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Seating plans Excel blog. UPDATE September 2013The day after I created and shared this sheet in my department (June 2013) a copy was seen by one of our SLT - I was asked to share it at the following morning's whole school briefing.

Seating plans Excel blog

Since then it's been used by a large number of teachers across the school. It has also been downloaded from the TES website almost 350 times, and I know it is in use in several other schools.I've just been asked by our headteacher (new since September) to share it again across all staff at our school on Monday.The version now available via the link below has been updated following feedback from use both in my department and beyond - it includes the ability to display more data on the plan and seat more students.

The formatting should be a bit more robust to layout changes too. Original post... Very functional post this - simply a tool for making seating plans more effective and easier to make. The seating plan itself can be displayed at different levels... Or this (targets hidden):

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I Pad ideas. He's not the messiah .. - news. Comment:5 average rating | Comments (2)Last Updated:23 September, 2012Section:news … but for many policymakers he comes close.

He's not the messiah .. - news

John Hattie, possibly the world’s most influential education academic, has the ear of governments everywhere. Darren Evans speaks to the notoriously frank professor about the work some call the ‘holy grail’ Professor John Hattie is, quietly, one of the most divisive figures in world education. Opinion is split between those who know of the New Zealander and praise him as the author of teaching’s “holy grail”, and those who know of him and accuse him of being an “egotistical, self- serving” academic, too keen to bask in the limelight. For someone reputed to be unafraid to speak his mind, Hattie is remarkably blase about both points of view.

So what is it that has made Hattie - often referred to the world’s most important educational researcher - the focus of such global attention and controversy? Ofsted 2012: Questioning to promote learning — From Good to Outstanding: Helping you to achieve outstanding and creative teaching and learning. Have you ever noticed that often, when someone is being interviewed, they say “That’s a good question.”?

Ofsted 2012: Questioning to promote learning — From Good to Outstanding: Helping you to achieve outstanding and creative teaching and learning.

It’s usually when it’s a question they can’t answer quickly and easily. Indeed, “good” questions are ones that generally need thinking about. Inspectors must consider whether: “teachers use questioning and discussion to assess the effectiveness of their teaching and promote pupils’ learning” School inspection handbook from September 2012 Notice, in this instance it does not say “ASSESS” learning, although clearly this is undeniably a major purpose for questioning. Questions that are easy to answer don’t move learning on; they might indicate that learning has happened, or that at least something has been noticed, thought about or memorised, but they don’t promote learning. How do questions promote learning? Questioning can fail because: Questioning succeeds when: What kinds of questions do you routinely ask, and how do you ask them ? E.g. 6 different ways of getting student feedback in your iPad lesson.

Update 14-09-2012: Syncing Notability with Dropbox is possibly the easiest and best way of keeping track of your students’ work.

6 different ways of getting student feedback in your iPad lesson.

One of the most difficult challenges for the teachers at my school is changing from workbooks and worksheets to get students to work and monitor their answers on the iPad. There are many ways to go about it. Here are 6 of them: 1. Google Forms This one, is my go to tool form creating questionnaires. 2. In my mentor class last year there were almost no students who did not have a twitter account. 3. Socrative allows you to fire questions at students in a game like setting. 4. iBooks Widgets I’ve previously written a post about making worksheets in iBooks. 5. Nearpod is the most advanced educational app I have used yet.

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Using @Evernoteschools for Lesson Planning. Since I started this Experiment to use Evernote in every aspect of my classroom, I wasn't really sure what I was going to discover.

Using @Evernoteschools for Lesson Planning

I was sure there would be some way that Evernote was not going to meet my needs and I would be forced to add another tool to my chest while I continue the experiment for the school year. One way I was weary of was lesson planning. I have used the the traditional planner book for years and it has always been very good to me. I could easily flip back and see what I what I did the year before as I planned the upcoming school year. I'm not a big fan of trying to fix things that are not broken, but I figured I needed to give it a try in the name of the Experiment. Here is a shot of my desktop version of Evernote. Within the notebooks for the specific classes, I have scanned and uploaded various assignments I had in paper form only and added them to new notes. I have also created notebooks that contain notes on tech tips for using the various tools.