July 1, 2017
I am an avid Tour de France follower. I just love the scenery, the strategy and the drama; all rolled into one. (Not a fan of actually getting on a bicycle myself, though). If you are familiar with the Tour, you will also be familiar with Team Sky’s theory of ‘Marginal Gains’. Marginal Gains are those little things that make all the difference. Sometimes we focus so much on the big things, that we miss the fact that change often happens in small increments.
When I started Butterfly Classroom, I wanted to create a platform to record how technology can change a class, change a school, change learning and teaching. That is why I chose the name Butterfly Classrooms; a caterpillar does just become a butterfly in the blink of an eye. It goes through a process, called metamorphosis. Our educational system is going through a metamorphosis at the moment. There is no silver bullet, no single solution for all our troubles, but change is happening every day.

Every year when the Tour de France comes around, I want to write a series of posts on marginal gains. We so often focus on the big things, we set big goals and get despondent when we don’t meet them. But real change often happens in small ways, slipping under the radar. In this series, I want to celebrate these little victories. Each by itself might not be revolutionary or innovative, but when you put them together, you realise that without fanfare we have gained lots of ground.

Recently a severe cold kept me in bed for a day. I just hate the idea that while I am sick, my learners are loosing a whole day of learning. But with the help of Google Classroom, Desmos and a few other tricks, my learners could continue with their work even if I was not there. Huge gain in my books.

Using Google Forms learners no longer have to spend 75% of their time gathering and recording information for their research project. They can spend the majority of their time on planning a good survey and interpreting the information.

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