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It’s always tempting at the beginning of a new year to look forward to what might be the new trends in the coming year. Looking around at a collection of blog posts and Edtech magazine articles, it looks […]
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Well, this week has been a really interesting one for me, as the people at ASUS sent me a really nice little BR1100 notebook computer with an Intel Core Processor to evaluate. This is one of the first […]

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I’ve been thinking about writing this post since I shared the quote below through my social network channels. I was surprised that it stirred up so much strong feeling and controversy, both against and in support of the […]
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Managing, organising and reorganising your students can be challenging in any classroom, especially if you have large classes. This can be made even more difficult in the remote classroom where your view of the order of students on your screen can be different from the order your students are seeing.
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One of the most frequent questions that comes up regarding students working within remote and virtual classrooms is that of assessment. The reality is that most forms of computer-based learning are actually easier to track and evaluate than […]
Dictation tape
I discovered a whole range of new activities that were enjoyable for students and really beneficial to the development of their speaking and listening skills. Yes, I did say speaking. The spoken element of the dictation doesn’t have to be done by the teacher, we can get the students to dictate the texts to each other. This simple change opens up a much wider range of possibilities.
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Socialisation is an important part of any learning experience. Many students enjoy coming to class to meet and make friends and find out about and share experiences with each other. This aspect of socialisation is often neglected in the remote classroom where students aren't having the kinds of shared physical experiences they have when they come to a school.
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Creating your own infographic tasks can be time-consuming though, so in this posting, I’m presenting a number of generic ideas that should work with a number of types of infographic.
Clouds
Just like the old version of Wordle, it creates wonderfully colourful word clouds based around any text or group of words that you give it. The size of the words is then determined by the number of time each word appears in the text.
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One thing that we could do to help change the mindset of students without trying to influence their beliefs and to defuse tensions that may materialize within our classrooms is to stop having classroom debates and start helping students understand how to engage in dialogue.

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