We all know at least one person who refuses to be drawn to technology. ‘It’s too difficult’, ‘I’m too old’, ‘It’s not for me’….the excuses are vast and reasoning fairly simple to understand for technology is at once scary and exciting. For a multitude of people who have not yet experienced the draw of technology, […]
Users of Windows 8 Tablet or laptops with touch screen interface will find switching between apps both Windows Store apps and the desktop as easy as swiping across the screen but what about those driving their laptop PC with a pointing device, mouse or trackpad. Here is a quick tutorial on how to switch between […]
The first in our series on “100 Free Web Tools for Schools” is one from Google called Hangouts. Google+ Hangouts is a group video, voice and text chat platform that allows up to 10 people to get together online at the same time. This free communication tool is comparable to Skype premium where if you […]
We had a look recently at Lenovo Yoga, a hybrid computer based on Windows 8 in a previous post. Here we take a look at another PC innovation brought about by the release of Windows 8. At the launch event in New York, Steove Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO said Windows 8 brings together the best of […]
Samsung Unveils Premium Suite Upgrade for the Galaxy S III Packed with enhanced features to provide an even more effortless and innovative experience We talked about the Premium Suite Upgrade in our article Samsung Galaxy Note II and 10.1 Bringing Back the Stylus. The Company has on the 20th of December announced the availability of […]
Although more often associated with e-books and personal reading, the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are actually tablet devices that present exceedingly good value to schools. At present prices you can see how schools can equip everyone in a class with one device each with a bank of 30 or more to share. It was […]
With the great push towards 1-to-1 devices, Amazon has been keen not to be left out either. The typical challenge of deploying, managing and administering of these devices has even been given significant thought with Amazon’s own Whispercast, a cloud based solution that lets schools and businesses manage their Kindle devices and its contents. This […]
Here is another Kindle Fire HD introduced to shake things up again in the ever competitive tablet world, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. Available from Amazon it is priced to compete with Apple’s iPad mini with hardware specification to rival even the iPad 4. At these prices, it certainly appeal to schools on a budget […]
Introduction: Julie DeNeen looks at 25 ways of using Tablets in the classroom to enhance the learning experience, among them for Art, Music, Science, History, Writing, Photo, Research, E-books, Social Media, Simulation , Computer Skills, Special Needs, Foreign Language and News. Well not quite 25 ways to enhance learning. Some of the points that she […]
A couple of weeks ago, we came across MercierMagic, a blog an entire website run by a clearly, very dedicated teacher, Tracy Mercier. It has snippets of information for a variety of audiences, from the children in the classroom, to fellow teachers, to parents and a host of useful interesting links. The thing that particularly attracted us to […]
28 things you need to consider when implementing BYOD in schools Many schools are looking to implement Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) to give students and staff access to personal devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones in classrooms. As technology becomes more and more affordable, students will undoubtedly have access to internet enabled devices […]
I recently listened to Susan Cain’s TedTalk on The Power of Introverts and found it really interesting. While it seemed quite clear (at least to me), that she was uncomfortable on the stage, a little hesitant, even timid, I thought that, in essence, helped so much with her message – Quiet: The Power of Introverts. […]
Whenever I think of how the developed countries, particularly the UK and the USA got their ‘knickers in a twist’ over the last PISA results, with the drop in placings and so-called poor-performance of the 15-year olds in their respective countries, I also wonder how much reflective searching these ‘poor performers’ have done within their […]
Tutoring Good or Bad… Possibly depends on where you are in the world As I read this BBC article (Meet the ‘tutor kings and queens’) yesterday, I was not really surprised at the success of these ‘Tutors’ in the East. After all, having been born and bred in Malaysia, where private tutoring has always had […]
So much has been said about embedding technology in to education, about how technology will revolutionise teaching. The truth is technology on its own does little.
A BBC article (Costly hi-tech kit lies unused in schools, says study) recently highlighted the findings of a report Decoding Learning by Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).