Tag Archives: Edtech

How Innovative is My School? (Updated)


How Innovative is My School?   Update: This questionnaire is now less than 30 actual questions in place of over 70.   This should provoke some interesting debates! Give it a try and let me know what you think. It … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Mollycoddled Teacher


Teaching is no gentle spin around the block. It's a grueling, energy-sapping and often heart-breaking odyssey. No doubt, it would be a whole lot easier if we could just teach instead of having to deal with barking parents, unexpected syllabus … Continue reading

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How to Sell Education Technology to Even the Most Technophobic Teachers


  Dear Technology Integrator: Most modern teachers already use digital technology – yes, even the most technophobic ones: They email They surf the web for resources They use text messenging They create worksheets on a word processor They create spreadsheets … Continue reading

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Teaching to the Edges (A Professional Development Activity)


Teaching to the Edges (Using Technology to Develop Personalised Remediation Strategies) – A Professional Development Session   Watch this video (+/- 20 minutes):   Answer these questions: What are the main skills your subject teaches? How could you assist your … Continue reading

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The Most Unusual and Necessary Piece of EdTech Advice Nobody Else Will Tell You


So you’re integrating technology into your teaching? Great decision! You’ll find heaps online on how to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. You’ll also find a great deal on how to set up your infrastructure effectively and how to … Continue reading

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6 Calming Mantras for Teaching With Tech


These are the mantras I would like every person I help to integrate technology into their teaching to chant quietly to themselves from their sternums when they begin to feel overwhelmed or despondent or negative. Chanting these mantras will realign … Continue reading

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ClassCraft FTW! (Why ClassCraft is the Best Thing to Happen to Education Since the iPad)


ClassCraft is simply awesome! I’ve been using it now for a few months and I have been amazed at how it increases engagement in my class. Developed by high school Physics teacher Shawn Young, and successfully crowd-funded, ClassCraft is revolutionizing … Continue reading

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The Future of Technology in Education (Part 2: How The 2014 K-12 Horizon Report Gets it Wrong)


The Future of Technology in Education (Part 2: How The 2014 K-12 Horizon Report Gets it Wrong) Please see my previous post titled ‘The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right.)’ … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Google: What About Africa?


Dear Google You have broken so many rules. You do things so differently. You are the first and last word in innovation. You are slowly making the world a better place. Well, most of the world anyway. You see, it … Continue reading

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Make It! (13 iPad Apps for Creative Teachers and Students)


Without really intending to, I’ve written a few posts recommending apps for the iPad and iPhone.   There’s the one where I recommend apps for Geography / Earth Science teachers… And then there’s the one for those interested in chess … Continue reading

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How Can You Teach If You Don’t Learn? (27 Things Teachers Can Learn About Students by Changing Roles.)


Nothing Like A MOOC. As I write this, I am finishing my first MOOC, titled ‘Think Again: How to Reason and Argue’*. The triumphs and failures I have experienced in this course have taught me a career-refreshing lesson about what … Continue reading

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The Titan Imperative: A Young Man Discovers His Own Brilliance (And Inspires His Teacher).


The following passages are excerpted from a website created by a young man called Titan, whom I met in one of my Grade 8 Computer classes in 2012. As you read through his thoughts and reflections on what he learnt this year, you will be struck at how much he has to say about me. I am humbled and inspired by his kind words. But look a little beyond his generous compliments, and you will see that what he has actually discovered is his own brilliance. Titan truly did live up to his name this year. All I did was challenge him to do so. Continue reading

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The Top 10 Digital Learning Apps Teachers Can Actually Use (By a Teacher Who Actually Uses Them).


This year I spent a lot of time exploring the bewildering array of educational software and apps for education. In what follows, I would like to offer a round-up of the apps I found particularly useful, as well as those which disappointed and annoyed me. I will finish by listing some of the most promising apps I would like to trial next year. Continue reading

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A Year With the Tribe: A Passionate Teacher Speaks About Teaching Boys


The following interview details the experiences of a South African teacher involved in an experimental programme in which boys and girls were split into separate classes in their English period. Melani van der Merwe’s experiences make for fascinating reading, and … Continue reading

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A Teachers’ 21 Point Guide to Connecting on Twitter (For New Eggs)


Before following any news feeds or celebrities, ask yourself if you will actually read everything they have to say… every day. This is the easiest way to lose interest in Twitter and to clog up your home feed. The ‘drowning … Continue reading

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Ten Steps to Successfully Implementing any New Curriculum (And Doing Your Bit for the Education Revolution)


1.  Skip the cover page. 2. If relevant, bypass the politician’s introduction justifying the new syllabus. 3. Skim the Contents page / s. 4. READ THE NEXT BIT VERY, VERY CAREFULLY. Here you will find the core principles behind the … Continue reading

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10 Steps to Getting the Most Out of Your iPad (For Teachers)


So you’ve just bought an iPad? You were finally swayed by what everyone’s saying about it. You can’t wait to get started so that you can see for yourself what all the hype’s about. You ask a few friends for … Continue reading

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My Ideal School (But Where’s the Technology?)


Recently, I made a list of what I think my perfect school would look like. As I began developing the list, I was struck by two things: Firstly, how most of it was about making school more student-centered, and secondly, … Continue reading

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