Melissa Giddins

Exploring technology and literacy in education.

Stealing an idea: Lunch and Learn

A fellow English teacher and DER leader (and very cool person) Bianca Hewes recently blogged about something that she has been doing successfully at her school called “Lunch and Learn”. You can read the full account of her actions here on her blog. I have decided to “borrow” her idea and set up something similar at my school during Term 3.  I will call them Friday Lunch and Learns, with the idea being that you learn something on Friday, play with it across the weekend and use it the following week.  I will be promoting what is on each week and teachers can choose to come along, eat lunch and learn something each week.  Here is my proposed list of topics:

Friday Lunch and Learns – learn on Friday, play on weekend, use on Monday.

Term 3

  1. Edmodo – increasing student communication via the web.
  2. Creating your Professional/Personal Learning Network (PLN): how to join the DET conversation on Yammer, RSS feeds and setting up Google Reader, reading blogs and who to follow, joining the educational discussion on Twitter.
  3. OneNote – how students can hand in work that is created in OneNote, and how you can mark it using Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended.
  4. BlogEd – how to set up a class blog and why you would want to.
  5. Creative Commons and DET Resources – copyright-free images and where to find them; how to check if a site is unblocked and how to access curriculum resources via TaLE and Curriculum Support.
  6. Digitally marking student work – how to do this in Word 2007, OneNote 2007 and Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended.
  7. Podcasting – how to use Audacity to create simple podcasts for your students and how students can create their own to use as a lesson activity or study aids (and how to put podcasts onto Moodle for dissemination to students).
  8. Glogster and Prezi – creating online posters and visual representations with Glogster and using Prezi, an online presentation tool that is non-linear, as an alternative to PowerPoint.
  9. Wordle, Lino It and Wallwisher – Wordle creates word clouds from text and Wallwisher and Lino It allow you to create a canvas for collaborative discussion via use of digital sticky notes.

 Term 4:

  1. OneNote Refresher – a refresher on the things that you can do in OneNote besides typing notes. How to send items to OneNote from other programs and utilising clipping.
  2. OneNote Bells and Whistles – recording audio and digital and how to utilise tags.
  3. OneNote – SHARED – how to create a single OneNote section that the whole class can use at the same time and then have saved on their individual hard drives as a record.
  4. Creating a digital portfolio using Adobe Pro Extended.
  5. Delicious and Diigo – social bookmarking and how to utilise it in a classroom.

I am going to run this idea past the principal tomorrow and see what she thinks about it, get approval for this adventure and start preparing for it and promoting it in the following week (if it gets approved!). As such, I would love some feedback! Anything that you think I should add/remove? I have four weeks in Term 4 that I haven’t filled yet and can reshuffle some things around. Every suggestion helps!


June 14, 2010 Posted by | Digital Education Revolution (DER) | , | 7 Comments