Still using paper forms for parent permission slips? Time to do a risk analysis?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: One of my pet hates is paper permission slips from my daughter’s school (and even more so now that they have switched to emailing me the slips, and I have to print them, sign them and send them back in my daughter’s hands. Double pet hate…

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Wired: Pens are making a high-tech comeback

Last week, Wired ran a story on the research team working on next generation of digital pens and software experiences at Microsoft. It’s a great read, because it raises some thoughtful questions about the way that we use computers, and the impact on learning and retention of information in our brains. We’ve had a stubborn focus…

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Collaborating on professional development–Office 365 in Omaha

I’ve been away for four weeks, enjoying a cold Christmas in Europe, and attending a very traditional English wedding set in a beautiful country house. But while I’ve been away I’ve kept up with my reading, and bookmarked an interesting set of articles and resources to share. So now that I’m back in Sydney, and…

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What does my list of top 10 Education blog posts of 2013 tell me?

I’ve just finished looking at the statistics for this blog to compile a summary of the top Education blog posts you read during 2013, and thought it might be useful for people if I shared it. And then, at risk of making this a little ‘inside baseball’, I wanted to share what I learnt from…

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Where the Microsoft research and development budget goes

I’ve just finished reading a great article on PCWorld, titled "Meet Microsoft, the world’s best kept R&D secret", about the hidden work going on in the Microsoft research and development labs – and some of the projects that are being delivered in return for the $9.6 billion being invested every year: Blending touch and touchscreens…

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How Deloitte made learning a game–Harvard Business Review

Gamification of learning continues to be a hot topic for education (and as with most things within the education system, there’s plenty of divided opinion on how it could be used in the classroom with students). But it’s not limited to conventional education systems – we’re also seeing gamification being used in the world of…

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How to succeed in Education Technology

I’ve just finished reading an excellent article, "How to Succeed in Education Technology" written by the cofounders of Wikispaces, to provide advice and support for people running companies producing education technology products and services – or people thinking of starting one. It’s clear, concise (even though it’s lengthy!) and it contains some absolute gems of…

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Selling your things to schools–advice on how to get it right in the long-term

Doug Woods, an education blogger, trainer and consultant from the UK, recently offered some great advice to ICT companies in his blog post “Selling your things to schools”. Although Doug’s advice was specifically for the UK, a large portion of it is directly relevant to Australia. So here’s Doug’s top ten bits of advice for…

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New directions for school leadership and the teaching profession

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria have outlined a vision for “a teaching profession that will raise student performance in Victoria to math the very best jurisdictions worldwide”. Their first step, to publish a discussion paper called ‘New directions for school leadership and the teaching profession’, is a way to start…

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Headline writers versus reality

The media sometimes seem to use education as a point-scoring football eg in my first 9 months in Australia, I noticed that much of the media focus on education focused on a narrow debate about school funding. (In fact, if I was an alien landing in Australia from deep space, the media and political debate…

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