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Google on Hwb is Coming This Month

Welcome to the new school year! Hopefully everyone’s enjoyed the summer break and that first early morning alarm wasn’t too much of a shock! A week into the new term, and I’ve had three teachers message me asking “When is Google going to appear on Hwb then?” Well, we finally have a confirmed date – ... Read more
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First Look at Google on Hwb

As you probably know, G Suite for Education is arriving on Hwb. Some schools are already trialing the new build, and the plan is to roll it nationwide by the new school year. This is something that some of us have been hoping for for years and we’ve got to applaud the Welsh Government and ... Read more
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Paying for Padlet

In every training session I host, the very first thing I do is ask teachers to give me three examples of when they used tech succesfully in their class. Instead of going around the room, asking everyone in turn, I direct them towards a Padlet wall and they can all add to it from their ... Read more
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Google Takes on the iPad with the Chromebook Tab 10

Earlier this week, Acer and Google announced a totally new type of device that can only be described as a mixture of Chromebook and iPad. I was lucky enough to play around with a prototype back in January, so here’s my attempt to explain what the Chromebook Tab 10 is, and why it’s an important ... Read more
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The Time Travel Map

Recently I came across one of the best tools I’ve ever found online, and it’s completely free! The National Library of Scotland has taken modern satellite images and placed old maps over the top. You can select your map (our favourite one is the OS Six Inch 1888-1913), select your area (the whole of Wales ... Read more
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Google on Hwb

If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know I’m a big fan of using G Suite for Education in class. G Suite (or Google Apps as they used to be known) is a collection of apps and software that can be used on any device to type, present, make maps and graphs and a million other ... Read more
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iOS11 – Where Some Favourite Apps Die

Every year, Apple updates the software for iPads and iPhones. The current version, since late last year, is iOS11. This brought a lot of updates and new features, but if you updated your school’s iPads to iOS11, you may have found a lot of apps refusing to work, claiming they need to be updated by ... Read more
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Make the Web Welsh

This is a Welsh language post explaining how to change Chrome’s settings so that it automatically opens the Welsh version of any website that has such a version.  Mae nifer o wefannau gyda fersiwn Gymraeg, ond pa mor aml ych chi yn sylwi? Mae bron pob gwefan dwyieithog yn agor fel y fersiwn Saesneg, ac ... Read more
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Why Should We Buy Chromebooks for Our School?

I recently posted a comparison of some of the most common devices seen in schools: PCs, laptops, Chromebooks and iPads. Today I’ll focus in more detail on my favourite class of devices for schools, Chromebooks. These devices used to be rather niche, but are becoming very popular. In fact, the majority of devices bought by ... Read more
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“Oh You Can’t Use G Suite in Schools, It’s Not Secure!”

Rumours. They’re a weird thing. No-one knows where exactly they start, or what path they took when spreading, but they can easily find their way to all four corners of the country. As my work takes me to schools all over Wales, I often hear such rumours as they spread. And there is one particular ... Read more
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Botio: Ap Codio yn y Gymraeg

This post is about a Welsh language coding app called Botio. Ychydig iawn o apiau Cymraeg sydd ar gael, yn enwedig i blant Cyfnod Allweddol 2. Mae cael technoleg gyfoes yn y Gymraeg yn hanfodol bwysig (dwi’n edrych ymlaen at weld gwasanaethau G Suite for Education yn y Gymraeg ar Hwb erbyn y Pasg). Os ... Read more
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New Year Priorities: Leadership

So, 2018 is a weekend or so away, the Christmas turkey and the presents are a distant memory and you’ve probably already fired up the laptop to start getting your head back into ‘work mode’. What’s going to be different in your school this year? What will you focus on improving? We’ve prepared a couple ... Read more
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New Year Priorities: The Teacher Who Doesn’t Like Tech

So, 2018 is a weekend or so away, the Christmas turkey and presents are a distant memory and you’ve probably already fired up the laptop to start getting your head back into ‘work mode’. What’s going to be different in your class this year? What will you focus on improving? We’ve prepared a couple of ... Read more
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Explore the World From Your Class

Take your pupils shark spotting under the waves, fly them to Egypt to gaze at the Pyramids or soar to space to look at our Solar System. Whilst we may wish to be able to give our pupils such learning opportunities, it’s clearly not possible. The next best thing is to let them taste a ... Read more
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Who Teaches Typing Skills?

For many people, teaching typing skills sounds like a task from a bygone era. It brings up memories of old computers in secondary schools’ ICT suites, of typing classes for receptionists and of old fashioned software guiding you through which finger touches which letter. Most schools these days spend little, if any time, on teaching ... Read more
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Laptops, ICT Suite, iPads or Chromebooks?

One of the major obstacles to teaching through technology is resources. Schools are on a tightened budget and many continue to rely on a few old PC’s or laptops which struggle at the start of each lesson. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way around this. Schools need to invest in their technology if they are to ... Read more
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Hwb, Hwb+, J2E, Office 365 – What’s the difference?

Every pupil and school staff member in Wales has a login to the Welsh Government’s Hwb platform which contains a host of different software made available for free. The project started over 6 years ago, and yet many schools are yet to make any use of it. One of the main reasons for this is ... Read more
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For the Noisy Class

Too Noisy can only be described as a “noise-o-meter”. Set the sensitivity level you want, plug into your interactive white board and witness the noise level in your class drop immediately. As the noise grows, the swingometer goes into the red, the screen turns black and the poor sun, smiling happily just a minute ago, ... Read more
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Maths Made Fun with Sumdog

We’re always on the lookout for websites and software that are effective in boosting learning whilst also helping teachers with their workload. Sumdog is one of those sites! Whether you use the free version or the paid version, pupils play fun, modern maths games that are tailored to their level. Here’s the basics: Pupils and ... Read more
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Stick to my App!

If you’ve ever used iPads in your classroom, be it a Nursery classroom, a Year 6 classroom or anything in between, then you will have experienced the frustration of watching pupils switch to a totally different app from the one for which you spent hours planning tasks! Sometimes this is just the natural curiosity of ... Read more
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The Amazing Sound Sensitive Classroom Noise Alarm

I have just invested in an incredible new piece of technology. With a class that can sometimes forget about keeping its noise level in check, it’s the perfect solution. This is the Amazing Sound Sensitive Classroom Noise Alarm!!  If the pupils start talking at too loud a level, the alarm goes off automatically to remind them to ... Read more
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A Puppet Challenger Emerges

You may be familiar with the PuppetPals app (or the sequel, imaginatively named PuppetPals 2). These apps let you tell your story through animation using a selection of puppets and backgrounds. We are huge fans of the app, and it features in our Key Apps page where you’ll find tips and a video guide. Whilst it’s ... Read more
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