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Category: e-learning

pi-top resource for computer science

Sometimes exciting resources grab your attention! I was flattered to be asked to run a workshop at the recent EdTech Podcast Festival and had the absolute pleasure of meeting the […]

Ada Lovelace Day (October 9th)

Do you know who Ada Lovelace is? Did you know she was instrumental in the invention of the modern computer? Did you know she was a close friend and collaborator with Charles Babbage?

Variables: how to explain them

Variables have a value which the creator can assign, meaning they can vary from program to program depending on what is needed. That make sense? When I first taught variables […]

Algorithms: how to explain them

I like to start by telling learners that this is a genius word! If you can confidently go home tonight and explain what an algorithm is people will think you’ve […]

e-Safety resources

Sketchnote resources for KS3 E-Safety Every year – all the way up to and including post 16 – needs to have e-safety refreshed. As a way of supporting some classes […]

tips4teaching on Vine

6 Second inspiration Having seen some fantastically creative vine videos popping up on Twitter with increasing regularity this year I have signed up to the Twitter owned site myself. You […]

The right IT classroom

A bone of contention… Many IT rooms in the 90’s and 00’s were designed on the basis of “how many PCs can we cram into the room?”, rather than; “What’s […]

Cloud Computing

Clouds in school The concept has been around ages! 6 years ago I tried very hard to convince a school that this was the future, to no avail, thankfully my […]

Simple solution using a Google Doc

Streamlining the little things It’s often the little things that cause the biggest problems, like the simple ideas that are badly managed and take too long to realise. Well, Google […]

1 hr of Code

Coding Coding Coding You’re not going to escape coding any times soon, certainly not in the next couple of years as the government and more vocal coding teachers push its […]

Fun resource

ifaketext.com Saw a screenshot of this web resource tweeted ages ago and only just got back to looking at it this week! Simple idea Type in both sides of a […]

A Gamer take on praise and reward

Innovative approach to praise & Reward Games, be they being played at home on a console, or in school on a phone students love games. A colleague was very keen […]

Share ideas to improve

Share ideas and improve learning and teaching Site readership in 2013 It’s quite exciting as a teacher sharing ideas online to see a visual presentation of where in the world […]

Creative revision

Revision time! Make it a status update! I saw these sticky notes online and was just itching to buy them and use them! Set out like a Facebook status update […]

Raspberry Pi is here

Box set of technology arrived at school today for my new programming club! Including Raspberries, cameras, and the wonderful book ‘Adventures in Raspberry Pi‘ by Carrie Anne Philbin. It’s a […]

Shake up team work…

I’m an iPad user, iPad mini as it’s a convenient size and still powerful at work. Apps, Simple is best Apps are a funny thing, you can waste hours looking […]

Switch them on to learning

Everyone knows that at the start of the year there’s a lot to do! You’re meeting new classes, picking up with old ones and carrying on with projects you last […]

Action Research

CONTEXT: Part of my role is to co-manage a team in school which conducts action research each year as in partnership with Cambridge University. (More info here) Mobile Technology: Controversy: […]

Google Docs…

Pick something you already do… See how Google Docs can improve what you do, what your team does, and what your students achieve. A presentation I’ve prepared for some coming […]

Raising Achievement

I read this somewhere, an Academy school showcasing one of its initiatives which it felt had greatly contributed to the rise in achievement at GCSE. I’ve created the idea in […]

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is my newest fine find! It’s a behaviour management tool that in the space of one week has captured the imaginations of several of my High School classes. […]

Useful & productive ipad Mini App

iPad Mini, I may have mentioned I bought one, and I mentioned that its size and its power makes its so brilliantly useful. I’ve always wanted the best from the […]

Mini is Mighty!!

Yep, I have an iPad Mini, but I’ve bought it with questions in mind… I bought it once I discovered it would fit in my jacket pocket! (Having made a […]

2013, what next?

Big question, two option answer; Complex answer Straight forward answer Answer 1 involves breaking down projects into chunks and explaining both the rationale and the methodology. Answer 2 is perhaps […]

Unrestricted iPad teaching

Having a tablet computer in class is great, as a teacher using one it allows for considerable mobility around the room. You can interact with pupils closer while still being […]

The iPad & PE

From the staff room kitchen I spied 3 students (durning lesson time) out on our field (away from the rest of kids) with an iPad, filming each other. I had […]

Tablet confusion

The tablet computer market is fast moving and potentially a real asset to education for a number of reasons I’ve highlighted in other posts. But the market is also getting […]

AFL with Google Docs

Through my relationship with the Cambridge University SUPER project I had some lovely visitors in my lesson today. The class I had are my Google Docs test subjects (they do […]

Lesson planning as a team

Lesson planning, divides opinion, is it an out of date activity to write out pages of plans for one lesson? Are sound resources and detailed schemes of work more workable […]

Instant interactive AFL in Drama

I work with an amazing Drama teacher, a teacher who has more enthusiasm and energy than anyone I think I’ve ever met! She has a huge passion for using technology […]

Collaborative History lessons

Got to see enthusiasm for google apps outside of my subject again this afternoon, this time in History department where the very excellent history teacher is setting out to use […]

Easy Google Docs activities for any subject

Something that can be seen as a ‘quick gain’ activity using Google Docs collaborative tools are class vocabulary lists, subject or topic specific dictionaries. In ICT for example at the […]

iPad outdoors

I had a wonderful chat with a very excellent geography teaching this afternoon. It was great fun to listen to the exciting ways someone outside of my subject plans to […]

Tablets on your projected screen

I used to own an iPad 1, I bought it on day of release and was excited, then when I discovered that to share its content on a projected screen […]

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