Tag Archives: classroom software

Teaching Regular Expressions / regexp in lessons

RegExp are great fun if you’re an Abstract Mathematician, or mildly masochistic. For the rest of us, it’s silly to work on them without using something like this: https://regex101.com/ When we teach regexps, are we aiming for students to: Become experts in typing? Have 20/20 eyesight? Be non-dyslexic – dyslexia is for failures, who’ll never

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Why use #python when teaching #coding in school?

Much (most?) of the literature is gloriously one-sided and IMHO deceptive in pretending that Python is good at many things it sucks at. This doesn’t help those teachers trying to make a fair and balanced decision. Overall, I believe that if you learn programming primarily via Python you’ll be a weaker programmer than if you

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2 of 3: Lesson where locked computers worked for students benefit #edtech

Back to my class… In part 1, I admitted that I’d locked students’ computers for more than half a lesson. I stated that I felt this was a good thing, despite my pre-teaching revulsion and horror at such actions. This week, I used CC in LOCKDOWN for more than half a lesson …why? How? On

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1 of 3: Remote-controlling classroom computers: When/why should we take control? #edtech

My attitude to classroom-control systems is one of the things that has radically altered since I started daily teaching. Originally, I was creeped-out by them. I might well have cited Dallas Snell – a highly-respected friend with much expertise in human/human social and cultural interactions, and how they shape organizations. He used to say something

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A* classroom apps: Architecture of Radio

[Context: We don’t want Apps in the classroom, we want exceptional apps, that transform our lessons.] Architecture of Radio In one sentence: walk around the school visualizing in 3D all the radio waves that intersect and overlap around you. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/architecture-of-radio/id1035160239?mt=8 Transformative? Radio (electromagnetic) waves are invisible, but are core to the Science curricula. They are

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How to use iPads well in the Secondary / K-12 classroom – part 1

iPads (or equivalent Android tablets) are now well-established in UK schools; not every school has them, not every child has them, but many schools do, with plenty already delivering “1 device per child” policies. This (to a certain audience) sounds wonderful; but what are the schools actually doing with them? How do teachers use these

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