10 things to cover when introducing somebody to Google Sites

Google Sites

Google Sites is Google’s website creation tool and is a key part of G Suite for Education. Google Sites helps students and educators to efficiently create websites that work equally as effectively on a whole range of device sizes – from smartphones to desktop computers. Some examples worth checking out of sites created by educators … Read more

Practical Pedagogies 2018 – Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools

Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools

I had the pleasure to attend the biennial Practical Pedagogies conference hosted by St. George’s International School Cologne, Germany. The focus of Practical Pedagogies is ‘REAL training for REAL classroom teachers’. I hope the session I presented upon ‘Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools’ was useful for the 20 or so ‘real’ teachers who … Read more

Focus on… Passwords

Focus on... Passwords

123456, Password, 12345678, qwerty, 12345, 123456789, letmein, 1234567, football and iloveyou. If you have just read your password – congratulations you are using one of the top ten most commonly used passwords – according to SplashData. Passwords and user credentials in general are an important and regularly overlooked element of somebodies online activities. If a … Read more

[2018 version] So you are leaving us…

Goodbye

  Your @ecolint.ch, @learning.ecolint.ch or @pgce.ecolint.ch account is a ‘G Suite for Education’ account. Depending on whether you are a staff member, a PGCE student or an Ecolint student dictates how much time you have to get any content out of your account before it is deactivated and then deleted. My advice is to decide … Read more

It is always worth asking the young people!

Talk

“Make sure that the pictures are photos that your grandma would approve of!” A group of students that are currently undergoing training to become ‘digital leaders’ were asked to offer some advice about what type of photos should and should not go on an Instagram account that has just been set up. It demonstrates some … Read more

I want a Facebook / Snapchat / Instagram account, please

Instagram

First there is a conversation/demand about wanting a smartphone and then comes the next maybe even more difficult discussion – I want a Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram account, please. The minimum age for most social media platforms is 13 years old. The use of 13 years old was put in place not to limit children’s exposure to inappropriate … Read more

Digitally giving feedback upon student produced work

Stylus

I have produced the above flowchart to support educators who wish to digitally give feedback upon student produced work. There are more ways than expressed on the diagram – but it is a starting point for educators trying to make the most of the ‘Yoga’ capabilities of the recently issued laptops. A PDF version of … Read more

How should we deal with mobile phones in school?

Smartphone

We could completely ban them – like French schools are doing from September. There is an interesting article here about how that should work (in theory). “The use of a mobile telephone by a pupil is forbidden in elementary schools (écoles maternelles), primary schools and secondary schools (colleges) with the exception of certain places or … Read more