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Sep 29, 16

Following on from the results of our online poll, #UKEdChat this week will focus on Good Behaviour Strategies used in schools. Whether in the Early Years, Primary, Secondary or beyond, the behaviour of students can positively or negatively impact the rest of the class as well as interfere with teaching and learning.

The session will release six questions (see below), so join the session on Twitter from 8pm via the #UKEdChat hash-tag.


What student behaviours to you find to be the most annoying when teaching?
Where do you go for support when you are finding student behaviour a problem?
What has been the most positive intervention made in helping build a positive classroom behaviour?
What are the foundations in ensuring positive pupils behaviour in any classroom?
What are the most effective consequences used when dealing with disruptive behaviour?
Think back to when you were a school pupil. What was the worst behaviour you displayed?

Sep 26, 16

A useful collaborative mindmapping online tool with integrates which Google Docs. Pool your ideas together and then share online.

Sep 26, 16

Swift Playground is an iPad app to learn Apple’s Swift coding language which underpins apps on iOS. The app has engaging lessons and different levels to play.

Sep 25, 16

An intuitive online book creator – write, draw, add images and share. The site has a bank of backgrounds to choose from and a range of tools to draw items into the books.

Sep 25, 16

A superb history tool which combines timelines, maps, text and media, such as videos and audio. A great way to add depth to the story of past events.

Sep 25, 16

I’d like to share a couple of videos with you that I have used recently in the courses I teach. I find these videos particularly interesting because they show such contrasting approaches to learning and in particular – for want of a better word – e-learning.

Sep 25, 16

Create videos of drawings & animations with narration on iOS devices. Record audio as pupils move elements of the picture on the screen and then share the videos.

Sep 24, 16

A great HTML5 animation suite with a professional feel. The platform uses a similar interface to Adobe Animator. Learn how to animate with tweening. The free starter version should be all schools and educators need.

Sep 24, 16

A wonderful game for learning Java Script Coding. Battle with coding opponents, either against the computer or friends. The game contains some superb graphics and a manageable learning curve.

Sep 23, 16

A superb collection of coastal erosion & other resources from the University of Sussex.

Sep 22, 16

Following the weekly #UKEdChat poll on Twitter (see results here), the topic of this #UKEdChat session is, “The impact of tablets and apps in education”.

Sep 20, 16

Displays can take up vast areas of wall space and many hours of adults’ time, therefore teachers and leaders must be sure of the impact that they are having on learning so that what is on display is justified and not simply a waste of time and space.  Put simply, before a display goes up, we must ask: What will this display do to improve outcomes for children?  For this to be answered with any sort of reliability, the question must be framed within a sound knowledge of how children learn and what learning is – a change in long-term memory...

Sep 17, 16

Swift Playgrounds, an innovative new iPad app from Apple that makes learning to code easy and fun for everyone, is now available on the App Store. With Swift Playgrounds, real coding concepts are brought to life with an interactive interface that allows students and beginners to explore working with Swift, the easy-to-learn programming language from Apple used by professional developers to create world-class apps.

Sep 15, 16

It’s probably one of the most commonly used strategies evident in classrooms around the world, but researchers from the University of Liverpool have concluded that group work can actually harm memory. In a joint study, psychologists from the University of Liverpool and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) have revealed that collaborating in a group to remember information is harmful...

Sep 15, 16

Inspired by UK Parliament debate secured by @karlmccartney MP – Click here to read tweets from the debate – the #UKEdChat poll this week established that the discussion will focus on the Educational Performance of Boys.

Sep 14, 16

In my first post in this series – Getting students’ attention – I mentioned the use of backchannels. This post should give you more information about the use of backchannels within the classroom.

If you are working in a classroom where your students have internet connected devices, either through wifi or their mobile phone, using a backchannel can have a transformative impact on the way you can use technology with your students...

Sep 09, 16

From September, I am starting a new role. I am going to be a year group leader for year 5. This has come about relatively quickly since my return from mainstream and so I have spent some time over the summer reflecting on my practice and how I am going to develop and inspire the people I work with. One of those people is an NQT. My sister is also starting her first post as an NQT in another school. After speaking on the phone for half an hour this morning, I realised that some of the stuff that I was saying to her is probably some of the stuff that I will be saying to the NQT I will be working with...

Sep 09, 16

I used to be a massive advocate of using mobile phones in lessons; the ways they could be used are just endless. I had students use them to research topics; find the answers to a question we didn’t know, even as voting devices. I used them just rarely enough that students didn’t take it as a given and rarely tried to use their phones for uses other than I intended. I even use them to avoid printing off sheet after sheet of homework, instead having students take a picture on their phone (with the added bonus that they can’t lose the sheet).

Sep 08, 16

Mastering the art of teaching appears to be easier for some colleagues than others. Some teachers just seem to have a presence, gaining respect and credibility from students, colleagues and parents alike. Did they undergo some mysterious, magical training that wasn’t covered during your teacher training course?  Well, no. They just have mastered how to manage their working relationships, using their personalities to generate rapport, which is respected by students of all age. It’s not rocket science – it’s far more complicated than that. Personality and behaviour clashes in classrooms are inevitable, but looking at all the different elements of daily interactions can help you gain respect from students and colleagues alike...

Sep 08, 16

Join the #UKEdChat discussion on Twitter at 8pm(UK) to discuss planning and teaching resources.

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