Hi and Welcome! I’m Jo Blannin and I’m glad to have you here! Blogging, gaming, MOOCs, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Mindmapping, video-making, iPads apps, cyber-safety and 3D printing… It’s a big, and ever-changing world of technology out there! I believe that education shouldn’t be about scores, testing or what uni you’ll get into. Those parts of our education system are important for some kids at some times. But not for all, and I don’t think it should be the only goal of our schools. I believe education should be about creativity, problem-solving, flexible thinking and cooperation. Our kids need to understand how to learn for themselves so they can be successful adults in the 21st Century.
I’ve taught in England, France and Michigan, USA before settling in Australia with my Aussie husband and 2 gorgeous step-sons. I’ve taught in private and public schools, in outdoor education and in foreign language settings.(I speak French and lived outside near Paris for a not-long-enough amount of time!). Right now I’ve got a few roles with the University of Melbourne and the Department of Education. I’m also currently working on my Doctorate of Education, yep, you guessed it, it’s looking at teachers and schools using the Internet in their classrooms :0) For the last 5 years I’ve had a school leadership role supporting the use of 400+ laptops, 100+ laptops and 40+ interactive whiteboards in an 800 student school. But I’m not the fix-it girl – I help teachers find learning opportunities in the classrooms. And I love it too! Needless to say, I’ve seen things work really well and tech be a powerful force for learning. But I’ve also seen the hurdles and challenges parents and teachers face in the day to day use of tech. That's why I now share my presentations, handouts, lesson plans and resources on TpT! Currently, I work at a top university in Australia as the Digital Learning Leader for the Education Faculty. I live, breath, research, and write about educational technology use and I'm excited to share my knowledge with you here! I’m a self-confessed tech nut but really only because it lets kids learn the way they want to. It lets them personalise their learning experiences. But I also know the value of a pencil and notepad, of making posters and dioramas, of playing with blocks to understand maths. And of course, of interacting with real people in the real world!! Tech doesn’t – and shouldn’t – replace any of those things.
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Currently completing a Doctorate of Education focusing on teachers' uses of Technology in the upper primary school classroom.
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