The web as we all know it, is overcrowded with tools and services with the potential for making teaching and learning more exciting, engaging and fun. That said, we at Colour My Learning are always up for the bright and shiny, new and amazing, loud and wonderful tools that can potentially make classroom lessons and […]
Apps, Gadgets, Spaces, VLEs, Web
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).
Learning to Tell the Time is a skill that we as adults often take for granted. This may be possibly because our modern lives are so driven by the clock that ‘keeping an eye on the clock’ or ‘telling time’ becomes pretty much second nature. For young children however, the concept of the clock is […]
Not so long ago, the 7-inch tablet was a pretty rare beast. Back then only Dell, Samsung and Amazon had their Streak 7, Galaxy Tab and Kindle respectively, with minimal impact on the market. However in recent times, the number of options for 7-inch devices has grown with even the large players, Google and Apple, […]
A cheap 10.1-inch android tablet with multi-core processor and a detachable keyboard is always good for students on a budget. All students would want the flexibility of being able to use a keyboard for taking notes during lectures and to work on those assignments in the library.
What if your child were asked to watch a video for homework? Not just any old video, though, instead of switching on the telly and watching soap operas or cartoons, they might instead be learning a thing or two from being in front of a screen. Let’s take a look at how videos assigned as […]
FREE enterprise level services are available in the cloud, offered by technology giants Google and Microsoft, at (little or) no cost to schools. These services are FREE for academic institutions and allow schools to take full advantage of the cloud services and use their own domain name as well. Would you like to take advantage […]
Product: 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Media Switch Model: GS-108S Manufacturer: ZyXEL Communications Corporation We recently ran out of ports on our Draytek Wireless ADSL Broadband Router, that in all fairness had only 4 ports (3 x Megabit and 1 Gigabit port). This was due to the increasing number of hardware that required a wired connection (yes you will […]
The Kindle Paperwhite was announced in early October 2012 and started shipping on the 25 October in the UK. This latest release by Amazon is proving to be the next stage of evolution for e-book readers or e-readers, as they are sometimes known. The traditional e-book reader is based on e-ink displays. These digital ink […]
Dyslexia Action is a national charity focusing on improving lives through education and training, addressing the needs of those living and working with Dyslexia and to provide awareness to the general public. We take a look at the creative work by Xelium in sprucing up the VLE with focus on Accessibility and user friendliness.
Every so often, the media jumps on a story about gifted children. Detailing their seemingly innate gifts and abilities, debating the parental challenges and questioning seemingly complicated journeys through ‘normal’ school-life. Imagine then a school dedicated completely to the teaching and learning of children, whose average IQ stands at 150. In March 1948, Life Magazine […]
What are the differences between the iPad with Retina display (iPad 4) and the new iPad (3), not a lot to a standard user as we will soon find out. Let’s take a look at the key differences between the shortlived iPad 3 (approx. six months on the shelf) and it’s replacement, the iPad 4.
Xelium, a VLE design and services company has published some really useful articles on Google Calendar and how schools can use these to interact with students and parents via the school’s website and social media. We have highlighted this on an earlier article on why Every School Should be using Google Calendar. Now to help you […]
As a student, you will often find that Google is your best friend, especially when trying to get that last minute paper or assignment ready. Google is typically the first port of call for students doing their research on the Internet . But how do you avoid the pitfalls and get the accurate results you […]
Contrary to what Salman Khan originally thought, when he first started working on building content for the now famous Khan Academy, and trying to fund it’s survival, he has actually made it to Forbes without the profit-driven orientation, typical of most Forbes subjects and coverage. Congratulations, Mr Khan! In this very constructive and optimistic article, […]
Following on from our earlier article on the use of Google Calendars in Schools. This post describes a step-by-step approach to setting up a Google Calendar 1. Create a new Google Account If you don’t already have a Google Account, create one here (https://accounts.google.com/) Check to see if the school you work for does not […]
At approximately 3:00 am this morning the following message arrived in our mailbox. It is the 2nd of November and yes today is the launch of the iPad mini. You can now go down to Apple Retail Store and play with the device to your heart’s content or as the email suggests order the iPad […]
September – October 2012: The Biggest Months for Technology September and October of this year has quite possibly been the biggest months for Technology ever, with key events and major announcements from Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
With all the pre-launch rumours floating around about iPhone 5 and now that 12 Sept is over, what have we learnt… Here is the low down on all the key specifications of the iPhone 5 in contrast to its previous generation, the iPhone 4S and how the built-in Apps and hardware are useful for education.