Saturday, December 3, 2011

The best end of year class activity

As the school year winds to a end here is an excellent little activity for your class. This activity can be used for students from 5 years old up to university age, is easy to organise and will keep your class quiet for hours.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Stop school cheats

When it comes educational discipline, and in particularly preventing cheating at school, the Chinese seem to be in a world of their own.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

16 signs your classroom is behind the times

I saw this today on the I love Edtech website. Thought it was a very good list about the way education is heading and if we as teachers are keeping up.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The state of digital education - are you prepared?

This is an interesting infographic on the current state of e-learning. There are some sobering statistics below and while they refer to USA I am sure that the rations are similar to New Zealand. The State of Digital Education
Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Graeme Aitken: Innovation - Lamborghini or Lemon?

Interesting talk from Graeme Aitken, Dean of Education at the University of Auckland, arguing that we need criteria to assess both the likely and the actual value of innovation in teaching.

He talks about a variety of innovations that haven't worked and in this talk he shares his belief that educators need to look at effective teaching and teachers work when assessing the value of innovations in the classroom.

 I love his short story about Mathletics and the way he used it with his Grand child and the reason for it failing. i am a fan of Mathletics but it is a tool that needs to be used effectively in the class.  He also talks about the 3 things that effective teachers do - provide great interest, increase student achievement and develop greater confidence. These three pillars are highlighted through a video of a class in Auckland.

Ulearn notes - click here

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Online students vs Traditional students

Is online education the way of the future? Twenty years ago we would have thought the chances of people getting a good education were based on their ability to get to a physical school or meeting place of some sort.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Technophobes - Do you have them in your school?

Do you have people like this on your staff?

You know the ones. Not interested in anything technological and if they do manage to get things going they have the resilience of jelly cake.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Simon Breakspear Ulearn 2011

Simon Breakspear is recognised as a expert leader on educational futures, innovation and change leadership. He was one of the keynote speakers at Ulearn 2011.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Google Docs - 34 brilliant ideas

I am just starting to experiment with Google docs in my classroom. I am excited by what a collaborative document can do for students learning.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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