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Enhancing student feedback by using the reviewing functions in Word

18 January 2012

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A colleague at work has prompted me to quickly put this post together after asking about how the use of Word can be extended in giving written feedback to students. As a result of the discussion we had, this was the screencast I have put together. This simple use of Word can really have a […]

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Best blogging approaches and apps using an Ipad

17 June 2011

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As the number of students and educators who are using iPads starts to gain a little more momentum a came across this blog article which has a nice summary of the blogging apps and approaches for the iPad – definitely worth a read.

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Need a Parent AUP for your parent portal?

16 June 2011

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A few people have been asking for some ideas on putting together an appropriate Acceptable Use Policy for Parents as part of them accessing a parent portal. Please note that what I have put together below reflect access from their own technology and does not incorporate access to school owned equipment:   Parent Portal Acceptable […]

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Learning Platforms: To Pay or Not to Pay?

16 June 2011

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There is a great article in SecED this week (June 16 2011) that starts to open the discussion about whether schools should pay for a learning platform from a service provider or go it alone with an open source solution. Very topical this week, having been watching a number of tweets against #FROG11. You can […]

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Setting up an ‘official’ facebook page for your school

15 June 2011

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I’m hoping that you have already watched the first screencast that has given a guided tour of our Facebook presence as this one goes through the steps to set one up for your own school. Before we start there are a few things that you will need to do: Have talked this through thoroughly with […]

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Tour of a school Facebook page

15 June 2011

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I have been getting quote a few people asking me about our school Facebook presence so thought that I would out a series of 2 screencasts together. This episode explores the presence itself and gives an overview of what we have achieved to date. The next video will take a look at how you go […]

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FROG Widgets – Shortlist showcased at #frog11

15 June 2011

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It was interesting to see the shortlisted widgets being showcased at the FROG conference yesterday. All kinds of widgets had been submitted into the competition for an iPad2. Congratulations must got to Chris Silverton from Ninestiles School who won for his widget that is a random name generator – great to run in the classroom […]

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Transforming parental engagement with a Parent Portal

15 June 2011

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Now that I am on the train back home I thought that I would take the time to reflect on the session that Iain Williams and I delivered at the FROG conference yesterday, looking at how technology can shape transformational change with respect to how parents can engage in, and support, the education of their […]

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Interesting read – Government setting lead for school use of Facebook

15 June 2011

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An interesting article on can be found on Merlin John Online, written by Tony Parkin that looks at the relevance of Facebook and other social media by schools in light of recent adoptions by government on the use of Facebook. This is certainly something I have been interested in exploring. At Costello Technology College we […]

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#frog11 – National Learning Platform conference ICC 14 June

14 June 2011

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Queue music (Lenny Kravitz amongst others) and FROG11 opens at the ICC in Birmingham. Gareth Davies (FROG MD) opened the days proceedings with the launch of the schools self evaluation and school improvement programme. Schools, both at an organisational and individual level access this via the Frog community site. Schools go through and assess themselves […]

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