Twitter For Teachers

Twitter BlackTwitter is such an integral part of my teaching. learning and professional development process that it is easy to forget that many teachers don’t really understand why they should be using it and what they are missing out. When first introduced to the notion of …

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An Evening With CogDog (aka Alan Levine)

CogdogLast night I was lucky enough to play host to the very knowledgeable and laid back Alan Levine (aka @cogdog on Twitter) as he presented to a group of 50 educators. With teachers from 12 schools from around Hong Kong, and a few intrepid students, …

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Teach A Teacher 2013: Writeup

Teach A Teacher ParticipantsTeach A Teacher is part unit of study, part conference. Hosted at HLYIS this year, the event featured students from ICHK, and teachers from JIS, HLYIS, ICHK and ESF Kindergardens.

The aim is for students to work in groups to prepare and deliver professional …

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Lecture HallBackchanneling is an idea that has been around for a while, and is something that I have encountered at various education conferences. Despite the technical-sounding name, a backchannel is simply a real-time conversation, happening online in parallel with some kind of face-to-face communication. For example, …

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Alan Levine in Hong Kong

I am very happy to be organising a CPD session with Alan Levine, renowned technologist (http://www.nmc.org/horizon-project) and digital storyteller. Teachers and students are welcome. Details of the event are below. Please email me (ross@rossparker.org) to register. Alan Levine

Teach A Teacher

Teach A Teacher is a brand new student-led conference for teachers. The aim is to help teachers improve their ICT skills, whilst exposing students to a new classroom perspective. All schools are welcome, but places are limited. To register, email rparker@ichk.edu.hk. Click on the image below to see a larger version. Teach A Teacher

Mass Assessment

Peer-assessment seems to be a persistent buzz word in education, and it is something I have used in the past with my students. However, until recently, I have never found it to be as useful as others suggest it might be.  Recently, though, I supplemented …

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App Tabs: Smarter Web Browsing

As we move more and more of our desktop work onto the web, we need browsers that recognise and support this. Fortunately, recent versions of both Firefox and Chrome do this through App Tabs (aka Pin Tabs). This feature acts an extension to the concept of tabbed browsing. The idea of an App Tab is to take a website you use often (such as your email), shrink its tab, and pin it to the left side of the tab bar.

Copyleft: A Teacher’s Guide To Sharing

This short movie, introduces copyright and sharing from a teacher's perspective. It is aimed at students and teachers, and will hopefully help viewers to understand copyright, and inspire them to create and share more. In making this film, I remix Brett Gaylor's "RIP!: A Remix Manifesto" to produce something similar but different. If the video won't play within this page, try it here on YouTube.

The Connected Teacher

A few years ago, just before I started teacher training, I began gathering teaching resources using Delicious. Up until that point I had encountered a huge amount of amazing digital content, but I could never put my finger on it when I needed it. Delicious gave me a neat solution to this problem, and started me on my way to being a connected teacher. This innovation was followed by blogging with Wordpress, and more recently conversing with other teachers on Twitter, which has led to an explosion of further developments. Recently I have been reflecting on the process I have been through, and how it has revolutionised my teaching. This lead to some opportunities to run CPD sessions for other teachers, one of which (HLYIS) I have recorded and shared below. The audio quality is terrible, but hopefully it will be useful for some. Feel free to get in touch (@rossdotparker on Twitter) if you have any questions or comments. Finally, if you want to run these sessions yourself, the slideshow is available under a CC license for you to use: Edit: updated to better video quality video (29/05/2012)

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