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Aug 28, 16

There is so much publicity and marketing around for the ‘Back to school’ push, and here in the UK it starts back in June as retailers grapple to win custom. But students are not the only ones returning to school after a pro-longed break, so we asked teachers what their essential items are to buy, before returning back for another school year. Here are the top 15 items, in no particular order, and you can see the responses in the Storify summary...

Aug 26, 16

Many schemes of professional development for teachers, as well as advanced teaching certificates, include an element of ‘Action Research’ (AR). In my work as a team leader of EFL tutors, I’ve come to see just how important AR is for teachers to continue to develop and professionalise their teaching practices. And I’m so enthusiastic about teachers doing research that I want to share some introductory thoughts with a wider audience – with you, my dear blog readers! I hope I can inspire you to start your own AR projects, and would love to hear what you get up to...

Aug 26, 16

New research questions the strong claims that have been made about the benefits of ‘brain training’ – enhanced mental skills, a boost to education, improved clinical outcomes and sharper everyday functioning. This new study found evidence that ‘brain training’ changed brain signalling but no indication of other benefits...

Aug 24, 16

Either it’s the case that everyone is talking about Educational Technology (EdTech) at the moment, or it is true that you ‘trap’ yourself in bubbles of your own interest. Whilst either could be true, from conversations that I’ve either had in the staffroom or online, there is a real trend towards talking about which apps/websites/other pieces of cool kit you can use in the classroom in enhance or benefit the learning that is taking place...

Aug 24, 16

A few months ago I went on a Mental Health First Aid in schools course. We learnt about the stress bucket.

So it goes like this.

Basically we all have a stress bucket. If it gets too full as the stresses of life flow in to it, it will over fill and over flow and we will begin to feel overwhelmed. Coping strategies are like a tap on the bucket and should be used to allow some of the stress to be released and will prevent us from becoming overwhelmed. If our stress bucket gets too full we can suffer from mental ill health. Some life events such as bereavement, illness etc. can cause our buckets to overflow quite quickly but sometimes small life stressors can build and accumulate also causing our buckets to fill...

Aug 21, 16

Never has the theme of wellbeing been so much in vogue! And it’s really no surprise why. The presence and prevalence of the wellbeing ‘movement’ is growing fast among the teaching profession and beyond. As teachers, we have one of the most privileged and fulfilling roles – to nurture, engage, inspire, and motivate the children we teach. It’s a profession full of dedicated, talented people who commit so much of themselves striving to make a difference, to have an impact.

Aug 20, 16

A nice iOS/Android/Windows app for creating stop-motion animation. The basics are free allowing you to record and add sound to your animation and to export it in many formats and places. In-app purchases available to allow you to do more if required.

Aug 19, 16

I tried to think of a different way of titling this post, I wasn’t keen on the word ‘surviving’ but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that actually, you really do feel like you’re surviving… Just about. I’ve been onto Twitter, Instagram and even scrolled through my personal Facebook a few times to discover that Teacher Training Nerves are setting in. Now, I know you’ve probably (definitely) heard some complete horror stories but let’s begin with an open mind. Having just completed the PGCE, I totally understand why you are so nervy and that is why I’ve created this post… So, sit back, take a deep breath and repeat “I can do this”...

Aug 18, 16

Wind back 12 months, Year 6 SATs, in their old form, were over and we were beginning to plan for a whole new world….assessing without levels. Every discussion threw up problems and positivity about how we moved forward was severely lacking...

Aug 17, 16

Technology is often lambasted for creating lazy, passive cyber couched-potatoes. While the hours we endure bathed in flickering pixel light, slumped in a variety of contorted lurching positions over the input device of our choice is hardly the recipe for a healthy body. Yet, technology is becoming ever more part of our active lives and it is also spilling out into the ‘real’ world. As teachers, we can insist technology, or we can make it part of our classroom repertoire for PE and beyond.

Aug 16, 16

It is essential that children in today’s ‘technology focused world’ get real, hands-on experiences. The only things that some of my children have in their hands, once at home, are games console controls! By making learning fun and interactive we can engage children in finding out about the world around them and their past, instilling a love of learning and giving them some practical skills to use in the real world...

Aug 16, 16

A great iOS and Android app for editing photos and images to show only selected objects in colour on an otherwise monochrome image. Start with a completely greyscale image and add the colours back by moving your finger over the areas you want.

Aug 16, 16

A great site and iOS app for creating location or QR Code triggered treasure hunts and digital ‘breadcrumbs’. Create cards of text, images and other media which users can find and view based on their location or when scanning a QR code using a iOS device.

Aug 15, 16

"The discussion begun which participants talking about what they viewed as disruption. Most people agreed that swinging on chairs, being late and calling out were disruptive to learning (although many felt that the root causes needed to be identified and addressed), but there was genuine disagreement about pupil interaction and banter with some UKEdChatters saying this was an inappropriate distraction, while others said they enjoyed and welcome this, at least to a point."

Aug 14, 16

A remarkable Android/iOS app where you can record short videos and transform into pieces of art using filters powered by artificial intelligence. Choose from a range of filters.

Aug 14, 16

"A fun site for learning html/CSS coding which uses emojis to help learners remember the syntax. You can run the code within the site to test it and you can switch between emoji and text based code at the click of a button. There are also lessons to follow to help users become a coding pro."

Aug 14, 16

"In an ever demanding world the need to balance school and home life has never been greater. Recently I explored and shared with staff the 80/20 principle."

Aug 06, 16

Free, open access online education magazine. This month's theme is 'wellbeing'. Magazine can also be downloaded as a PDF.

Jul 24, 16

Apps which change photos into art-like creation which use filters are easy to find. This astounding app uses artificial intelligent which makes choices adapt how to adapt the image to produce amazing results. There are currently over 30 styles to choose from… the AI allows you to do that bit!

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