Jacqui Sharp, who publishes primary resources as Sharpjacqui, shares her thoughts on integrating technology into the classroom and her top tips for aspiring authors
Tell us a bit about your professional background and why you joined TES.
I’m a New Zealand-trained teacher and have taught at a range of levels from Years 1 to 8. These days, my main role is as an e-learning facilitator, working with students and teachers to integrate technologies in classrooms across all curriculum areas.
I also run courses and workshops all over the North Island and have written and sold training manuals.
Sharing my resources on TES not only allows me to reach a much larger audience base and diversify my business, but also to indulge my artistic side in the creation of useful, quality resources for teachers.
How can you incorporate e-learning into the primary classroom?
Schools are incorporating e-learning by using a wide variety of devices from iPads and tablets to Chromebooks and laptops.
As such, teaching practice is evolving. There is now far less “chalk and talk”. Instead, we see more workshop-based learning, as teachers use these devices to get students to both view and interact with lesson content.
With the increased use of technology, the design and presentation of tasks must also change. I follow the SAMR model when creating resources in order to ensure that these activities transform learning, rather than just enhance it.
What do you think makes a good resource?
A good resource has to be relevant, colourful, easy-to-read and purposeful. It shouldn't just be “busy work”; it should align with the curriculum and support learning.
What tips would you give to a teacher who is considering publishing their resources on TES?
Decide how you want your resources to be displayed and accessed. If you are happy for teachers to edit your work, publish them in an editable format. If not, save them as a PDF and publish that instead.
Always check whether you have permission to use images, especially if you find them using a search engine. You'll need parental consent if you're using photos of students. If you're not sure, search among Creative Commons sites for images with an appropriate licence, or invest in a graphics package. I tend to use my own photos and draw my own graphics.