Get the technology outside

iPads are made to be taken outside. Children learn all sorts of places and contexts. They need ways to document their experiences, to remix ideas. Where the children are learning the devices need to follow. How are children to learn to care for technology if they are not entrusted with the responsibility? //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Students teaching the teachers – the best tech PD comes from kids #ipadkl

One of my jobs in the last few weeks has been to share professional learning back to the other teachers in the school. Way back in September last year I attended the iPad summit ISKL. It's been almost 6 months since the conference, which may seem a long time to go between attendance and feeding back... Continue Reading →

The best app to use in the classroom? The camera

When other teachers find out I'm Apple Distinguished Educator, I'm often asked if I've got a killer reading, spelling, writing, maths app recommendations. There's almost a sense of a let down when I say the app that my students and I use most in my classroom is the camera. Yet when in the course of... Continue Reading →

Taking the text out of assessment for learning – Inforubrics

Formative assessment is a tricky beast. Rubrics are way to get the children reflecting and showing growth on their learning. However they are often text heavy and written in teacher speak. This makes it hard for children to identify learning priorities and document how they have shifted in their learning. Enter the inforubric. A set of simple concepts... Continue Reading →

Classroom iPads one week in 17/365

It's been one week since my class received a set of iPads to use in the classroom. We'd been relying on a bookable set of iPads but having the devices in the classroom has made them so much better. Students have developed a sense of ownership over the devices. A strong essential agreement was an... Continue Reading →

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