Margaret Simkin

Country: 
Australia
South West Victoria

Teacher-librarian managing Information Services across a two campus Early Learning (3 years olds) to Year 12 (18 year olds) Independent Co-Educational School in a regional city. I teach Library lessons to our Year 5 class. My Initial teacher training was in Geography and History, and I teach one class of History Revolutions (France and Russia) to senior students. In 2015 I completed a second Master of Education degree in Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation, an online course through Charles Sturt University in Australia. I am passionate about teaching our young people about our world and its people, and involving them in global activities to broaden their horizons.

My co-teacher, Mrs Bec Cameron, shares the teaching of Library lessons at our Junior School. She also teaches Art. You will also spot ourLibrary  Assistant, Mrs Smith, in some of the photographs.

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Co-teacher: 
Bec Cameron

School: The Hamilton And Alexandra College

Our Projects

Starting the project week 1

We began by looking at the world and all the places that are participating in the Climate Action Project. We talked about different environments and the impacts that are starting to be felt in many places. We also considered ways in which we might act to reduce climate change.  Mix converted to film here

Photo Album - examining causes and effects of climate change

We worked at making posters to consolidate our thinking. You can see us working here. Some of us got a bit excited about saving other region's animals and plants but it all contributes to our growing knowledge and understanding of this huge topic.

Climate Action Goals and Learning

What are we hoping to act on?

Preparing our solution

As a result of surveying all students via Forms we have decided to produce a calendar for 2018 for our families and local political representatives.  Photographs have been prepared, we just need to confirm how we will proceed from here.  We are also very interested in planting trees so that will  be another activity we want to complete before the end of the school year in December.  60% of the students in my class have indicated that they would like to do something like this again, and they were all pleased to be working with students in so many countries to improve the world that we share. For my part as teacher, I have been pushed to master a number of new skills which will be transferrable to all aspects of my work. My 10 second video for Koen is still coming as I had recorded great video but no sound! Forms, Sway and Office Mix have all been used in a manner that has increased my knowledge.

The Mixes I have made will be upgraded to Microsoft Stream format and the links shared in the appropriate week of this site. This will make our work accessible beyond May 2018 when Office Mix is being retired!


Impressions

Starting the project