October 2, 2016
I’ve spent the last week preparing for a ICT lesson on our ‘networked society’ with year 9. It’s part of a series we do looking at how communication has changed us and society over the years, focussing on the development of the internet.
I publish the course on google sites, so that anyone who wishes to may read or use it.
Every year we teachers have had fun looking for examples of a ‘networked society’ and ‘internet of things’. We also ask the pupils to find examples, and some of them have been fascinating!
This year I have decided to include Amazon Dash as my main example. Further down the page I have asked the pupils to research into smart homes, it will interesting to see how many of them already have this.
September 12, 2016
It’s been a while, in fact it’s been 2 years. A lot has happened in that time and I thought I would give a little update.
I all but stopped using my iPad to teach with in 2014-15, for a variety of reasons. But mainly because I prolapsed a disc in my back and had to have surgery to fix it. It kind of put life on hold for 9 months while I got it sorted out. But my love of technology hasn’t stopped, although it did take a while to get back into the swing of things. I am now using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil (mainly due to my recent 1 year appointment as Head of ICT) to teach with.
My school started using Google Apps for Education last year, and I have been actively involved in training staff in different ways of using drive, docs and classroom. We also activated office 365 this year and I am starting to experiment with OneNote Classbook.
As my use of technology (in particular Apple products) has grown and changed so much, I thought I would have a go at restarting this blog to document the things I am doing now. So watch this space……
September 15, 2012
At the start of the summer holidays I took part in a MOOC (massive open online course) called 'Power Searching with Google' in which I learnt all sort of useful searching techniques. On the 24th September Google are running a second 'power searching' course.
The last course had 6 lessons spread over about 2 weeks, with 2 relatively easy assignments. When you complete the course you get a lovely certificate – not to mention your improved searching skills.
So if you use the Internet a lot I would highly recommend giving this course a go. Just go to the Power Searching site to register for the course, and you'll be emailed when it's about to start.