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Hello dear HPC subscribers

Winter is upon us and school report writing time is in full swing - maybe you have finished yours? A big job!

Last week I went to EduTECH in Brisbane - so I am going to share some learning from that 'tech fest' and the launch of my book took place at the Australian National Maritime Museum on the 28th of May.

Thank you those people who have let me know how they are enjoying the newsletter and to those who have also given feedback on what they would like included.

Go well and keep using technology to enhance learning,

Jane

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WANTED: Is there a 13-year-old Extra Astonishing Anna or Alexia or Audrey out there in a school in Australia?

As I was leaving Brisbane this morning after what was a very full Tuesday day at EduTECH 2015 … I was reflecting on a tweet posted by Leanne Cameron from ICTENSW – she called for Australia to find its own Super-Awesome Sylvia out in schools. Or, as I am going to call her, our own Extra Astonishing Anna or Alexia …

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Getting your first full-time teaching position in a school

Attaining your first full-time teaching position in a school in NSW is not easy. Too many graduate teachers not enough vacancies and therefore destined for terms or years of casual or temporary positions in schools are some of the common mantras I hear. So, given what I hear, is it still possible to obtain one of those elusive full-time teaching …

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On the evening of the 28th May Technology integration and High Possibility Classrooms: Building from TPACK was officially launched. I had a lovely time. Thank you to all those people who have supported me to make writing and publishing the book possible, especially my family, my publisher at Routledge in New York, UWS academic staff and pre-service teachers, principals and teachers and students in schools - you have all provided inspiration and I very much appreciate the role you have played.

If you would like to order your very own copy of the book - you can do that here 

Thank you

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On Friday 29th May the State Library of NSW held a successful PD day for teacher librarians - I presented a workshop on Creating the iHistorians and iGeographers for the Future - it was designed to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum - if you you would like the notes and resources from the day please send me an email.

I used that wonderful post from Amy Kingsley as inspiration - check out her marvellous blog when you have a moment.

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At EduTECH Professor Eric Mazur from Harvard in the USA spoke about

The Silent Killer of Learning:Assessment?

Here is a link to some of that thinking and the extraordinary Sue Waters has curated useful resources from the congress on this site.

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Lots of discussion about teaching students how to write computer code in the mainstream press this week - even our politicians tried to get involved. Schools must start with computational thinking and Kindergarten is not too young - I like this app - Tynker - have a play with it yourself. Can you code?

My 9 y.o. nephew picked it up in minutes and now he is having more fun with Scratch

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If you are not on TWITTER then you should be - start your PLN today!

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Look at this short video they showed at the opening of EduTECH - the rate of change is quite mind blowing ... are you keeping up?

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