Some Brilliant Websites & Apps To Create Word Clouds.

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.

Coding or Critical Thinking?

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?

Use tech to connect pupils from around the world.

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.

Writing For Purpose: 5 Ways To Use Technology To Give Children A Genuine Audience.

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.

The Digital Natives We Teach Are Creating A Number Of New Challenges.

Digital natives are individuals who were born during or after the surge of digital technologies (the internet, mobile devices etc.).  Because the majority have been surrounded by tech from an early age, they are used to it and are usually very good at it.  In addition, because technology changes so quickly, they have adapted to … Continue reading The Digital Natives We Teach Are Creating A Number Of New Challenges.

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

When people talk about the future of technology in education, they picture every student having access to a computer or a tablet; they see paperless rooms where technology trained teachers lead the class. What they don’t see is the infrastructure underneath that’s driving the whole project. Learning is becoming more collaborative to mirror the way … Continue reading Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.