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The pupils file in quietly class by class, the school hall lit from the front with five candles on a table. Soft music plays in the background and images of the pupils taken at various times of the year appear as a slideshow. It is the last assembly of the academic year at Tower Hill primary in Witney, Oxfordshire, and an opportunity for staff and children to reflect on the last 12 months. Brandon comes forward and tells the school how he learned to curb his anger. He now counts to 10 if someone has made him cross. Annie says pupils tend not to tell lies any more or try to "get out of" something they have done wrong. Schools revive 'touchy-feely' approach | Education Schools revive 'touchy-feely' approach | Education
As you probably know, many people wonder how our children's education is being run at the moment. Up until the last couple of weeks, I thought the one person who would know the answer to this would be you. Now I have my doubts. Can I run past you the chronology on how we parents heard about something that will fundamentally affect the education of all our children – in my case, my two youngest? You'll remember that on 20 June, Tim Shipman of the Daily Mail landed a sensational scoop: precise details of how GCSEs were to be scrapped from September 2014 to be replaced by O-levels, set and examined by a single exam board, alongside "simpler exams, similar to the old CSEs" for "less intelligent pupils". What we don't know here is whose words are in quotation marks. Michael Rosen's letter from a curious parent | Education Michael Rosen's letter from a curious parent | Education
Give your students the freedom to learn | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional What do the companies 3M and Google have in common? They all give their employees pockets of time to work on what they are curious about. In this time, they have complete autonomy over how they work, who they work with and what they experiment with. Ironically, given this freedom, they tend to work on creative solutions that will benefit their company – a win-win situation if ever there was one. This is not a recent development: 3M employees have had 15% time every week since the 1930s and if you have ever used a Post-it note you have been the beneficiary of this 15% time. Remarkably, Google's famed 20% time, the equivalent of one working day per week, has been responsible for 50% of Google's products including Gmail and Google News. Give your students the freedom to learn | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional
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Andy Robertson Chief GeekDad TED-Ed is a new part of the TED family that aims to help turn videos -- such as a YouTube clip -- into classroom-ready lessons with questions, essays and further reading advice. Numerous features of TED-Ed make the process easy for professional educators and enthusiastic parents. But where it could have been limited to only working with TED talks, it allows any YouTube video to become a TED-Ed lesson. TED-Ed turns ideas into lessons, children into educators TED-Ed turns ideas into lessons, children into educators
A Little Bird Told Me…. | ePace Online A Little Bird Told Me…. | ePace Online April 20, 2012Mary Blake A Little Bird Told Me…. Could I encourage anyone who hasn’t done so already to try Twitter out?
4 Lessons Elearning Can Take From The "Draw Something" App 4 Lessons Elearning Can Take From The "Draw Something" App It’s a dog… No, cow… No, a Furby! Conjuring memories of the laughter, tears and broken friendships shared in the 1985 classic Pictionary, Draw Something has set a new benchmark in mobile gaming. Launched only a few months ago, OMGPOP‘s instant hit has caught the eye of more than just bored gamers. If you have not yet been caught up in the hype, Draw Something is an extremely addictive, free mobile game for both iOS and Android. Based on a social gaming foundation, the game pitches friends in a battle of drawing prowess where artistic flair is judged on whether competitors can guess what has been drawn. Just seven weeks after release the game had been downloaded 35 million times and was recently acquired by social gaming giant Zynga.
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Digital Leaders 2011-12 - Preparing for Interview We have now reached the deadline for applications for the position of Digital Leader at Bowling Park. We have had about 40 applications, but there are just 9 places available! We have been really impressed with the high standard of applications received and we’d like to thank everybody who has applied for the job for putting in so much effort. Digital Leaders 2011-12 - Preparing for Interview
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My, aren't you busy! If you're not busying about with Suffolk selling off a primary school, you're busying about in Haringey turning a school that doesn't want it, into an academy. I'm a parent of two school-age children – and several older ones – and like you, I visit a lot of schools. Imagine my surprise to hear that the new curriculum we're all waiting for is going to be delayed by a whole year. I have to admit some confusion here. Dear Mr Gove: Michael Rosen's letter from a curious parent | Education Dear Mr Gove: Michael Rosen's letter from a curious parent | Education
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Bill Gates' Big Play: How Much Can Money Buy in Education? - Living in Dialogue UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous Bill Gates' Big Play: How Much Can Money Buy in Education? - Living in Dialogue
Kings Norton school embrace social media | B31 Voices Broadmeadow pupils working at the computer Broadmeadow Junior School in Kings Norton have taken social media in the classroom to a new level. Their use of blogs and twitter has now developed so that each class has its own blog and twitter account, sharing their classroom experiences with the world. We asked Broadmeadow’s ICT manager, Chris Talbot, some questions about their enthusiastic use of social media. 1. What inspired you to get each class blogging and tweeting?
Wilshaw is on the phone.Wilshaw: (tough) "No one tells my troops what to do. Just kick the door in. Get in there and bloody tell them.

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A new post of “master teacher” is to be introduced to recognise the best performers and offer an alternative career path to becoming a school head. A review of teaching standards has recommended a new higher threshold for the best and most experienced teachers. Teachers who achieved master status would earn significantly higher salaries without cutting their teaching hours, as many do if they become assistant head teachers. The proposal was put forward by a review of teaching standards set up by the Government and led by Sally Coates, head teacher of Burlington Danes Academy in Hammersmith, West London. Best teachers to be made ‘masters’ of the classroom
Teaching Strategies Creating a Common Craft-style video is part of the classroom assignment. By Shelley Wright I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know.

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This handful of resources provide about 100 different ideas for, and examples of, using Twitter in the classroom. It’s been almost 8 months since I published the post, “6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom”, about uses of the popular micro-blogging tool in the instructional setting. This post generated a lot of traffic, and continues to attract hundreds of viewers every week. Since that brief posting, I’ve come across a lot of articles containing examples and suggestions for using Twitter in instructional applications. I’ve combed through many of these and tried to boil down the redundancies to create a rich set of idea-laden resources. While there’s still going to be some overlap in the concepts presented in these articles, they clearly meet the goal of providing a thorough set of ideas and examples for leveraging Twitter in the educational process.

Over 100 ideas for using Twitter in the Classroom

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How do we make our schools fit to face the 21st century? | Education | The Observer
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