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Mapping Children’s Chances

27 June 2013

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The biggest ever global picture of children’s well-being, education and family life has been assembled into a series of maps by the University of California, Los Angeles. “When you look at a map, everyone’s eyes go straight to where they live,” says Dr Jody Heymann, director of the university’s World Policy Analysis Centre. In the […]

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Te reo M?ori choice for Windows 8, Office 2013, and the Internet

27 June 2013

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Great to see Microsoft developing M?ori language support within their product. Taken from the GovTech blog: For ten years Microsoft has been collaborating with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo M?ori (the M?ori Language Commission) and language experts to bring free te reo M?ori interfaces to the technology that millions of Kiwis use every day. In […]

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Google Maps and Earth for Educators

24 June 2013

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So, Google has made quite an overhaul to Google Maps and Google Earth with some fantastic features for educators to get stuck in and create wonderful dynamic content for their classes and for students to create some fabulous content to showcase their learning too. Google has done a great job of putting together a lively and […]

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An Educational Reform – Desperately Needed!

17 June 2013

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Today I came across this well constructed article from 16 year old Rosalie Ward, talking about the desperate need for educational reform in the UK. It is a really well written piece that is clear and to the point – well worth a read – check it out – http://thebackbencher.co.uk/an-educational-reform-desperately-needed/

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The evolution of online schooling

14 June 2013

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A lovely infographic brought to you by the team at College Degree Search. Certainly makes you think of the role that educators will take in the future. What humble beginnings begot the massive explosion of online schooling? Let’s take a look. 1930’s – Radio education was tried, but unsuccessful 1940’s – Military successfully uses TV education during […]

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Update on my Whereabouts

14 June 2013

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Well if you are reading this you’re probably intrigued as to the nature of this post. Summing up briefly, I’ve left the UK for pastures new, having moved to New Zealand on Christmas Eve 2012. I’ve given up pretty much everything in the UK, my house, a job I loved, friends ….. to start afresh […]

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Hosting E-Portfolio’s using Google Sites

13 June 2013

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With an increasing number of schools in New Zealand taking advantage of their Google Education domain I thought I would turn my attention to unpicking some of the pitfalls of using Google Sites to host e-portfolios of supporting evidence for Unit/Achievement Standards. Having spoken to a few teachers that are using Google Sites to manage […]

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Update to Google Forms

7 June 2013

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So, the new interface gives us a great way to get started with Google forms – more intuitive than the old one and a range of newer features that really help the workflow of an educator when using them. Great additions: Being able to collaborate simultaneously with others to build forms in real-time (just like […]

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How to shorten Google FolderID’s and host websites from GoogleDocs

28 May 2013

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With many more educational institutions embracing the use of Google Apps and a Google EDU domain in the classroom a really useful tool is http://gdriv.es/ – allowing you to shorten into a more manageable format your links to GoogleDoc folders and files. In addition you can host your websites for free with Google Drive. Just create a new […]

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Keynote and Remote App for slick iOS presentations

16 October 2012

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I’ve been using an ipad for my assemblies and presentations in school for a while, having ditched powerpoint and laptop. Why I hear you ask? Well, quite simply I love the fact that I can dash into a room/hall and be set up within seconds – not having to wait for a system to boot or […]

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