Arduino –an introduction to robotics


I would like to give students the opportunity to learn about Robotics. This is a fairly new area for me so to upskill I want to attend some professional development with MindLab in Auckland. I’m also trying to contact Chris Hamling from RoboCup and hopefully with some outside help get a team of students […]

Student centred learning –putting it into action

I found this post from Richard Well’s really good,student centred learning part 2.He’s got a lot of interesting information about how to make the shift from a traditional teacher led class to a student driven class. I particularly liked his idea to use google forms as a way of tracking students each week and […]

Developing senior internal assessments


In previous years,assessments had often been stand alone tasks which often seemed devoid of context or relative to students’ interests. In discussion with a Digital Technology teacher at Tikipunga,Excellere College and reflecting on the assessment options suggested at the technology day in Whangarei I have decided to incorporate the Concept Design assessments […]

Personalising student’s learning

My subject goals for Digital Technology in 2017 are to give students more choice and to work towards personalising their learning to suit their interests and ability.

Develop senior DTY assessments Integrate a Robotics and Arduino programme for senior DTY students Increase understanding of technological literacy

The reason why I have chosen the goals listed […]

Building literacy

Today at our staff meeting colleagues shared teaching practices they are using in their classes to help students improve their literacy.

One teacher gave an example of a group task. Students within the group are assigned specific words related to the topic. They must then try and spell the word. Students are then instructed to […]

Developing vocabulary in English

One collaborative strategy I have used which is proving to be quite effective is getting students to create a vocab list in a shared document. We’ve been focusing on creating two lists,one of common words and one of specific words which relate directly to the text or our topic. In this instance students are […]

Education Perfect

To support my Year 9 English class I’ve decided to trial Education Perfect. Mitchell from Northland College brought my attention to it last term and I’d have to say first impressions are impressive! I thought I would use it as a “Do Now’or lesson starter but the students loved it so much we ended […]

Arduino and Robotics

I’ve been waiting for a while for the right opportunity to find out what all the fuss is about Arduino so when a workshop came up at MindLab in the last holidays I jumped at the chance. I love that the programme software is open source and the electronic components are relatively inexpensive to buy. […]

Critical Inquiry

Use critical inquiry and problem-solving effectively in their professional practice

Key Indicators

i. systematically and critically engage with evidence and professional literature to reflect on and refine practice

ii. respond professionally to feedback from members of their learning community

iii. critically examine their own beliefs,including cultural beliefs,and how they impact on their professional […]


Show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning

Key Indicators

i. actively contribute to the professional learning community

ii. undertake areas of responsibility effectively

Lecturing at the University of Auckland

The first semester of this year was a busy one,not only was I teaching at my secondary school but I also taught a […]