California and the SF Bay Area decline to accept free money to teach coding to kids

Interesting article about computer sciences at schools …


Google Glass adaptation opens the universe to deaf students

Here’s a great example of technology playing its role in enhancing people’s lives:

Credit: Image courtesy of Brigham Young University

A group of deaf university students and their professor developed a system to display video narrating planetarium shows onto glasses worn by deaf students.”

Read the full article from Science Daily here:

Google Glass adaptation opens the universe to deaf students — ScienceDaily.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Flipped Classrooms

26 May 2014

“What’s the best use of your face-to-face class time?”

That question came from Jon Bergmann, the flipped-classroom pioneer. Bergmann argues that time is best spent not lecturing students but walking them through concepts that they absorb outside of class.

The concept of the flipped classroom, swapping homework with lecturing time, isn’t new. Teachers have been experimenting with alternative learning models for years. Recently, EdTechTeacher hosted a webinar on what does and doesn’t work in flipped classrooms.

Read the full article via The Do’s and Don’ts of Flipped Classrooms | EdTech Magazine.

You can watch the full Google Hangout session here;



Grannies helping with online learning

22 May 2014

What do you get when you connect an English language student from Brazil unable to afford to travel, with a granny from a seniors home in the US who loves a chat? A win-win situation  for both – what a great idea!

A new service out of Brazil, Speaking Exchange, is facilitating video chats for students, giving them the opportunity to practice their language skills one-on-one with seniors from a US retirement home, who are more than happy to chat away to anyone willing to listen.

See  a sample of how the exchange works:


Read the full article from Springwise …

Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation | Springwise.

New learning app can reshape education

Luis von Ahn, creator of a popular language-learning app, says tracking how people learn online will reveal teaching tricks that are invisible in the classroom. By using data from thousands of students, technology can adapt to provide the best learning environment to get optimal results for students.

"We're in a position to discover how people learn on a much larger scale, and we're going to release a lot of that information" <i>(Image: Duolingo Archives)</i>

“We’re in a position to discover how people learn on a much larger scale, and we’re going to release a lot of that information” (Image: Duolingo Archives)

Read more from the New Scientist article here:

My Duolingo learning app can reshape education – opinion – 19 May 2014 – New Scientist.

Kindergarten bots teach language to tots

16 May 2014

Here’s an interesting article from New Scientist looking at how well children learn (especially language skills) from robots in a one-one-one learning environment. A fascinating study – will this be the learning of the future?

Are you sitting comfortably? <i>(Image: Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab)</i>

Image: Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab)

Read the full article here:

Kindergarten bots teach language to tots – tech – 15 May 2014 – New Scientist.

Podcast – Branding your school

Branding your school

The podcast below is courtesy of Brendan Schneider, a social media expert within the education industry in the USA.

This episode delves into the importance of branding for your school, how to develop a brand strategy and process to deliver your message to existing and prospective families.



In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What is branding?
  • What are the two parts that make up a school’s brand?
  • How branding is “uncovered” in a school?
  • What a brand isn’t
  • What is the difference between a school’s brand and a school’s mission?
  • Can a school determine a brand internally or do they need external help?
  • How can a school begin with the brand process?
  • What should a school do after the brand is delivered?
  • How often the brand at your school changes?
  • What actually makes up a brand at a school?
  • How should schools use their graphic identity on their social media channels?
  • How a brand will make a school’s marketing job easier.
  • How you can use a hashtag at your school
I hope you enjoy the session and find it useful!