Steve is Deputy Head at Devonport High School for Boys. I have an interest in AfL and the use of technology to promote learning and teaching. I'm a proud dad and husband, and enjoy travelling, playing water polo, photography and spending time with my friends and family.
I think spam is a lot like cover lessons; I always believe that I get lots more than anyone else…
http://scr.im/ is a neat little service that allows you to post a link to your email address. To get access to your email the user must click on a “humanity check”. If you want to email me – http://scr.im/steve
I often use short clips from a variety of television programmes; there is no shortage of business and economics shows at the moment. I recently showed a clip of James Seddon, owner of eggxactly, from the 2006 series of Dragons’ Den when discussing research and development. Keen to find out how he was getting on, I dropped him an email. Here is his reply:
Thank you for your email. I’m afraid things didn’t work out with the Dragons, and I have carried on with the development on my own. We have experienced a major problem in mass-producing the heating elements, which is now resolved. We plan to start production here in the UK in the next few months.
I received an email from Ian Grove-Stephensen this evening outlining the exciting possibility that the fantastic Yacapaca could be integrated with Google Docs. Only one small problem – Google need to be persuaded! If you would like to contact Google’s education boss Jeff Keltner firstname.lastname@example.org and explain how useful this mash-up would be please do. He is expecting our emails – here’s my thoughts:
I would consider myself to be an early adopter of many on-line technologies – I love hearing in the months (and years!) after using various products/sites about this "new **** that really helps my teaching and learning in the classroom".
As you will be able to tell from my apps sent email, I am also a great fan of everything Google. I’m becoming more and more reliant upon Google docs to collaborate with teachers around the world. It also allows students to work together in real-time projects which has been a great leap forwards for my classroom practise. I’m finding that Yacapaca and Google Docs assist me in enabling deep learning to take place within the classroom.
A mash up of Yacapaca and Google docs would be a wonderful educational tool. I am presently working in collaboration with a group of teaching across the South West on producing a complete set of resources for the new Business, Administration and Finance Diploma; I would be very interested in piloting this new resource on "Gacapacle" (excuse me) as I expect it to be a very popular, given that it will be distributed free of charge. The possibilities of having students being able to work on spreadsheets on-line would revolutionise the way I could teach the finance and accounting modules. Presentations would be another invaluable addition to the present text only entry.
One of the unique features of the new diplomas is that students will travel from their own school to a central school or college where they will undertake the main learning. They will then return to their own school to complete further work – being able to continue to collaborate would be of great benefit to students and staff alike. As students learning away from their main institution is becoming more the norm.
I also believe this would go along way to helping students move away from believing they have to have the prohibitively expensive Microsoft Office suite. By encouraging students to work on spreadsheets and presentations within Yacapaca would make your suite of free programmes appear to be the norm.
If you would like me to expand upon any of these points or would like to discuss education and technology further I would be delighted to talk to you.
I’m trying to complete an A2 Economics text for Nelson Thornes at the moment; the deadline is fast approaching. I’ve just sat down ready to start a marathon session of typing and I see twitter has been a bit busy over the past couple of hours. Drew Buddie made a request for indispensible ICT tools for teachers. The net result for Drew and his collaborators is this wiki and, no doubt, many hours wasted for me.
Trying to explain the credit crunch to students (and colleagues) is a complex issue – anything that helps the students to gain a better understanding becomes a valuable resources. This video, produced by Jonathan Jarvis, is 11 minutes well spent.
The first two emails I received were asking me about the header picture. It’s not a picture of a snowy scene, it’s just off the Tioga Pass Road in Yosemite National Park, California and it was over 100 degrees at the time! The hills are bare granite, which gives the appearance of a Christmas snow scene.
After reading this article on lifehacker, I decided to give Live Writer a go. It allows you to write your blog posts in a user friendly programme; it even automates the round edges for the photographs. Will I continue to use Live Writer? The jury is still out; I suspect that I will still use my web browser or iPhone for simple text posts.
I know that when I go to Sainsbury’s they are a bit more expensive than their rivals. So what really annoys me? On a few products dotted around Sainsbury’s they advertise that the item is the same price as in Tesco. What do I infer from this piece of promotion? That everything else in the shop is more expensive!
These signs just remind me that I should buy everything else from Tesco.
It can be sometimes time-consuming to come up with little activities for your tutor group. Every month I set a simple 10 question quiz that Year 7-13 students do during their 15 minute tutorial. Scores are collated and prizes awarded at the end of the year. The quizzes are designed to be light-hearted and can be used with any year group.
I thought about an insightful look at assessment for learning, a rundown of Web 2.0 or even an outline of the TLA; however the problem of what to address for my first test post was solved as soon as I read this story: