3 things ed tech will (eventually) change in our schools, and 3 things it shouldn’t

Imagine that the time between the first UK government schools being set up (1833) and the present day is represented by a 24-hour clock. At what time do you think the internet and ed tech appeared? My back-of-fag-packet calculation puts the internet at 11.47pm and the iPad at 11.56pm. Is there any wonder why we’re [...]

The best way to disseminate screencasts?

I'm wondering about the best way to disseminate screencast lessons. I'm using iTunes U, but of course this is limited to either desktops, laptops, or iOS. To get screencasts out to non iOS there is Youtube, but is there anything out there which enables students to register and be able to download lessons to their [...]

Ten things to do with mobile devices from day one

The below ideas can be used from day one in your classrooms with a selection of mobile devices. None of the below ideas require a particular model of device, although on the whole Apple and Android devices are the most versatile. 1. Set an inquiry question at the start and let them find the answer [...]

iPad 1 to 1: Reflections on the first year

It only seems like the other day that we were anxiously awaiting the delivery of 100 iPad 2s, hoping that the various problems that befell their supply wouldn't mean us starting the year without. We'd very much promoted our new IB programme with innovative ways of teaching and learning through the iPad, and it was [...]

My (and my students’) ten most useful free (or at least cheap) apps for iPads

When we started with the iPad at the beginning of the year, I was convinced that certain apps would quickly become invaluable. For me it was going to be all about screen sharing and connectivity, with losing the need for the whiteboard and having everything on the iPad's screen. I thought that FaceTime would be [...]