Category Archives: EDUCATION

Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (6: Padlet)


Padlet is a collaborative pinboard / brainstorming platform. It works across platforms and has quite a robust free version. Padlet can be set up for secure sharing, and can handle many different file types. Students can reorganise ideas, and can … Continue reading

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From Mindfulness to Pivoting: On Education’s Obsession With Startup Pageantry


In case you’re not up to speed: A startup is a newly established entrepreneurial company which is typically founded upon an innovative product. Startups tend to be focused on rapid development in order to secure venture funding, crowd-sourced capital, or … Continue reading

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Schools, Universities, and the Workplace. Who is to Blame for Not Producing Independent Thinkers?


Cast: Ms Demanding Workplace Mr Selective University Mrs Compliant School DW – Ugh! I’m so tired of these employees of mine. No vision, no initiative. Everything needs to be done for them. CS – If you could just… SU – … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (5: Accessibility Settings)


An often-overlooked feature of most tablets and smart devices, accessibility settings are incredibly useful in education. The best thing is to try the various options to see what they do. (You can always turn them off again.)   Here are … Continue reading

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Response: What Will Technology in Schools Be Like in 100 Years?


Written in response to this article: http://incare-k12.com/what-will-the-classroom-be-like-in-100-years/ (and others like it.) Let’s start with this: 100 years is an absurdly long time to try and predict anything. For one thing, human population may well be in excess of 12 billion, … Continue reading

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What If?


What if schools really are what most people think they are? What if they’re really all about getting good marks so that students can move on to university? What if respect and rigor and discipline and conformity really do matter … Continue reading

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Espresso Idea: Great Teachers Are Not in it to Be Remembered


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) Yes, every teacher does make an impact on a child’s life. And the best of us make a lasting difference. But the … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (4: Apple Clips)


Apple Clips is another idevice app. It works quite simply – you record a video and the app automatically adds subtitles (which you can edit if your accent doesn’t translate well!). Clips is another cool way for students to create … Continue reading

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Espresso Idea: Argumentation & Guerrilla Punctuation


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) Very few things drive me as kooky as people who take what I say and spit it back at me covered with … Continue reading

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What Happens When Kids Design Their Own Competency Descriptors


When Kids Design Their Own Competency Descriptors (With Thanks to Ronel Hugo) Our Preparatory School teachers are deep in the throes of preparing for student lead conferences. Because we are long longer working with grades, we are focused heavily on skills. … Continue reading

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What Roboting Teaches You About Life (Students Write)


So I ‘coach’ robotics. Which is my way of saying I use robotics to teach kids to solve problems. I don’t ever teach them how to build or code their robots. Instead, I give them a challenge and stand back, … Continue reading

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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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