Remember the days of Palm, Handspring Visor, Sony CLIÉ and Apple Newton, apart from being obsolete they had one thing in common and that was the little plastic stylus. The pen like input device allowed its user to write with short-cut pen strokes, tap on the on-screen keyboard and jot or doodle on the small screen. Fast forward […]
Apps, Gadgets, Spaces, VLEs, Web
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.
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 […]
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 […]