Not so secret ingredients in learning with technology

Part of my morning routine, after looking through email, is checking through new Scoop.it and Flipboard postings.  I often have to check the date a story was posted originally, because even though it is "new" on the sharing sites this morning, it may be "old" news, and has been shared and re-shared again and again, only now turning up in the thread of a subject or person I follow.  That's what happened this morning: an interesting title caught my attention scooped ...

The IB Learner Profile, ATL and Anti-Plagiarism Software

I recently found myself involved in the review of a school's Academic Honesty Policy, which led me to some background reading, which (as often happens) caused me to fall down an internet rabbit hole: First stop: NPR ED "Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software" (August 25, 2014, Heard on All Things Considered) [audio mp3="http://blogs.osc-ib.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/20140825_atc_turnitin_and_the_high-tech_plagiarism_debate.mp3"] Coming as I do from the IB world, this phrase in the post caught my eye: The fact that anti-plagiarism software can't tell the difference between accidental and intentional plagiarism is just one reason ...

Are these in your Google Docs universe?

In a clever post from the Google for Work Official Blog, Looking back at Marie Curie’s radical discovery: How the Mother of Modern Physics might have used Google Apps, "we imagine how Marie Curie’s discovery of radioactivity, which won a Nobel Prize and revolutionized modern cancer treatment, might have played out in a Google Apps universe."  I encourage you to follow the link, and read the post. Most of us are aware of the Google Chrome extensions and add-ons: did you know that ...

Teaching and Learning with Technology: the document

flickr photo by Rexton shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license At the beginning of December 2015 the IB published a new document online, Teaching and Learning with Technology. You can read the whole document online as a web page, or download an executive summary as a pdf file. The first paragraph of the summary introduces readers to the premise: "With technological change comes new environments to navigate, new sets of skills to learn and, as a result, curriculums to develop. Across the ...

Desirable accessory, technology solution or fad?

Wearable technology, wearable devices and fashionable technology are clothing and accessories that incorporate computer and electronic technologies. Smart clothes can be both practical and aesthetic, making technology a part of daily life. By embedding garments with electronics and sensors, they can exchange data with people and other connected devices, without human intervention. Wearable devices are, therefore, a good example of the Internet of Things, since they are part of the network of physical objects or "things". According to GlobalWebIndex, 71% of ...

Technology Rich and Innovative Poor

Cleaning off my desktop this morning, I found this pdf from Alan November, that I've been meaning to write about on this blog. The original post from November Learning is at this link.   Written in January 2015, "Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions" is an important, on-going discussion for every teacher and school leader, well worth looking at each school year. It begins "In a recent webinar, more than 90% of school leaders responded that they were ...

Creating Silence-Spaces in Schools

I just recently purchased good noise-cancelling headphones to block the roar of motors and the general noise whenever traveling on planes. The headphones are simply brilliant because, not only do they block in-coming noise so that the sound from on-board systems can be clearly heard, but they also block other passenger from being distracted by what I am listening to. Without these headsets I found that I was forced to turn up the sound controls to full volume and was constantly ...

International Society for Technology in Education / Kahoot

As teachers we are constantly put under pressure from the school community to remain current (or ahead of the game) when it comes to implementing technology into our classroom to deliver our biology curriculum. This brings with it many issues and one way to address these can be to establish a Professional learning network. One easy way to do this can be through the International Society for Technology in Education. To subscribe to the ISTE youtube channel go HERE. The organisation has "passionate educators, leaders and ...

Three-and-a-half Tips Using Google Docs

I want to pass on a few "tips and tricks" I've read recently for using Google docs. The first comes from Jarod Bormann: How to force "make a copy" when sharing a Google doc.  Jarod wrote "Sharing a doc link and asking a group to Make a Copy inevitably would lead to mass confusion. Most would be able to follow File > Make a Copy without any problems. But there are the handful that begin making changes on my original and therefore ...

EasyBib in Google Docs

The other day on LifeHack, I read a post featuring 10 Best Google Drive Add-Ons You Should Be Using (I'm always curious to see who thinks what is "best", and why).  Number 8 in this list was EasyBib.  I've used the Easy Bib web site, but wasn't familiar with the Google Docs Tool version. From the video introduction, you might think that this tool is heaven's answer to creating a bibliography or resource list for a paper.  And it is easy to use, but....as usual with ...