Author: Fergal Moane

Blended Learning – Tech for Teachers Awards 2018

One of the challenges in edTech is having the time to identify the apps and websites that can make a difference in your subject. We know the benefits of general purpose teaching tools such as Kahoot, Padlet or Quizlet but the search for game-changers in specific subjects demands expertise in that subject, some focussed, relevant content for your students and your own time to evaluate them properly. Happily, The Tech for Teachers Awards for 2018 have done this for us! Follow the link below for the 5, 4 and 3 star winners in each subject category.

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Retrieval Practice

I was motivated to learn more about Retrieval Practice by meeting recently Dr Efrat Furst, a neuroscientist and education researcher from Harvard University, on a visit to Sandringham where she spoke at ResearchEd St Albans We have been working on neuroscience-informed learning strategies at Sandringham for a while, and indeed, the flashcards strategy advocated by our partner Dr Martijn van der Spoel and our Memory Clock both have Retrieval Practice ideas at their heart. I had the following questions on Retrieval Practice: What exactly happens when we retrieve? What is the student doing? What does this involve? What are the...

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The Attainment Gap

If you want to read the full EEF report on closing the attainment gap, it is here: Also, a very interesting read for those delivering new 9-1 GCSEs this year on the topic of grade boundaries. Be aware that statistics will be used to align grades with previous cohorts:...

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5 effective assessment approaches using EdTech

As we start back to school, here are five approaches that can provide timely and effective feedback whilst potentially reducing marking workload (and using far less paper!) 1. Low Stakes Quizzing Testing works. Research has demonstrated that taking a test on studied material promotes remembering that material on a final test, a phenomenon called the “testing effect.” The two most popular apps at Sandringham to facilitate quick, low stakes, starter/plenary style quizzes are Kahoot and Quizziz. They both have their place: Kahoot for a competitive, high-energy approach with a vast array of pre-built tests to save time and Quizziz for a more individual,...

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