Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The way we raise (and teach) our boys

An inspiring talk about how we raise our boys and the limitations and expectations we place on them in regards to how they should act and treat others. How do schools and teachers contribute to the way boys grow up? Do we contribute to the negatives mentioned in the video?

TfEL DVD Teacher Resource

The TfEL DVD provides teachers with a wide range of resources that link to the Domains and Elements of TfEL. A great starting point if you want to improve a particular element of TfEL.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Voki - Motivate Your Students to Write!

I created these avatar using the Voki site to help explain briefly what the site can offer. I used the text to voice function to create the dialogue.

Friday, 12 August 2011


I was looking for a way to get PDF's, PowerPoints, Word documents etc onto a blog as these types of documents are unable to be uploaded to a blog as far as I know. Slideshare enables me to do this. It also has a huge number of presentations on a wide range of topics that anyone can access.
What can you do on Slideshare (as far as I know at least the first 4 dot points can be done in the free version):

  • Upload presentations publicly or privately

  • Download presentations on any topic and reuse or remix

  • Embed on blogs, websites, company intranets

  • Share on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

  • Zipcast: free, no download, 1 click web meetings

  • Leadshare: generate business leads with your presentations, documents, pdfs, videos

  • Slidecast: sync mp3 audio with slides to create a webinar

  • Embed YouTube videos inside SlideShare presentations

  • Use SlideShare PRO for premium features like branded channels, analytics, ad free pages etc

  • SlideShare 101
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    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    Does the Internet and Gaming impact on Boys?

    Philip Zimbardo makes some interesting points about the amount of time boys spend gaming and the amount of porn viewed by teenage boys and the impact that this may have on relationships and the ability to be intimate (emotionally and physically) with the opposite sex. It seems easy to blame the internet for societies problems but he does raise what I think is an excellent point about boys brains being digitally rewired for chance, novelty, excitement and constant arousal making them totally out of place in todays analog classrooms which by comparison are static and passive. I think this throws up massive challenges for teachers who have to constantly be aware of new technologies that will support learning in the classroom and how to use them. Education departments also have to provide the infrastructure and budgets for schools to provide appropriate software programs for their students.