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Augmented Reality in the Classroom

colar1ColAR is a new way I have come across to integrate technology into the classroom . The website offers a range of free pages that can be printed on any type of paper using any printer (no magic ink required). The app is free to download and works on both IOS and Android. Children (or teachers) simply colour the sheet (although it is not a requirement), lay the sheet on a flat surface, hold the device above the sheet (ensuring that the whole sheet is visible) and let the magic happen.

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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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Twittering in School

2013-10-07 15.59.31-1I am not a fan of handwriting copies, however I found that integrating social media into our handwriting copies made it a much more enjoyable task. Everyday students wrote a tweet (140 characters) in their handwriting copies.
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Beyond The Horizon Report

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The Horizon Report (2014 Schools Edition) aims to help ministers, governing boards, and school leaders to strategically approach the further evolution of teaching, learning, and creative inquiry by offering a list of topics likely to impact technology planning and decision-making over the next five years (2014 – 2018). Below are a list of the questions and answers provided in the report.


Which technologies will be most important to teaching, learning, or creative inquiry in         European schools within the next five years?

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  1. Cloud Computing
  2. Tablet Computing
  3. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

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Tread softly because you tread on my dreams

I was deeply saddened to hear that Rita Pierson had passed away, at age 61. Her TED Talk is powerful, funny, heartfelt and inspiring. It is an honour to help share her message with the world. Hers is truly an idea worth spreading: that every child, rich or poor, deserves a champion.

Rita Pierson videos worth watching ‘What about Jack?’ and ‘My Momma Said….

Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Blogging in the Classroom

Blogging

Report on a field trip or virtual field trip
Have students act as reporters talking about a field trip or special event. They can pretend to have interviewed a cow at the farm they visited or be straightforward in reporting the real events of the trip. Students could also write up a virtual field trip they took online in class.

Share a Photo of your Classroom
Encourage children from your class to leave comments about what they like about it or even suggestions for changes they would like to see.

Publish Children’s Work
Don’t just post work that is flawless but also invite comments and suggestions on work that can be improved. Read the rest of this entry