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Site Update – WordPress 3.3

Well I’ve just updated the site to WordPress version 3.3, so far so good. Now for the inevitable flurry of plugin updates to follow the new release have started to appear.  Fingers crossed no bugs raised their ugly heads thus far but if you do come across any problems while on the site please let me know.

I’m loving the changes to the back end admin, very slick. Hopefully the front end site will run a bit quicker too.

Till my next post and just in case I don’t get one posted before Xmas I wish you all a very merry Solstice, Yule and Christmas 😀

 

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Inovatative use of Twitter to teach history

Icon for Education postsAn innovative project using twitter to teach history, Winchester House School in collaboration with other schools and colleges set up a twitter feed where each took on a persona in the gunpowder plot and tweeted in character to unveil the story of the plot and it’s events as a teaching aid for their pupils. Winchester House School who were running this web page http://winchesterhouse.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/gunpowder-tweeting-and-plot/ The Twitter feed http://twitter.com/#!/chrisleach78/gunpowdertweetingplot This sort of approach could easily be applied to creative writing or even as part of a performance, a novel way of developing a story plotline and character backgrounds before even a work of the story/script itself is written!

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28 interesting ways to use QR codes in the classroom

Icon for Education postsI recently came across this excellent resource on QR Codes by Tom Barrett for those of you not familiar with QR codes here is the Wikipedia definition of them.

A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.

They are gaining in popularity in education but as with many new technologies there is much confusion and misunderstanding about them. Below is a link to a Google Docs’ presentation covering 28 uses of QR code in the classroom and I recommend you take a look if you’re thinking of using them or just want to know what their all about. Presentation link: http://goo.gl/Pgq8s Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code

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