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Six essential considerations when choosing apps for the classroom

It’s a new school term and a good time to consider the use of your school mobile devices in the year ahead, and whether you’ll be using them as effectively as you might.

In my work, I have the pleasure of visiting many schools, and I am always interested in finding out how different settings are using mobile technology. The most widespread device, in the schools I work with, is the iPad. I have to admit that my heart sometimes sinks when I hear that the main use is internet research. Continue reading “Six essential considerations when choosing apps for the classroom”

Get Certified!

letter-576242_960_720These days there seems to be an increasing amount of badges and certificates that educators can acquire, particularly where education technology is concerned, to show they have expertise in using a particular system, piece of software or suchlike. Continue reading “Get Certified!”

Exploring G-Suite for Education

Over the last term or two I’ve noticed a growing number of schools showing interesting in, or actually implementing Google’s G-Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education.) Like many people, I’ve long used various Google services and apps for personal use, and recently I have been working alongside my colleagues in SITSS as they develop Chromebook and G-Suite services for schools.  I have also recently had the pleasure of visiting a local Hertfordshire primary school that uses G-Suite, more of which later.

Continue reading “Exploring G-Suite for Education”

Getting more from those early programming apps

It seems that a new app for programming or teaching children to code appears every week, and we are rather spoilt for choice these days. Many follow an independent learning, step-by-step approach, most are games of some sort, and often they are based on directing virtual robots or characters around various mazes or challenges. Continue reading “Getting more from those early programming apps”

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