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Melissa Giddins

Exploring technology and literacy in education.

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New job, new location, new lifemgiddins

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:02:39 +0000

I have decided to keep working and posting on this blog, despite the almost 12 month abandonment of it during 2011. A new position as a Literacy Consultant sees me in a non-school based position which, while it no longer gives me a class of students to experiment with, does give me access to many […](image)

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Fake Facebookmgiddins

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 03:18:42 +0000

Thanks to Bianca Hewes for these two great resources received via Edmodo! Love it or hate it, Facebook is in our students’ lives. We have seen cyberbullying and now with the introduction of mobile phones that can browse the web, it doesn’t matter anymore that Facebook is blocked at school – the kids can still access […](image)

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Drowning not Wavingmgiddins

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 02:46:45 +0000

The last six months of 2010, my focus was wrenched dramatically away from all extracurricular activity, including posting on my own blog, participating in twitter chat and presenting at various conferences. Instead, my focus was narrowed to student results. Specifically, how to achieve more Band 6 results in the HSC in our English courses, most […](image)

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Going “global” with website of the weekmgiddins

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 01:44:09 +0000

As the coordinator of the Digital Education Revolution in my school, I have been thinking about what professional development and leadership of technology looks like, as can be seen from my last post. For the Staff Development Day in Term 3, I will be exploring how to ensure that Quality Teaching is happening in a […](image)

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Professional Development in Schoolsmgiddins

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:38:23 +0000

Professional development at school is something that I have been considering a lot lately. I am called upon to professionally develop my faculty as a Head Teacher, I have been asked to speak at various professional development conferences and workshops across the last couple of years and have attended quite a few myself. Lately I […](image)

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Stealing an idea: Lunch and Learnmgiddins

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 05:08:50 +0000

A fellow English teacher and DER leader (and very cool person) Bianca Hewes recently blogged about something that she has been doing successfully at her school called “Lunch and Learn”. You can read the full account of her actions here on her blog. I have decided to “borrow” her idea and set up something similar at […](image)

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OneNote – A Practical Tipmgiddins

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 06:42:06 +0000

We started using OneNote with our Year 9 English classes in 2009 and continued with the process as they moved into Year 10 in 2010. Our Year 9 students that have just received their laptops have now also begun the process of using OneNote as their English book. (Please see my previous post for how […](image)

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Interesting Ways to Use Technology in the Classroommgiddins

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 06:28:48 +0000

I stumbled upon a new site while reading through updates from Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day blog today and couldn’t resist sharing this great new resource. Tom Barrett’s blog: Inspire, Connect, Engage, Create is a rich resource of educational ideas and examples. One of the pages on his blog has collated a series of posts entitled […](image)

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Website of the Weekmgiddins

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 03:58:49 +0000

I am often faced with the dilemma of how to control the flow of technology information to my staff so that they are not swept away in a flood of new websites, tools and ideas but rather can receive enough information to stay informed, at a pace where they can absorb the information. My first […](image)

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Free Technology for Teachersmgiddins

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 03:36:58 +0000

I am often asked how I encounter new sites and great learning tools on the web. The first answer was always “on Twitter!” where my PLN feeds me daily new ideas and links. However lately that answer has expanded to include the blogs that I am reading.  One of the blogs that I read is […](image)

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