There's been a lot written lately about the losing battle for the hearts and minds of schools between Google and Apple (not to mention Microsoft's resurgence), mostly evidenced by the sales of Chrome Books beating iPads in the last few years. A lot of that chatter comes down to 2 points. Price - Chrome Books … Continue reading Will iPad purchases make a comeback against Chromebooks?
One of our most popular regional events is the "STEM and Digital Technologies" workshop we offer. Teachers have a day to explore both the pedagogy of STEM and get hands on with a range of technologies, from Sphero SPRK+, to low tech gear like popsical sticks and ping pong balls! You can see a Twitter … Continue reading STEM Elements
If you're like me then you love using technology to engage and motivate learning in your classroom. One of the 'hits' you often have to take when you do this is being labelled as a 'teacher into toys.' It's frustrating to hear since you know and have seen the difference they can make for your … Continue reading Listen to the Learning Chatter
There will be a load of teachers in Australia and New Zealand starting to think about planning for the year ahead with a new class and a new group of students. One of the things we are always hoping to do is to inspire and motivate them in those first few weeks. What better way … Continue reading Coding Resources Hyperdoc
For the last 2 years I've been a full time digital learning specialist. That's a long winded way of saying I'm a technology coach in schools. It's the culmination of having a growing interest in technology while I was a teacher, that expanded from being the school IT lead teacher, to facilitating a cluster of … Continue reading Being ‘Tech Multi-Lingual’
Google Calendar has been my default calendar for over 10 years now! That's a long time in anyone's books and it keeps getting better. Last year (2016 - getting my head around that still) I got really used to using the IOS Google Calendar app - especially for the integration with reminders and the Keep … Continue reading Google Calendar Goal Update
I'm facilitating another STEM workshop today with some teachers where we explore the pedagogy and principles of the STEM learning approach. We also get to play with a great range of tech, from low tech ping pong balls and rubber bands through to high tech robotics and drones. But my main objective for these action … Continue reading STEM is not a supplement, it’s critical!
Have you ever had to use this feature? I hope you never do... It's been one of the most stressful hours of my year! Here's a brief summary of my trauma. Yesterday morning I drove into Auckland with my dad to see the All Blacks play Ireland, at a sports bar. We were going to … Continue reading Find my iPhone! Arghhh
I'm a huge fan of the 3 shot movie to help structure your videos. It's a simple way to teach students and teachers about frames, clips and the basics of story telling. I saw this demo’d at a recent GAFE conference by Jim Sill (an ex-producer and now Edtech trainer). The 3 shots basically are; … Continue reading 3 Shot Movie on an iPad
Do you get asked this at all? Every digital trainer who works with iPads gets this a lot and the answer is usually, "It depends what you want to do." It's like asking someone about their favourite device. You couldn't get by with just one of them. It's the 'right tool for the right job' … Continue reading What’s your Favourite iPad App?