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Infographics & Data Visualisation

I've had some great conversations with teachers over the last little while about visualising & displaying data as a form of visual communication, and we've always ended up looking at infographics.  These are absolutely everywhere in the world now, so it's timely to teach kids to interpret and

Digital Skills for the Future

We've all heard of IQ and EQ, but what about "DQ" - your Digital Quotient? Sure, it sounds buzzy, but stick with us. The graphic above comes from the DQ Alliance's website,  an organisation that hopes to bridge some of those great digital divides between generations.

5 C-Words

"Arrest this man, he talks in maths, he buzzes like a fridge, he's like a detuned radio."  I swore I'd never do it. I swore I'd never unleash a quaint little memory device to simplify a process that otherwise demands a decent serving of your attention.

Bartender

In my work, I often get the reputation of being "the computer guy" or a bit of a gadget nerd.  The fact that I wear a watch I backed on Kickstarter and I'm usually working between at least two devices probably adds to that reputation, but I

Taking Control of our Email

Happy New Year!  As the first post of the year, I'm going to capitalise on two things.  The first is how fresh our memories of Christmas lunch or dinner are, and the second is the openness to forming resolutions characteristic of January. But first, let's talk

Redefinition in E Major (REM?)

Last week I attended a workshop that drew together Challenge Based Learning, online learning, and Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model of technology adoption.  As always, there was a lot of conversation around how applications of different technologies to learning in context is classified as Substitution, Augmentation, Modification,

STORY: A GPS-enhanced excursion.

Keeping an entire group of students engaged and active throughout an entire excursion is not always an easy task.  Especially when they're secondary students.  Especially when it's a multi-school team building day.  Especially when they have pockets full of smartphones. At this point, we have a

PD Jumpstart – Following International Conferences

[VIDEO: James Surowiecki discusses the notion of trusting eyewitnesses via social media, crosschecked by the topic they're posting under.  Not essential viewing, but a great primer.] The more I connect with lively, innovative educators outside of my hometown the more I find my feet getting itchy

Real Data & Global Education

There's plenty of buzz around about data, visualisation, and how we can best make use of it in the classroom.  David McCandless demonstrates it better than most in his TED Talk "The Beauty of Data Visualisation." That's all well and good, but that data's not always

Free Button Generator

  For those who were at our holiday workshops or those who maintain a website to use with their students or colleagues, here's a handy little freebie. Remember how we made text links in our Posts & Pages?  If you do exactly the same thing, but

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