Here is this week’s Online Roundup! These are all things I have heard about or seen online this week. Have you found something online you’d like me to link to? Let me know! (Image by Dave via Compfight)
This link for foldables comes from @SiaranML from her talk at #TMClevedon. HUGE potential for lots of different things in class.
The Phonics Screening Check is rearing its head again, and this is a link to @OliverQuinlan’s blogpost on data revealed last year. It seems that the results weren’t as you might ordinarily expect….
A service to turn a script into a storyboard from Amazon! Link via the writer John Naughton, on twitter as @jjn1.
This blogpost on why EdTech startups don’t succeed is written with a US perspective, but is really interesting. Honest! (via @oliverquinlan)
I was lucky enough to be invited to,among other things, give a set of workshops about Marking to final year teaching students at Plymouth University by @ethinking. I wrote this up as a blogpost, which has had an incredible response. If you have missed it, here is a link to it: Marking is Broken.
A great link here I swiped from @LearningSpy on, essentially, How we learn versus how we think we learn from UCLA.
@TeachterTweaks keeps a really good (far more slick than this) bulletin together right here. Lots of lovely things included, including the clever idea of having levelled errors!
Einstein said that thing about fish climbing trees, did he? Erm, no he didn’t.
How cool are these Monkeys?! I want one!!!! @tonhenzley has one in his classroom as a mascot. We have an ostrich with a santahat.
Online roundup, Opinion, Reflections
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Inspired by @betsysalt, I am resolving to give the staff at my school a potted collection of links curated from Twitter each week. Here they are for this week!
Below are a few links, images and ideas that I have collected recently and thought that some of you might like to see!
is a brilliant blogpost about teaching times tables more efficiently (via @mrReddyMaths
Funny for Friday
Have a good weekend!
I have never been the most enthusiastic tracker of information, and especially in a busy school day, it can be quickly overwhelming to keep track of everything the children can produce in a day.
This year however that is exactly what I have done. In a bid to ensure that I am really getting the most out of each pupil in terms of their capability to produce work of their highest ability, I am macro-managing their work. Every single piece is noted and recorded in my mark book, which is quickly filling up in an unusually-satisfying way, and I can see at a glance changes, adjustments, dips and little levels of progress on these rows of ticks, numbers and notes.
What is strange is that i am using #oldschool methods – that is, pen and paper. There are of course lots of Apps for my iPad or iPhone that would do this for me, probably more efficiently, faster and almost definitely more neatly, and yet there is a refreshing rawness about the page which I am responding to in a really positive way. In fact, I feel more on top of my pupils’ work than I have ever done, so it is worth the slog of this macro-management. It has of course changed my teaching for the better too, since I am able to respond much more quickly to gaps I discover, rather than letting them fall through the sieve of time.
It would seem that the more technology is an attraction to me, it also highlights the myriad benefits of #oldschool techniques. Just as we wouldn’t use Excel to teach every Maths lesson, sometimes, someone needs to stand up for good old pen and paper. I think this explains the reason why so many Diary Apps have the option of ‘writing’ on various types of ‘paper’ – we still have this desire to physically connect, even digitally.