Article: Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/11/struggle-means-learning-difference-in-eastern-and-western-cultures/

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Video: Pragmatists – visualization of our software development

Pragmatists – visualization of our software development

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulWL2rAAhgE

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Article: BBC News – Tiny satellite aims to inspire schoolchildren

BBC News – Tiny satellite aims to inspire schoolchildren

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25084547

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Article: Learning To Code On The Street

Learning To Code On The Street

http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/24/learning-to-code-on-the-street/

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Winner winner chicken dinner

Chuffed to bits, great lesson on Database Normalisation (of all things)! Good interactive activities and getting learners to build the database in each Normal Form helped them to identify the problems!

Perfect lesson? Think everything can be improved upon, but definitely the best one so far!

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Entrepreneurship – Teenagers wow the world’s tech giants – news – TES

Entrepreneurship – Teenagers wow the world’s tech giants – news – TES.

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Pitching at the right level

One of my observations last week helped me to get my head around things and see things much clearer. The advice – “Your pitching things at too high a level.”

It was absolutely right, I was trying to teach everything I knew about a subject (awaiting the ‘very little….’ jibes!) rather than what was required at that level. So no wonder when I was teaching a Level 3 BTEC class I got a few blank faces! It’s level 3, so why am I trying to teach things I just learned on my Degree (Level 6!!).

Cheers Gillian, the rest of the week went a lot smoother and planning has become more straight forward!

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Google Connected Classrooms Offers Virtual Field Trips via Hangouts

http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/11/04/googles-new-connected-classrooms-scheme-offers-teachers-virtual-field-trips-via-google-hangouts/

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There’s mo’ limit!!

November marks the start of the annual campaign Movember, raising awareness of Male cancers and other health issues.

Around 13 years ago, my Dad (45 at the time) was diagnosed with Prostate cancer. Anyone who has had this news will understand how hearing that news hits you. You hear the word used regularly, on TV and other media sources, people talking about it but until it hits you, as close to home as that, it’s impossible to comprehend the true nature of the disease.

Thankfully, my Dad is a survivor and has been given the all clear (a few years ago). This was the first instance of cancer on his side of the family in living memory and will always with me.

So, I’ve decided to take part this year! To see the rules, click here MO13 Rules and to sponsor me, please click here – mobro.co/garyamorrissey

Thanks in advance for your support! Stay tuned, I’ll post images along the way, like the little beauty!

The Tom Selleck Look

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And so it begins…..

Tomorrow marks the start of the second module of my PGCE, Teaching Experience 1. The last assignment for University in terms of teaching theory has (just) been submitted and now I will focus on delivering lessons, planning and evaluating these lessons and working, as the module title suggests, like a real teacher (the pinocchio of the IT department of Gateshead College I suppose).

Very much looking forward to it and no doubt further reflections will be posted on here. Wish me luck….!

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