Monthly Archives: September 2013

Holiday Reading⤴

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I enjoy reading but don’t often get time to do much that is not work.  By the time I get to the end of the day I am usually too weary to read a huge amount.  As a result Philippa laughs at me for the length of time it takes me to read a book.

During holiday times I do get some time and over he last two weeks of our cruise I have managed the following:
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson;
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells;
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury;
Down And Out in Paris and London by George Orwell; and
The Epistle of James
I have only brought a Kindle away with me but this has worked very well.  I am about to start reading The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks.  We still have a day a sea left but I don’t expect to have it finished before we get home.

Gibraltar⤴

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It is Wednesday and we have made it to our penultimate port.  Gibraltar is sometimes referred to as the Gateway to the Mediterranean due to its strategic position between the south of Spain and the north of Africa.  This is our second visit to the rock.  On our first trip we walked all the way up to the nature reserve, saw some monkeys and tired ourselves out with the climb.  This time we decided to go on a tour to see the world war 2 tunnels.  Our guide was originally from Glasgow.  He joined the army when he was 15 and was stationed in Gibraltar whee he met and married a local woman.  He ended up staying and was in the local police for 25 years. It is certainly a lot warmer and sunnier than His home city.  

The history of the rock s fascinating and we could spend a long time exploring all he different aspects of it as it impacts on local and wider issues.

Before we boarded the ship at the end of the day we stopped at the Gibraltar Arms pub in the Main Street again for a drink and the free wifi.  Gibraltar is another of these places that does seem keen on making Internet access available more widely.

We enjoyed our trip to the rock, spotted dolphins and Barbary Macaque monkeys, and ended up with tired legs again from all the walking.  A restful day tomorrow as we head up the western coast of Spain and Portugal towards our final stop.

Closing the attainment gap⤴

from @ Mimanifesto - Jaye's weblog

Pasi Sahlberg’s comments about equity in education together with Brian Boyd’s latest letter to the Herald have pushed the issue of poverty and attainment more centre stage recently. I gave a keynote presentation at the Apple Leadership Conference in Edinburgh a few weeks ago in which I put forward some thoughts on how we might tackle this blight on our education system. You can access the text of the presentation here.

I’d also love to share the slides as well, however, for several reasons, I can only do this on request, which I’m very happy to do (with certain terms and conditions! )


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Apple, Attainment, Brian Boyd, Pasi Sahlberg, poverty

My Journey to the Scottish Digital Leaders Network.⤴

from @ Robert DrummondRobert Drummond »

On Wednesday 25th September, I presented at the SLF teachmeet on the topic of the Scottish Digital Leaders Network. Here is that presentation   2 years ago I taught ICT across the school as RCCT cover…it nearly killed me. Not the ICT bit, I loved it for enabling children to do fantastic creative work, and […]

The Big Draw – drawing techniques⤴

from @ Pedagoo.org

We are excited to be partnering with The Big Draw this year in delivering a workshop online that you can all take part in, for free! Anyone across the globe can take part using your GPS location tracking system on your mobile device along with a simple GPS Drawing app. This type of drawing technique [...]

The Big Draw – drawing techniques⤴

from @ Pedagoo.org

We are excited to be partnering with The Big Draw this year in delivering a workshop online that you can all take part in, for free! Anyone across the globe can take part using your GPS location tracking system on your mobile device along with a simple GPS Drawing app. This type of drawing technique [...]

The #5MinCallPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner⤴

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It’s just after midday, the phone rings and your sixth sense twitches.  You’ve guessed right; an inspector calls. Hopefully you are already well organised with the #5MinOfstedPlan by @LeadingLearner and @TeacherToolkit but the next few hours, whilst not determining the actual outcome of the inspection, will be critical in ensuring a smooth inspection. We hope … Continue reading »

Selection of #PedagooFriday Tweets 27.9.13⤴

from @ Pedagoo.org

Self differentiation using Pinterest as digital homework to curate research #pedagoofriday pic.twitter.com/BP7BR5gJLN — Rachel Jones (@rlj1981) September 20, 2013 #pedagooFriday #forestschool natural forest art few childmade additions they then created a story played out to all pic.twitter.com/C5s4vjqJRD — Joyce Hawkins (@hawkins_joyce) September 27, 2013 #pedagoofriday S1 training staff in the use of Kidblog & Tellagami [...]

Selection of #PedagooFriday Tweets 27.9.13⤴

from @ Pedagoo.org

Self differentiation using Pinterest as digital homework to curate research #pedagoofriday pic.twitter.com/BP7BR5gJLN — Rachel Jones (@rlj1981) September 20, 2013 #pedagooFriday #forestschool natural forest art few childmade additions they then created a story played out to all pic.twitter.com/C5s4vjqJRD — Joyce Hawkins (@hawkins_joyce) September 27, 2013 #pedagoofriday S1 training staff in the use of Kidblog & Tellagami [...]