The joy of sport

So it’s regional athletics today, so my Daily Organiser brain gets hurt. Three PE teachers out, plus the PE student teacher at the athletics day, with 30-odd students. I love staff-student ratios when the carnival organisers expect schools to provide all the organising staff as well.

It’s also the start of the Year 8 Premier League, so that nightmare of school organisation is upon me as well. Last week saw 9 teaching staff out for 60 students. Could have been worse, I suppose but only 1 class was collapsed out of 11 homerooms.

Anyone out there who reads this and has experiences in their own school as to how these are run, I’d love to hear from you.

Back again

So, 2014’s Production is over, as is 12 months since the last post here!

In the mean time, I’ve taken over as Daily Organiser and Timetabler and my boys are now 2 & 4.

One of my pet projects coming up soon is going to be producing a series of short videos for parents with limited English skills. These videos, featuring students with different language backgrounds will cover issues such as Access to Homework, Literacy Basics, Uniform Policy, etc.

There’ll also be a timetable to write, when the POL positions are filled early next term.

And no VET class this year means not dealing with VCE/VET requirements, which is nice.

Production 2013

Opening night of The King and the Carpenter ran pretty smoothly. The cast were excellent and the teacher cameo was well received, particullarly the additional, accidental sword-to-the-crotch. Tech pretty much worked as planned apart from a couple of little things (notes for the inexperienced and not-so):
1. Check that your appropriate audio channels are unmuted before the show starts, so you don’t leave the cast standing in a wash of light, waiting for the dance music to start
2. Either program your lighting fades into the cues or make sure the cross-fade time is set before start time
3. When using a voice-over/’GOD’ microphone, test it in-house before the show, especially when it’s been used primarily through monitors during rehearsals – sending to LR helps…

Well done to the cast, crew and Production Team!

eLearning Q&A

Here is a centralised place to ask any eLearning-related questions that you think I may be able to answer, or that others may help with. By keeping all questions and answer in this open forum, we can share ideas and solutions.

Ask away!

VET Video Task

By the end of this week, I need an email with:

-Equipment List

-Signal Chain

-General outline of your presentation

QR Codes in Education

So I did some guerilla wallpapering around the campus today. QR Codes, as used in a couple of the MTEC sessions. I don’t think any of the students took notice, though they were intentinally a bit small. A couple of the staff did notice them, though but I let them go until I could get an explanatory video done. Unfortunately, the video I created has vision of current students so can’t be made public without written consent… Oops.

Anyway, there are a few reasons I can see for using QR codes in an educational environment (thanks to MTEC presentsers for some of these ideas):

– sharing websites that are of interest to students

– more efficient real-estate: place on walls with links to references rather than the more traditional posters (easy to update or replace)

– more ergonomic access to classroom references (students view references on their devices or laptop directly in front of them, or use their phone next to their laptop/book rather than constantly turning to face the poster)

– easy access to digital copies of print materials when not in class (eg Instrumental Music Timetables – how many students manage to last a term on one copy???)

– additional information eg on posters or gallery displays


Negatives of this (which really are small):

– students/users need internet access to view the content (either through school or personal 3G)

– students need to be able to access school network drives (ok from laptops, not from personal devices eg phones)

– the school Intranet/LMS is not set up for off-campus access or cannot easily host or link to resources


The negatives are small but can have a really significant impact on the uptake of new technology and ideas – for many teachers, they’re simply too busy to try someting new if it doesn’t work easily, reliably and the first time they try.


Please post any other ideas or questions you have relating to their use in class.