It’s about the learning!

We need to keep reminding ourselves that the technology in our schools is there to help the pupils with their learning. Sometimes we can become too fixated with the technical aspects of the technology that we are trying to use and forget that it is just a tool to enhance learning. Click here to read an article that answers the question, “Is it the technology, or is it the learning that is important?”

GoClass for Android

How many pupils in your class bring Android devices into school, whether they be Smartphones or Tablets? Have you considered making use of these devices to enhance the teaching and learning in your classroom? There is an increasing number of apps being developed for Android devices to support pupils and teachers. One such app is GoClass.

GoClass is a free application for creating short lessons and delivering them to your pupils. The lessons can include annotated images, free hand sketches, text and video.  You also have the option to ask questions and poll your pupils. After the pupils’ responses have been gathered you can project those responses without showing the names of individual pupils.

Click here for further information.

Google

Pupils will be familiar with using Internet search engines to find information to support their learning, but how many of them make full use of the power of the search engine? Most pupils will just type a word into the search bar and click search. Pupils need to be provided with information about the full range of tools available in search engines to help them find the information that they are looking for. The more tools that the pupils use the more likely they are to source quality information that is relevant to the work that they are doing.

Click here to find a summary of the tools that are available on the Google search engine. Why don’t you set your class some challenges to encourage them to refine their Internet searches?

Smartphones

“Children’s access to the internet is not restricted to PCs or laptops. Those aged 12-15 are more likely than last year to go online using their mobile phones and are more likely to say that this is the device they would miss the most.

Since 2011, there has been a 50% rise in 12-15 year olds owning smartphone devices. Almost two thirds (62%) of this age group now has one – up from 41% the previous year. This is significantly higher than the UK average for adults of 45%.

Mobile phones are more important to this age group than any other device, even TV. Two fifths (39%) of 12-15 year olds now say they would miss their mobile phone more than any other device, up from just over a quarter (28%) in 2011. Only one in five (20%) said that they would miss TV the most.” (Ofcom October 2012 http://tinyurl.com/cqfp4k9)

Are you making the best use of the processing power that is sitting in the schoolbags of the majority of pupils in your classroom? Click here to read about how you can use your pupils’ smartphones to support the delivery of the curriculum.