The Amelia Branson Column

STEAM Constellation Creating for Matariki

STEAM Constellation Creating for Matariki

June 24, 2020 1 min read

Use Sparkfun's LED Constellation Hoops tutorial to create Matariki right in your classroom! Matariki begins on 13th July 2020 so now's the time to start planning your lessons. 

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Top 5 Tips for taking a Google Certified Educator Exam

Top 5 Tips for taking a Google Certified Educator Exam

June 17, 2020 3 min read

I've now completed my Level 1 Educator exam! The whole process was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and I couldn't recommend it enough to all educators.
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A chance for students to reflect on their experiences

A chance for students to reflect on their experiences

June 10, 2020 1 min read

A lot has changed in the last few months, so it's nice that we can start to slow down and reflect. This is particularly important for students, as they may not know exactly whar's going on or how they feel about it.
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Welcome in the first week of winter

Welcome in the first week of winter

June 03, 2020 1 min read

Seasons changing is always a reminder for a things in life - change your toothbrush, check you smoke alarms are working, and more! Have students fill out this quick worksheet to get them thinking outside of their own winter experiences.
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World Earth Day Nature Search Activity

World Earth Day Nature Search Activity

May 27, 2020 1 min read

Get your classroom exploring the environment around them with this nature search activity. This would be a great way to get your students outside and looking at how many things are in the environment. Whether it's a school or at-home activity, they'll love getting outside and searching for these items!
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My Google for Education Journey - Part 4: Efficient Lessons

My Google for Education Journey - Part 4: Efficient Lessons

May 22, 2020 1 min read

The final part of my journey is here! In this final video, I go over the last topic - 'Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity'. After finishing all of the questions at the end of each unit, the training was complete.
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My Google for Education Journey - Part 3: Moving Online

My Google for Education Journey - Part 3: Moving Online

May 20, 2020 1 min read

In my second video about the Fundamentals Training, I cover the second topic - 'Increase Efficiency and Save Time'. This section absolutely delivered on it's title, as I now confident in using Google tools to eliminate unnecessary steps in the teaching process.
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My Google for Education Journey - Part 2: Learn the Basics

My Google for Education Journey - Part 2: Learn the Basics

May 19, 2020 2 min read

I've made a start on the Google for Education training, so stay tuned for my thoughts so far. If you haven't already, make sure you read my previous blog about why I decided to complete this certification. Regardless of your current qualifications, you're bound to learn something new from this course.
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My Google for Education Journey - Part 1: My Purpose

My Google for Education Journey - Part 1: My Purpose

May 18, 2020 1 min read

Staring out on your Google for Education journey is simple. Google has developed their services in a way that is incredibly intuitive, meaning you'll be able to spend more time learning with less confusion over the process of it.
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Easy Art at School

Easy Art at School

May 15, 2020 1 min read

If there's one thing many homes will have an endless supply of right now, it's empty toilet paper rolls. With a bit of paint and some big ideas, you can turn them into just about anything!
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Have students create an original story using Google Docs

Have students create an original story using Google Docs

May 14, 2020 3 min read

If you're looking for a way to engage students in collaborative projects, Google Docs is a great platform to start with. The documents can be shared and made available to edit by up to 50 students at once. Keep reading to find out how you could turn this into a fun class activity!
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Create a Weather Forecast from Around the World

Create a Weather Forecast from Around the World

May 13, 2020 2 min read

If you're looking for something to get students collaborating and creating while using technology to facilitate their learning, this activity is right for you! Students will plan a weather report video where they'll each be sharing the weather from a different city in the world. 
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