Hi everyone. This semester I hope to complete my Masters in Education Technology by completing this subject and FET8611 Emerging Environments for Learning. I began this course in 2007 and have enjoyed the challenge of returning to Education studies after a semester off.
For the last three years I have been employed as a secondary school business and IT teacher at Oakey State High School, near Toowoomba, Queensland. This year I am seconded to three Northern Toowoomba primary schools as their specialist IT teacher. I teach students in years Prep - 7 for approximately 45mins each week. I am working with both students and teachers integrating ICT into the curriculum.
One day per week I have a professional development role as a Darling Downs Smart Classroom Mentor where I work with Darling Downs teachers, face to face and online to gain their ICT certificate and Digital Pedagogy Licence. This semester I am also working as a facilitator for the Curriculum Integration Course, the online course for teachers to gain their Digital Pedagody Licence. So I have a feeling my computer will not be too far away from my side for the next 5 months.
I have really enjoyed improving my skills in publishing educational content to the web. The ability to create web pages using xhtml and php is something I make use of in my every day teaching. To cope with having large numbers of young students in a computer lab at the same time, without any assistance, I create xhtml webpages on our school intranet. This allows me to link content through visual clues, icons and hyperlinks, which simplifies locating files on our Education Queensland Managed Operating Environment. This encourages students to build on and improve their digital decoding skills thus enabling them to become independent learners at a young age.
Past skills creating interactive multimedia
I have in the last few years created some interactive multimedia from scratch using SWISHmax, a cheaper alternative to Flash. Last year I used Articulate software to create interactive multimedia when teaching Vocational Education and Training courses at Oakey State High School. Their programs make creating interactive learning material quick and easy without the arduous task of programming however you are limited to the templates provided. The image on the right links to my Workplace Health and Safety course that I created incorporating a variety of interactive multimedia.
Last year I purchased Adobe CS4 so I am looking forward to improving my skills using Flash and Fireworks in this course. Recently I went to the Adobe Roadshow in Brisbane which demonstrated the potential of Adobe CS4 which was really enlightnening. I would recommend attending any of these free roadshows when they come around. When registering my product I acquired a free one month subscription to http://www.lynda.com and recently completed their Essential Flash CS4 training. I would highly recommend these video tutorials to others. You can subscribe for a $25 per month fee.