Tag Archives: teaching technique

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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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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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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Are schools the last bastion of rebellion that preserves a free society? #edchat

The sleep deprivation has reached migraine-inducing levels. And I’m still a noob at teaching. So take this all with a fair pinch of salt…normal service will resume shortly (posts on Computing and Programming and successes, ideas, and failures in teaching them) It’s about bad teaching, and bad Teachers Before teaching, one of my pet hates

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Why do Secondary teachers hate games in the classroom?

Clapping to get children’s attention, or playing “last one to spot that everyone else is silent”, are deemed “age inappropriate”. But who is doing this deeming, and where do they get that opinion from? My experience of children up to and including Y11 is that they love to play – they’re children. They’re more than

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