What can you take away from this?

What can you take away and use from this?


Found this on one of my favourite blogs http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/



Quotes on Education

Just a small collection of quotes on Education enjoy!

  • Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. Ernest Dimnet
  • Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.
    Daniel J. Boorsti
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Albert Einstein
  • “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” Sign in Albert Einsteins office at Princeton
  • “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” — Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin]
  • “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
    — John Cotton Dana
  • “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” — Carl Rogers
  • “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”
    — Socrates

Feel free to add more of your favourites.

Energy Efficient House Project

Proposed an idea to my Year 8 Science class about creating an energy efficient house:

We brainstormed the basic requirements of a house and the types of tests we should use to analyse the efficiency.

This will be ran as a competition in which students will be ranked based on the tests we have designed. looking for the overall most efficient house design

Students showed high levels of motivation and posed a large array of questions that will assist their development of a high quality energy efficient house.

Can wait to work with the class in the building of their houses.

If you have ran a project like this please add any ideas that could enhance this project.



Mind maps and group work.

Been using “Freemind” mind mapping software to assist students in planning group projects.

Have found it has been an excellent tool to quickly list and allocate tasks and improve group tracking of information.

This however has highlighted the need to teach students the explicit skills of group work. One of the biggest issues identified along the way is the development of strategies that empower students to deal with issues and develop agreed responses.

What are your favourite strategies for teaching dealing with issues and moving forward in group tasks?

Phones to the Test in class

Put the power of mobile phones to the test today, students had to produce 2×20 second video on a piece of science equipment they had been allocated. Within 40 mins 52 different instructional videos had been created and students shared their clips with each other. Sure beats the demo of equipment use in class.

Mobile phones in classes!

I have been using many of the features/software  found on my mobile phone over the past year in classes. I have used the camera to take photos of  class notes and work samples for emailing to students who have missed lessons. Many students are now taking photo’s of there work at the end of sessions to send to friends, show their parents and for referral at a later date.

Students are also using their phones to record themselves completing work on the board in front of others. I am planning on extending this further this year by asking students to record parody style songs to help remember tough concepts.

I will be testing the use of QR codes for my classes as a way of encouraging them to remember homework tasks. The first QR code will direct them to a Google site that has a short video and 3 questions for them to watch and review for the following class.

Students will also be allowed to use the notes/quick office features for note taking and uploading to digital workbooks at a later date.

Would love to know any other successes or failures people have had using mobile phones in classes.