Truecrypt Jan12

Truecrypt

It’s all too easy to lose or forget a USB drive – and with it all that data that might be private, commercial, sensitive or embarrassing. Truecrypt is a free, open-source tool that’s (quite) easy to use and robust. A sensible way to protect and secure partitions on hard discs...

Answer Garden Dec21

Answer Garden

AnswerGarden is a “minimalistic feedback tool”. It can easily be used for online brainstorming or as a way of getting quick feedback. It couldn’t be easier to use. First, create an AnswerGarden by entering a topic on the Create New AnswerGarden-page. You’ll then be...

Printliminator Dec18

Printliminator

Drag the Printliminator “bookmarklet” to your broswer bar and then you’ll have some simple tools to makes websites print better – it makes webpages print friendly.  Once you have it in your browswer, you can click on those parts of the page you don’t want to...

Glogster Dec15

Glogster

Glogster allows learners to create online, digital, interactive posters – individually or collaboratively. Images, text, videos, and scans/photos of hand written or hand drawn can all be embedded in the poster. It may be tricky to get in school as it’s often filtered but it may be...

Teaching Thinking Techniques Dec14

Teaching Thinking Te...

Here’s a great list of techniques to help develop and challenge thinking. As an example (and this is just a few from the list) you can find techniques such as: Absence Thinking: Think about what is not there. Art streaming: Keep creating until you get through the blocks. Assumption...

Bubblino – a neat arduino device Sep20

Bubblino – a n...

BubblinoJust researching the possibilities for introducing arduino with this year’s PGCE IT trainees. There’s an increasing interest in a more computer-focused approach to IT in schools and arduino boards may be something to explore.  Stumbling through some web resources when I...

Au revoir PGCE class of 2010-11 Jun22

Au revoir PGCE class...

Said farewell to my PGCE class yesterday. Sad to say au revoir but pleased that things have gone well for them. The PGCE is a tough year both personally and professionally and they’ve done well. Seven of nine (where have I heard that before?) have got jobs and the other two have...

Great day at bMobLe2011 Jun16

Great day at bMobLe2...

Not long back after today’s excellent bMobLe2011 conference. Tag words for the conference: friendly, professional, fun, hospitable, informative, collegiate, inspirational, motivational, entertaining, rewarding… you get the idea! Some highlights for me included the pupil presentations...

The Bermuda Triangle of Productivity Jun15

The Bermuda Triangle...

…enough said… Thanks to FUCHSIA...

‘The Incident at Tower 37’ – worth 10 minutes of your day Jun14

‘The Incident ...

This is a beautiful and stunning animation. No dialogue. I love the way it plays with perspective and expectations – worth 10 minutes of your day

Six month review… Jun14

Six month reviewR...

Are we already half way through the first year of the second decade of the 21st century? Yep, seems so. Maybe time to take a quick look at the past six months… 2011 began busily at BETT working with Stream2School – a great concept-realisation that allows schools to rent software...

Big Vocational Debate Jun05

Big Vocational Debat...

I worked on The BigVocational Debate moderating discussion on vocational learning and the impact of The Wolf Report on schools and learners. Learned so much about social community management...

Orisinal Games May15

Orisinal Games

Beautiful presentation and catchy games here…

New Educational World – Stages of Grief Apr13

New Educational Worl...

I think I’m going through the stages of grief… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uoL2ApVb3w] The Background I attended a meeting a couple of weeks ago in my role as a governor. The meeting brought together head teachers and governors from a local association of schools. Its...

Make a real book for World Book Day Mar03

Make a real book for...

I’ve been a fan of Lulu for a long time. It’s a great service for print-on-demand book making – for making real books of bookstore quality. Even in the age of digital-Kindle, there’s nothing more satisfying than analogue publishing. Two things prompted to mention this...

A curriculum to meet needs of all pupils? Feb16

A curriculum to meet...

Timely (there’s an understatement) report from the House of Commons Education Committee calling for  a curriculum “to meet needs of all pupils,” and pointing out that a “curriculum which is poorly differentiated for children with different strengths will not hold...

TravelCode Jan08

TravelCode

Just completed working on this project. One of the tasks was to create lesson plans and support materials. It’s trick to get the balance right – trying to write plans that will lead to interesting and effective lessons but also ones that teachers can just pick up and follow. Fun...

Creating Twitter newspapers Oct04

Creating Twitter new...

The attraction of Tabbloid is its ability to present a summary of feeds in an easily digestible fashion at a frequency of my choosing. It’s very effective for keeping track of RSS feeds. I have similar problem with Twitter. I’m not plugged into Twitter 24-7, and nor do I want to be.  So...

‘Tabbloid’ – Create an RSS newspaper Oct02

‘Tabbloid̵...

Apparently it’s been around for a couple of years but it’s new to me and it’s proving to be a useful tool… Tabbloid is a free web-based service that simply turn sRSS feeds into a PDF newspaper. There’s no need to register but if you do, the PDF can be delivered...

Any reason not to use Posterous in the classroom? Jul19

Any reason not to us...

At the beginning of July I gave a keynote presentation at the Kent EIS IT 2010 Conference and, just to illustrate the power and simplicity of Posterous, I posted links and reference materials from the presentation to a specially created Kent EIS IT 2010 Posterous blog. The more I use...

Pat D’Arcy Jun02

Pat D’Arcy

Had heard the news but just seen the obituary by husband John D’Arcy in The Guardian It wasn’t until some years of teaching English that I came to understand more clearly what Pat was saying about the teaching of English. It wasn’t her fault but mine in being callow, obtuse...

Mashpedia – a ‘real-time encyclopaedia’ May03

Mashpedia – a ...

Looking good is Mashpedia. It’s an on-line encyclopaedia that aggregates multiple web feeds (content from different sources such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Digg, Blogs…) into structured articles and gives a broader view of a topic.  Probably not accessible (or not all...

Wordled Manifestos May03

Wordled Manifestos

I’ve just been having a quick read through the election manifesto promises of the three main parties. There’s a curious moment in the Labour manifesto, “Cadet forces will move increasingly into state schools” (sounds like a military take over…) But then I...

The Digital Economy Bill Apr06

The Digital Economy ...

Just following some of the (disheartening) parliamentary debate on the proposed The Digital Economy Bill. All seems too rushed, too ill-thought through and untimely (given the election announcement). One of my favourite comments outside of Parliament came from Nick Doody on last week’s...

Change Management Apr01

Change Management

Prompted by a Tweet from Terry Freedman on change management which pointed to this good article by Doug Edwards, I was reminded about the simplest model of effective change that I’ve ever seen. Prof Tim Brighouse adapted it and used it at some RM conferences a couple of years ago.  It...