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Kathryn McGilvray

In her 12 years teaching in schools, Kathryn has used many different types of technology in the classroom. She enjoys online educational resources including Google apps, iPads, tablets, laptops and other gadgets which are both fun and engaging for her students. Kathryn loves to blog and uses social media to connect with other teachers. When she’s not blogging, tweeting or playing with gadgets she likes to read, bike ride, bush walk and spend time with her young family. She also enjoys a really good joke and a belly laugh. Kathryn is currently working for TAFE NSW as an English teacher in Career Skills Education.http://au.linkedin.com/pub/kathryn-mcgilvray/44/611/814/
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The art of blogging

by Kathryn McGilvray

I’ve found blogging has been key to my own professional development

This term, as in past terms I am one of those horrible teachers who forces their students to use technology. I make my students create a Google account just so we can all play in Google’s Technology Playground. I usually don’t have too much opposition to this, and if a student really doesn’t want to create an account then they just complete their weekly blog in a Word doc.

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Negative gearing

by Kathryn McGilvray

Negative experiences in life produced a drive in me to not only prove my detractors wrong, but also prove to myself that I could do it too

There have been many times in my life when others have told me that I would never amount to anything. That as a teacher I was average, or mediocre at best.

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T-VET or not T-VET?

by Kathryn McGilvray

Whatever the debate around education funding, the fact remains that young people want to be skilled and work-ready

There are currently about 60,000 school teachers in NSW. But how many of them realise the differences between a TAFE environment and the school environment? Many high school teachers see their students head off to TAFE for T-VET courses, but sometimes not really knowing what exactly they do there or even why they’re doing it in the first place. Read more…

Identify, analyse and evaluate

by Kathryn McGilvray

What’s needed is a good dose of scepticism in order to start thinking more objectively about things

Over the last few weeks my history students have been working on a new essay. They’ve been considering how continuity and change affects the topic they’ve chosen. Yesterday I had a discussion with some students about the fact they weren’t enjoying this essay, and just struggling with the subject in general.

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The learning circle

by Kathryn McGilvray

It gets the students out of the classroom into the fresh air and encourages them to think in a different capacity than usual

During the last week of term I took my students to the learning circle we have on campus.

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The e-learning curve

by Kathryn McGilvray

While some educators are pushing forward and keeping pace, education has largely been slow to adapt and use technology

It can be a dangerous thing to predict the future. However, there’ve been some strong indicators from around the world that we still have a voracious need/want to consume technology. Read more…

Let’s meet in March

by Kathryn McGilvray

Our teaching experience is much richer when we share and get fresh ideas and perspectives from others

By and large, teachers are a very creative bunch of people. There’s a lot of scope for creativity even in the most prescriptive unit. It’s all in the delivery. When the pressures in life compound, they can squeeze the creative life out of us when we have to meet deadlines, validation and ‘show continuous improvement’. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. However, looking for small windows of opportunity to spark that creative and innovative part of ourselves can be closer than we think. Read more…

When teachers meet

by Kathryn McGilvray

We should never become so isolated in our classrooms that we are unaware of those around us

For some people, social media can be a dirty word. In just the last five years I’m sure that most people know of someone who’s had a messy relationship breakup because of Facebook, Twitter or some other form of social media.

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