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
Education is in a tricky place across the world right now. Budgets are being squeezed, teachers are leaving in droves, and all the while the pressure increases to be more like Finland or Singapore, to get further up the PISA rankings, and to produce a flexible, creative workforce that can compete with the best in … Continue reading Tackling the biggest problems in our schools: where to begin?
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?
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 … Continue reading A chance to help parents?
Got back from a rather pleasant family morning out to find my new Nexus 7 waiting for me. Always nice to start the holiday with a new toy. Getting into it wasn't as bad as the Youtube video might suggest, so I assume that Google have made things a little less snug than before.Setting it … Continue reading Google Nexus 7: first look