This is the e-portfolio of Nick Biddle. A website that promotes the delivery and facilitation of content between students. As a stage 4 - 6 computing studies teacher in Newcastle, Australia, I support online collaboration and the free sharing of learning and resources between all.
'Purple Zeus' is an homage to two things - my wife's love of the colour purple (our bridesmaids wore cadbury purple), and my own childhood fascination with Greek mythology (documentary video is provided below). The logo is an amalgamation of the two characters and is itself an homage to one of my greatest technology inspirations, my father. If at any time, you are confused as to the structure of this website, you can connect back to the homepage but clicking on the banner stretching across the top of screen.
The website is built using Weebly, which is also an aspect of project based work taught in years nine and ten. Weebly is a simple and easy to learn web based application with pre-set themes and widgets designed to build and publish websites. It also easily converts all pages for mobile based viewing, and thus is beneficial to those using smartphones and tablets. It is one of the primary methods I have chosen to best reach all students in the classroom who are bringing their own technology device.
The primary purpose of this portfolio was originally to supplement my teaching in the classroom at Yass High School. It has grown to become a vast collection fo resources and content facilitation for all computing students. While still the primary teaching resource at YHS, it is now utilised by teachers throughout the state in a variety of formats, as well as in my new role at Newcastle High School. It offers links to relevant resources, access to multimedia projects and online learning assistance. My own personal opinion on how each of the resources and uses of ICT can influence and benefit all people in the classroom, both now and in the future, will also be discussed.
My expertise lies with all aspects of Computing education. My aim is to provide quality teaching resources that engage students. These resources have been designed specifically for the NSW syllabuses including Stage 5 IST and Stage 6 Software Design and Development. As encouraged by NESA, the teaching methods and resources are based around project based learning.
As will be evident throughout many aspects and comments across this portfolio, the target audience is primarily students of Newcastle High School and teachers of technology subjects, however others are encouraged to get involved. The context is relevant around the world, and all pages are presented in English. You are encouraged to use Google Translate on the portfolio if you are a non-English speaking native.
Aside from a keen interest in computing and computational thinking, I also love Soccer, Hockey and Cycling. You can follow me on Strava and Twitter if you're interested in joining my network.