Dan is a former Science teacher and Senior Leader in a Secondary School.
He has won UK, European and Worldwide Teaching Awards for his innovative use of technology in the classroom, as a teacher and senior leader he has a proven track record of facilitating training and supporting schools nationally and internationally. His professional links with Microsoft have seen him present to and coach teachers from many countries across Europe, USA, South America, the Middlle East and Africa. His 5 minutes of fame was in 2009 when he advised the Obama administration as part of their educational technology reform 2020 plan. Dan is a regular keynote presenter at national and international conferences and regularly writes articles and journals focusing on the use of new technologies particularly social networking and mobile devices in schools.
I tried this out today with a Year 7 group of students. I am sure you remember using one of these when you were at school to predict who would be your next girlfriend or boyfriend! Here is a giant one some students made today.
Instead of predicting your future love interest, we replaced the names with science revision questions, then each student tested each other using the fortune tellers.
Every year group for the next few weeks will be completing end of year exams in all subjects here at the International School. I have been exploring with a group of students how they revise. We then discussed how teachers and our parents support us to revise. As a result, we have produced a document below which we have made available to all students across the school.
There are so many different ways of revising. The default technique, that most students adopt, is one of just reading their notes. This is a good starting point, but is not necessarily effective as it isn’t active. It does work for the small minority of people who have a photographic memory, but most of us are not that lucky!