Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016
Jan10

Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016

This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here. Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk: Collaborative Tools Padlet Digital Storytelling Tools “Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording...

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Edtech In the Classroom : Evolution not Revolution
Sep17

Edtech In the Classroom : Evolution not Revolution

Many things have claimed that they will revolutionize education, from motion pictures, to radios, to  CD-ROMs. Now there is a wealth of information and video on the internet should we expect it to revolutionize education? This video argues that it won’t, for two reasons: 1. Technology is not inherently superior, animations over static graphics, video presentations over live lectures etc. 2. Learning is inherently a social...

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Barriers to Successful Integration of Educational Technology
Sep10

Barriers to Successful Integration of Educational Technology

This is an extract of a literature review I undertook for my Master’s dissertation. I was interested in some of the barriers that were stopping some schools using educational technology effectively, whilst others seemed to integrate it really well. This had implications for school managers as well as providers of teacher CPD. You can spend a lot of money on kit, but it’s useless if school culture and ethos don’t...

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Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool
Mar27

Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool

Canva is a free web tool (and iPad app) which allows people with limited knowledge of graphic design to produce effective presentations and other publications. The platform allows users to visually express themselves with or without the technical knowledge of graphic design. It makes the designing process more streamlined for users who previously lacked the time or the expertise to make high quality graphics for themselves. Canva...

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Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard
May23

Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard

Pixiclip is an online whiteboard that lets you record your annotations as you make them, along with your voice and even webcam footage. If you’ve used iPad apps like Explain Everything then you’ll get the idea of how this works. The number of tools are limited, but enough to do basic drawings to illustrate simple concepts. You can also upload images in advance then add them to the canvas while you talk.   Drawing with...

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10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations
Feb26

10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations

In many schools, Microsoft PowerPoint is still the go-to software when creating presentations. But it does have its limitations, and there’s also the problem of “death by PowerPoint”. Sometimes it’s good to try alternative tools that allow for a slightly different approach. PowerPoint Alternatives There are lots of online alternatives which let you create great looking presentations on any device. Storing them...

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L4LTV Launches – Online CPD by Teachers for Teachers
Dec01

L4LTV Launches – Online CPD by Teachers for Teachers

Learn 4 Life (L4LTV) is a new web-TV service for the education community, filling the gap left with the demise of Teacher’s TV. Learn 4 Life aims to provide updates on pedagogy and practice in education – documenting what is happening in teacher communities in the UK and sharing it in an easily accessible manner. The channel is the brainchild of Leon Cych (@eyebeams) who has a wealth of experience of filming Teachmeets and other...

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ICT, Interactive Whiteboards and Attainment, a literature review
Oct25

ICT, Interactive Whiteboards and Attainment, a literature review

This is a short section taken from my Masters Dissertation on the use of ICT by student teachers. I thought this section might be of interest to readers of this blog and that some of you would find the links to further research useful. I’ll post a link to the full dissertation here sometime. WhenI get the time I’d like to work this section up into a much longer look at the literature surrounding whiteboards and attainment....

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IWB TeachMeet Roehampton : Links and Files
Feb06

IWB TeachMeet Roehampton : Links and Files

There was an excellent IWB TeachMeet last night at Roehampton Universty. I gave a short talk on lesson starter ideas for your IWB. You can see an (old) version of the presentation here. The Magic Paper idea was one that always goes down well. I’ve finally put together a quick video to show how to make it: If you want a copy of the notebook file I used, you can get it from the links below. Smart Notebook 11 Version : Download...

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Making your Interactive Whiteboard POP with BrainPOP UK : Free Webinar
Oct29

Making your Interactive Whiteboard POP with BrainPOP UK : Free Webinar

I’ve teamed up with those clever people at BrainPOP UK to present one of their free online webinars in a few weeks time. The subject will be “Making your Interactive Whiteboard POP with BrainPOP“. In the webinar I’ll show how to make use of some of the basic IWB tools provided with Smart/Promethean IWB software (and also more generic tools for other IWB users) in conjunction with the BrainPOP UK service to...

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Inanimate Alice Presentation from BETT
Jan15

Inanimate Alice Presentation from BETT

Here’s a copy of my Inanimate Alice presentation from the BETT show on Friday as part of TeachMeet Takeover. Thanks to all those who came to watch, and thanks to Promethean for letting me have some time on their stand. English and MFL teachers should definitely check out the Inanimate Alice resource – it’s free so go take a look! The presentation was videoed too, you can see it on YouTube here. Inanimate Alice talk @...

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Now Let’s Write It Up : A Teachmeet Presentation
Oct13

Now Let’s Write It Up : A Teachmeet Presentation

Here’s a copy of a presentation I produced for TeachMeet Brighton and Teachmeet Moray House (TMMH11) as well as being shown at TeachMeet Dorset. The theme was to demonstrate several alternatives to the Science write up (which are also applicable to other subjects too). Do we always have to go away and write it up in the usual manner – method, results, conclusion etc. Sometimes there’s a place for showing what you...

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