edte.ch Monthly Roundup (February 2008)

Here’s the first in a new series of monthly roundups giving an overview of significant happenings in the world of educational technology. Without further ado, here’s what you shouldn’t have missed in February 2008… First off, the announcement for which I’ve been waiting for 16 months: Google Sites (i.e. wikis) launched! A visual explanation is […]

Edmodo: Twitter for education?

TechCrunch gives the heads-up on Edmodo, a free ‘communication platform for education’ currently in private beta that seems to be aiming to be Twitter for education. As you can (just) see in the screenshot above, calendar functions are included and everything is a little more… private. I first discussed using Twitter in the classroom around […]

Google Sites – wikis for Google Apps users!

It’s taken a while, but Google have finally integrated wikis into the Google Apps suite. So far it looks as if it’s only for those who have Google Apps for Domains or Google Apps for Education, but that’s what I’m going to be using it for mainly so that’s fine. Google bought JotSpot, an enterprise-focused […]

Classroom organization and its relation to pedagogy

I reorganized my classroom today. It went from this: gliffy_did = “1377788”; embedGliffy(); to this: gliffy_did = “1377745”; embedGliffy(); The reason? It’s temporary as I needed a cinema-like arrangement of chairs and tables for two lessons; my Year 11s are making copious notes on a rather important video on Vietnam for their coursework. The reaction […]

3 ‘well, duh’ BBC Education articles

Sometimes there’s some articles on the BBC News Education pages that make you wonder who’s paying for the research they’re based upon. Here’s 3 just from yesterday: 71% of pupils admit being a bully – and the other 29% are liars if, as I suspect, ‘bullying’ has been very widely defined. Real bullying can blight […]