Kahoot Homework Challenge

A few years back I did a piece on Kahoot which is a brilliant free website for creating quizzes to use in class. Typically the teacher using Kahoot displays the questions on the interactive whiteboard and the students answer the questions on any internet-enabled device. It works really well as an assessment for learning technique to check on how well a class understands a particular topic area before/after you teach it.…

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The BBC Micro:bit

Those of you who are old enough might remember that in the 1980’s the BBC Micro Computer running Logo was considered cutting edge in terms of IT in schools. Many children who grew up with the micro went on to forge successful careers in the IT industry. More than 30 years on, the BBC has lifted the lid on the BBC Micro:bit, a new pocket-sized code-able computer with motion detection, a…

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Be Internet Awesome

Google has recently launched an educational program designed to teach children about phishing, internet harassment, passwords, and other internet safety issues. The programme is called “Be Internet Awesome,” and it aims to teach children the fundamentals of digital citizenship and provides parents and educators with resources to help children and young people navigate the web and their online interactions.  The programme contains a classroom curriculum and a video game called Interland. It…

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Google’s New Mapping Features

Earlier this year Google announced two major updates to Earth and Maps. First to arrive was a brand new Google Earth experience that is web-based (not an install) and will even work on Chromebooks. With this web based version you can see and experience the world like never before. Just visit https://earth.google.com/web to get started. This latest version 9 of Google Earth puts a big focus on guided tours via…

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Check123: A Video Encyclopedia for Schools

Check123 is a new, free service that offers 1, 2, and 3-minute videos across a variety of curricular subject areas. If you have tried to use YouTube (or a similar service) to find a classroom video then you know how difficult that can be, especially given the enormous number of videos you have to search through.  To make the process of finding educational videos easier, Check123 offers a highly curated…

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Converting Your Old Laptop into a Chromebook

We recently got a bank of new laptops for our school as we had 10 windows xp devices that we needed to retire. I hate throwing  anything out,  so I had a think about how we could make use of them in the school. After some research I decided to give these machines a new lease of life by installing the super-fast Chromium OS (essentially the same thing as ChromeOS that…

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Favourite Sites For Photos & Clip Art

It’s that time of the year again when teachers are busy putting together end of year class and school magazines. Children love to embellish their writing with clip art, photos and lots of visuals. When it’s not practical or possible to use their own digital photos then we have to make sure that whatever visuals they use are licensed as public domain or Creative Commons Attribution. I rely on a handful of websites…

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Mobile Learning Week 2017

Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO’s yearly ICT in education conference, took place last week at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This year the focus was on ‘Education in emergencies and crises’, and sought to investigate and examine  ways to maximize the use of cheap and widely available mobile technologies for the education of refugees and other displaced persons around the world. We are witnessing the highest levels of displacement ever recorded.…

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Digital Learning Day 2017

Last Thursday, February 23rd was Digital Learning day. Started in 2012 Digital Learning Day is an annual celebration that provides educators an opportunity to collaborate with peers and share ideas, try out new digital tools and celebrate education innovation. The purpose of this day is to bring awareness of the power of technology when it comes to student learning. The digital revolution has provided unparalleled access to information, and empowered…

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QuizPedia

Assessment is central to the process of teaching and learning. It is used to monitor the learning processes and to ascertain achievement in each area of the curriculum. In previous posts I have looked at digital applications that can be used in the assessment process and I recently came across a new tool called QuizPedia that I have started to use in the classroom. QuizPedia is an online quiz creation…

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