Whole School Tech – to LMS or Not to LMS?

Whole School Tech – to LMS or Not to LMS?

One of the exciting aspects of being a teacher in the 21st century (there I said it) is the constant stream of new tech and apps that are able to make arduous tasks quicker, our students more engaged, our learning programs more dynamic and our own professional development personalised. Alongside the excitement is a frustration […]

3 Myths of Flipped Learning

Flipped Learning Infographic - Catherine Newton 2014

We live in the 21st Century. We have students learning subjects through online lessons, quite frankly, all the time. We live in a society that boasts pervasive mobile technology and low cost, user friendly Web Tools. We have access to credible and compelling educational research data describing the significant impact that Flipped-Learning has on student […]

9 Ways Fear Is Slowing the Integration of #edtech in Schools

9 Ways Fear Is Slowing the Integration of #edtech in Schools

There is a growing movement among theorists and educational practitioners to identify why “teachers neither use technology as an instructional delivery system nor integrate technology into their curriculum” despite its heavily-researched advantages. This in itself is a loaded question because it assumes that teachers are the ones delaying schools’ adoption of educational technology (#edtech for […]

Declaring the Digital Rights of Students

Digital Rights of Students

I was born in 1959 just a few months before the General Assembly of the United Nations declared the “Rights of the Child” as a significant but overdue addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More than 50 years on, I feel that it is now time to consider the digital rights of young […]

I Don’t Agree – Using Class Discussion as a Learning Strategy

Class Discussion

One of the most used strategies in my class has been the application of discussions with my students. Discussions have brought a deeper understanding of content as students show evidence to back up their ideas. When using discussions it is not just talking with students to hear what they have to say. Discussions become a way […]

The Role of Twitter in Evidence Informed Teaching Practice

The Role of Twitter in Evidence Informed Teaching Practice

I spend a significant amount of time watching Twitter; in particular teachers and educators on Twitter. I call this research although I know I am deluding myself as at best it is usually procrastination. I am beginning to notice with interest that Twitter is causing the power balance in education to be shifted slightly away […]