Design Secrets Revealed

Design Secrets RevealedHave you ever been disappointed by the quality of student-produced posters? Do you want to make great posters yourself, but they always seem a little lacklustre?

If so, then my most recent (FREE) multi-touch book, Design Secrets Revealed, can help!

It will take you step-by-step through each design principle, and provide you with examples and suggestions to help guide the teaching process for your students.

I would love your feedback, so please let me know if you find it useful.


11 Answers – Part 2

As mentioned in my last post, I am overdue in completing DJ’s challenge, so here I go again. Are you sick of me yet?! HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List 11 bloggers.

As I have already tagged my bloggers, this will merely be a sharing session, where I answer DJ’s questions.

11 Random Facts About Myself

1. I am an amputee – I jammed my pinky finger in the door when I was six and it had to be removed.

2. Some people eat to live, but I live to eat. I love food and have a voracious appetite, despite my slender frame. I remember places by what I ate when I visited them.

3. I am born on my mother’s birthday, which I think is pretty special.

4. I love my adopted city of Singapore. I am definitely a city-girl at heart.

5. I hate sand. I hate that it gets everywhere, sticks to sunscreen and appears to be magnetically attracted to my children. Mercifully, my family don’t share this peculiarity, so they enjoy getting in and amongst it as much as the next person.

6. I devour books. I especially like young adult novels, but any fiction interests me.

7. Since being the unfortunate recipient of some heavy breathing-type phone pranks as a child, I don’t really like talking on the phone.

8. I am a very positive person, and find being around negativity very draining.

9. I love to travel and see new places. I am always thinking about where to go next.

10. My phone is my most important piece of equipment, and the thought of losing it fills me with dread! Being without wifi is also very hard for me. #firstworldproblems

11. My two kids bring me the most incredible joy (and definitely the most wrinkles).

Questions from DJ:

1. What is the best beach you have ever visited?

Tricky to answer (see number 5 above!). I have always dreamed of those crystal clear, blue waters you see in pictures online, however places like Bali were a huge disappointment, with plastic bags wrapping around my legs etc. I do hope to do some more travel and experience some more of the beauty of the ocean. I liked Lombok & the Gili Islands – I love snorkelling. I think my favourite beaches are the ones in NZ (most of them are pretty wild & fantastic), such as Athenree, where my parents have a bach. I also love beaches where you can dig for cockles or pipi or gather mussels (refer to number 2, above).

Beach 1

Waihi Beach, New Zealand

2. If you were stranded on a desert island and only had one music album what would it be?

Probably the Beatles Complete. Partly so I could sing along, partly because they spanned so many decades there are lots of different styles, but mostly because it reminds me of my family and growing up. My first ever ‘project’ as a very young child was on the Beatles.

3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? What are you now?

I wanted to be a teacher from when I was about 12 years old. I studied Psychology at University, but mainly because I thought it sounded cool. I didn’t really know that much about it to be honest. However, I found it a little depressing (see number 8 above!), and the only thing I ever wanted to do was teach. So I did a post-graduate diploma of teaching, and never looked back.

Now I am a Digital Literacy Coach, which I think is simply the best job ever, because I get to work with teachers and students to help them use technology for learning. I have wonderful colleagues, both in person and those of you I have met online. How lucky am I?

4. What is your favourite app?

That’s a little like asking a parent to choose a favourite child, is it not? I will squeeze a few into this answer if I can.

Most used apps: Probably Facebook, Tweetbot & Instagram for keeping in touch with friends and family around the world.

Best food/travel app: FourSquare to find recommendations for great places to eat.

Best app for young kids: I think Minecraft is a wonderful creative and collaborative platform.

Most versatile educational app: HaikuDeck, which I have seen used by Grade 1 students, all the way up to presenters at conferences.

5. Beer, wine or other?

Champagne, Prosecco or anything bubbly. Bubbles make me happy! I do have a fondness for Jameson’s whiskey, I love a Port with my Dad, and a Gin & Tonic with my Mum. I like both red and white wine, and a cool lager on a hot day. In short, I am not fussy!

6. What is your “last supper”?

This is probably the hardest question for me to answer! There are just so many things I love to eat. My last supper would have to be taken in long Italian lunch style, so I could get through the following:

  • A charcuterie platter with all manner of delicious deli meats, including proscuitto & jamon iberico, washed down with a cool glass of Prosecco.
  • Burrata deliciousness.
  • Scallops (just like the ones at Open Door Policy in Singapore), Bluff oysters, lobster and crayfish, with some NZ Pinot Gris or Sav Blanc
  • Melt-in-the-mouth foie gras.
  • Chilli crab and black pepper crab, 2 of my favourite Singaporean specialties, with Tiger Beer.
  • NZ lamb with mint sauce, roast vegetables (kumara & parsnip essential), peas and gravy, with a NZ Pinot Noir
  • A perfectly cooked steak, with an Aussie Shiraz.
  • If I had any room left, I’d go for a raspberry and white chocolate creme brulee, some mango sticky rice and some fresh berries with cream.

What really “sucks” about education today?

The pace of change. The need for so much testing.

What is really awesome about education today?

Working with kids everyday. Exciting things ahead in terms of technology. Global collaboration possibilities. Incredible colleagues.

If you found $1000 tomorrow, what would you do/ buy right now?

If it was something for someone else, I would like to donate it to one of the service organisations that our school supports. If it were for me, I would like to buy a new phone, as the battery on my current one is d-y-i-n-g.

Where in the world would you like to travel?

Anywhere I haven’t already been! Next on my list is Canada, which we are planning on visiting in June/July this year. We have a number of Canadian friends who have been waxing lyrical about their beautiful country for YEARS, so we have to do it, if only to shut them up! Traveling is one of my favourite things to do, so I hope to get to some more places soon.

What is your favourite way to relax?

Either read a book or watch a movie, preferably with good food and good friends.