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Kevin McLaughlin
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So where do you stand on wearable technology in the classroom? After trying #GoogleCardboard I thought this would be incredibly useful but then I realised the cost involved in buying a class set of nexus 5's...
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The Teachers Guild is a new site aimed at bringing educators together to solve problems and design solutions to help make teaching and learning better in schools.

I added this post which I wrote three years ago as it highlighted my thoughts when innovating learning and teaching in my own classroom. I hope you find it helpful.
I threw the classroom organisation rule book out the window and innovated its layout with great results.
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There is now a need to better understand how practices of online searching and the kinds of writing emerging from curation can be incorporated into the way we assess students.

This post is already causing anger amongst some educators on Twitter.
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Several American exchange students, at the university I went to here in Sweden, panicked when they sat down at exams and saw that the math (as all other subjects) test had open ended questions and just a lot of blank space on the pages. 
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The Google Cultural Institute is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in Art, History and Culture. Stunning. Thank you to +Kristian Still​ for bringing it to my attention. 
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Things to do in Amsterdam
The following Google Doc may be of help. I though I'd put everything I've found into one place rather than spread out across this community. I hope it helps.
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Things to Do and Places to Eat in AmsterdamThings to do and places to eat in Amsterdam
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Thanks +Kevin McLaughlin for this, VERY helpful!
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My 'moonshot' picture; the moon has been quite small this week. My 'selfie' video is coming tomorrow.
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Homework no longer needs to be a solitary activity; it can be interactive and social. Without the constraint of location, homework can be collaborative; not only with other members of the class and teachers, but with students in any part of the world. The possibilities are endless. This article written by Tricia Keller is spot on. 
Headteacher Tricia Kelleher reflects on how tablets and digital technology are revolutionising the way her students work outside the classroom
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Excellent post on why Chromebooks are the way forward for schools.
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What is design thinking? What is involved in a moonshot? My blog will shed a little light on both of these terms and links to others that will improve your understanding further.
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Glad you had a great time over there!
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My first timelapse using the FrameLapse app for Android. I think I'm hooked
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I arrive on Sunday just before 7pm, will anyone else be there? I've asked on Twitter what not to miss in Amsterdam and the list is growing. I've installed Trip Advisor to favourite the sites suggested and another recommendation is to install the Instabridge app which provides access to free wifi hotspots in Amsterdam as well as other cities across the world 
Fill your phone with free wifi. 3 million secure up-to-date wifi spots and passwords on your phone. Get the free app on Google Play Get the free app on App Store. App video. Instabridge logo. hello@instabridge.com · Press · Jobs · The Economist · Wired · MIT Technology Review · Guardian ...
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I've made it to Qbic. Who's about? 
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I'm definitely missing people out of the group so if you know who they might be please let me know and I'll add everyone in.
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Education
  • University of Ulster
    BA Hons Primary Education, 1992 - 1996
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@kvnmcl
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Teacher - Artist - Musician
Introduction

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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Teaching and Learning, Personalised Learning, Curriculum Design, E-Learning, Google Apps for Education, artist, musician
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UK
Previously
Derry - Manchester, UK - Portrush, Northern Ireland - Letchworth, UK - Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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Study proves classroom design really does matter | School of the Built E...
www.salford.ac.uk

In a pilot study by the University of Salford and architects, Nightingale Associates, it was found that the classroom environment can affect

OLPC Australia to Launch a Modular, Hybrid Laptop/Tablet Called the XO I...
the-digital-reader.com

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
google-latlong.blogspot.com

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+
esheninger.blogspot.com

In case you didn't know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. The bottom line is that many

Five Great Raspberry Pi Expansions That Make It Even More Useful
www.makeuseof.com

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
daibarnes.info

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
www.edudemic.com

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...
www.fastcocreate.com

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
www.theguardian.com

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
www.edudemic.com

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
www.telegraph.co.uk

The National Gallery is allowing cameras. Big mistake, says Sarah Crompton

Plug and Play
paulmfarrell.blogspot.com

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
chrome.google.com

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

Whitehall tries to revive plans to share confidential personal data
www.theguardian.com

Proposals to share people's details resemble Labour's 2009 plans which critics said could 'wipe out privacy at a stroke'

LastPass Password Mgr Premium*
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Mobile version of the award-winning LastPass password manager. Fast, easy and simple; securely syncs your passwords across all your browsers

Tech City broadband is 'not fit for purpose', say startups
www.theguardian.com

Poor infrastructure and policy has hampered the government’s flagship technology cluster from the start - but entrepreneurs have had enough

One thousand children, one room and a lot of code - welcome to the future
www.theguardian.com

Emma Mulqueeny, who has been organising the Festival of Code for six years, on why the UK’s young programmers are more confident than ever

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.
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reviewed 4 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.
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reviewed 4 months ago
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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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago