TechKnowParent_Icon2_FAHi and Welcome!

I’m Jo Blannin and I’m glad to have you here!

Blogging, gaming, MOOCs, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Mindmapping, video-making, iPads apps, cyber-safety, drone flying, 3D printing… It’s a big world of technology out there and this blog invites you to peak behind the curtain and see what’s actually going on in your child’s world. On this blog we chat about questions  we might have, decisions we have to make and what we are learning along the way!

I believe that education shouldn’t be about scores, testing or what university you’ll get into. Those parts of our education system are important for some kids at some times. But they are not what education should be all about, and I don’t think it should be the only goal of our schools.  I believe education should actually be about creativity, problem-solving, flexible thinking and cooperation. Our kids need to understand how to learn for themselves. (Read more)

I’ve taught in England, France and Michigan, USA before settling down in Australia with my Aussie husband and 2 gorgeous step-sons.  I’ve taught in private and public schools, in outdoor education and in foreign language settings. (I speak French and lived outside of Paris for a while).

Right now I’m the Digital Learning Leader at the Graduate School of Education at The Universty of Melbourne. I’m also currently working on my Doctorate of Education – looking at teachers and schools using the Internet in their classrooms.

It’s important to note that what I write on this blog are my opinions and don’t reflect on The University of Melbourne in any way!

For the last 7 years, I’ve had a leadership role in a school and in the Department of Education supporting the use of laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards. But I’m not the computer-fix-it girl! I help teachers find learning opportunities in the classrooms. And I love it too!

Needless to say, I’ve seen things work really well and tech be a powerful force for learning. But I’ve also seen the hurdles and challenges parents and teachers face in the day to day use of tech. That’s what this blog is for. To help you see what you can do to support your child through their schooling years – and to have some fun doing it!

I’m a self-confessed tech nut but really only because it lets kids learn the way they want to. It lets them personalise their learning experiences. But I also know the value of a pencil and notepad, of making posters and dioramas, of playing with blocks to understand maths. And of interacting with real people in the real world.

Tech doesn’t – and shouldn’t – replace any of those things.

THE JOURNEY

My education background and school leadership experience mean I’ve worked with many, many parents – I know some of the questions you have and I want to help answer them for you.

So have a look around at the blog and see what might be of use to you.

I love hearing from readers so please leave me a comment if you have the time. I’d love to chat about your situation and your experiences!

There’s a short beginners guide here you might like to check out with my most popular posts.

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