Posts Categorized: Advice

Neither fish nor Flash, nor good red herring

Goodbye Flash. Hello. Enable. Disable. Splutter, cough, wheeze… Tech giants have long agreed that Flash (an outdated technology that has been used to deliver interactive online content) is to be confined to history at some point in 2019 or 2020. Adobe, its makers, agree and big companies such as Google have helped to speed-up its… Read more »

National Coverage of Digital Leaders

Digital Leader Badge

Digital Leaders are a common sight in most secondary schools. The team of students who are assigned as digital leaders are usually expected to help with a range of IT based tasks. For example, assist with computer based learning, provide assemblies in e-safety and/or be a friendly face to the less technical minded students. I… Read more »

Students: You don’t need an iPhone!

“What laptop should I buy for my son/daughter/grandchild?”. This is a question I am asked at least once every week or several times a week when Christmas is on the horizon. I’m always very happy to chat with anyone who wants my tech advice. I’ll listen to their requirements and make a couple of suggestions for… Read more »

Essential Spreadsheet Formulas for Teachers

Spreadsheet formulas are essential knowledge for teachers. Whether you’re using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, its likely that you’re going to number-crunch some data using one of these apps during the academic year. They both come pre-loaded with a dizzying amount of formulas that you can tap into. Most you’ll never use (unless you decide… Read more »

School Email: 9 Top Tips for Teachers & Students

Staff and students are expected to be fully conversant with school email. Not only do users need to check their email regularly enough so that they don’t miss important announcements but they also have to understand and apply the complex landscape of netiquette, respond to emails quickly (and politely) and action any instructions that they receive…. Read more »

Display Boards 2.0: Upgrade your Classrooms with Augmented Reality

Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours putting up displays in classrooms and corridors. Unfortunately, I’ve never actually seen anyone stop, read, and enjoy the content on any of my boards. I’ve also grown weary of that pesky small tear that inevitably appears in the bottom corner of my boards, which rapidly spreads like a crack in a… Read more »

Pokemon Go (and never come back?)

Pokemon Go is everywhere. It’s been in the news, discussed and dissected in blogs, highlighted as an e-Safety concern for children, advertised in Churches, created additional workload for emergency workers, provided work for ‘professional‘ Pokemon Go hunters and has helped discovered a dead body. Oh, there’s even some people playing it. The summer of 2016 will be remembered for, technology speaking,… Read more »