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Digital Learning Environments Teaching and Learning

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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Digital Learning Environments STEM Skills Teaching and Learning

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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Digital Learning Environments Teaching and Learning

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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Digital Learning Environments Teaching and Learning

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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Digital Citizenship Digital Learning Environments Teaching and Learning

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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Teaching and Learning top tips

TechTuesday Top Tips- Groupwork

5 Top Tips to integrate group work into any lesson I can finally legitimately say Tech Tuesday now it is Tuesday again! So here is a little throwback that I gave my school a couple months ago. If you are not a Microsoft School, these options are transferable into any digital classroom. It is not […]

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Teaching and Learning

The role of Formative Assessment in our return to physical school. Research

The act of Formative Assessment is not just for the teacher. It is the most important part of the learning process for a student, and as the student gains a mastery of self-assessment, they will truly unlock the skill of lifelong independent learning in their chosen fields. The best way for students to gain this mastery of learning is for their teachers to deliberately model high standards of student reflection in a consistent and meaningful way across the school. A huge part of this is the language and process that the students use to describe and record their next steps. Careful use of the digital tools that we have used extensively over this year of online learning will help teachers guide students towards their learning mastery.

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Teaching and Learning

The role of Formative Assessment in our return to physical school. Interest

September 2020 may the perfect time to introduce a more focused approach to empowering students to become the master of their own learning. For the past week I have explored the use of our existing digital tools to boost our Formative Assessment game to welcome back our students in a structured and calm manner.

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Digital Learning Environments Teaching and Learning

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.