Digital Pedagogy – Let’s Go!!! Join us!!!


The SC eLearning PLF/P&D Group started work last week to look at a framework that will help us progress our Digital Pedagogy Capacity as teachers.  Our group consists of Sally Kirstine, Lindy Gumpold, Peter Larsen, Chris Kourtis, Gerry Jarvis, Peter Folley, Michael Thompson and myself.

In particular we are going to focus on using the Ideas Lab White Paper / Big Idea… on Understanding Virtual Pedagogies to guide our practice.

Our aim is to pick up momentum around the uptake of these skills across teachers in our subject areas in order to improve learning outcomes in our respective academic areas, foster 21C Skills and develop successful learners for the world community.

We went through the prezi below to set the scene and reflect on key issues and consideration (a starting point for discussion) – note this Prezi is a living “doc”… and will continue to grow.


This week we looked at the four areas – Connecting in particular.  This area is mainly focused on how students’ access knowledge and information, retrieve this and clarify their understanding.  Some interesting issues to “Rethink” and consider:

  • 1 000 000+ “teachers” out there to access and bring into your class + experts in fields…
  • Bookmarking, tagging, retrieving, searching… vital skills…
  • Quality control, filtering… Vs Searching and validating….
  • Retrieving is the same as knowing…
  • Trying to create content and compete with internet will fail…
  • Use of mobile devices to access and retrieve…
  • Pedagogies to focus on: flipped classroom, learning objects and smart software.




Connecting Summary

We hope to share our experiences and reflections here along the way – you are here for the “FIRST POST!”.

It would be great if you could join us on our journey and provide us with suggestion, thoughts, feedback…. we would appreciate it!  Please add comments below.

Research on suspenions – the good and the bad.

As behavioural issues appear to increase, discussion inevitably turns to what interventions are necessary to correct these behaviours. Responses and ideas range from harsh punitive ‘zero tolernace’ approaches to positive approaches to teach students approriate beahviours.

The article below is a short summary of the most recent research into the efects of suspending students

Teach Students how to SEARCH and use Google Effectively

Google provides a range of lesson plans, tips and ideas for teachers to….

Help your students become better searchers!

“Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they’re just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.” – Google Search Education




Google Art Project

Experience the world’s museums from your classroom. Get closer to art!

Includes hundreds of artworks photographed in extremely high resolution. Also enables to create and share own favorites and galleries.

The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by their museum partners, Google have created a unique online art experience. Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share.

Check it out:


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Please contact me ( – if you would like a hand exploring or running with students in your class, and… as always… PLEASE share experiences in comments below!