Recently, I have noticed that cases of cyber-bullying are being reported more and more often in the news. As social media and technology is already a central part of children’s lives, online safety is an incredibly important issue to tackle. What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is defined as, “the act of harassing someone online by sending … Continue reading How do you deal with cyber-bullying in schools?
I recently taught a lesson in which it was important for me to highlight keywords; a few of them were new to the class. I decided to ask the pupils to generate word clouds to find the words of most importance and then find the meanings. It was an effective way of doing so. Here … Continue reading Some Brilliant Websites & Apps To Create Word Clouds.
What is The Sandbox? The Sandbox is an app in which you can build vast worlds (think Minecraft but in 2D). Have a look at the intro video: How did I use it in a lesson? As part of our topic on mountains, as a starter activity, I asked the pupils to build a mountain … Continue reading A Fantastic Construction Game, With Lots Of Uses In The Classroom.
As the Hour of Code again approaches, I ponder the efficacy of encouraging all schools to participate under the banner of coding. To be involved in EdTech is to interact with articles, TED Talks, and apps that encourage coding. Still, I am not convinced that all students need to focus on coding per se as … Continue reading Coding or Critical Thinking?
I recently was contacted on Twitter by a teacher asking to make a learning link between her class and one in my school: I passed the details on and the 2 classes have made contact. They wrote on the class blogs and found out lots of information: What a great way to connect learners from … Continue reading Use tech to connect pupils from around the world.
When announcing a writing task, on a number of occasions, I have been asked by my students, "Why do we have to do this?" It's a question that can sometimes be difficult to answer. All too often the work is stuck into their English books and is only seen by the teacher. Online safety is … Continue reading Writing For Purpose: 5 Ways To Use Technology To Give Children A Genuine Audience.
I recently did some writing for Scholastic - a resource supporting children with their understanding of prepositions. Click here to view the full piece.