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Winding down your Digital Ecosystems for the year- how to archive a Microsoft Team

Archiving the Team means that all the files, conversations and OneNote are kept safe for future use, without an adult having to worry about potentially missing an alert, or forgetting a scheduled Team class meeting.

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Formative Assessment: the review of Learning Intentions revamp

One year on already? I feel every week I intend to sit down and reflect on creating Learning Intentions to record, honestly, what happened to them in my classroom. Frankly, the best things kept distracting me. I have learnt a lot about teaching, motivation and what independent learning truly means this year, as well as […]

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Our children don’t just ask “Why”… They show us the solutions too!

I am delighted to post this article to support the Teach Middle East’s 2021 STEM MENA conference. This article is part of my workshop, “Every Day is a Design Thinking Day and explains how the Design Thinking process can help teachers incorporate the skills that students need to succeed in their future STEM roles. After […]

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The role of Formative Assessment in our return to physical school. Learning Intentions. (2)

In the last article, I explored my common practice in sharing Learning Intentions. This article will explore what I want to change, why I want to change it and how I will go about that change to benefit the learning environment.
I have also shared how I will do this with the aid of our digital environment. Frankly, I do not want to go back to being at the mercy of the photocopier in September. And you should not either!

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The role of Formative Assessment in our return to physical school. Learning Intentions (1)

The more I reflect on my formative assessment practice, the more excited I became about the marriage of two ideas: Our period of online learning has catalysed disruptive pedagogy as a whole profession, and, Our future is now to integrate the goodness of our digital environments to create a new school that is better than the one we left behind in March 2020.
So, how does all this relate to Learning Intentions? Because actively reflecting upon how we deliver Learning Intentions is difficult.

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Creating Avatars using Bitmoji and a Surface Pro

Is the lighting right? Do I have the right angle? Do I always look like I’m looking down?

It took me ages to make my first video with my real face in it, and I only did it out of necessity. This was before I discovered how to make my own avatar. I’ve seen countless people doing this on iPads. I wanted in.

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O365 Top Tips

5 O365 Top Tips to use in any kind of classroom!

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Teams Advanced Features

Add these 4 features to your virtual teacher toolkit for online learning.

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Digital Learning Environments

Creating online examinations using Forms

This post was a long time coming. This is how our school got the most out of our teachers time fedback to our students effectively at the end of our 4 months of online learning by creating examinations using Forms.

But COVID19 online learning has finished? And you choose to spend your first day of your holidays writing this? Why did I bother writing this, I hear you say? So. Many. Reasons. I’ve even listed them as bullet points below! I do see the benefits of examining students using paper examinations too. However, creating and assessing students online should have an important place in every K-12 school, and this is how we completed our first major examination season using Microsoft Forms. Scroll all the way down for a bonus OneNote hack that blew my mind last night!

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Online lesson creation- Methods you can use to deliver content in COVID19 and beyond

Pre recorded and live lessons play a huge part in teaching our students through this current climate. They can also become an important aspect of your teaching practice in the future too. Below are some instructions and advice to get you exploring both live and pre recorded options in Microsoft Teams and Powerpoint.