Launching Mr P’s Online CPD support on Facebook – Education Article

I regularly receive messages from teachers saying that they would love to attend one of my CPD and Inset sessions, however, due to one reason or the other (location, school not allowing them to go etc) they can’t make it. I have been thinking for a while about trying to create some sort of online platform where teachers can access more detailed CPD content. I have and always will share content for free through this blog and my social media pages. However,…

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Please support my class with their #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign – Education Article

In Year 4, we have been inspired by the latest Greenpeace Advert – There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom. The advert tells the story of Rang-Tan, a young Indonesian orangutan that has been forced out of her home by humans. It is a beautifully animated video with a very powerful message: We decided to look at the text used in the advert in more detail: There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don’t know what to do. She plays with…

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Creating your own Lego Movies – Education Article

With Lego Movie 2 hitting cinemas this week, I decided to embrace the children’s enthusiasm to introduce stop motion animation. Stop Motion Animation is a brilliant and creative way for students to tell stories, explore ideas and explain different concepts. There are plenty of different stop motion animation apps. My go-to app is I Can Animate. There are so many possibilities with this app as you can link it with greenscreen to add an animated background before editing further in…

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Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day @coolcatteacher – Education Article

I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. Pick one today to try with your students. I’ve also added some of my favorite new productivity tools for my smartphone, iPad, and a few new ones for my Mac. Today’s Sponsor Thank you to Advancement Courses for making today’s show possible. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country. They offer over 200 graduate-level…

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Continuing our Journey with the #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign – Education Article

A few weeks ago, I blogged about a project my Year 4 class had started, inspired by the recent Greenpeace advert – There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom. To read that blog post, which includes original questions linked to the advert, please click the picture: The response we received from the video the class created where they wrote in role as a helpless Orangutan, seeing their home destroyed was so positive and empowering.  Again you can read more about this…

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Support Rang-Tan by Downloading my Pupil’s eBook – Education Article

You will have seen over the past half term I have been working on a very important topic with Year 4 inspired by the Greenpeace “There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom” advert. This has since been used by Iceland Foods as their Christmas advert but has been banned from TV. This has culminated in a very special project where my class have all become published authors. To read what we have done so far, click the pictures: The first link looks…

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Using Coins and Notes to make different amounts. – Education Article

Watch on Instagram TV One of the best things about teaching is what children say that just astounds you. Sometimes the discussion and conversations you have with children can just completely blow you away. Don’t get me wrong they often make you chuckle and laugh but when faced with a more serious conversation, I am always amazed at the depth some children show. Today I had an amazing morning with Year 2 looking at proverbs. I introduced the idea of…

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5 steps to successfully run a student-led tech team – Education Article

One-to-one device initiatives have exploded in popularity and have dramatically changed the classroom environment. Dedicated device access doesn’t just benefit students through improved educational outcomes, but also benefits districts by enabling innovation and providing a clear return on educational investment. IT teams, however, can struggle with the greatly increased burdens of managing fragmented device platforms, and the increased staffing that 1:1 initiatives often demand can limit funding for other important initiatives. In 2016, Lafayette (IN) Catholic School System was preparing…

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Book Review Vlogs – Education Article

As I recently discussed in a previous blog post (click here to read) I really think, when used effectively, technology can enhance and support a student’s love of reading. In most classrooms, once a child finishes a book they will be asked to then fill out a book review worksheet. Something along the lines of this… I don’t want to sound like I am having a go at any teachers who do these types of worksheets. I just believe with technology…

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Amazon Cut iPad Prices, Again! Now $100 Off! – Education Article

Two weeks ago Amazon put new, current generation iPads on sale for $269. Then a day later the price was reduced to $249 which was the lowest price I’d ever seen for brand new iPads. This morning Amazon has brand new iPads for only $229! Why I bought a new iPad I bought a new iPad because my old one was four years old and had gotten to the point that it wouldn’t run some of the new apps that…

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The Power of Reading! – Education Article

As much as I love technology, I will always talk about the importance of reading on my CPD sessions. It really annoys me when people like to blame technology as a reason why children don’t read as much. We like to blame technology for a number of things but for me, it comes down to choices. I hope through this blog and my social media pages, I demonstrate how, when used effectively, it can transform teaching and learning. Unfortunately, I think too…

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MrPICT.com – Education Article

A few months ago, Facebook gave me the opportunity to launch a supporter aspect to my page. For £3.50 a month, teachers can subscribe to receive the following benefits: This platform, for me, is a way to bring my CPD training in schools online. I regularly receive messages from teachers saying that they would love to attend one of my CPD and Inset sessions, however, due to one reason or the other (location, school not allowing them to go etc) they can’t make…

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