Science teachers write

Posted on November 30th, 2014

I'm not short of an opinion or two - indeed my whole motivation behind blogging has always been for me to work out what I think about something, through the process of writing those thoughts down. Throughout my teaching (and now advising)...

Draconian ICT Filters? @Postachio to the rescue

Posted on September 27th, 2014

My job takes me to a diverse range of schools, council offices, government buildings and "managed" offices. One thing is constant between all these locations - the variety of ICT policies and inconsistency in the degree of web filtering that...

Externally funded "teachers" - what gives?

Posted on September 27th, 2014

My son came home from school buzzing the other day about his new PE teacher, who works for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and was in school to improve rugby, scout for the National Team and to "make everyone love the game". "Oh, and by the way...

Pointless reTweets

Posted on September 15th, 2014

I love Twitter - it forms an essential part of my CPD. Timely, inspiring, novel, often quirky and never dull. But over the past 2 years I've noticed an increasing number of "Please reTweet this" if your "a Teacher", "if you use...

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...