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So far Joel Birch has created 16 blog entries.

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 create them.  Here's a cracking example: Also, here's a list

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. It breaks down 8 categories of skills, competencies, fluencies

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. But here we are, and truth be told, I'm

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 maintain that it's a little bit off the mark.

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, and the big elusive one, Redefinition. To me, this

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 choice.  We can continue to bash our heads against

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