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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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Organising Disorganised Boys via mobile technology #edchat

16 September 2012

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For reasons that are still not fully understood by many, boys are inherently poorly organised when it comes to planning their education. They drift from one day to the next engaging in lessons but lose the more holistic overview needed to ensure that they plan for their learning in the best possible way. They are not as […]

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The iPad as an information consumer, collaborator and producer

6 September 2012

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I found this image and thought it would be a great one to share with fellow educators. The iPad in the classroom is a great way to become a dynamic consumer of knowledge, with a variety of apps that can really engage and inspire. Like most things though, just giving someone the best tools does […]

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Results of 2012 Student IT Survey – Impacts on strategic planning

2 August 2012

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The summer term at The Costello School is an important time for us to take stock and reflect on the technology and resources our students have and often bring in to school. For the past two years we have completed an annual technology survey of our students to gain important management information on device ownership […]

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Great source of iPad PE Apps

11 March 2012

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Anyone wanting a great source of iPad Apps to use with their PE department should go and take a look at the fantastic work that Mr Robbo has done on his website http://thepegeek.com/apps/  He has created a fantastic resource for the PE teacher wanting to get the most out of iOS technologies in the PE curriculum […]

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Google new Privacy Policy – how bothered should we be by it?

11 March 2012

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Despite unrest for a number of key players Google has now gone live with all its changes to their privacy policy, rolling all the policies from their services into one more easily digested and understood. But why the big deal? When it comes to online presence and data we all seem to get quite agitated […]

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Google Updates Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

26 January 2012

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For some time now Google’s privacy policies and T&C of service have been unwieldly and cumbersome, with over 60 policies in place to cover the wide range of services available in their portfolio. Their new policy “covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.” You can […]

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