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" ORThe learners...

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...

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...

5 rules of using data in schools

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Data rich but information poorBackstory - number 1 son’s Year 8 parents evening tonight, which is always a bit of a challenge as a teacher myself. Just like Doctors make the worst patients, teachers make with worst parents on parents evening....

Content Curation – Source Code Matters

Posted on August 18th, 2014

This is an updated and modified version of a blog post previously focused on my secondment work to the Hwb project and the difficulty in maintaining the repository when we don't have sourcedocuments. I never thought that I'd concern...

5 tools for writing nirvana

Posted on August 17th, 2014

As an educator, blogger and wannabe author (Beyond the Mean) I've invested far too many hours of my life "testing" tools to make the content creation and publication process as painless as possible. I've finally come to the...

Gender or Sex?

Posted on August 16th, 2014

Labels disable - as the saying goes. But some words or labels have specific meanings that for some reason we refuse to use. As a scientist I cringe when I hear of information or ideas spreading through a school “by diffusion" or even worse “by...

Assertions & belief. Why is evidence so often the elephant in the class room?

Posted on August 16th, 2014

I know it’s the scientist in me, but before I can totally accept an idea I like to read for myself some evidence supporting an assertion. Otherwise, I am operating solely on belief, and that’s a whole new set of dilemmas.As the summer holidays...