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Around the Blogs
What’s the buzz in the blogsphere? Here we pick out some of the latest news and views from blogs by teachers.

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Blog of the Week
The End of Not Knowing  
I had a very curious flash of insight the other day. Not a revelation as such but one of those moments that happens a thousand times a week and just occasionally you see the right juxtaposition to make you realise what just happened. I was driving my family to Glasgow. We came around a bend in the motorway and, slightly abruptly, met the tail end of a traffic queue. It was abrupt because there were no signs indicating any roadworks. When you meet a queue before you see the signs, you naturally start to think you're in for a bit of a wait. Everyone wants to know just how long. The driver of the car in the lane next to me started edging his car towards the centre line, craning to peer down the queue and see how far off the obstruction was. Without even really thinking about it, I slid open my iPhone that was mounted on the dashboard playing music. I fired up the TomTom app, picked my destination. In a couple of seconds, the phone beeped to show that the obstruction was 1.1 miles from my current position and that the delay to my journey would be approximately four minutes. It's not that GPS navigation systems with live traffic data are particularly new; it was just the contrast between my experience and the frustrated, anxious driver in the next lane that made me think about this. It felt like I had a sixth sense: data. Source: Fraser Speirs
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86 Iconic Images Ruined With Technology  
Having fun with Photoshop! This site asked people to alter famous and iconic photos by placing technology where it doesn't belong. There are some intriguing results.
Posted: 29/05/2009
Open Source Software: What School Leaders Should Know  
Check out this on OSS from Laura Walker, a modern languages teacher in the UK: “Open Source tools make it easy for students, parents and staff to access software without the need to buy expensive licenses or to illegally download programs …”
Posted: 15/05/2009
Note taking: the answer to my prayers  
Alan Vallis gives the thumbs up to "almost perfect" note-taking software Evernote. "When it was first released in Beta, I didn’t appreciate its power. I didn’t really 'get it' but I’d have saved myself a lot of time if I’d investigated it more closely first time around."
Posted: 7/05/2009
Ten Tips For Students In Making A Good Presentation  
If you're preparing students to make presentations, here's some simple advice and suggestions to share with them
Posted: 1/05/2009
25 Places to Find Awesome Stock Photos  
Whether you’re designing a website or searching for images to post on your blog, stock photos may very well come in handy. Check out this collection of 25 sites offering free or cheap images.
Posted: 28/04/2009
RSS in a nutshell  
Seen the letters RSS on a website or blog and wonder what they mean? Jenny Smith offers a great explanation of what RSS - or Really Simple Syndication - is all about.
Posted: 25/04/2009
Educational potential of Twitter  
Twitter seems to be the latest internet fad - or is it more than that? Danny Nicholls thinks there is potential for Twitter to be harnessed in education, just as blogs are being used today to share ideas and document learning.
Posted: 25/04/2009
Wikis and Websites - what's the difference?  
Teacher Heath Sawyer explains the difference between a website and wiki from an educational perspective.
Posted: 20/04/2009
What teachers should and should not post on class blogs  
More and more teachers are setting up class websites and blogs to share content with administrators, students, and parents. But what's appropriate to go online? Check out these useful 'Should' and 'Should Not' lists.
Posted: 9/04/2009
How to squeeze decent photos out of an iPhone  
Mobile photographer Meg Pickard puts her success down to being able to capture something "fleeting and interesting". Here she shares her tips for getting decent photos from an iPhone.
Posted: 8/04/2009
Netbooks are go  
Southwell School has recently implemented a netbook programme for Year 7 students and Dave Winter has "never been happier in my beliefs that connected students will learn better".
Posted: 18/03/2009
Vocaroo - Voice recorder  
David Kinane discovers a new utility called Vocaroo, a voice recording service for sending messages across the Internet, which he describes as a "brilliant tool and simple to use".
Posted: 10/03/2009
Class TV Channel made easy!  
For a while she’s been researching a way to have a class TV channel. Now Elm Park Primary School’s Raenette Taljaard found something which is easy, quick and most of all practical to use in class, WorldTV.
Posted: 18/02/2009
Interactive Whiteboard GONE!!!  
Southwell School’s Tim Bullock is taking part in a project to use Tablet notebooks in his classroom. Here he bids farewell to his interactive whiteboard.
Posted: 18/02/2009
Hyperstudio Returns  
Dorothy Burt explains how Pt England School got to Beta test Hyperstudio 5, and how it’s going.
Posted: 18/02/2009