Author Archives: Sean Hampton-Cole

About Sean Hampton-Cole

Fascinated by thinking & why it goes wrong➫ (Un)teacher ➫iPadologist ➫Humanist ➫Stirrer ➫Edupunk ➫Synthesist ➫Introvert ➫Blogger ➫Null Hypothesist.

Google Sites as a Digital Portfolio and Showcase for Learning (Guest Post)


  The following post is from Mr Mitchell More – a dynamic middle school English and History teacher at Redhill School.   This year in History, the Grade 7s are busy creating their own Google Sites based on the work we are … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (3: VideoScribe)


  You know those videos where a hand seems to write text and slide in pictures? Well, this is what they use. VideoScribe Anywhere is an app for idevices, and is great as an alternative presentation app for students or … Continue reading

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Espresso Idea: Why More Teachers Should Blog


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) Spend more than half an hour with any random teacher and you’ll walk away with at least one cool new idea. … Continue reading

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Espresso Idea: Why This Foolish Teacher is Wary of What Research Tells Us Doesn’t Work.


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) If only teachers would listen. Research proves that when they do X, it has no effect on learning. We now even have … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (2: TellaGami)


TellaGami is an app for idevices which allows you to create talking, moving, expressive avatars. Students love this as an alternative to traditional presentations and teachers love using it to create videos for flipped classrooms. TellaGami is very easy to use. … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (1: ThingLink)


This, the first in the series of recommended tools for teaching and learning, showcases ThingLink. ThingLink allows users to insert hotspots over an image containing text, videos, audio, hyperlinks, maps and much more. Imagine students using this when analyzing poetry, … Continue reading

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Espresso Ideas: How Good Teaching is Like Good Eating


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) (With apologies to my vegan and vegetarian friends.) … Good food always has a crispy element. And you can always taste … Continue reading

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Espresso Ideas: What About The Mind? (Rethinking Makerspaces and Learning Spaces at Schools)


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) Schools are embracing the idea of makerspaces along with their more general openness towards reimagining how classrooms look and feel.  We … Continue reading

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Reimagining Disruption in Education


By now you’ve most likely heard the talk. I’ve heard it so often now I think someone is selling it at a discounted rate. It’s the same speech over and over again: The speaker will caution you against complacency because … Continue reading

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Henry and Nick Go To Cape Town: A Story About Learning


Henry and Nick are going to Cape Town. Henry is Nick’s dad. Henry tells Nick about the trip two weeks before, and then hands Nick his iPad and asks him to research places he would like to go. Nick is … Continue reading

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Mrs Browne


Let’s call her Mrs Browne. You probably know her. There’s one in practically every school. Mrs Browne’s been teaching for thirty years. She knows what she’s doing. Mrs Browne’s classes get fantastic results in tests and exams. Her students run … Continue reading

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The Big, Fat Reason Why Edtech Enhances Learning. (And How to Really Make Technology in Learning Pop.)


There are probably a dozen or more reasons people give for integrating technology into education. Among them: Facilitating personalization and differentiation of instruction and assessment. Content creation is prioritized over content consumption. (And hence, student agency in their own learning … Continue reading

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All Homework is Not Equal: Why We Need to Rethink the Value of Homework in Middle School & High School


TLDR: We need to redefine homework in order to make it more effective for middle and high school students. By substituting homework as punishment, practice*, revision or preparation with homework that focuses on integration, creativity, thinking, collaboration and extension, homework … Continue reading

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Interactive Fiction: The Coolest Way to Teach Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Ethics, Social Skills, Consequential Thinking, & Engaged Literacy


Holiday time and I'm catching up on those downloaded apps I haven't really had time to play with yet. And then I come across the interactive fiction folder I created in January. In particular, an 'app-story' called MetaHuman caught my … Continue reading

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Innovation Apologies: Newness is Messy


From a few of my more popular posts you may have surmised that I am some kind of innovation guru. Or that I have successfully walked the path and can now look back, stroke my beard, and tell you how … Continue reading

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Social Media Explained (A Quick and Nasty Guide)


So I've seen this thing a few times. (I'm not really sure where it comes from, and a reverse Google image search didn't help much. If it's yours, give me a shout and I'll update this.) I thought I'd try … Continue reading

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This is Jamie


This is Jamie Jamie is a boy. He's a boy boy. He's 14 and getting a bit gangly after a recent growth spurt. He's energetic, he's rambunctious, he's a bit naughty, and he battles to sit still. Jamie has spirit. … Continue reading

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Questions for John Hattie About Visible Learning and What Works in Education


Image Source: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/99/310322761_dc4572e7f6.jpg Dear Professor Hattie (Or Other Visible Learning Expert) Let me make this clear at the outset: I think many of the ideas and findings in Visible Learning are useful and encouraging. I am a little concerned, though, … Continue reading

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The Four Best Mobile Device Management ‘Apps’ to Keep Students On-Task and Safe in a 1:1 Learning Environment


  I'll start with the spoiler: There are no recommended apps here. Why not? Well, simply because I believe that as important as it is to keep kids safe in a 1:1 environment, to keep them from seeing unsuitable content, … Continue reading

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On Taking the Time to Sharpen Your Axe


     

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