Lise Sercombe

A journey where a teacher is the student

Teaching is a calling 10/12/2009

Filed under: teacher — lisesercombe @ 5:27 pm

This video was played to a bunch of teachers who applauded at the end. It is a great example of teacher dedication don’t you think?

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more about “Toby’s shock Exit From Australian Idol“, posted with vodpod

Children’s blogging and literacy skills

Filed under: blogging,literacy,school — lisesercombe @ 9:40 am

Children who blog, text or use social networking websites are more confident about their writing skills, according to the National Literacy Trust. Interestingly, ¬†informal texting language is not a hindrance to literacy skills overall. It makes sense though doesn’t it- the kids that write more have better literacy. Another reason to use web 2 tools in the classroom. The full news story can be accessed below.

Children who use technology are better writers


Module 10 03/12/2009

Filed under: 21st century learning,learning,teacher — lisesercombe @ 3:42 pm

Learning Communities

Wikis, Blooms has gone digital and Web 2

Web 2 has changed the way teachers need to work with students. It is a scary thought to some but our job as teachers is to facilitate learning for our students. This needs to be done according to the times and the world we live in. I think about the way I was taught in the 1970s and it involved changing teacher practice way back then too. Ball point pens, metric, television, relaxing censorship and feminism affected the way teachers operated in their classrooms. I remember walls coming down between classes and team teaching, student choice of school projects and going on week long camps for environmental education. But I also remember teachers who refused to do these things and insisted on cartridge pens, no student choice and corporal punishment for not remembering the dance steps.

I am excited about the possibilities and the knowledge that during my teaching career I will be using technology that hasn’t been sold in the shops yet and maybe hasn’t even been invented yet. I am also excited to be working alongside people who are firmly part of learning communities and share their work. Andrew Churches work with updating Blooms is a great example. He isn’t the only one and wikis such as Web 2 for CEO teachers extends, inspires and really helps me to be a better teacher.

What a great time to be a teacher!


Module 9

Filed under: blogging — lisesercombe @ 3:22 pm

Networks for all occasions

This module was one of the most familiar to me. I love networking! First on a professional teacher level, the learning objects compiled by the Learning Federation have been well used in my teaching. Now with Scootle teachers can readily access some great resources and create tailor-made learning paths jam packed, rich learning experiences for their students.

Facebook is a terrific social network site. I have had a great laugh with friends and have reconnected with long lost buddies too. However there can be pitfalls if not managed well. The term friends I think should really mean friends as allowing not-so-friendly people into your network can create problems. I know teaching colleagues who have stopped facebooking because troublesome ex-students have gained access. Discernment is the key.


Module 8

Filed under: 21st century learning,blogging,learning — lisesercombe @ 3:09 pm

RSS Feeds and Google Reader

This module was all about setting up a RSS feeds. By using this RSS feed I can now receive updates to websites that I want to keep tabs on. New information on these sites comes directly to me. I like RSS because I can subscribe to sites and know when new postings are made when they are made. This application could be particularly useful if you have a class blog or journal was each time it was updated the page could send an update to Google reader so that you are alerted when students have added a post or blog. What a great time saver!


Module 7 02/12/2009

Filed under: blogging — lisesercombe @ 8:39 pm

Social Bookmarking

Delicious is a great way to keep tabs of all the great websites that you discover. This is especially so when you use several computers. In the past I have tried to use Word to cut and paste but never find that particular document days, weeks or months later when I want to revisit that fantastic site.

I am still trying to work out the best way to organise the websites so I can readily rediscover and share with others. I guess it will be through trial and error…just like all new things.