Replied to 10 Productivity Tips For Teachers (And Students) (Primary Tech by Kathleen Morris)
Not all strategies are for everyone. I like hearing tips and workflows from others but it’s up to you to decide what will work for you.
I really like your point Kathleen that not every strategy works for everyone. The thing that I would add to that is that not every strategy that works for you will work every time.

In my new role I really had to think hard about what strategies I use to stay productive. This was working until I changed teams and subsequently work. Being a lot more collaborative and involving a centralised response system, I have tried (and failed) a number of strategies to make it all work for me. One approach was to create a Google Sheet, which was organise into categories and had a status column which allowed me to prioritise.

I liked this setup as it allowed me to easily change the statuses and add links to further information. The issue is that it involves a lot of doubling up between systems.

In the end, I am getting what needs to be done completed at the moment, but I am still looking for something more productive.

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Now I know what my problem has been all these years … Colour! If only my principal had allowed me to print in colour I could have made so much more difference.
Replied to My Class: Student Blogging Made Easy! by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
My Class has had an update! Our management tool is ideal for teachers with students who either have their own student blog or publish posts on the class blog. This post explains all the features of My Class and how to use it.
I love My Class in Edublogs and feel that it is often overlooked in light of other platforms, such as SeeSaw.

Is the addition of email-less accounts in line with GDPR? I remember discovering the hack to be able to create accounts using ‘+text’ on the end of a Google account. The only issue is that this can sometimes contriven the local policy in place.

For example, Global2 requires students to sign up with their school email.

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Replied to Are Your Students Sharing and Amplifying Their Learning? by Kathleen Morris (Primary Tech)
Silvia and Janet have provided a helpful framework in their book that demonstrates degrees of amplification: sharing with oneself, sharing face to face, sharing strategically online and sharing globally
I have not gotten to Silvia and Janet’s book, although I have read a number of posts associated with it. On a side note, I recently came upon an interesting discussion associated with the idea of sharing from Adam Grant. It takes a different approach to the problem and argues that what often matters is the culture we create around sharing and sharers. The question I was left wondering is whether everyone has to share? What is the place of the elegant lurker?
Replied to 5 Useful, Free Photo Apps for Teachers and Students by Kathleen Morris (Primary Tech)
In this post, I’m going to share five apps to do with photography and images that I’ve been exploring lately. I feel like these could be useful to help teachers and/or students overcome certain obstacles … or just have fun being creative.
This is an interesting collection of apps Kathleen. I think that what you use often comes down to which platform you are on.

I have collected some options and alternatives to Google Drawings, but these are usually web-based (although what is ‘the web’ when a Chromebook can run Android apps.)

In regards to Adobe, I wonder if the ‘school managed accounts’ can be used beyond just Adobe Spark?

Replied to The Edublogger’s Guide To Podcasting by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
This guide helps teachers and students learn how to consume and create their own podcasts.
This is a thorough guide Kathleen. I think that podcasts offer so much potential. I have written before about creating podcasts with Edublogs, as well as collected together a number of resources and reflections.

One of the challenges I have faced of late is creating using a Chromebook. I love Audacity, but this is not an option. I wonder if the addition of Android apps will alleviate this. Interestingly, it is easier to edit video on a Chromebook, than audio.

A development that I have engaged lately is the idea of microcasts. I think that as a model, it offers a different entry point. In some ways Flipgrid captures some of this.

Another useful tool is Jon Udell’s work around clipping video and audio. This then allows you to embed snippets, therefore offering yet another entry point.

Replied to Typing Tips: The How and Why of Teaching Students Keyboarding Skills by Kathleen Morris (Primary Tech)
There are so many great games and online tools designed for younger students. Once students begin recognising the alphabet, I think they can begin learning to type. This can complement your teaching of traditional writing and literacy. Some schools of thought suggest that typing might be the new cursive. So instead of investing time in teaching students how to join their writing in middle primary school, perhaps there could be more of a focus on improving keyboarding skills.
Interesting post Kathleen.

It feels like we spend so much time debating handwriting sometimes that we forget about typing. I really like how you compare the different applications in a concise fashion.

You might be interested in this post from Catherine Gatt, in which she reflects on the development associated with learning to type.