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 [...]

Revisiting the iPad in education: 4 years on

When I first began writing about the iPad in education, I remember being enthused and excited by what it had to offer within the 21st century classroom. As one of the first colleges in the country to go iPad 1:1, I knew Parkside 6th were breaking new ground, with all the stresses that entailed. We learnt as we [...]

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 Principles for the Future of Learning

In their 2009 MIT book The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, Davidson and Goldberg put forward ten principles for how learning institutions will need to change in order to reflect the growth of importance in the internet and digital tools for media consumption and creation. These ten principles should underpin how we [...]

The internet as a third space for learning

In my roles as both teacher of English and head of teaching and learning at at federation of schools in Cambridge UK, I have become more and more aware of how the internet and digital tools like the iPad have created a new space in which to learn. We should now think of this as [...]

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 [...]

A chance to help parents?

In this week's TES there is an article on the problems many children have getting to sleep. They cite the prevalence of video games, televisions and computers in children's bedrooms, and that in a recent survey of 251 teachers, 82% believe that parents aren't 'strict enough about enforcing bedtimes'. So what can we do about [...]