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I started using Smore as a school newsletter about 4 years ago.  It is a simple programme that creates really nice newsletters that can easily be shared in various ways. I wanted to create a newsletter that not only shared information specific to my need but also easily integrate some […]

Using Smore


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I delivered a lecture yesterday on the new Digital Competence Framework in Wales to our first year trainee teachers.  The new framework looks at how technology should be integrated into the curriculum to allow for confident and creative individuals. Whilst delivering the session we discussed how the framework was not […]

Changing focus #edtech


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This week saw us start our digital pilot in schools.  The project is looking at how we can identify different ways to support trainee teachers as part of their studies and give them additional support in schools.  I am working with 4 of our first year students in a Year […]

Digital pilot in schools reflection.



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Having worked in and with a full range of schools over the last few years I have seen some outstanding practice in the use of technology in the classroom.  There does seem to be however, some misconceptions by some over how to best use the technology in the classroom. I […]

Create or consume? Digital competency in schools.


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Since starting at the University of South Wales I have been developing some new ideas for supporting student teachers as they look to enhance their skills in the use of digital technology.  The key objective is not necessarily about making them experts in all of the apps and programme available […]

Digital learning at USW


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Today I worked with the Year 1 students on the BEd Primaery Studies course.  They are due to go out on their first teaching placement and we took the opportunity to give them some additional training around the use of technology in the classroom. I am a firm believer that […]

Developing Digital Competency



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As with most things I learn these days, sale this idea was born from a chat with my son.  He was having some trouble with his maths and we were thinking about some fun ways to help hime learn his sums.  (he is 6). He thought that a treasure hunt […]

Making numeracy practical.


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So I am nearly 1 month into my new job in Higher Education working with BEd students in Teacher Training and it’s safe to say it has been a real whirlwind, but I am enjoying every minute of it. I really missed the classroom and in just this short time […]

Early steps in teacher training


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So as another year draws to a close it’s a great time to reflect on things. I started the year working with Aspire2Be as the Programme manager.  My job was to organise and craft the training for teachers that needed support in using digital technology In the classroom.  My goal […]

Looking back and looking forward. #adedu



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I have been thinking about this post for some time now.  Reading other peoples frustrations with education and also seeing the amazing things that educators are trying to do makes m think that there is something really wrong with education in the UK. So what if we could change it? […]

What if……? #adedu


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A new year sees a new opportunity to inspire young minds, viagra in my case one 6 year old young mind.  He is doing well in school but is still struggling with his literacy and in particular his extended writing. To challenge this we are going to continue with some […]

Inspiring young creative minds #ade2015


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I downloaded the Whink app a few months ago but hadn’t used it until today. First impressions are …… really impressed. I have been a fan of sketchnoting for some time now, ever since being introduced to it at the Apple Institute in San Diego in 2014.  This app provides […]

App review. Whink for collecting your thoughts #adedu



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The Apple Institute is a fantastic week of professional development, online a chance to meet fellow innovative educators and a chance to explore new ideas.  It also challenges you to think about what you do well and how to share it with others. Every year there is an opportunity to […]

#ADE2015: The legacy


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This year the ADE Institute took place in Amsterdam and we welcomed a fantastic class of over 200 new ADEs from across the EMEIA region. (Europe, pills Middle East, tadalafil India and Africa)  the last part being significant as for the first time there were ADEs representing the Africa region […]

#ADE2015; Welcoming the New Class


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For a while now I have been exploring the use of beacon technology.  I was first really introduced to the technology by @gavinsmart through the work he was doing in school, medicine then on an Apple Institute in San Diego last year I had some first hand experience of using […]

iBeacons in education