I read Protect the Teachmeet Format by Tom Barrett, with a slight feeling of guilt.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Every once in a while you hear something that makes you think "Ah! That's how it is." I thought that when I heard Mick Waters, former head of the QCDA speak to a group of Birmingham Deputy Heads last year. He left me with the memory of a quadrant graph (pictured above) of the four main ways he sees being used in schools to change things.
Here's a lesson I'm planning for after half term.
Monday, 14 February 2011
We launched our Google Apps for Education account 6 weeks ago. Staff and students have been using it increasingly over this time, although there's still a long way to go. This video helps to explain what I think about VLEs in primary schools, why Google Apps is a good choice and some of the ways we are beginning to use it.
Monday, 7 February 2011
It's 7:30 as I start writing this and I'm just about to visit my friend and CEOPS trained advisor Craig Gilman to make final preparations for 'Safer Internet Day' tomorrow.
- Have a purpose. This scalextric project is a purpose. I want the children to learn to use the internet purposefully. OK, that's not directly to do with safety, but I believe that with purpose the children will steer clear of activities that will lead them into danger.
- Raise Self-Esteem. Again, not directly to do with internet safety, but highly important. The children need to learn to value who they are and learn the meaning of belonging to meaningful groups of people. I have resources that I can share if you're interested.
- Demonstrate the Dangers. Don't do this first - you'll just put people off using the internet entirely. The ThinkuKnow website includes some powerful and moving videos that aptly demonstrate the dangers in only 5 or so minutes.
- Teach the lessons. We will be teaching the children (using the ThinkUKnow resources) at their level about how to protect their profile (for the older children) and about not trusting everyone you meet online (for the younger ones).
- Involved the parents. The parents workshops tomorrow are crucial. It's only together as a community that we can move forward to get their best out of using the internet without being distracted by the bad stuff.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
I taught, filmed and edited this lesson on Friday 4th February
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
I've often thought that the answers on the back of a Trivial Pursuits card are more interesting than the questions. The questions are always so closed, aren't they? You can't do anything with them apart from get them right or wrong. But the answers... well there's lots of things you can do with them.
So a quick Google shows that Adam Nash, CA, blogged in 2008 that the extreme economics of the computing industry in Silicon Valley distorted inflation figures so badly that it changed US monetary policy. Meanwhile in the same year, Mayank Sharma writes that inflation can be explained by a cup of tea. Meanwhile one-time lead singer with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry claims to have had tea with Salvador Dali of all people in the UK paper, the Mirror, back in 2010. Speaking of Dali, there seem to many comparison's between him and Citroen's cars, ranging from a positive, if surreal, driving experience, through thoughts about the Citroen's bizarre rear windscreens, through less positive comments indicating that some concepts cars could well deserve to appear in a Dali painting.I then see that Ketel One, a dutch vodka company both make a variety called 'Citroen' and sponsor the United States PGA (and have been doing so since 2005). Finally I see that the US PGA visited Silicon Valley in October 2010 at Cordevalle.geography: Silicon Valleyentertainment: Inflationhistory: Teaart and literature: Salvador Daliscience: Citroen'ssport and leisure: The United States PGA