Second Generation Custom Exercise Books

I’m sure that some of you remember my post from last year: Print on demand for better Learning, where I explained the thinking behind my efforts to produce custom exercise books for my post-16 Computing students. Well, after a year of use and some very interesting impacts on teaching and learning we decided that it would be...
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The Best Twenty Quid I’ve Ever Spent (for Teaching and Learning) #TMCotham

At #TMCotham last night I delivered a very well received 5-minute presentation, all about the best investment I ever made into the teaching and learning in my department. So what was it that I spent that fateful £20 on that really changed things for us? Amazon link to buy the glasses What Was I Looking...
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Four Part Strategic Lesson Planning #TMNSL

This is adapted from a presentation given at #TMNSL Thursday, 20th March 2014 Download the medium term plan template Yes, of course I’m nearly done with the planning, but remind me; what was I meant to be planning for? Have you ever spent your entire Summer planning for the upcoming year only to have all...
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How to Write an Email like an Adult

This week I’ve been inundated with messages from colleagues who see the standard of emails being poor. Not from students, no – from other staff! You may have picked up on the passive aggressive undertones to previous articles on email behaviour from me; that this is one of my biggest pet peeves, I get so...
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Sustainable Use of Tech in the Classroom

It’s another week of sarcastic top-tips to improve your teaching and learning through technology. Innovation through technology, you could say. That’d make a great motto for a car company… This week is a very practical, but almost simplistic way to add more technology to your lessons. You don’t need every student to be sat there with...
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Stop Low-Level Plagiarism!

Welcome to the fourth in the weekly series of top-IT-tips, officially the world’s most sarcastic effort to get everyone using technology to enhance teaching and learning. This week I’m tackling something deep seated in our culture. Stop Low-Level Plagiarism! It’s a common problem today that students genuinely think that ‘doing some research’ involves a quick...
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Classroom Management for Computers

Welcome to the third in the weekly series of top-IT-tips, filled to the brim with sarcasm galore, in an effort to get everyone using technology to enhance teaching and learning. A big hello to Mr. Wilson this week, who used last week’s tips with some of his students, and he promises me that their PowerPoints...
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