Shall We Get Serious Now Please?

Today marks the start of the 4-day show at Kensington Olympia: The British Education Technology and Training Show, or BETT for short. I have been invited by Google to join them on their stand on Thursday, so I am going to do what I originally set out to do when I first started blogging – let you guys know about Google Apps, how you can use them, and my feel that the internet is a great device for use in schools, and that the authorities are too worried about minor things such a viruses, which is why they filter any website containing a picture the wrong side of a stick man.

I know, it’s a lot to fit into one blog. Still, here goes.

Today, in Maths, we uploaded (or should I say, tried to upload),  some of our previously completed revision material for our Unit 1 Maths external GCSE exam. My school’s Virtual Learning Environment crashed 3 times in that one-hour period. It is a fantastic scenario to prove that Google Docs is the bast way to encourage, not only more efficiency in the uploading stuff, but also it encourages more group/pair work in the classroom. Even on its back doorstep, you can feel many times in ICT (speaking as a student taking the subject for GCSE) a bit lonely. It doesn’t matter what kind of task you may be doing; whether it be planning for a drama storyline, working on a History project, or simply doing an extra-curricular task.

I’m telling you this for free, so pay attention. When hard drives disappear from computers in the next 5 years, Google Docs will be the main force behind all document editing and collaboration. It will be so exciting for pupils doing a computer task, being told to work in pairs, but having to use separate computers. Instead of one person doing all the research, one doing all the flashy presentation effects, Google Docs will allow you to work on the same document at the same time, so everyone can contribute to all aspects of the task.

 

(Wouldn’t it have been better if we just uploaded all our stuff onto Google Docs, and shared it with the whole class? With our school’s VLE, you have to click on one thing, then another, then another to get to where you want to. On Google Docs, it’s just there.)

If I had to suggest one hint of improvement, is that you can make folders for all your documents to be manually organised into. This allows you the best of both worlds, because while you’re and you’ll still be used to organising files on Windows Explorer, but you’ll still be exposed to the new ideas and concepts of Google Docs.

 

That’s my review, up to you to make a decision. See you at BETT 2012!!!

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Leave John Terry alone now!!

Racism has no place. Anywhere in the world. If you’re xenophobic, go and speak to someone about it; don’t just hurl insults and abuse at the people you have a fear of.

Not so long ago a white person got done after being filmed on a tram, expressing her dislike to foreigners in Britain. She used some strong language while children and people with other ethnicities were on the tram. This was heavily covered by the media for about 2 weeks, and now nobody hears of her anymore.

During Chelsea’s match against QPR, John Terry was accused of alleged racism towards Anton Ferdinand. He’s been found guilty, and is due for a court hearing on February 1st. HOLD ON, YOU KNOW THIS ALREADY. REPEATING THIS WILL CONTRADICT WHAT I’M TRYING TO TELL YOU. 

I was watching the episode of Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe where he was analysing how the news covered John Terry’s affair with the ex-girlfriend of Wayne Bridge. He was due for meeting Fabio Capello something like 2 weeks later. During those two weeks, the news media talked about lots of increasing “pressure” on Terry, cause they had nothing else better to do!! I bet anyone that for the whole of January the news media are going to be on Terry so much he has to go to the hospital to get treated for gamma radiation from the cameras.

My message to all of the big news companies is:- OK. We all know John Terry has been found guilty and is due in court on 40 days’ time. You don’t need to repeatedly shove it down our throats as if our enzymes have gone to sleep!! Stop giving him “increasing pressure”, while he prepares for this crucial day. Yes, he’s the Chelsea and England captain, but that shouldn’t make a difference as to what he does, or how he is tracked.

A wider message for the news media is to stop hanging around bins like a bunch of prostitutes in order to catch someone by their bedroom window. Thank you. WE ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY.

Welcome to blogging!! (for me, that is)

Hello Everyone!!!

It was a phenomenal evening yesterday.  This week, I have learned and experienced the full impact of the use of the internet in education. The team at Google provided an insight into how you can use it in the classroom. These people at these authorities have to embrace this idea with both arms, rather than being so pent up with the potential risks and so-called “safety threats”.

What’s more, the guys at Google gave me a free Chromebook!! This is what I am writing my blog on. Currently, I am falling asleep on my keyboard because I stayed up till midnight personalising it. The one thing I need to do is treasure this Chromebook. Everything I do on this is going to be online. No magnetic tape, no flimsy flash-drives, nothing. That is the beauty of this Chromebook (notice I am calling it this instead of a laptop, because that word DOES NOT do it justice!!)

Anyway, I will be uploading a regualar blog, possibly every week, filled with info on how this holy grail of computing is being put to good use, plus witty comments on how I feel about any topical issues. (For my friends on Facebook who wonder where my comedy videos went, this is the replacement. Have a go at this too, you could surprise yoursself on how interesting and exciting this is!!!) Google gave birth to this blog, and now, the blog will open up the whole world.

If you want to keep track of where I am, (sorry, I’m not getting married – although this decision is subject to change) my twitter name is @KidInASweetShop. Now, I need to go and hyperventilate after I have pressed the “Publish” button. *Heavy breathing from bathroom*

Oh, I almost forgot. Feel free to comment as well if you use wordpress. I do encourage you to use it; it’s brilliant!

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