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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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You Say It Everyday Anyway

A video from Ben & Jerry’s. Give someone a chance to love who they love.

Make a YES really count !!

Teaching Summary Writing

This is a strategy I’ve used for teaching summarising. Once students can reduce the information down to the yellow section let them tweet it.

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PLICKERS – The Ultimate Assessment Tool

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No more Promethean Planet ActiVotes and multiple packets of batteries, now you can simply print voting devices on paper for free (well apart from the price of the ink & paper). Use PLICKERS for quick checks of student understanding.

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Great learning starts by asking great questions

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Kahoot!

A game-based classroom response system

As a teacher you should sign-up for free at getkahoot.com to create a quiz, discussion or survey. I found the quizzes very useful as a formative assessment tool. I created quizzes, the students created quizzes and we worked in groups to answer the questions (this was mainly due to the fact that we lacked the technology in the school for each child to have a device).

Kahoot generates a pin number for each quiz, discussion or survey. If students are using a hand-held device (phone, tablet, etc) then they simply download the Kahoot app (which is available for free on all platforms – Android, IOS, etc) and enter the pin. If using a desktop or laptop then students simply open kahoot.it and enter the pin.

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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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What did you do in school today? Nothing

I remember as a kid when my parents asked me what I had done in school that day I would mutter the phrase “nothing” (don’t think I am alone on this one).  I think it’s the question that’s the problem here not the kids. Below are a list of questions that might be useful for reflective teachers and parents.
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Have you met OhBot?

Ohbot starts life as a kit of parts and a set of instructions. One or more humans are needed to transform these parts into a robot friend.

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CESI Conference 2015

Computers in Education Society of Ireland – CESI.ie

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