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Kevin McLaughlin
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Looks like Shanghai had been cherry picking its brightest students for the 'highly regarded' PISA. A highly problematic and distorted education system that governments across the world are rushing to emulate.
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I really don't think we should hold up the educational systems or either China or the US as anything we should aspire to...
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The future of education?
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ShareX is an awesome open source tool that allows you to take screen shots, screen casts and annotate them.
ShareX is an open source program that lets you take screenshots or screencasts of any selected area with a single key, save them in your clipboard, hard disk or instantly upload them to over 30 different file hosting services.
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a jet as a classroom!
I found out about this on Twitter a few days ago and now it's hit national news. An amazing idea to meet the needs of a cash strapped school. It provides endless teaching and learning possibilities. 
A school that bought a disused private jet to use as a new classroom is a step closer to getting pupils on board.
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“He stepped on to the presidential campaign stage precisely at a moment when the media is struggling against deep insecurities about its financial future. The truth is, the media has needed Trump like a crack addict needs a hit.” Trump's attempt at the presidency all thanks to the media
We journalists failed the public by letting ourselves get played by Donald Trump.
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It’s estimated that some 65% of children entering primary schools today will likely work in roles that don’t currently exist
How many of us can say, with certainty, what jobs we would choose if we were kids today?
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I've been off Google+ for quite a while due a lot of 'life happenings'. So I'm very pleased to annouce that from September I will be Deputy Head Teacher of the fantastic Farndon Fields Primary Academy. To say I'm excited would be an understatement.
Welcome to the website for Farndon Fields Primary School
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+Mark Warner Thank you Mark, it's been a long time in the making. I started my journey towards leadership about 4 years ago and after a few losses Farndon Fields found me. I'm ecstatic and looking forward to working there so much.
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The Minecraft Generation - an excellent article that explains the rise of Minecraft and the future aspirations of its young players
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"The amount of data schools freely give to third parties should be a cause for concern. This post from +Dominic Norrish identifies the issues and suggests three easy to follow actions to put into motion." 
This post is prompted by a #bettchat session I hosted on Twitter about the emergence of myriad data protection threats due to the ubiquity of mobile personal technology in UK schools. I worry about…
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Built-in obsolescence - it's the hallmark of some companies: you kind of want it to catch them out in the end, but some get awy with it for a loooong time.  The thing is, Apple isn't a tech company any more: it's a luxury goods manufacturer...
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Three armed drummers Seriously. #music   #technology   #robotics  
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I've been finding out how quickly young children can begin to understand simple written code. I decided to push the boundaries of the normal approaches to using technology with 4 and 5 year old children and start #coding with my class.
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  • University of Ulster
    BA Hons Primary Education, 1992 - 1996
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Teacher - Artist - Musician
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I was born in Derry, Northern Ireland.

I am a

Teacher - Artist - Musician

Artist? Musician?

In my spare time I play guitar and have performed in many pubs in the places I have lived. I am also a drummer and I have played in 4 bands over the years - Down to Victoria, EQ, The Wedding Band and Lepanto Sessions. I started drumming when sitting in a pub one night, I was tapping along to 'Double Trouble', a blues band. My mate asked if I could drum, I nodded yes even though I had never ever played on a drum kit before and next thing I knew, I was in my first band, Down to Victoria. 

Teacher? 

I got into teaching quite by accident. I only ever wanted to paint and draw and had even got my own art studio in Derry. After another year 'on the dole' (unemployed) and making not much selling my paintings, I started voluntary work at my old primary school teaching kids art. I was supposed to stay 1 week and ended up there for 4 months, not just giving Art lessons but then 'teaching' other subjects. I graduated with a BA hons in Primary Education in 1996 and the rest is history.

I am also a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Circles I'm interested in.

  • Education 
  • Teaching
  • Technology
  • EdTech
  • Learning
  • Music
  • Art

What do I use G+ for?
I use it just in the same way as I use Twitter - to share ideas, stories, tips and resources for teaching and learning. I also post about my interests so no cats here. I find Twitter to be very limiting for discussions, debates and extended conversations, it ends up usually like a bar brawl with everyone shouting to be heard and the original topic of conversation is lost. G+ holds conversations together and with embedded media that brings it alive. G+ is a much better social experience.
Bragging rights
Jumped out of a plane at 12,000ft. I was the Association of Learning Technology's Learning Technologist of the Year 2010
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Derry - Manchester, UK - Portrush, Northern Ireland - Letchworth, UK - Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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Education, testing, knowledge, testing, education, testing
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1. Make claim that education has gone to the dogs. 2. Make even stronger claim that this is because teachers are lazy, bad and wrong-headed.

Study proves classroom design really does matter | School of the Built E...
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In a pilot study by the University of Salford and architects, Nightingale Associates, it was found that the classroom environment can affect

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OLPC Australia to Launch a Modular, Hybrid Laptop/Tablet Called the XO Infinity hardware news, OLPC One Education, OLPC's partner non-profit

Google Lat Long: Google Earth Pro is now free
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Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from pl

Stop Ignoring Google+
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Five Great Raspberry Pi Expansions That Make It Even More Useful
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Your Raspberry Pi is versatile and at times amazing, but are you harnessing the full power of that little box? Don't be limited by those two

Google Teacher Academy London 2014 | i see teach
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Head of Digital Strategy and teacher of Computing. I also play guitar and run barefoot. I aim for the judicious use of technology in learnin

How To Teach Math With LEGOs | Edudemic
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Using Legos in the classroom is not a new concept at all. There are so many different classroom applications for the popular brightly colore

Creative Advice From Kids Who Play With Lego Blocks At School | Co.Creat...
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Lego Education is the block behemoth's division for creating an in-school curriculum for students. Here's what they've learned about creativ

Paddy Ashdown slams 'kneejerk' Tory response to jihadi terror threat
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Intervention comes as Cameron prepares anti-terror message, with prime minister criticised over 'damaging' rhetoric

How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom - Edudemic
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With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, sc

Why you shouldn't take photos in galleries - Telegraph
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The National Gallery is allowing cameras. Big mistake, says Sarah Crompton

Plug and Play
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I have just removed the very old, very slow PC from my desktop. I have replaced it with the Chromebox I talked about in my last bloq. I was

Evernote Web Clipper
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Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.

Fantastic caravan park, close to one of the best beaches in Ireland. Don't forget to visit The Shack by the beach for a coffee, ice cream and to sit and admire the view.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Very helpful staff who answered all our questions and made sure our stay was the best out could be. The room is comfortable, perfect for what you need. Overhead plane noise isn't an issue.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
The best restaurant in Derry - fact. If you want top quality food cooked by one of the best chefs in Ireland then look no further than Browns. It is stunning. Prices range from reasonable for set a menu to slightly more expensive for a la carte.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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A fantastic 'shop' that provides you the pots to paint to your liking. Be as creative as you like and within a few days your pot will be fired and ready to be picked up. You get to make perfectly unique presents and everyone is welcome to have a go.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A superb Indian restaurant with very good service service - on very busy nights they can be caught out but it shows just how popular this place is even mid week. The Thursday night deal is excellent value for money.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago