Battle in the Cloud – What productivity suite is best for Education?

I (And other contributors) have written at length previously here about the undeniable benefits of cloud based tools and applications in the classroom. Granted, these have been primarily based on Office 365 but Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity suite isn’t the only game in town, In fact, Google’s G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) was the ground breaker, launching its online office suite back in 2006. Jump forward twelve years on and the…

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Appolearning

As an IT coordinator and Learning Support teacher in my school for the past 20 years, one of the questions that I am asked ALL of the time is…. “Do you have any software that you recommend for x….” Be it place value, reading, spelling or maths concepts… teachers and parents want to give their children practice on the skills in the classroom or at home without a lot of…

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HP Teacher Exchange

Despite having a difficult web address to remember (http://h30411.www3.hp.com/) Hewlett Packard have one of the most interesting sections on their web site for teachers. I follow them on Twitter (@HPTeachExchange) and they often come up with some lists of great resources for teachers. For example, I used their list of animation resources for a project with my fifth and sixth class. The HP Teacher Exchange blog came up with 7…

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Data – Using Web 2.0 tools to create Charts

Strand 6 of the Revised Primary School Curriculum examines Data and Stand Unit 6:1 focuses on Representing and Interpreting Data. In 5th and 6th classes pupils should be able to collect, organise and represent data using a variety of charts ranging from simple pictograms to more complex pie-charts. Currently the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) are re-presenting Mathematics Skills and Objectives on their website and of course Data…

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BETT 2012 & Free Programming Tools

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the BETT show in London. This has now become an annual pilgrimage to view what is new in the world of technology and education. At first glance this year’s show didn’t appear very different from other years but when you went under the surface there were some notable gems. In particular there was an increase in “free” quality resources for schools, particularly…

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SENteacher

The SENTeacher http://www.senteacher.org website is a long time favourite of mine for accessing quick, easy to use, adaptable printable resources in Literacy and Numeracy. With a renewed focus on Literacy and Numeracy in all our schools it is an opportune time to visit SENTeacher and take a look at what it offers busy teachers. While originally designed to provide cost free resources for teachers teaching pupils with special educational needs,…

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Teacher Professional Development via Twitter

As the summer approaches many teachers will again engage in a range of continuous professional development courses, on topics ranging from the environment to the Internet. But did you ever consider using Twitter as a source for your own professional development? Will Richardson, http://weblogg-ed.com/, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other powerful web tools for classrooms, has stated that he uses Twitter as the main source for his own professional…

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Some New Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom

We are all aware of the benefits of the collaborative web tools like blogging, social media, podcasting but I have been looking for some new Web 2.0 tools that I think teachers would find useful. I discovered quite a few but I will save some for future postings – I don’t want to overload your creativity!!Here are a few I think you should investigate – all free of course! For…

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Rethinking Teacher Professional Development for the 21st Century

I am currently attending the Consortiuum of School Networking Conference (CoSN) in Washington DC and had the pleasure this morning to attend an excellent session on the future of “long-term embedded teacher professional development”.  The session was led by Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach who described a world where teachers build their own learning networks.  Having listened to their presentation I was in violent agreement with them on many fronts…

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How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Web 2.0 tools have made it possible for anyone to use digital media in their webpages or blogs.  This article from the Digital Inspiration Blog provides a handy reference forembedding almost anything in your HTML web pages from Flash videos to Spreadsheets to high resolution photographs to static images from Google Maps and more.

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