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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Lesson Planner App – My first iPhone/Android App

The “Lesson Planner” app has been available in the Apple App store for a week or so now and it seems to be getting a good response (phew).  This is my first app and it wasn’t easy! I am very lucky to be married to a very experienced, patient and talented programmer! I’ve had the […]

Teaching Australia Day – Links to Free Resources (IWB or 1:1)

Tee heee….. I love that. Just had to share it 😉 Whilst you’re sipping your beers and eating the fair from the BBQ I thought I’d gather some Aussie resources together to lighten the burden of next week’s lesson planning activities! Let’s start with IWB resources: Promethean’s Activ Inspire users: These are stored on Promethean […]

The Four Part Lesson (TEEP) – What’s that then?

Yesterday I started writing a blog post in response to several thoughts/questions that I’ve heard mumbled around me.  I addressed the first of these ( see below) in some detail and would like to thank all of the practising teachers out there who supported me and our profession with their responses on Twitter, Facebook and the post itself. Teachers […]

Teachers don’t plan lessons so why should I?

I’m writing this blog post with a certain audience in mind.   Over the past few weeks I’ve heard several things that have caught my attention. Things that I think I can help with. They are: Teachers in the field don’t plan lessons so why am I doing a lesson plan I don’t really get […]