Tag Archives: schools

Teachers won’t pay, but how can we support software we love? e.g. @Socrative

I like Socrative. As a teacher, I love it – and largely because it’s free, and requires no account-creation by students. But that blocks me from supporting it in the most important way: by giving the owners some cash. Not that it matters for Socrative any more – they sold the company for $5 million

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Work-scrutiny in Computing lessons; Exercise-book reviewing; showing pupil progress #edtech

A handful of things I’m experimeting with / have used / seen used for low-effort rapid recording during lessons: iPads used as cameras. Because they’re so big, you can hold at hip-height and be taking photos while looking at a child / talking to a group, and still be composing images out of the corner

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Do these new @educationgovuk exams test the children, or test the teaching?

Another year, another government announces more compulsory exams for young children – enforced testing of timestables for children leaving Primary. I detest exams. Not because I was bad at them – I won scholarships, I got into a top University, and graduated with little effort. But exams frustrated and annoyed me; I felt from the

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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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Should homework be done on paper, or on iPad/desktop/etc? – Part1: Paper Mountains

Homework does not exist in a vacuum: you cannot do homework for a topic you haven’t learnt yet. I’ve realised (via the PGCE) there is a tightly interdependent triangle of Homework, Lesson, and Curriculum. As far as I can tell, the (never quite openly stated) idea in teacher-training is that a formal Lesson Plan is

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The curse of a perfect memory

It is easy, as a Teacher, to assume that everything your pupils learnt in the last lesson they will still know in the next lesson. For you – slaving over hot lesson plans, repeating the knowledge over and over, before delivering it possibly multiple times within a single week – it’s almost impossible to forget.

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PGCE’s should start in January, finish December

Taking a break from Lesson Planning, my half-term “holiday” so far being a 24/7 work marathon, I wondered why I felt so tired. Partly it’s that there’s little opportunity for physical exercise or break – looking out the window, it’s freezing cold, it’s wet, it’s pitch black from afternoon onwards. Not conducive to relaxation. Which

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