Irregular Weblogs

Occasional logs of professional milestones, EdTech reviews and personal reflections I've made along my journey.

Irregular Weblogs/

January 2016

By |January 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Below is an article that is doing it's rounds across social media at the moment. I read this whilst half asleep eating breakfast and by the end of it I felt like I was once again reminded of the gravity of our job. It's easy to focus on the academic side to teaching, especially since that's the only thing we're [...]

December 2015

Instructional Design

By |December 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

I have recently come across potentially the most important ‘Key word’ of my career to date. That phrase is ‘Instructional Design’. It is no secret by now that my passion outside of the classroom is creating on-line opportunities for my students to further their knowledge and understanding. The addiction here lies within the fact that if I get good enough [...]

November 2015

Goldilocks in Education

By |November 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Goldilocks principle is simple enough to understand. Where there are two extremes, most often things will settle in the middle. In my experience, the most common application of this principle has been within the description of the Goldilocks effect to describe the habitual zone around a star that a planet must occupy to support life - the band around [...]

Canvas 101

By |November 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

For some time now I've been planning on creating a step-by-step list for anybody interested in creating their own Canvas LMS where it is possible to track student mastery of individual learning objectives. These last couple of weeks I've been slowed down by  a couple of things: Firstly, I have some family visiting and staying with my here in Dubai. Secondly, [...]

October 2015

Office Mix – Immortalize Your Teaching

By |October 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|

What? OfficeMix offers teachers an integrated method to record a screencast and voice over audio of their PowerPoint presentations whilst also integrating quizzes. Why? Why only deliver your PowerPoints to your students once? Why deliver the same PowerPoint multiple times? Does doing both sound nonsensical? It needn’t. With a combination of OfficeMix, a decent microphone and (Optionally) a graphics tablet [...]

Gamification

By |October 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Over the years I have grown tired of seeing students hitting a wall or failing and having the automatic response of giving up. “I’m not smart enough”, they argue. “I’ll never get it”. Then I see students playing games and it’s a different story. In video games they’re happy to play the same boss a hundred times until they defeat [...]

Canvas by Instructure

By |October 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

For some time now I've been telling anyone and everybody that will listen how innovative some of the features of Canvas are. Well, now I've finally gone one step further and I've recorded a video showing my favourite features. I'll be making a couple more of these, aiming to show even the largest of technophobes how to implement canvas successfully, [...]

August 2015

Getting used to Avada

By |August 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|

I've spent the last month or so getting my IBDP Physics course ready for on-line publication to my students (That won't be made publicly available, I'm afraid - far too many licensed resources have gone into it. But I have written up an in depth tutorial that covers the most efficient workflow to make your own and to be honest, [...]

May 2015

Eureka!

By |May 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

For a long time now I've had a model in mind of the perfect LMS for my classes. Khan Academy had some great idea's, but it wasn't in the hands of the teacher at all. So whilst inspiring, and probably my first encounter of a legitimate personalised learning journey for self-paced mastery, it was more a glimpse of what I wanted [...]

April 2015

Tempus Fugit

By |April 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Its been some time since I posted here, and I feel as though I should quickly lay out the reasons why. Its recently been spring break for us, but this time around instead of travelling, I decided instead to use most of my time to work on projects that I just haven’t had time to focus on during the school [...]