iPad vs Computer – typing test

iPad vs Computer – typing test

  There are many criticisms and barriers put up when one discusses the implementation of mobile devices in schools. These range from the philosophical to the practical and one that comes up often is the ‘fact’ that students can’t type productively on an iPad, especially when compared with a traditional keyboard on a PC or laptop. In March 2013, Brady Cline released a blog post with the results of a small scale test amongst...

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Successful 1:1 integration – A How To Guide…

Successful 1:1 integration – A How To Guide…

Easier as it would be to pretend otherwise, the truth is that integrating mobile technology into a school is not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of thing. That said, there are some basic principles which I think probably stand true for all schools going on this journey. This graphic illustrates the model which I think any school would benefit from understanding if not following.   To explain it briefly I believe that there needs to be a...

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Why Technology Integration Fails in the Classroom

Why Technology Integration Fails in the Classroom

Over the last year I have lost count of the number of times I have heard someone say to me that their school, or a school they know has purchased X number of (usually, but not exclusively) iPads but they weren’t sure why, they didn’t know what the goal was and they weren’t sure what they were supposed to be doing with them.   A number of schools buy a test set of devices, maybe even as many as 50 or 100, and when you...

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Why we must not fear the rise of the Robot Teacher

Why we must not fear the rise of the Robot Teacher

Robot teachers seem inevitable. Technology is developing at such a pace that teachers are entirely overwhelmed by what is available to them in the classroom. As a classroom teacher who tries very hard to stay on top of these things I can tell you that it doesn’t matter how much time you dedicate to reading and trying out new apps, gadgets and software, if you go onto Twitter at any given moment you will be made to feel inadequate and...

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The 5 Apps EdTech needs now

The 5 Apps EdTech needs now

Having been teaching with a tablet in my classroom for nearly a year it has become evident that the market for Education apps still isn’t quite right. I think this is most evident in the fact that the course I run training teachers to use an iPad effectively in the classroom features almost no ‘education’ apps. I do one session (out of 7) that revolves around subject-specific apps, but other than this, the apps that are used on a...

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What is the point of Educational Technology?

What is the point of Educational Technology?

I spend a huge amount of my time reading about the top 5 apps for teachers, the best software for collaborative writing, the best web tool for this, that or the other, how to do something that I’ve never heard of but should have and now feel guilty about, so I’m going to Google it and try to drop it into a conversation next time I’m face to face with another teacher, so that I seem on top of the ever-burgeoning world of educational...

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