Gamification in Maths Homework - who's gaming who?

Posted on September 13th, 2014

Before reading this post, to clarify: I'm not on a mission to criticise or to knock such products; rather I want to understand if they actually work. More specifically, where is the independent evidence for substanciating they work? Two...

Invisible Technology

Posted on September 10th, 2014

I've long thought of teaching (the whole holistic idea of teacher, class, pupils, school etc) as somewhat like the production of a film. Each component has it's part, coming together to make a whole that is greater than the individual...

Gender: Meat and Poison

Posted on September 9th, 2014

I've been swapping emails recently with a number of teacher colleagues on the subject of gender differentials in Science. For a long time, I've argued that analyzing attainment results by gender split is relatively uninformative...

Better blogging with Postach.io

Posted on September 6th, 2014

Prior to discovering Postach.io my blog was based on WordPress and hosted on a server I rented from Hostgator. As my blog developed I found that juggling WordPress and the 20 or so plugins was detracting from the point of the blog in the first...

The solution to mobile blogging

Posted on September 4th, 2014

One part of my workflow that I've never managed to crack has been mobile blogging - by that I mean blogging via iPad / tablet. I've never really got on with iPad blogging, despite downloading just about every app and owning a bluetooth...

Education Technology Hype Curve

Posted on August 21st, 2014

I've seen variations of the hype curve doing the rounds on the Interweb and thought I'd see if I could make a version suitable for Education Technology. Definitions Innovation Trigger Technology that has yet to make an impact in...

Using Evernote (and Postach.io) to manage student work

Posted on August 21st, 2014

I've tinkered with student portfolios, VLEs and microblogging to manage student work - all to a lesser degree of  effectiveness. Either: The learners reject the system (Moodle) due to perceptions over it's "moderness"...

Migrating from Wordpress to Postach-io Evernote

Posted on August 20th, 2014

Dear WordPressI’m leaving you. There I said it straight out loud.Fear not, it’s not you, it’s me. I’ve changed.I love the way you’ve grown into a comprehensive and flexible tool that supports the blogging community. I wouldn’t be where I am today...

Fair tests and One variable at a time

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Decoupling “fairness" from “one variable at a time" Central to the vast majority of KS2-KS5 science investigations is the concept of “fair test". So ingrained is fairness, that pause and ask a leading question…."what do we need to do…." and your...

Whole school LNF Results

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Up until 2 years ago, I used to give a “using data" in the classroom Twilight to our NQTs and new staff. Stuff like - baseline testing, CATS, FFT and record keeping. Went down quite well - but maybe I laboured the importance of real statistics...