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Chromebook conference and ninja skills

More and more schools are embracing Chromebooks in the classroom as their 1:1 device. I am still convinced that having access to a touch device for learning is still the best type of device for learning however when it comes to Chromebooks and the Google Apps for Education ecosystem in particular – it’s a very compelling argument. It’s certainly Google’s …

Empathy in school leadership

Empathy: (noun) the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Life can be pretty sucky. It’s true. You can pretty much guarantee that anyone walking past you in the school corridor is going through something pretty rubbish that is having some kind of effect on them. Empathy is a critical factor when it comes to running a successful …

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An iPad Toolkit – 29 apps that promote good learning

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m quite a fan of the iPad (the Lollipop Nexus 9’s not too bad either). Not because of its design or because its by Apple or any of that, but because of its keen heritage in the learning arena. Any one who knows me will tell you that I am not one for using tech …

Supporting with digital confidence

Supporting with digital confidence is paramount when looking to develop colleagues in your school. While you may know that CPD is happening 24/7/365 online, many won’t. Making it so that teachers feel empowered in their teaching and learning with technology is a difficult thing to get right. There are lots of ways in which you can help support colleagues, one of …

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6 Myths of Digital Technology

I cannot take credit for these 6 myths of digital technology – I’m lifting them straight from what I thought was a well known and received investigation in to the impact of digital technology on education. It would appear that a lot of the research however is not well known and in an attempt to do for others as I …

What makes a quality tutor?

My school experience was somewhat different to most. Attending a select boys school meant that things were all a bit traditional. Teachers desks were literally on pedestals and we were to be seen but not heard. I really do struggle to remember who my tutors were now when I was at school. I think that’s a real shame because I …

Analogue and Digital Differentiation

Differentiation can take place in lots of different ways. The old classics are differentiation by outcome and differentiation by task, but these, like many methods, can be really teacher heavy. I certainly remember working hours and hours to create and adapt work for individual students in my classes. It took a fair while and there are many more ways to …

What is blended learning?

I was asked recently, ‘what on earth is blended learning’? So I thought I’d jot down my thoughts with some linked references. Blended learning is when learning takes place in a number of different ways, normally with a mix of face to face interaction between teacher and student and elements which the student undertakes independently, usually through electronic means. These might …

Digital Parenting

Being a parent is no easy task. Not only do you have to deal with the constant requests for help in all the different ways that our children ask for it, there’s also the pressure of keeping them safe; on the way to and from school; when they’re taking part in sports activities; when they’re travelling in our cars; with …