The Science of Teaching

After exploring the artistic side of teaching, I suppose it’s only fair to redress the balance and look at teaching from a scientific perspective. A post form ‘the frustrated teacher’ a few months back explored this distinction and came down…

OpenSourceSchools – the inaugural meeting

A good meeting today up in London as part of the advisory group for the opensourceschools project that alphaplus consultancy are running for Becta. Given we had people with us from a couple of the teams that had failed to…

AS ICT – Some thoughts

Just back from a lovely long weekend in Wales, including a day’s training on the WJEC GCE ICT Specification that I’m teaching to a few of the Senior School’s Lower Sixth this year. It’s not a bad specification – the…

Cloud Classification

Interesting post from Luis Villa over on the rather wonderful Freedom to Tinker concerning cloud computing, and how it may not be all that the forecasts predict. Luis helpfully distinguishes at least four different sorts of cloud here – hosted…

VLE vs Informal Learning

An interesting conversation on Ferl’s splendid VLE discussion list over the last couple of days sparked off by Leon Cych’s observation that institutions generally exhibit a lack of awarenes of the ad hoc and informal networked learning that’s taking place….

Open Source Schools

It’s nice to see opensourceschools.org.uk up and running. This is an information portal for schools, developed by alphaplus consultancy “on behalf of Becta” – some readers may remember the mild furor that surrounded a firm with relatively little open source…

Personal productivity tools for teachers

I have a piece in today’s TES Magazine exploring the use that teachers and school leaders could make of personal information management tools like calendars, contacts and to-do lists: Apart from your markbook, what other tools do you use daily…

The Paperless School?

Interesting item on the World Service news this morning about the Don Milani di Rivoli elementary school in Turin that’s just started experimenting with a paperless curriculum for third and fifth grade pupils, with all their textbook contents delivered online,…

Flickr and InDesign

I find myself teaching AS ICT to a few of the senior school’s pupils this year. Quite a difference from the running the prep school stuff that makes up the majority of my day, but none the worse for that….

Twitter

Well, I know I’m really late coming to this particular party, but for the last week I’ve been spending time with Twitter, a micro-blogging, social networking tool. There’s a really vibrant ed-tech community there, which it’s pretty easy to link…