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My Reflection on #28daysofwriting February 28, 2015 – 4:23 pm It was in about early January when I began to mull over the idea of getting back into a writing habit. I wanted to renew the discussion and connectedness I enjoyed through my blog and get myself writing regularly again. The #28daysofwriting idea sprang from that desire. What Makes People Creative? February 27, 2015 – 9:10 pm When you start to explore the literature around the definition of creativity, or what it means to be creative, the lists and references go on and on. Convene your Classroom Creative Council February 26, 2015 – 9:28 pm During some research on Thomas Edison I stumbled on the fact that he deliberately surrounded himself with a diverse range of expertise in order to generate new thinking and ideas, a creative council. Education Suffers from a Lack of Knowledge Urgency February 25, 2015 – 10:26 pm My EDtalk Interview from ULearn14 February 24, 2015 – 8:27 pm

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Easi-Scope Hand-held Digital Microscope People who looked at Easi-Scope Hand-held Digital Microscope also looked at... Practical Pre-School Silver Award Winner 2009 Shortlisted for an ERA Award 2009 - Secondary Resources and Equipment - using ICT This simple plug and play device attaches to your computer via USB. Easi-Scope has an LED light to help illuminate items being viewed. Skype Other Classrooms! This page has been set up to help you make connections with classes who are interesting in having Skype conversations with other classes. It’s be sorted by time zone, Grade level and subjects. This list was started Dec 18, 2008 and date last updated is shown at the top of the spreadsheet (educators details were added/old information removed –including those where it wasn’t clear whether the educator was still active)! We’ve tried our best to keep this information helpful and current however due to the nature of this type of list, and when it was started, people’s situation may have changed and they may no longer be interested in connecting — so it is best to try contacting several people. If you would like your class added to this list please add your details to this post.

educational technology This will be the first in a series of articles I’m planning to post over the next few weeks on the topic of the future of learning technologies. In this series I’m going to look at some trends and developments in a range of technologies and try to see how they relate to each other and how they might impact on education over the the next few years. One of the first things I would like to focus on is the digital divide and what I believe is the ‘myth’ that technology is expensive. Firstly, I would like to state that the digital divide hasn’t been created by technology, but by economics. It’s a financial divide that has been around for thousands of years and one that thousands of years of paper education hasn’t been able to bridge. Here is some thing that I feel puts this in perspective though.

10 MORE Things NOT to do in an iPad 1:1 Initiative « Trying to be a mobile Djay At the end of last school year I reflected on the 10 things NOT to do in an iPad 1:1 program. I was blown away with the amount of responses and views the post got from all over the world.

MCOM353 SP11: Embedding Flash swf into Google Sites « DSU Animation Courses This tutorial will show you how to embed a Flash SWF file to Google Sites. Step 1: Create a swf of your Flash file A. Looking for Ideas? Check Out Our Class Blog List! Have you checked out the Check Out Class Blogs and Skype Other Classrooms! pages on this blog? We now have over 150 different types of class blogs on the Check Out Class Blogs page and contact details for over 35 educators interested in connecting with other classrooms on the Skype Other Classrooms! page! Here’s a few cool ideas on blogs I saw while updating the class blogs page: Over on Mrs Lynch’s Look What’s Happening in Room 102!

He goes to school with his three brothers. I always believe that the best sites and web tools are the simplest, and this is certainly the case with Phonetizer. It's a really easy to use tool that takes and text and adds the phonetic spelling below it. It's really easy to use. Forms - Kern Kelley Google Form Templates If you are logged into your Google Account, these form templates will automatically copy into your Google Docs Dashboard. Many of the forms are designed to work with an iPod Touch. For more information about educational uses of that device, go to Test and Quizzes Self Grading 10 Question Multiple Choice Quiz - Provide a link to this form or embed it into a website.

Lisbon Matthew Varty Joe Atkinson Gaz Turkington Alex Wright ‘One irresistible piece of shout a long indie pop, bloody lovely.’ (Ally McCrae – BBC Radio 1) Alt-Pop four-piece Lisbon hail from the wonderful coastal town of Whitley Bay near Newcastle. The band’s first single release comes off the back of regional acclaim for free releases and last year’s Evolution Emerging festival. Produced by Jordan Riley at Newcaste’s Blast Studios, ‘Blue Love’ is swimming with ocean bed metaphors, used to describe the love affair of a couple: a powerful tune decorated with a catchy chorus. ICT in my Classroom Oct 19 2009 My Interesting Ways to Use series has been really successful. I measure their success in how useful they are to teachers and other educators in helping with professional development.

Teachers are Like Sharks In the classic 1977 movie - Annie Hall, there is a scene where Woody Allen compares relationships to sharks and says that they have to constantly move forward or they start to die. In many ways I think the same can be said of teachers. Many of us work with our classes in complete isolation and are rarely observed and when we are then it is often only for the purpose of quality check rather than as part of a process of continuous development. In my own case I was often lucky enough to work in schools that had regular development seminars, or a lively staffroom where teachers willing talked about and swapped teaching ideas and materials.

Common Core Teacher Needs Nice article from Vicki Phillips and Robert Hughes in EdWeek - "Teacher Collaboration: The Essential Common-Core Ingredient" that focuses on teachers. It is time to stop the focus on policymakers and start helping educators figure out how to bring the standards to the classroom. "The new standards emphasize teaching fewer topics, but in greater depth, and focusing more on hands-on learning and dynamic student projects than traditional lectures. Welcome to the Web Thank you for visiting 'Welcome to the Web'. By working your way through this web site and taking part in the exciting challenges and activities, you will learn all about the Internet. Good luck! Choose a section to begin. If you have never used Welcome to the Web before, it's important to start at 'The Beginning'!

2009 October Why You Should Make Your Lessons Fun Posted on October 24, 2009 by mrrobbo This video is simply excellent and certainly supports the notion that we will choose to do that which we find fun over that which is dull and boring anyday. Thankfully, this has always remained at the forefront of my mind when planning my lessons. So what do you think? Isn’t it so true?

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