Being a Deputy Head is a tough job. They have neither the calm authority of the Principal (I know that calm is mostly acting) nor the ability to have a moan in the staff room. I remember my first day on the job, pulling a year 9 girl up for swearing at a teacher and … Continue reading Rethinking school leadership in the digital age
Most of us, if we are reading this, are in positions of trust. We have been through interviews, often rigorous, to select us as being the most suitable for our role, and as a result have a degree of authority delegated to us to enable us to fulfil our duties. We have KPIs, whether they … Continue reading Goal-Directed Learning: helping students find their own pathways to success
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 … Continue reading 3 things ed tech will (eventually) change in our schools, and 3 things it shouldn’t
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 … Continue reading The best way to disseminate screencasts?
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 … Continue reading Ten things to do with mobile devices from day one
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 … Continue reading iPad 1 to 1: Reflections on the first year
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 … Continue reading My (and my students’) ten most useful free (or at least cheap) apps for iPads