Maps, Apps and Docs – How I re-imagined teaching Heat

Technology is a gift to education, but one that with poor training is not necessarily used appropriately. For example research has suggested that using computers to take notes is less effective than hand writing them. Another example I have noted that students often like the tactile feel and use of ABCD cards as opposed to using digital voting…

Of The Power of International Collaboration

  International classrooms will be one of the big wins of the technological revolution in schools. No longer will it only be that thirty students you always teach, because you now have a doorway to millions more students around the world, potentially learning the same material you teach. Moreover, each student will have a personalised…

Of The Future

The summer holidays give me an excellent chance to read. The biggest reason why is that I do not have my computer, upon which are the games I have wiled my life away playing. After finishing ‘The Boy who Harnessed the Wind’ (William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer), I bought ‘Physics of the Future’ by Michio…

Of The Winds of Curiosity

  One of the lecturers I especially respected through university was the head of teaching in the Physics department at the time, Simon Bates. I respected Professor Bates because he was passionate about the students, and about education. He even got me a spare laptop when mine broke down a week or so before a…

Of Playing and Learning

The reason I am competent at using computers these days is because I was lucky enough to have my very own computer from age fourteen. It was not an expensive machine, nor was it powerful, but it was mine. Having it was liberating, because it means if something went wrong with the software, only I…

Of Beginnings

I feel like the students who I berate so frequently for doing their work at the last minute. Getting up early whilst my partner sleeps on the day of a deadline to get the work done. My first blog post comes to you from Malaysia, a day after we got in from Myanmar (where we had…