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“For each kid, what is exactly the lesson that will be most effective for them, each day?”

This is such an innovative way of using technology alongside teaching. The outcome is clear, it is effective.
Funded by a $3 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the Department of Education, Elizabeth Public Schools, which educates 23,374 students in 33 schools in New Jersey, will expand its use of the Teach to One: Math model from two to seven schools next year.The idea behind Teach to One start
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Been saying it for years: every student should have an IEP, and as long as technology doesn't try and use Amazon-style algorithms but instead leaves room for the human, we can all win...
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Reimagining classroom teaching to meet the needs of every student

#personalisedlearning  
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Study finds classroom design does have an impact on the education of primary aged children
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Some fantastic additions are heading our way including a desktop version of Kodable

#Coding
You spoke, we listened, and we are now thrilled to introduce the Kodable Programming Curriculum. Prepare your students to learn their first coding language.
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+Peter Vogel​ I'm looking out for a St.Patrick's themed one on 17th March
 
Google's notifications people are apparently having a fine time of late with custom art.
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This can't be right, Lenovo is installing adware on consumer laptops!
 
Lenovo caught installing adware on new computers http://tnw.me/UqYkDBi
It looks like Lenovo has been installing adware onto new consumer computers from the company that activates when taken out of the box for the first time. The adware, named Superfish, ...
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Some of the worst Flash offenders are educators that continue to use Flash based educational games
Or at least to shrink it down and drown it in a bathtub.
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Well, I agree, I am guilty myself and I used to develop educational activities in flash myself (which was both fun and not too hard). Despite all this investment I'm still willing to change to HTML 5...but most Educational content is simply not there yet :-(
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This is truly baffling
It's not often that NASA's own scientists are left scratching their heads. However when it comes to the dwarf planet Ceres, there's a lot to be confused about. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has just captured some new close-up shots of the tiny planet sho...
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Google Docs keeps improving
 
Headers and Footers - the way you want them
One of your biggest requests (especially those of you who use Docs to write academic papers) is to be able to customize how headers and footers appear on the first pages of your documents. 

With today’s updates, you can now use different headers and footers on the first pages of your documents, which comes in handy for:
> Following academic formatting guidelines (e.g. MLA, CMS, APA)
> Starting page numbering on the second page
> Making a title page without headers or footers

After inserting a header or footer in your document you’ll see a new checkbox--just tick it and you’ll be able to set a different header and footer on the first page.

There’s also a new Insert > Page Number menu that lets you customize how and where you start your page numbers--like on the bottom of the second page, for example.
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The OX Infinity is a modular, hybrid laptop/tablet that is due to launch in just a couple of weeks time

Taking its cues from Google's Project ARA modular phone, this device should prove incredibly popular.
OLPC Australia to Launch a Modular, Hybrid Laptop/Tablet Called the XO Infinity hardware news, OLPC One Education, OLPC's partner non-profit in Australia, has been quietly working for the past year on a new educational laptop which it plans to launch in t
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The reality is we live in a progressive, socially mobile society undergoing rapid and exciting social and technological change that should have teachers at the core.
Ambitious schools, concerned with their own standing, aspire for their best students to go to Oxbridge and nowhere else; what a narrow-minded view, says Peter Tait
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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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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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  • Teaching
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  • 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.
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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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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

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

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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.

Whitehall tries to revive plans to share confidential personal data
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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
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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
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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
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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. They make perfectly unique presents and everyone is welcome to have a go.
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reviewed 5 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
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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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. Do not be put off by other reviews that complain about the price or decor.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago