• Three Ways [Almost] Guaranteed to Help Motivate Unmotivated Students Pt 1

    Will unmotivated students ever be a thing of the past? Benjamin Franklin is famous for saying “there are only two things guaranteed in life; death and taxes.  Benjamin obviously wasn’t a teacher otherwise he would have said that there are only three things guaranteed in life; death, taxes and unmotivated students. It doesn’t matter where […]

  • How to Use Rewards to Increase Student Motivation

    In the previous post we looked at how rewards can decrease not increase student motivation. In that post we discovered that you can teach your students to be more interested in the reward than in their learning.  This decrease in student motivation is generally attributed to the over use of ‘if – then’ rewards.  This […]

  • How to Use Rewards to Increase Student Motivation and Engagement

    The research is clear.  If you can increase student motivation, your students can be up to forty percent more productive. I don’t know of a teacher who wouldn’t want to increase the productivity of their students by forty percent.  The problem is that generally we are so busy just getting our students to be compliant […]

  • Can you download YouTube videos?

    One of the questions I am asked all the time is “Can you download YouTube videos so you don’t have to stream them in class?” In a recent post I introduced you to YouTube EDU, a fantastic resource for finding great videos to support your lessons.  The problem is that often after finding a great […]

  • Find videos for the classroom on YouTube EDU

    YouTube EDU is an educational initiative featuring more than 700,000 educational videos. It incorporates the old YouTube for Teachers channel, which was put together by a group of teachers who Google paid to watch and categorise each video according to subject and schooling stage (e.g. elementary maths). Because each of the videos has been watched by a […]

  • 5 ways any school can waste money and what to do about it Pt 4

    Over the last few days we have been looking at ways schools waste money and what we can do about it.  These observations are based on my time spent in hundreds of schools all around Australia. We have looked at the following four areas schools waste money. 1.  The principal is not aware of their […]

  • 5 ways any school can waste money and what to do about it Pt 3

    In the first and second post of this series we have looked at the following three ways schools waste money and what we can do about it: 1.  The principal is not aware of their leadership role, 2. They hire the wrong type of person to oversee the technology in your school, and 3. Spending money on […]

  • 5 ways any school can waste money and what to do about it Pt 2

    In the previous post on 5 ways schools can waste money, we looked at how schools can waste money when the principal is not aware of their leadership role and they hire the wrong type of person to oversee technology in the school. In this post we will look at the third way that I see schools waste […]

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