Update on my Whereabouts

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

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

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

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

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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ICT Programme of Study consultation in Public domain

So here it is in the public domain, the draft consultation on the ICT PoS Towards a new ICT Programme of study for the National Curriculum in England: update and primer for discussion BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and Royal Academy of Engineering, Sept 2012 Background The Department for Education (DfE) has asked the […]

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Manage level of noise in the classroom with TooNoisy App

Found this great app today which I can see be of value to our primary colleagues as well as those of us who may have young children at home. TooNoisy turns your iPAD into a great sound meter, you’re able to adjust sensitivity and when the VU meter gets to a certain level the image […]

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MentorMob – creating mashup playlists to deliver your learning content, some thoughts

Today I stumbled upon MentorMob- a great free resource to help educators create learning playlists that can consist of a wide range of media including YouTube videos, websites, Google Docs, PDFs, and more. The playlists can be created and edited collaboratively or privately and then embedded into blogs, websites, and LMSs. This is all available for free, there […]

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Putting the children you teach ICT to into context #edchat

I thought I would share what I do to help develop effective pedagogy from the off in Year 7. Baselining students is important, as is gathering information on reading ages, verbal/non-verbal reasoning and so forth through the Cognitive Ability tests but what can really help contextualise the planning for your IT curriculum is where the students […]

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Organising Disorganised Boys via mobile technology #edchat

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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