• Discover the 2 keys to implementing a school social media policy that works

    One of the questions I get asked quite a lot is whether I think that a teacher should be friends with a student on Facebook.  There is passionate debate for and against and both sides have very relevant arguments.  One discussion I was involved in on LinkedIn received over 500 comments! I am a big […]

  • How to search Google part 3 – How to use the advanced search tool

    [This is part of the How to Search Google Series] In the last post I showed you the two ways to conduct a basic Google search. However, in my opinion, the purpose of searching Google isn’t just to get AN answer, it is to get the BEST answer.  As such you want your students to […]

  • How to search Google part 2 – How to conduct a basic search

    [This is part of the How to Search Google Series] Once you and your students have enabled SafeSearch, you are ready to begin a basic search.  To be honest, I am still amazed at how many people still don’t know how to conduct a basic search.  There are three ways to conduct a basic search in Google. […]

  • How to Search Google

    I am really excited about this series on how to search Google.  Whenever I take teachers through this training in a live event they are always amazed at the number of tools that are available.  There are several ways to search Google that filter out the irrelevant results and reduce the random nature in which […]

  • How to search Google – part 1

      [This is part of the How to Search Google Series] If your students are anything like mine, their internet search strategy goes something like this: 1. Type in a term that is somehow related to the topic 2. Scan the first 3 or 4 results (not pages – just results) then either… 3. Delete the […]

  • Hold Onto Your Hawaiian Shirt! Are The Teaching Trends of the 80’s Coming Back To The Classroom?

    Not one to throw anything out, my dad always used to say “If I keep that shirt long enough it will come back into fashion” to which my mum would smile and throw it out when he wasn’t looking! Now, I am not sure if the Hawaiian shirt or shoulder pads with hot pink leggings […]

  • 3 Simple Teaching Strategies to Help Your Students Fail Forward

    In the previous post we looked at why a student will give up on a task in class after failing but repeatedly fail at a computer game only to become more determined to learn from their mistakes and succeed.  A major reason is that gaming is built on the 3 fundamental building blocks of intrinsic […]

  • Teach Your Students How To Succeed At Failing

    I’m not sure who came up with the idea that ‘failure is not an option’ but I don’t think they lived in the real world! Life is all about failing and learning from our mistakes.  Hopefully as a teacher you are willing to try new ideas and strategies out in your classroom.  I am constantly […]

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