Drones in the Classroom

Wooooooooow... that's the sound of the classroom when you arrive with a drone for the start of the lesson. Like with much of the technology that is readily available to our students these days, drones provide a perfect tool with which to bring prior-knowledge and better yet, a large serving of intrinsic motivation to your lessons. "But how can it be used for learning?", is the common questions I get [...]

Wikipedia Myths

Since conceived in 2001, Wikipedia, seems to have people up in arms as to whether or not it is reliable. It’s interesting talking to educators about using Wikipedia as a source of information, as there is a myth that it should not be used, because it is crowd-sourced. According to M. Silverman, 2012; … while its critics are the first to point out its unreliability, advocates would counter that a [...]

Google Advanced Search

Google Advanced Search helps us access information and images that can be re-used and shared in our work. When doing research, it is a great opportunity to speak with students about copyright and plagiarism. Adding Google Advanced Search to the Home Screen will save having to type the address in each time you want to do research with your students. The website address is, https://www.google.com/advanced_search How to use Google Advanced [...]

Class VR Kit – Virtually Disrupting ‘Real World Application’ in Learning Design

With 8 headsets, a portal and an app the Class VR kit provides a measured mode of delivering Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) learning tasks in the classroom. The VR library groups collections into learning areas and topics and is growing rapidly. For me it provides a powerful insight into HaSS and Science topics in particular. In terms of skills, the collections provides ample opportunities to develop empathy, [...]

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 [...]

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