What do our new purpose, vision, values… mean for your classroom?

Staff Meeting – 18 March 2013

This afternoon we will be looking at where our new strategic plan will take or classrooms over the next four years.  We will briefly consider how we can make this transition through a clear and structured framework, including our curriculum planning procedures.

The diagram below shows some of the main considerations that will impact these decisions over the next four years.

Please share the key thoughts and reflections from your group (or just your own) in the comments below.

Articulating TC Values – Staff Meeting Activity 2013


On Monday afternoon (18/2) we will briefly revisit our journey to date as we establish our college purpose and vision and complete the process of deciding on our common core values that encapsulate this vision.  The main objective of the session is to collaboratively decide on 3-5 key/core values that when followed/promoted by the college community members, will allow us to achieve our purpose and vision.

We recently spent some time in a college meeting exploring these values in small groups – the results of which are shown in the Wordle below – the bigger the word the more often it was presented in the different responses from each group (though some issues with spelling and case – does meant it may not be entirely and accurate mathematical representation, it certainly does make for a good starting point for reflection on what was presented).   All group responses were presented in a previous blog (Read post)

This afternoon after we review “the path so far” – we will take a moment to view Ken Robinson’s -Changing Education Paradigm Video.  Though most of you have possibly seen this before (Posted previously by Tim Delaney), it is a worthwhile reflection on  how these notions are capture in our purpose and vision AND how these are then reflected in our College wide values.

See more Ken Robinson:

Some other (of my) favorite 21C / Education philosophers:

21 Century Skills

Today at the Senior Campus we begin our formal exploration into the notion of teaching and assessing 21 Century Skills.

The resources used are provided below.

Please share your ideas and suggestions on how the college travels through this journey in the comments below.

College Values Activity

Our mighty group 9 – propose the following values and considerations:


  • Self
  • Others
  • Property
  • Environment


  • Selves
  • Actions
  • Learning
  • Supportive


  • Celebrate Successes (Academic/Behavioral)
  • Aspiration / Be The Best You Can Be / Do the best you can…
  • Character/Integrity


  • Creativity
  • Innovative
  • Apply to New Contexts
  • Resilience
  • Resourcesful


  • Every Individual
  • Strive for Potential
  • Support
  • Tolerance

These are still very much in their rough / raw format – but I believe (hope) encapsulate the overall ideas and themes we discussed.  Please add other groups below and also share comments and feedback.

Take YOUR OneNote to the Next Level!!

Many staff (and steadily increasing), particulalry at the Senior Campus have started using OneNote to share, collect and monitor course material, notes and student work.  This can initially be a challenge to set up, but once it is running is sooo simple.  In fact, many teachers are increasingly using this as a preferred method of sharing digital content (hyperlinks, attachments…) instead of DayMap or Blogs (which has both benefits and some considerations to take into account).

The video below is a great demonstration of more creative ways you can provide feedback to students through OneNote:

Swinburne University are offering a PD in this areas on the 24th of October – Please complete an application on PD Tracker and let me (Mark Seijbel – seijbel.mark.m@edumail.vic.gov.au) if you are keen to attend.

PLEASE ask me for a hand to set this up for your class, to show you some ways you can use it in your class, to come into your class and help you and students get started… or anything else!!!!

OneNote resources, cheat sheets, guides… can be found (as always) in our Tech Tute Corner: Digital Notebooks – OneNote. More DayMap Cheat sheets coming.  PLEASE provide feedback and identify needs for assistance!

Classroom Display Options – A question of Pedagogy, Vision and Design?

The college is currently trying to establish classroom display priorities as we continue to improve technology integration into our teaching practices and facilities.

Teachers from the JC and SC who have participated in the National Secondary School Computer Fund – 1:1 working group identified “projectors” for classrooms as a priority for this funding at the end of last year. Now, as we are formulating our long term approach to the end goal of a 7-12 1:1 program, and we realise that the government is no longer going to provide ongoing funding for this initiative (netbooks / 1:1), we are able to finalise the resources available for this priority area.

In order to carry out a needs analysis in this area, we ask that all teachers who wish to have/change/add to the display capabilities in their classroom/s complete a brief survey (link at bottom of page) for each teaching space they think needs to be considered.

When completing this survey we need to consider the main activities and priorities for display options in YOUR classroom in the “21st Century”.  With increasing connectivity, bandwidth and individual student devices – the need to show movies to a whole class at the same time, assuming they are at that point in their learning is changing, but at times relevant.  Certainly “death by powerpoint” is something we (myself included) try to avoid.  AB tutor is also currently allowing us to share student work on displays and our own desktops on student devices.  You may also be choosing to do more group work in flexible spaces – instead of sitting in rows.  Additionally physical factors like sunlight, size of room and “on/off” functionality needs to be considered.  Please take these issues into account when deciding on your needs and preferred options.

To get the “ball rolling” so to speak – the survey seeks feedback on the three “most affordable” options – and a brief overview of each is provided below:

Option 1: Long Throw Projector with Speakers

Description: A projector mounted on the ceiling, with a pull down screen in front of the whiteboard.  Ideally two speakers are mounted on the wall, there is a VGA input cable to the teachers desk and an on/off switch on the wall next to the whiteboard (need to ensure this – caused trouble with remotes in the past).

Advantages include: Cheapest Option, brighter projectors now affordable/available, and provides largest display options.

Disadvantages include: most affected by sunlight, least flexible for moving around, remote/on/off issues.  If not mounted high enough and/or teacher likes to stand in front of the screen (to point out stuff physically – instead of with a mouse) can cause shadows on board or shine in teacher’s eyes.

Option 2: Short Throw Projector with Speakers

Description: A projector usually mounted above the whiteboard on a bracket the comes out horizontally about 30cm to 80cm from the wall, with a pull down screen in front of the whiteboard.  Ideally two speakers are mounted on the wall, there is a VGA input cable to the teachers desk. Sometimes the on/off switch on the wall next to the whiteboard (need to ensure this – caused trouble with remotes in the past) or sometimes the projector is low enough to just hit the power button. Have recently become more affordable (now only marginally more expensive than long throw)

Advantages include:  Still provides a large display area.  No shadows on the board or light in teacher’s eyes of standing in front of board. Less affected by sunlight / brighter rooms.

Disadvantages include: Very limited flexibility for moving around, remote/on/off likely to be an issues. Maintenance costs slightly more expensive.

OPTION 3: Large lcd display mounted above whiteboard

Description: A large LCD “TV” monitor (like the one in the S block corridor, JC library, SC Study centre…) mounted on the wall next to or above the whiteboard with a VGA input cable to the teachers desk. Will require a remote, or ability to reach the buttons on the unit to switch on and off. Can also be set up on a trolley, like the Polycomm unit with the camera on top at the Senior Campus.  Have recently become more affordable but still generally more expensive than projectors.

Advantages include:   Least affected by sunlight / brighter rooms – bright sharp image.  Good for videos, images, music…  Can be more flexible, especially when mounted on a trolley (damage, theft considerations would have to be taken into account).

Disadvantages include: Smallest display size – may be difficult to read PowerPoint slides from back of room.  Seems to be more inviting for vandalism/theft (not sure why).

The above are three suggested models.  Recently large touch screens and interactive whiteboards have come onto the market – but currently still cost at least twice as much as their non-interactive equivalents above.  The video below shows an interactive projector.

With a global trend towards greater student centred and collaborative learning integrated with ICT devices, flexible innovative learning spaces are increasing.  As the teacher becomes more of a guide and mentor, as opposed to the “sage on the stage” these spaces seem more appropriate and I certainly would love to teach in one.  If you are working towards this kind of set up, it may have implications for the device you choose (ie. flexibility – screen on trolley…)….

To complete the survey – click here.

Please share your thoughts, needs, and views in the comments below.