Technology is at the heart of the 21st century and is constantly evolving, allowing us to explore ways in which the web can be used to our advantage. Itís particularly helpful when I receive links to suggested sites and weíve paid attention to this fact by updating our recommendations section to include websites you might find useful and Iíd encourage you to check this out. In fact, in this feature, we highlight Quizlet as especially useful which I used when studying languages at GCSE. This great free website allows you to test your knowledge and is suitable for any subject, not just languages!
In this issue you will find:
I hope you enjoy TECHNOPOLIS and do let us know if there are any topics you'd like to see covered in a future issue.
Amira, Digital Leader Prefect.
PS - Missed Issue 1? Don't worry - take a look here.
In each edition of TECHNOPOLIS we'll present at least two feature articles written by our Digital Leader team. Opinions, analysis and discussion on topical Tech issues can be found here. In this edition:
Whatever it is that a teacher has done for the first time we want to hear about it! We want to help teachers celebrate their successes at improving learning in the classroom!
It could be that a teacher has used Google Slides for the first time (let's be honest, we're all sick of PowerPoint!), a teacher has given out their first interactive piece of homework on Firefly or a teacher who has finally got QR codes to work after weeks of trying.
Whatever has been done for the first time by a teacher, we want to hear about it! Your nomination might appear in the next edition of TECHNOPOLIS! So, don't delay, send us your nominations and let us know which teacher we should be celebrating!
Mrs Morton has enthusiastically embraced the idea of technology by exploiting Firefly in her lessons and with her students. If you are one of Mrs Morton's students you will know that she uses technology almost every lesson! Technology "...is the future and while the traditional ways of learning are good, we need to embrace the technology to further inspire our students" says Mrs Morton. With its intuitive and easy to use tools, Mrs Morton has made full use of Firefly despite only starting at Sheffield Girls' in September 2018. "Itís easy and reliable because it automatically saves your work and is very easy to access for the students and teachers". She also openly admits that she likes to look around Firefly and steal ideas from other teachers to improve her Firefly knowledge (Editor's Note - a great idea! No need to reinvent the wheel everytime).
Mrs Morton is using technology and the following Firefly features with her students:
We salute you Mrs Morton and your technological endeavours! Keep up the excellent work!
Our busy team of Digital Leaders have scoured the web to find the best resources for you to use in your studies. Each edition of Technopolis will list the very best tools that you most probably should be using.
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This website is interesting as it tells you all the latest tech stories but it makes sure that they are still fun to read. It means that you actually might want to read it as the writers make it easier to read as the they use aren't extremely technical. I quite like this website as it keeps me up to date with the latest technology without having to read a newspaper. Newspapers are, in my opinion, a real hassle! (Abi Y9)
Watch the video below to see Mrs Gunson select the Issue 1 winner. A £15 iTunes voucher is on its way to this lucky student very soon.Well done to everyone that entered the issue 1 competition. If you weren't successful, why not enter the competition above?
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I find e-learning particularly interesting and becoming a digital leader seemed like a really fun opportunity (it is!). Over the last two years, Iíve learnt and experienced so much all due to becoming a digital leader..
It has to be winning the 2018 GDST Techathon; it was such an exciting competition. The theme of that yearís Techathon was Ďmusic and digital technologiesí. We had to come up with an idea or product that we pitched to the judges ĎDragon's Dení style. Our idea was using music and images to help treat people affected by alzheimerís. During the day we participated in workshops and learnt about different pieces of technology such as Raspberry Pi. For us to be named the winners was a crazy end to an already amazing day.
Have a go! You donít need to be super smart to be good, you just need to be interested. Having coding and general computer skills is valued so much by companies and employers as it isnít a very common skill in todayís world so why not try and have a go?