GWPS Tech Times

Term 3, Week 4

Maintenance Outage

IT maintenance outage will commence at 6pm Friday 8th August through 8pm Sunday 10th August. During this time, many DEC systems and applications including DEC Portal will be unavailable for use. Staff email is expected to be available during this time via the direct link posted. I will also place this link in our homepage.

School Email

I have fun with faces

NSW DEC have developed a great new mobile app for both iOS and Android tablets that engages young children in many learning activities by focusing on facial features. The app features four sections:

song and actions: children listen to and perform actions to a song or learn and sing along with the music

create a face: children read and place the labels of parts of the face into the correct boxes, drag the features to the correct part of the face and find the hidden facial features

read a story: listen to and read a long and short version of a story called Faces

jigsaws: complete 9, 12 or 16 piece jigsaws with four of each to solve

I have fun with faces - free

Paths to 21st Century Success

Here are a couple of great posters you can hang in your classroom. They feature six classroom scenes that demonstrate the key skills that lead to 21st century success. The second poster is an evidence sheet that teachers can fill in to help parents and students understand how classroom activities fit in within a 21st century model of learning.

Common Core: 21st Century Success

Web Tool of the Week


Padlet is a fun and easy way to have your students collaborate. Create a padlet wall and share it with your students and you will have them sharing their ideas within minutes.

If you create a free account, the wall will always be available for you. If you do not create an account, the wall will only stay active for 30 days. Make sure that once you have created your wall, you favourite the page, or take a note of the web address.

Click here to see a padlet wall I have started and see if you can contribute to it.

I have created a Tech Tip on padlet, which is saved on our Teacher Drive under ICT Resources and Information

Websites of the Week

Here are some great websites to use on your interactive whiteboard during Maths Groups/Lessons. These websites can also be found on the GWPS Kids Zone website.

Turtle Diary

1000's of interactive games, videos, worksheets and resources. Areas are categorised under grade and subject.

Turtle Diary

Interactive Maths

Designed by The Junction Public School, Interactive Maths is a collection of maths websites sorted into their strand. There are also smart notebook lessons available to download.

Jenny's Marvellous Maths Links

Another wonderful website with hundreds of interactive maths links for the Australian Curriculum. Each Stage and then maths strand has the relevant Outcome and Content to match the activity.

Jenny's Marvellous Maths Links

Apps of the Week

Maths: What is it for?