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Writing Fix: Taking the Un out of Unwritten

The Northern Nevada Writing Project offers dozens of lesson plans and activities to help teach writing.

Keynote – Iowa Council for Social Studies

I had the honor of keynoting the Iowa Council for Social Studies conference last month. I only had 30 minutes so of course I had 186 slides! I usually avoid giving (or attending) firehose presentations but I made an exception this time in order to highlight the breadth of resources available to social studies educators if they choose [...]

Happy ThanksGIFing

I’ve been known to GIF my day on special occasion […]

3 reasons your kids are bored in Computing lessons, and 9 solutions

Are your students yawning, checking their email, launching paper aeroplanes in your lessons? Perhaps you’re making one of these mistakes. "Boring", by Cristiano Betta https://www.flickr.com/photos/cristiano_betta/ First off, let me just...Show More Summary

#IAedchat LIVE

I had the privilege of being the guest for #IAedchat LIVE last night. Here is the video if you missed it. The conversation really gets started around 2:50. Happy viewing!

Whiteboards: not dead yet

I heard an interesting snippet from Mike Cladingbowl, National Director at Ofsted, recently. He said that when interactive whiteboards were first introduced, Ofsted inspectors saw an increase in “chalk and talk”. Hardly surprising, because...Show More Summary

Hello Siri! Introducing Students to Siri

At this time of year, few of our grade four students cannot type quickly on a computer keyboard or an iPad keyboard.  As a result, many classes do most of their drafting on paper in notebooks. However, revision is challenging on paper.  Having a quick way to convert handwritten drafts into digital texts would be […]

Photography – Week 50

  This was at the train station around 5:20 AM. I like the dull colors and almost stupor like gaze of the man against the open-mouthed-hyper-enthusiasm of the TV “personality.” I didn’t get quite as close as I wanted. I shot fairly quickly because I couldn’t believe he’d keep holding that awkward pose.   Another early […]

Factory models undermine personalization [SLIDE]

The current factory model of schooling – with its time-based, bell-curved grading system – will undermine all of our efforts to personalize education. – Tom Vander Ark (from The Shift From Cohorts to Competency) Download this file: png pptx key Image credit: battered conveyor belt, sharyn morrow See also my other slides, my Pinterest collection, [...]

Computing and ICT vocabulary

Trawling through the articles published on my original website, I came across this one about vocabulary. Happily, the “new” publication it refers to is still available. Incidentally, I’m a great believer in paying attention to vocabulary...Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie – Aeon “Night-waking, he told me, was different in nature from waking during the day, at least according to the documents he found. The third US president Thomas Jefferson, for example, read books on moral philosophy before bed so that he could ‘ruminate’ […]

Photography – Week 49

This one was made entirely by the book covers. I liked the glimpse it gave of how she spent her time on the bus. I’m not exactly sure where this bus comes from but it drops off a number of people each day and it is an interesting group. “That mother.... […]

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