Invisible Teachers

  Many teachers I meet are invisible teachers. I’m not talking about invisible teaching, where the teacher blends seamlessly into the classroom coaching students on their own journey of learning, but I’m talking about the way that a teacher shares the successes of their teaching and collaborates with like minded peers. Many fantastic teachers read about other’s ideas but end up not sharing their own, putting it down to a busy [...]

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 pretty comfy with it. Let's talk purpose. My job is professional development, my philosophy under that [...]

Socrative has upgraded!

I have never made a secret of the fact that I love using Socrative in class.  Whether you are super organised, and want to run a quick quiz to collect some data, or you just want to run a couple of quick activities to check understanding within your class, Socrative has always made it easy to do so. The latest upgrade appears to be more cosmetic than anything.  The welcome screen [...]

Who needs instructions anyway?

In my travels, both in and out of schools, I often encounter adults who are seemingly held back in their use of iOS devices.  I notice it more with iPads in schools and it is very common to hear a teacher say that they haven't been shown how to use an app. A lot of us grew up in an age where you really wanted to be sure you knew what [...]

Extreme Multitasking

A couple of weeks ago, I missed out on my early morning run. I decided to instead go for a run in the afternoon, taking my usual companions of iPhone, arm strap for the phone (with headphones of course), and our Siberian Husky. Already I was experiencing what I believe is amazing technology; listening to a live feed of music from across the country (Triple J), tracking my coordinates, calories, pace, [...]

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