Using Vine to Teach – 7 Seconds of Education

Using Vine to Teach

Using grapes to teach???  If that is your first thought then I am going to take it you are not yet familiar with Vine. To put it simply, Vine is a mobile app (iOS, Android, Windows) that enables users to create and post short (7 seconds max) looping video clips. These videos can then be shared […]

21st Century Music Lesson – Performing with iPads and Drumline

21st Century Music Lesson

Looking for something to make you feel GREAT on a Monday? Well here is the perfect fix, courtesy of St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School in San Francisco. Created in three weeks using spare time in literature and social studies classes, this amazingly beautiful and inspirational video is the perfect example of a 21st century music lesson! As well […]

6 Life-Changing Books That Inspire Education

books_inspire_education

Some people just do amazing things. They reach out and change the world. They take actions that impact millions. Are these people super-human? Are they world leaders? Well, generally no. They are individuals. Individuals who are willing to put their beliefs into action. These six books are the inspirational stories of those people. Those people […]

Why Education Reforms Fail – Square Pegs for Round Holes

Square Peg

Earlier in March, TEDxPurdueU explored the theme of ‘Daring Greatly’. One of the speakers ‘Daring’ to shake up education was Associate Professor of Learning Design and Technology, Bill Watson. As the director of the Purdue Center for Serious Games and Learning in Virtual Environments, Bill conducts research on and provides support for implementing, designing and developing educational […]

Using Color to Add Clarity in Math

Clarity in Math

How would you feel if someone described you as being colorless? Yeah, it’s not exactly a compliment. Being called colorless is basically an unsubtle way of being told you are dull, uninteresting or boring. And just as some people are ‘colorless’, so is a lot of the content we deliver to our kids. But luckily it […]

Choosing the Best Game Console for Kids

Best Game Console for Kids

Whether you are looking for a game console for the family home or are leaning towards something more portable for your kids, there is a lot of different options out there. Between the many companies producing gaming systems, finding the best game console for kids is now a much more involved process than it was even […]

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 […]

Technology is to Learning what Fast Food is to Cuisine

Technology and Fast Food

Is Google the McDonalds of modern education? Well, not exactly… In a recent TEDx talk, speaker John Runkles, talks about having the courage to reduce the torrent of information being directed at our students. To slow it all down. To give our kids capacity to stop, think and allow time for reflection. Take a look at his very interesting […]

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 […]

How to Launch a BYOD iPad Program

BYOD iPad Program

“By the way kids, from today onwards you can bring your iPads to school!” – Done. I just launched a BYOD iPad program… Yeah. I’m afraid there’s a bit more to it than that. In fact, there is a great deal more to it than that. A lot of thought and communication must to go […]