When things don’t go to plan with technology in the classroom, educators need to know they can rely on someone to help them out. They also need to be confident that their technology environment won’t suddenly change unexpectedly. Having a customer-focussed, well-resourced and supportive IT department is the keystone to creating this type of confidence. Yet, too often, IT support in schools is seen as a necessary evil. Here are my four key improvements to help change that.Read More
The great thing about technology is that it enables us to be more mobile. However, if you have ever travelled long distances you may have found that some of the functions and conveniences of being connected can fall over.Read More
The Notes app is what I often call ‘the hidden gem’ of apps. Why? Since like most of us, you have probably opened it up at some stage, typed a few sentences and then overlooked it for apps that can do more of what we need in the classroom. The Notes app is closed, never to be opened again. But the reality is that the simplicity of this app, combined with some great features, makes it a hidden GEM!Read More
STEM education is a growing approach in schools everywhere at the moment and this is leading to lots of teachers using a wide variety of technologies in their programmes. One of my favourite robotics tools to use with STEM are the Sphere SPRK+ robots – the small ‘see through’ balls that look a lot like BB8, the Star Wars character from “Rogue One”, the latest movie to be released.Read More
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), generally means your staff and students are bringing their personal devices to school. However BYOD can also include models where schools purchase the devices and lease them to students, schools mandate a device for parents to buy (BYODD) and everything in between.
In many schools BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Disaster, but it doesn’t have to be that way.Read More
The Office Lens App, available on all mobile platforms is an amazing tool.
At a basic level, you can capture notes, whiteboard notes and so on, but it’s integration with both Microsoft and Google allow you to take this tool to another level.
In this office lens example you will see how you can take a printed worksheet and turn it into an editable worksheet in under a minute.Read More
One question I get asked all the time is how do I teach with technology when I have limited resources. Maybe you have 5 devices for 25 students.
In this video, Alice Keeler and I discuss strategies for enabling collaboration and ICT integration into lessons when resources are limited. Whether you have a BYOD program or no program, these strategies will help you teach with ICT.Read More
Have you ever stopped to consider “Who is driving the technology agenda in our school?”
This short video helps you understand how technology companies can set the learning agenda in your school.Read More
I picked up my surface Pro 3 two weeks ago. I was interested to see how the Surface pro 3 would compare to the Surface Pro 2 and more importantly my new MacBook Pro.
Here is what I like and disliked, as well as an evaluation of the Surface pro 3 in an educational contextRead More