iPad Pro, an educator’s view

So it’s here. The eagerly anticipated iPad Pro was launched earlier this week in San Francisco. As technological design goes, as with most things with Apple, it is a thing of beauty. Upon seeing it, I became a seagull from ‘Finding Nemo’, saying to myself, “Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!”. I simply can’t wait to get my hands on one. As …

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Growth mindset for teachers

It’s been really interesting reading the tweets from the ResearchED event this weekend. I am so pleased to have met and know well so many of the presenters there. Research has always been a bit of a funny one for me. For many bits, particularly those that make it in to popular teacher culture, it’s almost like the research is …

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Get a rocket up your CPD!

Continuing Professional Development (or Continuing Professional Self Development as Ian Gilbert discusses in his ‘Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve got Google?‘ book… CPD has changed its appearance. Not a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Not at all. But no longer is it about one of the senior leadership team giving out a set of slides for teachers to take …

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Growth mindset for students…

I recently saw Robert MacMillan (@robfmac) tweet about Growth Mindsets and a resource he had typed up and shared in different formats: #growthmindset To Download http://t.co/ZOVphz6FRR (word) http://t.co/Dtt2N4YRvd (pdf) http://t.co/ZIgWzIvb2E (pages) pic.twitter.com/JOPmHdWlcx — RobertMacmillan (@robfmac) June 2, 2015 As someone who is trying to develop their sketchnoting skills I thought I’d have a go at creating my own version of it using Paper …

The anatomy of Google Classroom

I’m getting asked more and more about Google Classroom. In fact, I’m running a course on it in just a few weeks in London if you’d like to attend > more information here. To showcase some of the key features I created a short screencast demonstrating the various elements of Classroom so that you can see the different parts to …

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Dealing with difficult conversations

It is true that honesty is always the best policy but how you deliver that feedback and have that conversation is something which can turn that conversation in to a win or a massive lose. Delivering bad news is never easy but these frank and honest conversations are an important part of any learning culture. I often say that for …

Why Adobe on your iPad?

Adobe have really impressed me the last twelve months with their offer of apps for iPad. Just have a look at what’s on offer (and this isn’t all of them!!)… With the exception of PS Touch (£7.99), all of these Apps are completely free. What about Adobe’s Creative Cloud? The question many people ask me relates to the connectivity between the …

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UK Blog Awards, Education Winner

Friday 17 April 2015 saw the UK Blog Awards take place in Marble Arch, London. It was a plush affair from all accounts. I wasn’t able to make it as I was working in Istanbul at the #EdtechIST conference. The process to making it through to the finals was quite a long one. I had been nominated back in 2014 …

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Twitter for Teachers, a resource

I was reminded last week on the power of Twitter which brought together 250 education professionals to London for #TMLondon. Selfies, trending, hashtag, learning and sharing all took place and not only were there 250 teachers there, there were more than 200 viewing online at the same time too. It was phenomenal. It got me thinking again about the power …

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Simple and practical wins for the English classroom

As with most posts I write about technology, often – it isn’t just about what you can get the students to do with technology – often it’s just as important to have a number of easy wins in your back pocket to support children with their work too where you use technology too. With that in mind, this short post …