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October 6th, 2011 by Jenny Hughes

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A mile of ideas….let’s go for it!

October 6th, 2011 by Jenny Hughes

Inspired by Tom Barrett’s presentations based on one idea per slide, I just asked Graham how big a slide was. After a pitying look and a very sniffy technical response, he helpfully put up a powerpoint on his screen and we measured how wide it was with a wooden ruler. It was about 30cm. Then I went for full screen mode and stretched it to .67 metres, which is therefore the length of an idea.

Divide that into a kilometre and it comes to about 1500 (give or take a few slides that sneakily have two ideas and take away the title slides and allowing a factor for lap top size screens).  Then I counted the number of ideas already published on Chalkface, including Tom’s, and found 108. That’s 72 metres of idea already – not bad, and loads to come!

Now I want an electronic thermometer thingy – like they used to have to measure the donations towards replacing the lead on the church roof – to see whether we can get a kilometre of ideas in the next year.

I admit there are some conceptual problems here because everyone knows that ideas are traditionally are measured by weight (as in ‘I’ve got tons of ideas’) or volume (as in ‘Here’s a handful of ideas’ ).

Anyway – that’s the target. A kilometre of ideas for teachers.

Bored of Pontydysgu :  (

PS Graham has pointed out that tweeted ideas are smaller so if some maths teacher could work out how long 140 characters are….

Tribute to Steve Jobs….32 ways to use an iPod Touch in the classroom

October 6th, 2011 by Jenny Hughes

Last year I posted 20 Things To Do With Mobile Phones (or something!) – here’s the next generation of ideas, started by Tom Barrett. Seems a fitting tribute to Steve Jobs

31 Interesting ways of using audio in the classroom

October 6th, 2011 by Jenny Hughes

As promised – the first of the ‘mile of ideas’ topics

Interesting ways to …..

October 6th, 2011 by Jenny Hughes

Great idea from Tom Barrett who started off the series of ‘How to…’ presentations. One idea per slide, add yours on the end and keep it rolling! And loads of thanks to all those who have already contributed.

If you want to join the party, look at the last slide of any one for information on how to do this. Meanwhile, twitter their existence and alert all those over-worked, short-on-ideas teachers you know. We are going to post the whole series here.

Tom has an excellent website This is a must-read for all classroom teachers. Please note – those of you who have accessed his site before – the url has changed. (For which he blames the bullying of Doug Belshaw!!) Whatever the address, you NEED this site!

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