Explain that not everything on the internet is true
Ask your child/student to compare information from different sites when doing research. Some sites may be biased or have a political agenda
Trustworthy sites may be associated with trustworthy organisations
Question what you read and look for other opinions
Use keywords when searching the web to make your search more accurate. Do not just type a question – select the most important words
When searching for websites and images etc try refining the search using the search tools so you are more likely to find what you want. These options are just underneath the Google search bar
Encourage your child/student to read the whole article or page
Information should not just be copied and pasted. It needs to be read, understood, digested and questioned
Encourage your child/student to use well known sources. For example: NASA, BBC etc.
Avoid using sites such as answers.yahoo.com. Anyone can contribute to these sites and the information may not be correct or accurate. If you are using Wikipedia, make sure you look out for mistakes or things that may not be true.
I recently purchased a device called ‘Swivl’ for school and I thought I would take the time to write a quick post about it.
‘Swivl’ is a used to film lessons or other activities for use with the flipped classroom or lesson observations.
The device sits on a tripod and has a slot for you to put your iPhone or iPod Touch into it. You can then put the microphone/sensor around your neck and the device will swivel round and follow you as you walk around the classroom. It pretty cool and staff and students were impressed with the tech.
It is a great device that is very useful if you want to film your lessons, especially if you have a teacher that walks around a lot, like me. It also has a free App that that optimises the experience.
As you will see from the video below, you should check the white balance as you can hardly see what is on the whiteboard. I should have really had a look before I started filming, leaving the classroom light on would have helped. It is also fairly pricey at about £175. I got mine from: http://www.techinvasion.co.uk/
There is another issue too. If you are walking around the camera follows you, which is fine. However, I make lots of small movements so the camera can be a little jerky. Probably something just to be mindful of when you are using it I suppose. Update: A representative of Techinvasion read this post and kindly emailed me with some guidance. He let me know that there is a ‘Sport Mode’ which is there for just this reason.
Overall, I think it is really good. It is very easy to set up and will certainly improve the filming and sharing the lessons.
Have a look at the video and make up your own mind. Sorry about the rubbish commentary. It has been a long day.
The Cambridge GCSE Computing MOOC is well worth visiting, whether you are a teacher or student.
It is completely free and includes hundreds of videos, resources and quizzes.
If you are a teacher looking for some CPD, look no further. This could really help your personal development.
Students will love this too. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds but I have a 12 year old working through this in his spare time. You may not get a GCSE out of it, but you do get a certificate of participation.
It is clear that a lot of time has been spent creating this. I really appreciate those involved in this project, I am sure it will be a great success.
This is work in progress and they are adding more lessons throughout this year and next year.
Give it ago, you may just love it.
Sign up for it here:
Here is an example of a couple of videos:
I have made this video tutorial for 6th form students to show them how they can submit their PDP project electronically using Edmodo. It may be of use to anyone thinking about using Edmodo in their school.
In the past this project has been carried out on paper, but this year we decided to make it completely digital.
Once I have created the training video for how teachers will annotate and grade this work, I will post it.
I got hold of Leap Motion today and I was keen to try it out. The possibility of augmenting what is happening on the computer screen by the motion of my hands it exciting.
At lunchtime today, I set it up with some students and we gave it a go. They really liked it and I was quite impressed. All was going well until I tried to load the Leap Motion console and app store which meant connecting over the internet. The big problem was…
It does not work over a proxy. This meant of course, I can not use it at school at the moment.
According to the forums I have read, they are addressing this problem.
I have taken it home now and in the next video I will demonstrate using some of the apps that you can use.
A couple of months ago Facebook published ‘Facebook Guide for Educators’ which I was lucky enough to contribute to. Here is a taste:
“Schools are beginning to use Facebook Groups to communicate with students. This is a very powerful tool for sharing information and collaborating with students from a safe distance. Facebook Groups do not require members to be friends with each other. Members of the Groups can exchange files, links, information, polls and videos very quickly. Anytime someone contributes to the group its member will receive a notification. If you have the Facebook smartphone app these can be pushed to your device. Facebook Pages can also be used to create a central Page for students and teachers to share information”
Head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School
This is a fantastic document for those who are thinking about using Facebook in their institution or even those who are already using it.
The document includes lots of information about how Facebook can be used, case studies, guidance on privacy settings as well as how you can introduce Facebook at your school.
You can download the guide below:
I have recently completed a trial of Facebook use in my school which you can read below:
You can also read a guide to social media in schools below:
If you would like more advice on social media or would like me to come and speak at your school, head over to Realise Learning and get in touch.
This is the final set of classroom presentations for my Computing curriculum. You can find a link to my Computing curriculum booklet below:
This post contains the presentations for Year 9.
Feel free to download and use this curriculum. If you use this booklet, its projects or ideas and would like to make a donation for its continuing development, please use the link provided. I would like to keep giving this document away for free so any donation would be amazing. Please click to be redirected to my donation page.
1. Your Digital World
2. Graphic Design: Album Covers
3. Algorithms and Google
4. Programming: Raspberry Pi and Python
I will admit that this is not the most exciting video I have ever posted! However, it does give you an idea how the iTunes U Course Manager works and how easy it is.
It is probably not a good idea to make a video when you need sleep. Oh well…enjoy!