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Kevin McLaughlin
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Damn all those Progressives. If it wasn't for them traditionalist attitudes would still be alive and well in our schools today. 
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This comic nails what it means to be privileged.
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#VirtualReality, #Robotics, #Makerspaces, #AffectiveComputing, #LearningAnalytics and #BYOD to have the greatest impact on education over the next five years
Each year thousands of faculty, administrators, entrepreneurs, consultants, policymakers and industry watchdogs wait for the great unveiling of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: Higher Education Edition. Today they get their wish. The report, now in its 15th year, explores how emerging tech
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well, that's what I used to think 12 years ago, when my school introduced Moodle and the local  university didn't have anything similar. Now at least the teachers at university are using it, whereas almost none at my school does :(  (I personally use Google Drive, and would much rather use Google Classroom than Moodle). 
I started making use of BYOD in 2011 with a special mobile friendly alpha version of moodle.... in 2016 there are still only a handful of liberal teachers who let the students use their phones (mostley for googling). Last year I started using Google Cardboard... most of the teachers haven't even got a clue that it exists. 
In short, here in central Europe a lot depends on individual teachers. Teacher training is almost non-exisitant and there is not general idea where things are headed... 
Progress therefore ist extremely slow :( 
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The Virtual Reality Classroom - a new post looking at how VR can make a difference to teaching and learning
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I use #Twitter less and less due to the signal to noise ratio. At times it gets so loud on Twitter you can't follow the stream. Lists are a good way of creating a stream that you want to follow but you the urge to check your main stream, just in case you miss something, is incredibly strong . A great post that Twitter users will no doubt agree with.
Nick Beaudrot gave up Twitter for Lent. But now Lent's over. So is he excited to fire up the old Tweetdeck? Nope. And I see his point.
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I only do lists. :-)
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Research shows that when children take regular breaks and enjoy unstructured play, their potential for learning improves when they return to class.
Research shows that, like adults, kids benefit from frequent breaks while working. So, a handful of schools in North Texas are experimenting with more recess.
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Parenting has changed over the years. Children need to explore and learn from taking chances. 
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Goodbye Picasa, hello to Google Photos for everyone. I'm glad to see Picasa dropped. I've loved using it but as a Google+ user I saw no point in having a photo service that I used to use, and enjoy using, separate from my social experience here on Google+
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#adaptivelearning technology ‘has helped close the achievement gap for many struggling students’ #edtech

I can see this technology making massive inroads in education, especially if the makers get it right. The advantages outweigh every other argument.
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Awesome post from +Alison Anderson listing 10 ways that students can use iPad apps to unleash their maker side.
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.
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I tried this this morning and was blown away by it. Truly awesome and you do feel that you're on a journey inside the mind of Salvador Dali and his painting. Awesome.
 
Step inside a Dalí painting with Cardboard on Android. Dreams of Dalí from +The Dali Museumhttps://youtu.be/F1eLeIocAcU
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If you want to know if I'm a teacher, all you need to do is ask, or just take a look in my shopping bag #Teacher 😁 
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On June 24th 2016 I will be speaking at the prestigious Telegraph Festival of Education #edufest My session is entitled "Developing Mastery in the Classroom through Personalising Learning"
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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.

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  • 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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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 - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 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 - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 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 - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months 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 - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months 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
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