As my MindLab journey draws to a close it is timely to reflect on the journey I have undergone. Osterman (1993) states “the intent of reflective practice is to improve the quality of professional performance” and as I hope to improve, I must reflect. Osterman (1993) also states “Reflective practice is a professional development process … Continue reading MindLab Reflections
As a Social Studies and Geography teacher there are a number of subject areas within and outside a Social Science silo that my subjects are able to align with or link to. The diagram above attempts to visualise this. In his 2010 book Cross-Curricular Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education, Jonathan Savage states “the most … Continue reading My Interdisciplinary Connections
In 2010 the OECD published a list of 4 trends that were shaping education around the world. Globalisation The Future of the Nation State Arew Cities the New Countries Family Matters A Brave New World Each of these trends is having an effect on my own teaching but for the purposes of brevity I would … Continue reading GVI’s and Trends in Education
I have been in contact with EA Sports with regard to using SimCity4 in my Geography year 12 class. I just needed to work out licensing and purchase issues really. I wanted to know if I needed lots of copies of the game or a site license. So I spoke to a very helpful advisor … Continue reading Gamification 2!
This is something I have been pondering off and on for a few years now. Back in 2003 I made a really basic game using Microsoft Word where students had to drag the label onto the correct bit of a rather awesome 2D MS paint drawing of a rain forest that I did. I have … Continue reading Gamification in NCEA Geography