Quiet Revelation

Lessonbox UKBlog, digital learning, Education Innovation, Improving Teaching

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  We live in a noisy world – both in terms of what’s going on around the world and within our classrooms. As teachers, broadcast is (almost) a default setting, but taking the time to mute the dominant force of the teacher’s voice can be incredibly revealing. What’s more it can allow you to ensure that the correct progress is being made at the levels that you’re expecting. In a primary setting, for example, where tables are ability led, by using the ambient input of a mobile recording device, you can be a fly on the wall for a particular … Read More

The Benefits of Flipping the Classroom

Lessonbox UKBlog, digital learning, Education Innovation, Improving Teaching

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  Flipping the classroom brings benefits for both student and teacher and it’s true that creating an effective flip does need careful preparation to ensure that it works visually. But it’s easy to build up a library of good lessons and this can prove to be a time saver in the long run. One common problem is that students don’t complete homework if they’re encountering problems, but working in class minimises this. Watching videos as a homework element removes the “sage on a stage” model of a classroom and makes it a more interactive learning environment. “When you do a … Read More

Who to follow – focus on Maths

Lessonbox UKBlog, CPD, digital learning, Digital Tools

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Twitter is a great tool for sharing resources, understanding what’s going on in other settings and getting peer to peer opinion and advice as well as showcasing what you’re doing. Lisa Pettifer,  Head of Professional Development, SLE and Teaching School Coordinator at a large secondary school in Cumbria, speaking in a live chat explained this really well: Don’t underestimate the value/implications of Twitter and blogs within the ‘big pictures’ of edu debate, though. I heard Nick Gibb speak last week, and he admitted that some teacher blogs have influenced government policy. In the first of a series of posts about how social … Read More

Myth Busting – video recording isn’t complicated or technical

Lessonbox UKDigital Tools, Education Innovation, Improving Teaching

The recording revolution - using video in your classroom

There’s a common preconception that recording video in the classroom is a stressful and technical process with trailing cables and large cameras providing a distraction to the students. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. With Lessonbox all the “kit” is kept in one case. Simply flip open the box and you’re ready to go. All you need to get started is a flat surface and a power socket for the integrated laptop. Wheel your Lessonbox case into the room you want to use.. Lessonbox’s simple to use wireless cameras and microphones have batteries that last all day.  Simply place … Read More

Cosmic Classroom – putting STEM in the spotlight

Lessonbox UKEducation Innovation, Improving Teaching, Lesson Recording

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  Cosmic Classroom – putting STEM in the spotlight Since the Principia mission launched at the end of 2015 and put British ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake on everyone’s radar, it’s been notable that there’s been a gentle culture shift with more children engaging with STEM subjects.  This week’s #cosmicclassroom had Major Tim doing fun stuff in space. So how can we be sure that we can translate that vibrant buzz back to earth on a daily basis? A research document from the US Doe puts it well: “Teaching concepts of STEM at an early age is one of the little things we can … Read More

Top tips for teachers on using social media

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There was lots about social media at last week’s #BettShow.  Social media marketing for education empowers organisations to reach and engage with existing and new students globally. The various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest offer much higher participation than conventional means of communication. With an ever-increasing population of students and teachers present on social media – it can prove to be a great tool for communication, collaboration and CPD too. It’s crucial to separate your personal life from your professional life. You connect with family and friends on social networking sites, but is it a good idea to accept … Read More

New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

Lessonbox UKBlog, CPD, Education Innovation, Improving Teaching

There’s something lovely about the new calendar year, with its promises of new beginnings, right when winter’s at its darkest. For teachers, the longest term is over and they’ve got to know their students. The New Year brings careers resolutions for many – and the National College of Teaching and Learning expects a surge of interest in the profession. But what about those who are already in the classroom at the coalface, what are their resolutions? We asked some of the Lessonbox community to share their honest thoughts. “I have a few, not to mention, stepping away from the staffroom … Read More

11 Star Wars classroom resources for teachers (Number 3 is inspired)

Lessonbox UKBlog, Education Innovation, General, Lesson Plans

It’s unlikely it’s escaped your notice but there’s a new Star Wars movie coming. The first film Episode IV was released 38 years ago in and so there are plenty of teachers in schools today who have grown up with the George Lucas films as part of their childhood and want to pass on their love of the epic saga. The characters are enduring and the values that can be taught by them – friendship, bravery, and loyalty are as relevant now as ever. With the excitement building every day as the launch approaches at the time of writing, we … Read More

Lesson observation checklist

Lessonbox UKBlog, CPD

Lesson observation is an integral part of CPD and being prepare on both sides of the process is the key to successful outcomes. As a teacher you’re looking to ensure that your lesson observation goes well. As a member of the SLT, this important part of CPD can take up time that may be needed elsewhere. Having another teacher, even a familiar one, in the classroom can be a distraction for both teacher and the students. As lessons are given, as the teacher, you’re looking for non verbal clues from the observer to see how the observation is going. When … Read More