November 5

Supporting your professional learning apps

There are many resources online which focus on education, developing leadership, and teaching and learning. I thought I would share 3 apps I came across which can definitely be linked to your own professional learning development.
I haven’t checked the android market, but I would be disappointed if developers only make mac versions.
For my followers in other states and countries, the apps I will be referring to here are focused on Victorian and Australian structures, curriculum and leadership development.

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I will start with Teaching and Learning. The development of the national curriculum is a huge thing to get a handle on. The National Curriculum App has been around for a while now, and is been updated regularly to reflect the current stage of development. It is a handy resource tool for those involved with the Leadership of teaching and Learning, as you have all of the requirements clearly at your fingertips.

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The set out is easy to follow, and you are able to access the information even when not connected to the Internet.
Very clear capability statements, and no doubt will continue to add each of the learning areas as they are developed. Great information on cross curricular focus. The best part is the price: free
Search for Australian Curriculum on the App Store.

E5 is an organisational model which has some powerful and reflective strategies for improving individuals and whole school approaches to teaching and learning. It dovetails neatly with developing engaging pedagogical practices to excite our students. A few years ago the DEECD gave each teacher a reflective journal for E5, but if you came into teaching after that you missed out… But miss out no more…

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For the paltry sum of $2 (less than a cup of coffee) you can have your own electronic version of the journal. Much more useful than the enormous book.

Finally we hear that the DEECD’s Sergiovanni leadership model is on the way out, to be replaced with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)’s national professional standards for principals.

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The app guides you through the standards, explaining and elaborating on a number of areas. Great resource for those in or aspiring to leadership positions.

Check them out and let me know what you think of them, were they helpful? Do you know of other apps which can help support your professional learning as an educator?

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Posted November 5, 2012 by Suz Arnott in category 1:1, cool tools, eLearning

1 thoughts on “Supporting your professional learning apps

  1. Andrea

    Teaching Made Easy – Child Observations is a recording and reporting tool developed to assist educators in continuous documentation and assessment to meet the needs of individual learners.

    *Features and Benefits*
    – Spend more time with children and less time on recording and reporting.
    – Build individual portfolios of photo observations, stored by date, for each child.
    – Meet the requirements of National Quality Regulations by providing evidence of continuous recording, reporting and reflective teaching practices.
    – Instantly add photographs, document and save a learning experience. Easily open, refine and add outcomes to your observation at the end of the day if you prefer.

    – A selection of Curriculum Frameworks to choose from including
    (AU) EYLF
    (AU) QKLG
    (AU) Australian Curriculum – Foundation Year (additional Year Levels to be added shortly)
    (AU) MTOP – School Age Care
    (NZ) Te Whariki
    (UK) EYFS and Developmental Matters
    (USA) Common Core ELA and Mathematics Pre-K
    (USA) Common Core ELA and Mathematics K
    (USA) Common Core ELA and Mathematics Grades 1-8
    (Universal) Developmental Milestones

    – Email your child observation to your computer for printing and storage or forward directly to parents.
    – Duplicate feature saves time in rewriting observations for multiple children when recording a pair/group experience.
    – Double password protection ensures the privacy of children’s confidential information.

    ‘Teaching Made Easy – Child Observations’ is the most user-friendly app available for documenting children’s play and learning, with the added benefit no on-going subscription fees.

    To learn more
    ~Join over 5,000 likers on Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/TeachingMadeEasyandEYLFMadeEasy
    ~Watch our ‘TME Child Observations App Tutorial’
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH__owZZvgQ

    Third Party copyright and trademarks notice: All brand or product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products and services of, their respective owners.

    EYLF: ©Commonwealth of Australia 2009
    Australian Curriculum: ©ACARA
    MYOP: ©Commonwealth of Australia 2011
    QKLG: ©The State of Queensland 2010
    Developmental Milestones: ©DEEWR 2012
    Te Whariki: ©Crown Copyright 1996, Ministry of Ed
    EYFS & DM: ©Crown Copyright 2013
    Common Core: ©Copyright 2010, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

    Always use devices for recording and reporting student learning in accordance with the Educational Department Acceptable Use and Parental Permission policies of your region.

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