from the menubar so I did a little research and installed Mountain Tweaks to do the job.

Alfred productivity app

Alfred productivity app

A couple of keystrokes allows me launch an app, open a file, locate a file and launch a web site. Typing a single letter such as “p” can allow me to rapidly launch Pages or Powerpoint.

Post offices in the future

Post offices in the future

Interplanetary travel is a given by the year 2000, aliens are regular visitors by the year 2050 and kids are attending school on the moons of Saturn.

Tossing out the past

Tossing out the past

Tossing out the past so it is not a burden in the future. Over the years I have gradually been giving away old stuff and dumping other crap so there is no shit to worry about when I die.

Tweets 1958AD and 2058AD

Tweets 1958AD and 2058AD

As I was researching Tommy Tomorrow I discovered this seemingly prophetic opening page even though the officer is only using a whistle. “Tweet! Tweet!” Enjoy.

Larkin in space

Larkin in space

I was once unwittingly part of an optimistic vision of the future where space exploration was quite matter of fact and exploring the planets was no more difficult than going for a bush walk today.

iOS6 file upload

iOS6 file upload

One can now upload files to sites on the Internet from within the Safari and Chrome browsers on the iPad following the iOS6 update. Specifically, images hosted in the Photos app.

iPad apps I possess

iPad apps I possess

I regularly conduct iPad workshops in Singapore for the Centre for Excellence in Teaching at Nanyang Technological University and also at the Institute of Adult Learning. As part of that process I wished to share the apps that I presently have installed on my iPad.

September Sunset

September Sunset

Yet another beautiful sunset. I went outside to unwind and an array of clouds in the western sky bore the promise of a glowing sunset.

Treated like crap

Treated like crap

The teaching staff feel powerless, unable to act. My friemd said this particular student has a debilitating impact on their day, their feelings and their motivation. In a nutshell she said she felt like shit. 

More than money needed

More than money needed

“Asian children live in cultures that respect hard work and education. In contrast Australian children are encouraged in the weird expectation that all learning must be fun.”

Seen at dusk

Seen at dusk

Love looking at the sky. There is always something happening and I am yet to see a repeat. Back in May, Venus was quite bright in the western sky following sunset.