Managing Collaboration in a GoogleDoc

There are a number of ways of managing collaboration within a Google Doc to help manage the work that your students are producing. Here are some ideas: Insert a table (1 column and multiple rows) assign a cell to each collaborator for their work Colour code sections of the document for different people to use […]

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Data Mining Student Learning behaviours through URL Shorteners

URL shorteners such as bit.ly, goo.gl, tinyurl are in the main used to make our use of the web more convenient, especially when it comes to giving out long winded web addresses to our students (and staff!). An 80 character url can be shortened into a format that only takes a few seconds to type […]

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NZQA Launches a Series of Facebook Pages for each senior subject

NZQA has launched a series of Facebook pages for each senior secondary school subject.  Pages can be located by typing the NZQA and subject name into the Facebook search tool. These pages alert people to new or updated information for internally assessed standards on the NZQA subject pages. Teachers need to click ‘Like’ and then alerts are […]

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Using Google Maps Engine Lite in the classroom – Student Worksheet included

After feeling inspired by completing the Google Mapping course I have created a worksheet that is suitable for Year 8/9 students to use in order to develop their understanding of online mapping and Google Maps Engine Lite. This could be run as a standalone lesson or as part of a wider project. I have used […]

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Getting all theatrical in class

Scenes for Learning is an excellent free online video resource hosting an ever growing series of powerful, theatre in education style videos for use in assemblies or the classroom. They are a great at supporting the PSHE curriculum, covering topics including: Alcohol Bullying Communication Drugs Knife Crime Peer Pressure Road Safety Smoking STI’s Teenage Pregnancy Transition […]

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Mapping Children’s Chances

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

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

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!

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

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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