December 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

According to a recent survey of around 3,000 kids, those who text, blog and use social sites such as Facebook have better writing skills than their less technologically inclined counterparts.

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, told BBC News. Meanwhile, those forward thinking educators look over their shoulders and muted…. ‘really?!’



November 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

We can lead the student to the internet, but you can not make them think. Dr Gary Stager

Tiny Buddha

June 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

‘Fools wait for a lucky day but every day is a lucky day for an industrious man.’ Little Buddha

I like the theme of this Tiny Buddha quote but it does not replace my favourite.

‘He who wants milk should not sit in the middle of a field and wait for a cow to back up to him.’

Whilst Watching Transsiberian

May 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

With lies you may get ahead in the world – but you can never go back.  Russian proverb

Borrowed from Transsiberian, a decent film, in which Ben Kingsley’s Russian Detective delivers the Russian proverb.

Tiny Buddha Delivers

April 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

People who cease to grow can’t inspire others. Leadership begins with challenging oneself. (Daisaku Ikeda)

I have always loved powerful words, quotes and parables. For many years I have collected quotes that are easily applied to students, to learning, to youth leadership and assemblies. I would post them around the ‘football’ noticeboard, tag them on the bottom of emails and add them to student worksheets. Tiny Buddha, a Twitter feed still inspires me, I really shoud find a way to introduce these quotes back into my teaching, not as easy in ICT.

ICT Tools for Future Teachers Workshop

March 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

This past weekend I accepted an invitation to attend an ICT CPD, commissioned by BECTA and hosted by Marilyn Leask at Brunel University (Prof of Education). Described as a

‘workshop reviewing what ICT tools teachers find effective now, and what they would like to help them in their work for the future.’

it was a great opportunity for me personally but also enabled me to connect with a number of professional colleagues I have collaborated with through my PLN for a few years, but never met. Ian Usher, Mile Berry and Drew Buddie were made 3D and I would like to think that our future collaborations were only encouraged (although I can not speak for them). I am not going to recite the events of the workshop but touch on one of two personal reflections and workshop themes. « Read the rest of this entry »


February 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi

I recently read an article about ICTAC coordinators and the coercive skills they require. I like Gandhi’s interpretation of the situation.

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