Creative writing

Creative writing

Sometimes things are too true to be funny. Try this web economy bullshit generator and try to find a phrase you definitely won’t hear around the traps…it’s harder than you think! Once you decide to integrate transparent applications, you’ll be able to recontextualize frictionless methodologies and ​embrace bricks-and-clicks architectures.

3D printing and design

3D printing and design

With the increasing affordability of 3D printers, there are some great free online software options that offer 3D design and downloads. Tinkercad is extremely user friendly and you don’t need to know CAD – it comes with built in tutorials and shared resources. Sketchup Make has been around in some form since 1999, having been acquired by Google for a few years and now Trimble – free downloadable software that allows you to draw a 2D model and then push and…

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Graphic design

Graphic design

Whilst random decorative images can add to the students’ cognitive load and are not recommended, relevant graphics have been shown to improve learner engagement with materials. Zygomatic produces several tools that are all incredibly simple to use, useful, free, and online: Typography Editor – Create your own designs with backgrounds (or upload your own), badges, borders, rulers, frames, corners, and other ornaments; add text in a variety of fonts with backdrops and shadows. For PC or mobile interface. Image can be…

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Augmented reality

Augmented reality

Augmented reality can spice up your content presentation by linking real world ‘trigger’ images to online content. This is not the same as Virtual Reality which creates a complete world of its own that immerses the student. The impact of these technologies on all aspects of our lives will be huge. Fortunately there are ways to start introducing them into your teaching even if you have only a passing interest in how it all works. Aurasma is an easy to…

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Gr8 cur8tors – sites that make you go ooh…

Gr8 cur8tors – sites that make you go ooh…

Sometimes you are told about them. Sometimes you stumble across them. However you arrive, there are some sites that seem to hold the secrets of the universe within. They frequently distract you for hours with the promise of potential purpose. So I’m going to list my favourite sites/blogs here and reduce my FOMO on vital information that could change my practice 😉 ​Free Technology for Teachers – Richard Byrne. My favourite site – full of truly useful and reviewed technology that…

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Captioning your video

Captioning your video

For many reasons it is very useful to either caption your video or provide a written transcript of what is being said, expanding your audience by making the material much more accessible for students who may be hearing impaired, or watching the video with the sound turned down, when out and about on mobile devices where for whatever reason they don’t want to have earphones in. Captioning takes time and may not always be appropriate. For instance, it is not helpful for…

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Role playing

Role playing

Online technology facilitates asynchronous and anonymous role play, should that be desirable in an educational context. Project Enrol – lists examples of the use of role play in education.

Curriculum design and development

Curriculum design and development

There are many resources to help with curriculum design and development, including the implementation of blended learning models. Many involve templates and supporting materials that are transferable to other environments.  Learning Designer – this is very cool: an online tool, from the UCL Knowledge Lab in London, that allows you to visualise the relative proportions of learning activities that fall under six learning types identified by Diana Laurillard’s Conversational Framework: Read/Write/Listen (or Acquisition), Inquiry, Practice, Production, Discussion and Collaboration. You can…

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