BYMC – Bring Your Managed Chromebook

I have often heard BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) referred to as Bring Your Own Disaster. Why? Because multiple platforms and devices are messy, difficult to manage, and ultimately means that far too much time is spent worrying about tech, where it should be focused on the teaching and learning. So let’s consider BYMC –…

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Creating Tomorrow’s Innovators

“Eighty percent of jobs that will exist in 2025 don’t exist today; we have to prepare our students and graduates for a world that’s essentially not possible to prepare them for”         Professor Martin Boehm This is one of the biggest challenges we face in education today. Teachers and educational institutions are at…

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Take control of your own Professional Development

The rate of change in technology is rapid. This also means that the rate of change of what you can do with technology in the classroom is just as rapid. So how do we ensure that we are up to date with the latest and greatest in innovative pedagogy? Do we wait for the one or…

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4 edtech tools to increase engagement

  When designing your lessons, it is important to reflect on whether you are giving your students the opportunity to develop the 4 C’s – Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity. If you can do this you will be creating a much more engaging learning environment that is preparing students with the skills that they…

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Getting Googley – My Google Innovator Journey

During the past 4 years, I have been on an incredible journey to become “Googley”. Having just arrived back in New Zealand from an inspiring trip to London to attend the Google Innovation Academy, I can now say that I am a Google Certified Innovator, and I now feel as Googley as ever! So what…

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DocStickers using BitMoji

Recently I saw a great idea from Stephanie Filardo (@i3algebra) where she creates digital stickers in Google Drawings, adds them to Google Keep and then uses the Keep Notepad integration feature in Google Docs to add the stickers to student work. As Stephanie points out, kids love the feeling of getting stickers. However, with many…

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Managing Workflow with Google Sites and Google Classroom

Many teachers battle with the decision of whether to use Google Sites or Google Classroom. In my opinion, it is not a question of either or, it is a question of how we can use them both to manage workflow efficiently and in a way that will transform the learning for our students. Besides, ask…

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Ten Educators you need to follow

I am a huge fan of using Twitter as an Educator to expand my Professional Learning Network (PLN). There are so many great educators from around the world that are sharing their experiences, ideas, and resources so that all of our students can benefit. So if you are looking to expand your PLN and not sure…

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Back to school for teachers – My tips for a digital classroom

With the start of the 2017 school year just around the corner, it’s time for teachers to get ready for a new year full of innovative and future-focused learning opportunities for their students. With technology continually changing, teachers will always have the chance to try something new and I would challenge all teachers to take a…

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The new Google Sites – Features and Limitations

Recently Google released the new version of Google Sites. I have used the older Google sites extensively over the last couple of years, so I was intrigued to see what the new platform had to offer.  Below are my thoughts after having the last week to have a play on the new Google Sites. Features…

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Future-focused learning with Google Expeditions

After having it on my list of things to try for a while, I finally got to try Google Cardboard in conjunction with Google Expeditions. Instantly I regretted not giving this a go sooner as it was so easy to set up and the more I explored, more and more learning opportunities came to mind. What…

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Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth.…

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Self-grading quizzes with Flubaroo

I have always said that if used correctly, tech greatly enhances student learning. In my opinion, the next greatest benefit of technology for teachers is that it can make our lives more efficient! The number one excuse I often hear from teachers as to why they don’t use technology is the lack of time they…

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Make learning accessible anytime and anywhere with ScreenCastify

A big part of my teaching philosophy is that learning should be made accessible for our students anytime and anywhere. I believe that if we have something important to say as teachers, then this information should be made available so our students can watch it time and again, either at school or at home, and be…

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Google Classroom, Google Sites or Blogger?

  Teachers these days are faced with many choices about how they could run their classroom in the digital age. There are so many tools, that sometimes it can be overwhelming to choose which ones will do the trick. Whilst this decision can be made a little easier within a Google school through the GAFE…

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What about the digital divide in education?

  Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. In the future, teaching and learning is going to be social, says Matt Britland. The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. Teaching and learning is going to be social. Schools of the future could have…

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How technology has changed my teaching philosophy

How is the technology I am using enhancing student learning? That is the first question I ask myself when I use technology in the classroom. If I cannot answer this question, then I am not using the technology well, and I am in fact wasting huge amounts of money that has been spent on it.…

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The role of self-directed learning in modern learning practice: #mlpchat review

It was great to have so many future-focused educators participating in my chat on the role of self-directed learning in modern learning practice. Without a doubt, all agreed that self-directed learning is a critical factor in modern learning practice, and there were some great ideas shared. See the Storify below for a detailed recap of…

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The role of learner agency in Modern Learning Practice #mlpchat review

This year I have pushed the idea of learner agency in my classroom, and subsequently learner agency has become one of the key aspects that I consider when designing learning tasks. Core Education does a great job of explaining the concept of learner agency: “One way of thinking of learner agency is when learners have…

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The role of GAFE in modern learning practice: #mlpchat review

Thanks for those that joined last weeks #mlpchat on the role of Google Apps for Education in modern learning practice. I hope that everyone learnt something that they could take away and use in their classroom to enhance student learning or teacher efficiency. Below are a few take-outs from the questions that I asked. Question…

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