Online Learning and the Power of the PLN

The Power of the PLN

I want to introduce you to some of my best friends: This is Dave from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. This is Jenny, an independent education consultant from the UK. And here’s Clarissa, an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Brazil. And yes, there’s Frances, an educator also from the UK, and […]

Creating ‘Paper Apps’ to Introduce Your Kids to App Development

Making Apps Out of Paper

One of the most popular ideas we explored in our latest Fractus Learning course ‘Programming for Kids – How to Make Coding Fun‘ was using printed templates to create ‘paper apps’ with your kids. Not only is this a really fun class exercise,  it is also an excellent skill to build before advancing into real app […]

Leveraging Mobile in the Classroom

Leveraging Mobile in the Classroom

Don’t ban technology, leverage it! Kids have access to a wide variety of internet-ready devices: tablets, iPods and handheld gaming platforms. Instead of asking students to put away their devices, why not have students leverage their mobile devices as part of the classroom experience with fact finding activities? You can start a classroom discussion on […]

Launch: Programming for Kids – How to Make Coding Fun

Coding for Kids

After talking about it for so long, we are finally so excited to be launching our latest Fractus course Programming for Kids – How to Make Coding Fun! With over over 800 educators joining on the first day the response has been amazing and it is clear that coding is becoming a “must have” skill in […]

8 Ways To Help Your Child With Homework – INFOGRAPHIC

Ways To Help Your Child With Homework

Whether you agree with homework or not, chances are it’s going to cause a battle in your household at some stage. Memories of tears, frustration, raised voices and stern looks come back to me as I reflect on those evenings of parent ‘bonding’. But there are ways to make the homework experience a little more […]

10 Silly Little Things to Help in Your Classroom

Silly Little Things to Help in Your Classroom

A recent /r/Teachers reddit post from user coraz0n posed the question “What are some silly little things that work for you?“. From the discussion came a torrent of those neat little tips that you only pick up in passing conversation. This is the beauty of casual discussion networks and communities like reddit. These are not the kind of tips […]

Try the ‘C3B4Me’ Policy to Encourage Students to Become Self-Directed Learners in the Flipped Classroom

'C3B4Me' Policy to Encourage Students to Become Self-Directed Learners

Without question, the complex dynamics of the classroom, its tone, the interpersonal forces at play, and the nature and structure of communication patterns all combine to either support or inhibit students’ motivation to pursue a goal” (Ambrose, et al, 2010, p. 79). In my previous article, I discussed five strategies to address student resistance to […]

Use YouTube Like an EdTech Rockstar

EdTech YouTube Rockstar

I’ve been using YouTube all wrong. Usually, I just upload my own video and search by typing a query in the box to see what comes up. I have recently learnt some new ways to get more out of the tool and turn you into a YouTube rock star. Here they are: Filtering: A quick […]

The Day I “Lost My Mind” is the Day My Students Started Learning

The Day I “Lost My Mind”

It all started the day I announced we were not going to use paper and pencil for our lesson.  You could have heard my middle school students’ shouts down the hall.  I had been using iPad apps for certain applications such as the dictionary and Typo on a regular basis, as well as for special […]