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Kevin McLaughlin
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If I could write musical score then this would be totally awesome. Collaborative music score writing platform that integrates Hangouts. #music
Compose with your smartphone, tablet and laptop with your friends at the same time. Also available for Google Hangouts.
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Amazing tool!
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Discover how the Earth works with Earth Primer a stunning, interactive, visually engaging, game play orientated iPad only feast
Discover how Earth works through play! Earth Primer is a science book for playful people. Visit volcanoes, glaciers, sand dunes. Play with them, look inside, and see how they work. The forces of nature are at your fingertips.
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+Iian Conley It's currently £7.99 outright
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I am applying for a new job. Your recommendations would be very welcome. How have I influenced you?
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*"Pens and paper have no place in the modern classroom. And chalkboards? They should be banished from our schools too."
Lia De Cicco Remu, director of Partners in Learning at Microsoft Canada, came up with this extreme point of view.




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(Disclaimer:I used to teach a bit and now I work for a publishing company that has digital products, as well as...books!)
A personal opinion is that every teaching approach and tool must be carefully considered for the job at hand, and selected on the basis of their suitability and in the light of pedagogical approaches.
Sometimes a digital tool will be the right way to go, but sometimes, the written word, form or medium may be the best way to communicate, teach or learn.
Take digital polling and back channels for example. Depending on what you want to get out of it for the task at hand, a show of hands can be simpler, faster and just as effective.
(IMHO!) :-)
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British artist Ralph Steadman reimagines the life of Leonardo daVinci
A visual "autobiography" of the legendary polymath that grants equal dignity to the grit and the glory. Freud once observed that the grea
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A wonderful Google Map feature let's you drag an outline of a country around the world so you can compare its size with other countries. Thank you +Mike Downes​ for pointing this out.
 
Make a google My Map drag country around the globe, it will resize to reflect poles & equator very useful indeed .. 
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Counting continues but they are already calling it a huge YES! Ireland making history.
#MarRef
Vote counting begins in the Republic of Ireland after a historic referendum on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
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Videonot.es is a great site that gives you the power to not add time stamped notes to videos you like. All saved to your Google Drive
Thank you +Mark Anderson for sharing this.
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Have just stumbled upon a great free tool called Videonot.es. Essentially, you can load videos from lots of different online sites such as YouTube, Khan Academy, Vimeo, Coursera and more. As you work through the video making your notes alongside it, so…
Have just stumbled upon a great free tool called Videonot.es. Essentially, you can load videos from lots of different online sites such as YouTube, Khan Academy, Vimeo, Coursera and more. As you wo...
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VideoNot.es is FABULOUS. I cannot believe that all the major MOOC players have not fully integrated it into their video presentations. Simple, efficient, powerful. 
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Personalised learning, authentic learning through a whole school
What holds a school back from approaching teaching and learning in this way?
Fear?
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+Kristin Daniels We are making a new video to show how this work is developing at St Silas. It should be out in a few weeks.
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"If you want to be successful, be authentically bland" The British artist Grayson Perry designed a house that was as "bonkers as possible". I love it. #art  
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The first Drone that has really captured my attention.
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Super easy #drone for sports and adventures. No setup required. Just throw #Lily in the air to start a new video. Super compact too... Learn more: https://www.lily.camera/
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When they invent one that doesn't smash when it crashes ...
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Canva is a useful tool so it will be interesting to find out what additions Canva for work will bring - a cost for one thing.

Canva for Work is coming soon. Pre-register now to get early access. Canva for Work will transform the way designs works at your company.
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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
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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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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*
market.android.com

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

Pushbullet
chrome.google.com

Pushbullet makes it easy to send push notifications of links, notes, and more to your Android devices or to friends.

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 a month 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 a month 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