Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Jumping the Good Ship Android

A brief summary of our 1:1 project so far. In August 2012 we rolled out 140 Toshiba AT-100 Android devices to our entire S1 cohort as part of a pilot 1:1 tablet program for Edinburgh Council. The project has been very successful and we have seen some fantastic ways in which learning has changed for [...]

Managing the Twitter Information Overload

When I first started teaching 19 years ago, the only way of getting hold of any good resources being used by other schools was to meet with staff from these schools, find out what they were doing, and try and blag a copy (often in paper format). Things are a little different now. I follow [...]

Implementing 1:1 with Android tablets (Part 4 – Review and Recommendations)

This post is the 4th in a series describing how we set up an Android tablet 1:1 initiative at Forrester High School in Edinburgh. This is a review of our progress and experiences 5 months after we rolled out the tablets to each of our 140 S1 students. There are 3 previous posts in this series on [...]

Implementing 1:1 with Android tablets (Part 3 – Implementation)

This post is the third in a series detailing the way in which we implemented a 1:1 program using Android devices at Forrester High School in Edinburgh. The post focuses on the implementation phase. To read the previous posts on planning go here, and preparation go here.   Pre-Launch We held a meeting with all the parents of our soon-to-be [...]

Implementing 1:1 with Android tablets (Part 2 – Preparation)

This post is the second in a series detailing the way in which we implemented a 1:1 program using Android devices at Forrester High School in Edinburgh. The post focuses on the preparation phase. To read the previous post on planning, go here.   Purchasing student devices Having made the decision to roll out with [...]

Implementing 1:1 with Android tablets (Part 1 – Planning)

In August 2012 we rolled out the first phase of our 1:1 program at Forrester High School in Edinburgh. This post, which details the planning phase, is the first of five posts which will explain what we did at each stage of the project, sharing any lessons that were learned along the way.   What [...]

Open Badges – A digital solution for recognising achievement in schools?

I have been interested in the concept of Open Badges for the past few months but it’s only in the past few days that I have been able to connect all aspects and actually issue a digital badge. In short, Open Badges is an open source project designed to make the accreditation of learning and [...]

Class Dojo – putting the emphasis on positive behaviour

Class Dojo calls itself “Real-time Behaviour Management Software” and that’s pretty much what it is. In short it is a free online tool which allows the class teacher to manage and record behaviour and provide instant feedback to the class. Class Dojo encourages learners to take responsibility for their own behaviour, and puts the focus [...]

How to make paper resources digital using a mobile phone

Schools are awash with paper. Booklets, worksheets, assessments, admin documents…the list goes on and on. Often a paper resource needs to be changed, or shared online but the original electronic version can’t be sourced. Here are 3 easy steps to convert a paper-based resource to a digital  document ready for editing and uploading. 1. Use [...]

At last, the time is right for 1:1

This week I attended a meeting in our authority where details of the new ICT refresh were finally announced. I knew this was coming having been part of the initial consultation group, but I was still delighted to hear that the infrastructure and budget have now been agreed. However, the most significant news was not [...]

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