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An interesting read with lots of links to other content.

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Here's another article which asks some interesting questions about what we think the Maker Movement is doing for our students, (everything we do should be open to question). Thoughts?

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This is an interesting diversion maybe or it could lead to a whole other discussion from the Huffington Post. 

"Just in time for the Bay Area Maker Faire, the largest gathering of Makers in the U.S., we partnered with Cisco to you help you find how you’ll fit in the Maker Movement."

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Not sure how many of you have explored #ABCSplash but if you haven't then you are really missing out on something special. As the About Us says:
"This website offers a new, world-class education experience for Australian students, and is packed with thousands of videos, audio clips, games and interactive tools. All resources are free to watch and play at home and in school and guaranteed to spark discussion and promote curiosity."
See more at
Importantly all of the content is mapped against the Australian Curriculum. One such offering is the Choose Your Own Statistics page. Drawing from a range of 'real' data drawn from government sources related to topics as diverse as Life Expectancy, Homelessness and Access to Information, users can compare data over time, interact with the data and even download it for offline use. The Teachers page offers an extensive list of suggestions on how the data can be used in the classroom.
If you want to keep up with ABC Splash, (like I do), then sign up for the weekly enews at the bottom of the home page. #cserTask1  

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Amanda Rablin and Roland Gesthuizen host a regular weekly hangout on air under the heading of ACCELN on Air where they talk to interesting educators around a range of edtech topics. This week they are chatting with Tim Bell who is one of the originating authors of CS Unplugged which Suzanne has identified in a recent post. If you are interested in listening/viewing the chat then you can do so live this Monday 8th December 2014 at 7:30pm EAT Brisbane, 8:30pm EADT Melbourne/Sydney time, 8:00pm Adelaide and 5:30pm Perth). Tim will share the experiences of developing and implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum with teachers in New Zealand schools.

You can register and follow the live broadcast from this event at or at or visit later to listen to the recording archive. You can post questions via back-channels at or twitter #ACCELN .

If you check bak through the ACCELN archive via the wikispace you will find lots of other great conversations including a number related to code, computational thinking and the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum.

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Hi All,
I'm a little tardy as usual, (I tend to get too distracted by Twitter, G+ and just about anything else but what I actually turned my computer on for). Now what was that about the Pomodoro Technique, ( ??? Ah well....
I'm afraid that I don't actually have students I can practice with these days having left the classroom a few years back, (check out the grey hairs in the avatar...). I do however get to interact with reap practicing teachers and some pre-service folk occasionally when I need to sort of know a little about what I'm prattling on about, hence my presence here :)

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Gavin Aung Than aka Zenpencils is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. He takes inspirational quotes and develops cartoons around them. Full Body Education focusses on the work of Sir Ken Robinson.
NEW COMIC: Sir Ken Robinson 'Full body education'

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This is a Google Presentation that I have used at a couple of conferences to initiate discussion and share resources related to code. (FYI, the second slide is deliberately black to represent a problem which needs attention.) :)

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Are you disturbed that
"The recent review of the Digital Technologies curriculum has caused serious concern among computing and education experts. The report does not acknowledge the importance of this learning area for a modern curriculum, particularly in years F-6. In contrast, current recommendations are made to introduce the learning area from Year 9. This collapses a detailed and comprehensive exploration of STEM and ICT into two years, thus depriving students from studying fundamental concepts. Moreover, researchers recommend STEM gender gap interventions are best served by designing educational environments that will engage children in STEM-relevant activities, from the very early years of school. This introduction at such a late stage in the development of students will disengage a vast majority, including seriously underrepresented groups, such as females."

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The CSIRO has
"...... developed a tool called ‘We Feel’ to verify whether social media can accurately map our emotions. The tool is intended to help understand mental health and tracks trends in the emotional state of the nation using Twitter."
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