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Free Technology for Teachers thunks « @ TeacherToolkit Fancy a TeacherToolkit Thunk? ‘Thunks’ originate from the award-winning author, Ian Gilbert of Independent Thinking. Thunks are simply another way of looking at a simple question, whether that be the way it is phrased, or the literary vocabulary of its content. Ian’s ‘Little Book of Thunks‘ can be purchased here. Using my teaching experience, I have adapted the ‘Thunks’ concept into school-related scenarios and have posted a series of topics that myself and a selected number of Guest Thunkers have answered. Here are my @TeacherToolkit Top 100 Thunks. Have your own political views changed as a teacher, during your time as a teacher? How would we teach without whiteboards and projectors? Consider writing one of the remaining Thunks? Propose a new topic to me here… Ignore the #DfE: Teachers are doing it for themselves! Like this: Like Loading... .. Archives

Phone Booth Beacons Can Track People's Movements Tiny radio transmitters which can track people's movements have been planted in hundreds of New York City's phone booths, it has been revealed. Outdoor media company Titan, which sells advertising space for the five boroughs' phone kiosks, has installed around 500 beacons. The installation was confirmed by the city's telecommunications department, BuzzFeed reported. The transmitters are Bluetooth devices that emit signals which are picked up by smartphones. They are most often use to send marketing messages to passing shoppers, but the data can also be used to map out a person's route through the city. They are currently in a test phase and have not been widely used. New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman has called the lack of transparency around their use a "concern". City Hall said that any "explicit commercialisation" of the beacons would require formal city approval. Sky News has contacted the telecommunications department and Titan and is awaiting a response.

Explanations: Top Ten Teaching Tips “There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.” Michel de Montaigne quotes (French Philosopher and Writer. 1533-1592) Very recently I responded to a question about great teaching by Joe Kirby (read this excellent blog post) with the answer that explanations, questioning and feedback were the holy trinity of teaching. I have written about questioning and feedback at length, but I have never written about teacher explanations. Too often we can be distracted in our planning by the tools of learning without giving the required time to the integral act of communicating our subject. These are my top tips try to address different aspects of effective explanations – the what and the how of explanations – the content and the delivery. Top Ten Tips: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. My core message: clear and effective explanations matter!

@coolcatteacher Blog - A real teacher helping you be really amazing dandesignthink: Need to improve student... Trump Tricked Into Tweeting Fred West Image Flamboyant tycoon Donald Trump has inadvertently tweeted an image of serial killers Fred and Rose West following a Twitter prank. A Twitter user sent a message to the billionaire saying: "My parents who passed away said you were a big inspiration. Can you please retweet (the message and image) for their memory?" The user attached the photo of the notorious killers, which Mr Trump retweeted to more than two million followers. Within minutes the post had been mentioned hundreds of times, with some horrified users pointing out that he had been trolled. One user, Tom Eldridge, said: "Social media 101 lessons for Donald Trump. Mr Trump later deleted the post. On Monday, the real estate mogul threatened to sue the "jerk" who tricked him into sharing the image. "Some jerk fraudulently tweeted that his parents said I was a big inspiration to them + pls RT - out of kindness I retweeted. "I thought I was being nice to somebody re their parents. His wife Rose took part in the majority of the killings.

Peer marking and how to make it work in your classroom - TES English - Blog - TES English English and media teacher Ms Findlater explains the process of introducing peer marking to her pupils. Effective marking is essential. So, too, are time-saving strategies. How can we juggle the two? We want it done well but we can't, and shouldn’t, undertake detailed marking on every piece of work a student produces. As a new teacher, I remember ‘doing’ peer marking with a year 9 class a few times. This would, indeed, have been the case at that time. Don't dumb it down Prior to the peer marking task being completed by the students, a copy of the success criteria/mark scheme is shared with them, the same one that I’m expected to use. Show me the skills Students highlight three key words at every level that helps them remember what they’re being asked to assess. Moving on up The students underline the word that describes the level of difficulty within each grade description. Follow my lead I then ask students to look over past marking in their books from me. Over to them Take it all in

Anthony | Welcome to ‘Post It Note Pedagogy’ – Top Ten Tips for Teaching & Learning The Ultimate Low Cost, High Impact Teaching Tool? The humble post it note – sometimes you don’t need to invest in a fleet of iPads, interactive whiteboards or Visualisers to make the learning visible and to have a positive impact upon learning. Some of the best things in life are simple…and yes, cheap! The post it note is so flexible, easy to use and multi-purpose that it most surely must qualify for the ultimate low cost, high impact teaching tool. Not only are they cheap and flexible learning tools, the very nature and size of them (varied as they now can be) encourages, even demands, a precise and concise use of language. Rather than pages of notes, students have to be selective, synthesise and exercise higher order thinking to use post it notes successfully – it can be very much a case of less is more. The humble post it actually began as a failed invention. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. <br