Finding the right tool for the job

There are about 3000 start-up companies sitting in Silicon Valley at the moment, each producing more or less cool, engaging web tools which could feasibly be used in the classroom. It’s great fun to play around with these but, if like most teachers your playtime is shorter than you would like, good opportunities might pass you by. Frustrating, but sadly inevitable. That’s where I might be able to help. In my new role in Learning and Teaching Scotland’s Futures Team I have been given the opportunity to help East Lothian continue to be at the front of new technology use to improve the students’ experience and attainment at school. If you would like to increase the choices you have to help your students to learn then I am online, on the phone or in a school near you to help you* Find the best tool for the job (sharing? Showing best work? Visual? Textual?)* See how best to use the tools you already have access to* Explore what staff development needs you might have. I will also be leading several new CPD opportunities within the Authority covering basic to advanced blogging, podcasting, using digital images for learning and learning how to get the internet to come to you (no more visiting a million Googled sites and still not finding what you want). Please sign up for these at; – Staffdevelopment.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk In the meantime, if you have an idea for a collaborative or creative project and would like to explore what technology is available to make it possible, better or more fun, please get in touch: E: e.mcintosh@LTScotland.org.ukB: http://edu.blogs.comSkype: ewan.mcintoshM: 0793 23 43 188