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A Sketch a Day in May

I first came across this idea through Twitter. I follow a Geography teacher in Auckland, New Zealand called Steve Mouldey. To quote from Steve’s blog the idea for this was “inspired by Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work“.

I thought taking part would encourage some reflective practice on my part. The idea is to post a sketch a day using the hashtag #edsketch15 for the month of May. The sketch can be about something you have been reading, thinking about, trying out, observing, questioning, exploring, reflecting on or working on that day.

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How can someone say that my family isn’t ideal?

On Friday, 15-year-old Safia spoke on the Ray Darcy Show and read out a beautiful letter that she wrote after hearing some people describe her family as not ‘ideal.’
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Listen to the interview here: Interview

She writes: ‘One of the things that upsets me and makes me very angry is hearing people talk about how my family isn’t ‘ideal’. Hearing this does upset me as they don’t know a thing about my family.’

One Element of Internet Safety

2015-03-08_1405Came across a website recently called HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD and was delighted to find that it would take a desktop PC about 4 thousand years to crack my password (long past my sell by date). However I personally can honestly put that down to having a friend who taught me about the importance of passwords. You should go now and check your password but be sure to come back and read the rest of this post 🙂
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CESI Conference 2015

Computers in Education Society of Ireland – CESI.ie

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To Flip Or Not To Flip – One Teachers Journey

Flipped Learning – An Introduction

fc1The flipped classroom is a model, in which teachers post videos online in lieu of lessons in the classroom. Content is delivered at home instead of traditional homework and students spend class time actively working on tasks to assimilate learning.

Contrary to popular belief, despite Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams publishing ‘Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day’ in 2012 popularising the model of the flipped classroom, they are not the pioneers in the area of the flipped classroom.

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‘You’re gay, this is gay’: how can we tackle homophobia in PE?

I came across an article by @matthewjenkin in The Guardian called ‘You’re gay, this is gay’: how can we tackle homophobia in PE? Evidence and experts suggest that 30 minutes of physical activity a day can have a positive effect on our health, mental health and general well-being. However this is not the case for some LGBT students, as the thought of PE and/or team based sports for them can be a cause of anxiety that they cannot avoid (being part of the school curriculum). The article addresses the use of homophobic language used in sporting activities (at school and extra curricular), as well as the effects this language has on LGBT students. It suggests how improving teacher awareness to the topic can be a first step towards positive change. It asks if a more diverse range of activities and games, which are less gender segregated would be beneficial.

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