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Well it is the end of National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17). I started the week by hosting and keynoting the Scottish leg of the Google in Education UK Roadshow at Kingussie High School and finished the week by... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at OllieBray.com
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In recent months I have started to get more involved with The Scottish College of Educational Leadership including being accepted on their Fellowship Programme (which I have been very much enjoying and will get around to writing about eventually!). SCEL... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at OllieBray.com
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I was really impressed with the Microsoft Maker Space at BETT 2017. It was packed full of practical and fun activities for both kids and adults to try out. I think my favourite was the robotic hand (see the video... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at OllieBray.com
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I picked up a copy of the new ‘Hello World’ Magazine at BETT 2017. The magazine is a collaboration between The Raspberry Pi Foundation, Computing At School (CAS), The BCS Academy of Computing and British Telecom (BT). Hello World is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at OllieBray.com
All big challenges David. I have enjoyed some of Moray's attempts at recruitment though, Some nice videos and also the offer of incentives. Thanks for commenting and hope all is well with you. OB
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Scotland (and many other parts of the world) is currently facing a teacher recruitment crisis. The crisis is currently the most prominent in the state education sector. There are lots of reasons for this including: Significant pressure on local authority... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at OllieBray.com
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I’ve known Julie Lindsay online (mainly through Twitter) for what seems like a very long time. I particularly remember some of her early work around the Flat Classroom Project that she co-founded with Vicki Davis (AKA: @coolcatteacher) back in 2006.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at OllieBray.com
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I met Mitch Resnick as part of the 2016 Intel Education Visionaries meet-up in Denver, Colorado in June 2016. I was reminded of our conversation and also the main points of his keynote presentation as I read an article on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at OllieBray.com
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A few weekends ago I found myself keynoting "III Simposio Internacional sobre Mobile Learning" in Savilla, Spain. I don't do many of these things anymore so it was great to dig out some old slides and mix them with a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at OllieBray.com
I am delighted to announce the 3rd round of the EUN Games in Schools Course with new content, activities, webinars and subtitles in French, Italian, Greek and Romanian will be starting on the 18th April 2016. The course takes into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at OllieBray.com
I've written about code.org lost of times before. Here and here for example. They launched a nice little video last week called 'Computer Science is Changing Everything'. I like some of the descriptions that peopel use to describe what coding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at OllieBray.com
Delighted to be the face of the 2nd round of the European SchooNet Academy Developing Digital Skills in your Classroom Course. Digital skills are already an essential requirement for young people to succeed in an increasingly digitized society. Not only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at OllieBray.com
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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015. ________________________________________________________ As part of the seminar programme at the #IntelVisionaries Conference Leslie Wilson... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015. ________________________________________________________ I really enjoyed Dr Wayne Grant's Presentation on Transmedia Education. Much of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015. ________________________________________________________ On one of the evenings we had dinner at the Tech Museum... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015. ________________________________________________________ Built into the programme of the week was a chance to share... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015. ________________________________________________________ Intel’s Global Headquarters in Santa Clara has a museum (well, why wouldn’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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My cousin Keith works at Edgbaston Watersports in Birmingham. Visiting him recently he told me that the two towers that you can see from the centre were the actual towers that inspired the 'two towers' in JR Tolkien's Lord of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015. ________________________________________________________ An ongoing theme of the conference was ‘making’ and ‘tinkering’ – two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015. ________________________________________________________ John Galvin (Vice President, General Manager Intel Education - Revenue, Products and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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I’ve got a long established relationship with Intel. This has not only included the various gizmos and gadgets that I have bought over the years with ‘Intel Inside’ but also nearly five years of working with the Corporate Affairs Teams... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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Almost that time of the year when Bazza and I dust off the sea kayaks and head out for a wee weekend trip away. Last year we headed to one of our favourite haunts - the Sandaig Isles. Always good... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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I'm a big fan of the Raspberry Pi and we have invested in a class set (with potable monitors) at Kingussie. We are using the Raspberry Pi's for various computing / maker projects at the moment. I am also enthusiastic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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In his new June 2015 report (‘What Works Best in Education: the Politics of Collaborative Expertise’) Professor John Hattie asks ‘How do we increase the expertise of all teachers?’ IRIS Connect have dissected the paper on their blog and quite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at OllieBray.com
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Nice little video here on Open Education. Funny to think we are not pushing this more in Scottish Schools or that it doesn't seem to be part of any overall strategy (colleges and Universities are a lot further ahead of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at OllieBray.com