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Using Technology In The Classroom
The go-to site for South African teachers interested in bringing their classroom in line with the fourth industrial revolution.
Here you will find lots of tips and ideas for any teacher that want to ensure that their classroom is still relevant in the 21st century. As well as my personal reflections, experiences and the lessons I learned.
I am a teacher myself so everything on this site is based on my own experiences in the classroom.
I have lots of experience in helping even the most reluctant teacher to integrate technology in their class. Contact me and lets see if we can work something out.
Research & Reviews
An independent opinion on all the newest models and products.
I don't say this easily, but Google Forms changed my life. Since I came across Forms 3 years ago, it has saved me hours and has taken the sting out of a lot of admin tasks. Over the past four years, I have introduced hundreds of colleagues to the magic of Google Forms. Here are my step-by-step instructions to not only create a form but to make a quiz that gets marked automatically.
Four years ago our maths department created a shared Google folder for all our resources. Today we have the most fantastic collection of maths resources, suited to our needs, right at our fingertips. Since we started, this Google has introduced Team Drives which make it even easier and better. A Team Drive is a must-have for every department.
Email has changed the way in which we communicate. And in schools specifically, giving both staff and learners email addresses is a gamechanger. But with it, it has brought the problem of how to keep up with your mailbox. Here is some practical tips to stay on top of your email.
Starting at a new school is difficult. Every school has a different culture and character. If that isn't enough, you now need to get login names, passwords and learn how some new platforms work. It is becoming essential that schools and ICT coordinators have a plan in place to make sure new teachers manage with the school's technology.
Are you looking for an app or program that will allow you to communicate with parents? In this post, we look at the most popular apps and tools that teachers use and consider the pros and cons of each.
After another parents evening where I could not put my hand on the evidence that little Johnny does not do any homework, I decided to create a straightforward Google Form to keep track of homework, and it works like a charm.
The start of the new school year is an exciting time, new classes, new learners, a fresh start. It is also the ideal time to introduce your learners to the technology they are going to use during the year while getting to know them at the same time. In this post, I share some of my favourites back to school activities, with free templates that are ready to use.
It is that time of the year, schools are doing their planning for next year, and you might have just realised that you will be expected to use Google Classroom next year. eLearning is exciting, very exciting, but it can also seem like a huge mountain that you have no idea how you are going to scale. But don't worry here are six easy steps that will get you going.
"Can we listen to music, please?" Teachers are getting confronted with this question more and more, but what is the correct answer? Let's examine the arguments for and against allowing earphones in your class and look for some practical guidelines to help you manage earphones in your class.
Just because kids know how to use Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, doesn’t mean they know how to use technology to enhance their learning.
Training should be something you can use on Monday, not someday!
We need to make the positives so loud that the negatives becomes almost impossible to hear.
Shifting education begins with teaching students how to learn, instead of what to learn.
Don’t ask your students to learn, if you are not willing to continue learning yourself.
I am not a fan of technology.
I am a fan of pedagogy, of understanding how people learn and the most effective learning methods.
But technology enables some exciting changes.
Donald A Norman
In practice established curricula and teaching methods remain in place under a thin coating of technological glitter, and available technology is often underused and poorly integrated into classroom practice.