For me, the beginning of a new year always brings reflection on the past. How is life-changing if it is changing? What’s on the horizon both near and far? What are the challenges that lie ahead in the coming year and how will I address them? How is my career progressing and what needs to change for it to progress? What lessons can be learned from the past that I can apply as I move forward into the new year?Read More
We are living in a digital era, and with the rising discussions of the Metaverse in popular culture, it’s become more commonplace than ever before. The way we learn, interact, socialize, and more is increasingly becoming technology-reliant.
Digital citizenship explores the ethical dilemmas present through our interactions within the digital world, and how we navigate the space effectively for the benefit of ourselves and others. Here are our top five tips for becoming a good digital citizen.Read More
As a geography teacher, sustainable development is a topic I have always been passionate about. I remember as a geography student in secondary school, we covered some fascinating topics like appropriate technology (e.g. sending a tractor to sub-Saharan African countries would do them more harm than good) and cash crops. This was when I first understood the need for healthy partnerships that are sustainable and don’t create centuries of enduring exploitations. Fast forward to now, almost 20 years on, and I am rediscovering this topic through Makematic’s video series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this article, I hope to inform those who are not yet familiar with Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals and highlight its importance, in an educational context, to achieve these goals by 2030.Read More
Founder of Footprints on the Globe, Annie Woollard, is a Teach SDGs Ambassador and Australian educator who wants to inspire children and educators globally to change their thinking and day-to-day behaviours by embedding the UN Sustainable Development Goals directly into the classroom and curriculum.
How did she decide to make the shift from teaching to founding her own business? What are the challenges she faced? How does she help educators and students change behaviour? And how can you get involved?Read More
It’s almost impossible today to open our social media pages, or view a newspaper article, read a report, or take a course without encountering short-form video content. It is an ideal medium for passing a lot of information quickly and succinctly and it allows us to decide whether we want to deep-dive a particular post, an article, or a subject area in more detail.Read More
I love professional development. But I don’t like professional development that is imposed on me that really has no relevance to what I’m doing or it’s something that I already know. When I first started teaching, professional development was face to face, and usually not something I chose to do. Fortunately, I worked at a pretty progressive school and much of the professional development was helping us raise the bar and narrow the gap.Read More
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Assistant Producer, Eamon Kerrigan who has been at Makematic for over 3 years. He spoke to us about how he joined the team and his responsibilities as an Assistant Producer.Read More
Media Bias in sources blurs the line to effective writing and referencing for us all. In this blog, we will go through the main types of Media Bias that you should look out for when analyzing sources to place in your next piece of content. All it takes is one dubious source to call into question your content.Read More
Kelly Bellar is a Region 10 Social Studies consultant in Texas. She’s passionate about social studies education and creating engaging learning environments that integrate technology, collaboration and critical thinking. Texas has 20 different education service centers throughout the state that have been set up to support educators with their teaching. They offer everything from professional development on teaching, instruction and curriculum to bus driving courses. Their remit is to help school districts in any way possible.Read More
Is animation more than just an engagement tool, and can it enhance learning? In my first podcast, Can Instructional Videos Make Your Smarter? I looked at whether we can design videos to be more cognitively efficient. In this episode I look at some of the research around animation, and whether it can be used to enhance learning.Read More