About Us

We are 2 regular teachers in Victoria. Our aim with this podcast and blog is to take some time out of our busy lives to discuss and reflect on the many elements that make up the life of an ordinary public school teacher on the frontline…perhaps with just a little lean towards using ICT across the curriculum.

Rick is a primary teacher from the Bellarine Peninsula with his feet firmly planted in ICT. He teaches across all curriculum areas with a particular focus upon using blogs, online social networking, digital photography and movie making to foster community engagement with the students. Rick is a well-connected educator who actively shares his learning with an extensive PLN across multiple social media platforms.

Adam is a primary teacher from the Surf Coast Cluster who has, in the last 4 years, had a growing interest and passion for all things ICT.  After having the opportunity to be a part of the ‘Teaching and Learning in the 21st century’ PD in 2013 he has broadened his teaching horizons to include applications such as Google Docs, blogs and a 1:1 Netbook program to enhance his teaching practices.  Adam is also furthering his connections through the use of social media and he hopes to learn from others and their experiences in the classroom via the podcast and blog posts.

Adam and Rick have been friends for over twelve years. Yet, this project is also a result of the learning gained from the ‘Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century’ professional development program funded by the DEECD in 2013.

We don’t pretend to know everything about education and our occupation but we are passionate, willing learners.

All views are our own.

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  1. Hi Rick and Adam,

    here’s a story that may be of interest to you and your listeners:

    Digital Divas wins national prize
    A new book about changing the attitudes of school girls towards IT has won the 2016 Leonie Warne Prize.

    The book, Digital Divas: Putting the Wow into Computing for Girls, is based on a successful Australian project which changed girls’ perceptions of IT careers using specifically designed classroom materials that were delivered in all-girl classes.

    The Digital Divas project also improved the confidence of the girls who participated when it came to using computers.

    The project was conceived as a response to a downturn in girls studying IT at secondary school. Recent figures suggest that women only make up around 28% of the IT workforce in Australia.

    Lead author, Adjunct Professor Julie Fisher, said that she and her colleagues were pleased to receive the award.

    “It’s really important to recognise that there are ways to get more girls interested in IT. After all, it looks like more and more jobs will be technology-based in the future and we need to move towards gender equality in this area,” she said.

    “There are so many fascinating avenues open to people who have good IT skills, from designing systems to improve healthcare, to social welfare and education – it’s not just about hardware and software, it’s about people too,” she added.

    Professor Fisher conducted the research with her colleagues Professor Helen Forgasz and Dr Amber McLeod from Monash University, along with Associate Professor Catherine Lang from La Trobe University and Associate Professor Annemieke Craig from Deakin University.

    The Leonie Warne Prize for an Outstanding Publication in the Area of Women and IT was announced at this year’s Australasian Conference on Information Systems. The prize is worth $1500 and recognises the best article published during the year in any outlet (book, book chapter, conference or journal).

    Digital Divas has recently been published by Monash University Publishing and the electronic version is currently available to download for free. Visit http://bit.ly/DivasPrize for more information.

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