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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.... […]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

As we may understand — Medium “However, in applying some of the (nicer!) ideas in practice, particularly towards influencing more sustainable behaviour at work and at home, around issues such as office occupancy and food choices, as well as energy use, it became clear that the models of people inherent in many kinds of ‘intervention’ […]

PhET™ project: Designing Effective Activities for Use in K12

The PhET™ project at the University of Colorado offers fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena.

Guiding Your District to More Effective Resource Management

This free white paper will help districts manage the thousands of mobile devices they are purchasing as well as keep track of all other assets from textbooks to band uniforms.

Kids Build Fluency in Core Math Skills With Fun App

Variety of activities with built-in scaffolding make this an engaging and effective practice tool.

Securing Your Passwords: Chromebook

In previous blog entries, I've shared how much I appreciate the wonderful work the free, open source password protection/tracking solution community has done for Keepass. I literally work on Android, GNU/Linux, iOS, and Mac every day...Show More Summary

New Teachers Won’t Save Us

This is going to come as a shock I know…but pre-service education programs are not preparing teachers for a technology rich classroom teaching experience. Or to put that another way the classrooms of today. According to a Project Tomorrow Report …principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with …

The art of execution

A big problem which faces all organisations is actually getting things done. So, if you are an ed tech leader, what can you do about it in your school or department? Here are 5 key actions to take. Intro: planning vs doing There seems to be a tendency these days to confuse planning to do something with actually doing it. Show More Summary

NOAA’s National Ocean Service: Currents

NOAA provides a comprehensive site that explains ocean currents.

So I Bought an iPhone 6…..

Just a couple of days ago, I did something that I haven’t had an opportunity to do before – buy what most people would consider to be an actual smart phone. As most of you know, I live in a very small (like 1 000 people total population small) community. Up until about 3 years […]

A letter to Madysen

The letter reads: Dear Madysen, Over the last couple of months I have noticed your dedication to your drawings. You sit at your desk and at every spare moment you grab a drawing tool (pen, pencil, pencil crayon, or felt) and paper. You draw what you feel, and I love it! I need to ask [...]

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