Monday, January 26, 2009


During the summer holidays I have been reading The Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) for Educators, Edited by The AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology.

If you have not read it here is a brief summary.
It looks at the concept and implementation of technological pedagogical content knowledge which is the knowledge and skills teachers need when they integrate technology into their classrooms in meaningful ways. Above left is a graphic to show the the TPCK framework - the complex interplay of three primary forms of knowledge: CK (content knowledge), PK (pedagogical knowledge) and TK (technogical knowledge).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Science web site

Have just been reading an ESchool Newsletter about a science web site for schools.

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have unveiled their new web site aiming to engage students in science education. They provide videos and hands-on activities for earth, life, and physical science to help educators turn their students into aspiring scientists.
I have been looking around the site and it is great. Teachers will find many ideas for their classrooms in here.
You need to sign up to enable you to down videos for example. They obviously think that only people from the USA are going to sign up as you need to give data about your school and give the State you reside in but just ignore those bits and the sign up goes through OK.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


A student of mine sent me a link to BibMe an easy way to store a bibliography list.

I have tried it out and found it really useful. You can quickly put in the information about your source and it will save in APA, MLA etc. A useful web site for teachers and students alike. I still like the Citation Machine as well but the beauty of this one is it will save the list for you and then you can download it when you are ready. It downloads as an RTF file to Word or another word processing programme.