Creative and Critical Thinking

I really love using the Thinker’s Keys with the students to get them outside of their ‘usual’ idea mapping and generation.

Tony cleverly uses colour to separate the keys into CREATIVE thinking or CRITICAL thinking.  This allows the students to easily distinguish and begin to categorise their thinking.

The app is very easy to use and allows space for the students to input their own information and to add as they go.  This is an excellent app to use for any of those CHALLENGE BASED LEARNING topics.

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Getting Ready

Term 2 is now over and I’m finally able to get myself into a headspace and ready for the upcoming 20th Anniversary Global ADE Conference. I’m so excited about the opportunities that will be presented for networking with other ADEs from around the world. I am very ready for a new challenge and can’t wait to be inspired and build on my knowledge and experiences to date. I am really interested in getting ideas about how one-to-one technology is being used to support the learning experiences of junior school students. My hope for 2015 is to move back to junior school after four years in the high school environment. I really miss the junior school students even though I’ve appreciated the insights of the high school classroom.

English Viewing Activity

So we began by analysing different parts of children’s animations thinking about the codes and conventions outlined in Ben Beaton’s TED lesson.

We watched several sections of animation in order to complete our organiser.


On completion, students analysed their information in a cross classifications chart.

We moved on to thinking about static images


The students used their understanding of codes and conventions in sending messages to their audience. They then worked as a team to plan using imindmap to create a story focused on plot, character, conflict, theme and setting. They then used iMovie trailer function to develop and create a number of images based on their story plan.

From this plan, they then each took one image and used a variety of apps to create a movie poster for their film that focused on character, font choice and placement, colour, etc. The following is one of the posters that was created using iPhoto and Phonto.


Being Unique

Have a point of view that is completely unique. Be a change that is distinctive. How can you harness distinctiveness? What makes you distinctive?
Daniel Goldman – Emotional Intelligence

What facilitate’s change? What’s the leverage point where people jump on board?
Who do you stand with?
How well do you know the values of the people you serve?
What are they filtering their decisions through?

Brand yourself in a way that you frame what you want to say with the focus that people want.

Pit crew analogy – situational blindness
Who can lend you authority? Who supports your brand?

How do you make education addictive?

How do you challenge the status quo?
Focus on ways that challenge conventions.
What’s an event people can participate in?

A day in the life of a student – go pro

Five Ways Leaders Win at Gamification Technology

It would be interesting to see how this could be adapted to bring more justice and equity to the achievement product in all areas of working and/or school life.

I have long been interested in gamification of the learning experience as an old time gamer from way back.  I can see how the right motivation and incentive can be used to fully engross kids in the learning process.  I can especially see the benefits for our young boys who, generally speaking are entirely motivated by virtual world and game play.

I can see how this could work on numerous levels to really engage and make the learner accountable.

Interesting!  More to come …

Big Ideas

What’s the Big Idea? Understanding Challenge Based Learning in light of the Inquiry approach.