2017 is my 11th year teaching. This year, I am working with @KateFrewin and classroom teachers to implement the Digital and Design Technologies through problem-based STEAM units.
My classroom experience has stretched across the primary years of schooling and has taken me between public, private and international systems. My role as eLearning Coordinator at my school is one that I am exceeding excited about doing. I love engaging with technology and enjoy revitalising my practice with it. In recent years, I have become a Certified Apple Teacher, Microsoft Certified ICT Peer Mentor and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
I am fortunate to work at a school that values the increasing importance of information and communication technology (ICT) in education. The school is a K-12, coeducational independent college in South-East Queensland, Australia. Students from Years 4 to 12 participate in a BYOD (Bring You Own Device) program, which allows IOS and Windows devices. The College leverages an Office 365 environment, with classes working in OneNote Class Notebooks and Microsoft Office online as well as a variety of other apps and webtools including Class Dojo.
In 2017, the computer lab on the Primary Campus was refurbished into a Maker Space and Flexible Learning Space, known as the "Fab Lab". Classes from Prep to Year 6 will be implementing an integrated, PBL (Problem Based Learning) approach with our own STEAM units.
In 2018, we are expanding the BYOD program to Year 3 and will be implementing our own technology training program to help our youngest learners get started with their first learning device.
My name is Laura. I am a teacher and the eLearning Coordinator on the Primary Campus at an independent school in Australia. No two days are ever the same in the classroom. Education is changing, as are the needs of learners. The role of technology in education is something I have a firm belief in and passion for. Visit my blog to see what I have been doing in the classroom and what has caught my eye in the tech world