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The Lesson Planner App – Update

For those of you who already have the Lesson Planner app, you might have noticed a few changes since Saturday.  First of all, thank you for being one of the many people who have downloaded the app over the past two years.  I hope that it has proved useful to you.  Secondly, I hope you love […]

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The importance of pedagogy in learning design.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with the CESA Languages team again. We wanted to evaluate what we’d been doing in our classroom as part of the “Innovation in Learning and Teaching Languages and Cultures Project” lead by @lregolanguages, Anne Spencer and Edgar Bliss.  Here’s how our day went: [View the story “#CESALearn – […]

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Engaging your Students in Learning – Let’s Break it Down.

Engagement. Is this a buzz word of the moment?  It’s everywhere. It’s even in the National Professional Standards for teachers. We need to be engaging our students to learn. I agree that they need to be ‘into’ what they’re learning and where ever possible excited, enthralled and loving what they’re doing. Passion is one of the […]

Pedagogically Speaking... Tips and Tricks for SMART Notebook™

SMART™ Notebook – Pedagogically Speaking

Some of you know that I have had at least one book out on the shelves for a little while. That book focused on TPACK and Activ Inspire (with a Promethean Activ Board).  I’ve often been asked when I’m going to write a book along the same lines for SMART™ Notebook.  Well.. it’s done, it’s out there […]

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Vine and Instagram – video

I’ve had Vine on my iPad for a little while but hadn’t really bothered to play with it.  I started messing around with it at the start of the week and now I’m hooked!  Then, this morning, I run my phone to discover that Instagram have gone the same way.  You can now create vine […]

Rubrics and Data Analysis

Rubrics are Bull****

Whenever George comes to town he likes to challenge me.  He will deliberately poses BIG questions and then happily debate the answer with me for a while… sometimes a long while!  He’ll say things to force me to think, to challenge my practice.  I’m never sure if he means it all but it’s always a good, healthy […]