Apps and ICT resources I found useful for HPE

Being a HPE student and given that this course was based primarily around ICT, I really had to work hard to locate appropriate resources that were suitable for my lessons in HPE.
Whilst some Apps I thought would be great didn’t have that great of a response with the students whilst others worked really well. I found some of the PE to be a bit of trial and error with regards to ICT implementation and it’s effectiveness.
So to all my fellow pre-service teachers out there I thought it might be useful to share some of the apps/sources that I found helpful. Please feel free to share any that you found.

HPE based:
Smiling Mind
Balance It/ Stretch It/ Work It/ Jump It
Websites –

Australian Curriculum
TPET Displays

There’s many more that I came across in my studies but these ones in particular I found really handy and useful during my PE.


It’s a wrap

As the final few days of PE is drawing to an end I’m saddened to think that I won’t be back out there for another 6 months. This has been one of my most rewarding PE yet as my mentor has provided me with endless opportunities to truly take control of my teaching in terms of planning lessons, behaviour management, independently facilitating students learning and composing assessment criteria.For the purposes of ICT in HPE, this PE has allowed me to trial various resources to assist in student engagement, enhance my explicit teaching approaches and check for student understanding through the use of ICT assessment implementation.

Looking forward I’m excited to applying my new understandings within my future studies and integrating my new found ICT knowledge into all aspects of my teaching career.

Integrating HPE lessons & ICT

Assignment 2 has been a good reflection for me when I look back at my blog post’s from the early weeks in the course. Looking back at my Educate without misapplication post I feel as though some of my concerns regarding integrating ICT and HPE have been eliminated after A2. A2 really allowed me to explore the possibilities of incorporating digital devices, internet research and online activities to accompany my teaching approaches and assist the learners comprehension and application within the HPE context.
As outlined in the Australian Curriculum a key purpose of integrating ICT in HPE learning is to assist students in using ICT tools to communicate, collaborate and analyse their understandings in a new and interesting format. After some extensive research I found some really great recommendations on how to incorporate ICT into my lesson, some suggestions included various iPad apps, video analysis, data collection, blogging, Pinterest and much more. I now feel more confident going into my PE with my resource bank full of different and fun ideas to incorporate into my lessons.

Knocking them down, 1 by 1

Exams :( [Day 12] by Alex France, on Flickr
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Assignment 2 done, done, done! As always it’s such a great relief getting assignments over with & making your way closer to the end of the course. I have to say I do relate with Jocelyn in what’s next stage, I feel like there’s so much to do and so little time.
The count down of the final weeks until PRAC is upon us & I’m very keen to get in there & back into the field. Reading the course posts I feel slightly behind as to where I should be in the course schedule I guess I better start reading up on Assignment 3 & prepping for PE!

Using Bloom to help planning


The integration of Bloom’s Taxonomy in reference to assignment 2 planning in Week 5 is a great starting point, middle check point & end reflection. With keeping this diagram in mind it ensures the learning experiences are on track regarding constructing and transformed knowledge whilst collaborating with Bloom’s framework to provide ideas behind teaching pedagogies and learning activities. I have based my initial unit ideas around the above diagram in hoping that in my half-way check point & final reflection it will still represent learning experiences that advance through each stage with a supportive teaching pedagogy.

Thanks David for a great framework to lean on!

Encourage self-expression


The article in the Week 5 learning path regarding the Toronto school that had engaged students in a learning journey of publishing their own books was a very enlightening read. The notion allowed students to create, explore, express and apply their knowledge and understandings in such a authentic format that the engagement and interests by students, teachers & parents seem to spread across the whole school board. I think this approach is such a great idea to enable students to see just how achievable their goals in learning can become regardless of their interests, skill abilities or learning stages.

“Every student in the school had a voice — whether it was an ESL student who can’t speak the language, or someone who has a learning disability — everybody has a page or a book that’s their own,” Remedio, S (2012).

This idea has really got me thinking of different tools that can be implemented in classroom learning to suit each individual learner whilst supporting the idea of ICT integration through making and creating. Linking closely with the concepts behind the Decoding Report (NESTA, 2012) that encourages students to construct their own understandings by making something, here are a few appropriate digital formats that could be introduced into assessment design or just classroom activities:

  • animation design
  • blogging
  • webpages
  • video recording and editing
  • music collaboration
  • data analysis and recording
  • online story books
  • visual print design and much more!

These are just a few approaches that if used effectively can create a very authentic learning environment. I’m going to be keeping these concepts in mind whilst planning my unit for assignment 2.

A2 thinking process…


I thought going along the concept map path might be a simplistic & straight forward way to present my ideas for assignment 2. Although it doesn’t go into much depth it covers the overall purpose behind my unit (tweaks are too come I’m sure) and it’s a good reference point for myself if I get a bit lost along the planning stages.

I decided to go with the early middle years (4) for this assignment as I find most of my past HPE units have be focused on Yr 6+ age group, so this will be something new for myself whilst having a close relation to my up coming prac & the Australian Curriculum.

I have to agree with khowa81 in regards to unit planning assignments as I too believe they have great purpose in our progression towards becoming teachers. However my ‘simple enough’ outlook tends to get quite complex and elongated by the end product! :/

Good luck to everyone for Assignment 2!

Copyright Panic!


So I had a bit of a panic after reading David’s Copyright and what you can use book on the study desk. Every since I started my degree I’ve been using google images & referencing them thinking I’m not doing anything illegal by acknowledging the original source so I was a bit shocked and panicked to think that the public sharing domain was quite different & had some heavy restrictions.

I found Creative Commons, Flickr and Image Codr very helpful and informative with regards to my assignment 1 content. A big concern of mine was that if I am supposed to be teaching students about appropriate internet etiquette and responsible ICT approaches then I better ensure that my individual work is in correlation to the law and requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Well now I’m off to fix-up all of the images I have embedded in old blog post via google images. Ooops!!

Assignment 1 reflection

Assignment Week 3 ” The Notebook ” by villy21, on Flickr
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At the start of the semester when I started throwing ideas around in my head for the A1, I thought I had competently grasped the concepts and hit the nail on the head. However last Thursday evening (yes 4 days before submission) I decided my artifact wasn’t really representing what I had first envisioned. My thoughts kept coming back to David’s notes on ‘think of the parents‘; did it engage them straight away and grab their attention whilst making an imaginative impact on them?After evaluating my work at that point I decided to take a different approach. Although I felt as though my content & underlying purpose behind the artifact was in tact, it just wasn’t represented in the most parent-friendly, exciting format. I then decided to really take on the role of being a current day educator thinking if right now I want to get my pedagogy approach about integrating ICT in HPE lessons across to parents with scaring them with too much information or bore them with the intense stuff; how would I do so?I ended up stumbling upon WIX website creator, I have used other website creators in the past, however I found WIX very user friend & easy to navigate. I set up my website with the purpose of a year long project in keeping the parents connected and up to date with their child’s learning developments. In my website as well as integrating the important content requirements I also designed pages such as the Student Corner where students could jump on the site & upload their own experiences in regards to HPE & ICT. This approach I feel allows students and their parents to not only connect over their learning advancements but also provides support and encouragement in regards to ICT involvement both at home and in the classroom.

Check out my page:

A1 online artifact


Assignment 1 done & dusted!

I chose to go with the WIX website builder for my assignment as I really tried to take the position that I was currently teaching & what would be the best way to engage the parents of my students into the learning context?

With the website it would allow me to constantly update the page regarding student progression, weekly learning objectives and also gives the opportunity for students to upload their own personal take of their learning. I feel this approach really allows parents to feel connected with their child’s learning and up to date with the latest events, performance testing and sneakily encourages them to become ICT literate as well.

Check it out below 🙂