The Apple Classroom

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I’m still excited from a demonstration my colleague Gerard and I delivered to the senior management team at the College on the Apple classroom.
We had an Apple TV box (retails around £90) and a couple of iPads and iPhones. We starting off discussing exactly what Apple TV is. We currently have a store of around 1000 videos recorded through the ERA license. Apple TV would give us the opportunity to easily stream this content to any of the ...
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Teaching like your Granny would!

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After watching Sugata Mitra’s inspiring TED talk, where he talks about placing a computer in a wall in a Delhi slum, and walking away from it only to come back later to find the children doing fantastic things on it, I thought I would adapt this method to one of my teaching sessions.

It was a session on Prezi, and I would normally begin by showing them basic navigation, then looking at some of the ...

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Howard Rheingold and the art of crap detection

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In my previous post I mentioned the crap filter. I used this slightly out of context and felt it would be beneficial to blog about the crap detection and the crap filter in the context Howard Rheingold uses in his book,”Net Smart – how to thrive online.” I would like to point out that this is all Howard’s work and none of mine, except for the paraphrasing of his chapter! I would really recommend investing in a copy of ...

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IFTTT – If this then that…

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I came across a new tool recently that has increased my productivity and has the potential to improve as more social media tools are linked with it. It’s called, ‘If this then that (IFTTT.com)” and it links different social media together to provide synergies between them. So the basic premise is if something ...

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Could you teach your class without giving out grades?

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I’ve just finished reading a fantastic book called ‘Drive’ by Daniel Pink. The main premise of this book is that  what science tells us about how people are motivated is contrary to what is happening in the workplace. As his suggested tweet summary of the book says, ““Carrots & sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose.”

Carrot and Stick

Our inherent thinking would suggest that if you want to make someone more motivated, you ...

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