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 that I've accumulated in my bookmarks collection as they've popped up on my radar.  I find [...]

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 and characteristics required to be "digitally intelligent" in today's hyperconnected world. This post from the World [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

HaikuDeck – It’s what your students’ iPads are missing.

I am not quite sure how HaikuDeck managed to elude me for this long, but I tried out this presentation software recently and found it solved many issues I have with presenting with an iPad. If you are a teacher who has ever set a presentation task for students, you will be well aware of how hideous a powerpoint presentation can get.  You might also have been witness to the phenomenon [...]

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