C U L8R!

Ben ForteGeneral, Technology


When I was growing up my generation were at the cusp of SMS messaging (texting). My first mobile phone allowed me to send 10 messages a day, they were all free and that was it, you couldn’t even pay for more if you wanted you just got 10. What you sent in those 10 messages of 140 characters was crucial, … Read More

A Serverless School

Ben ForteChromebook, Edtech, Google Apps


The term ‘Serverless School’ has been talked about for a few years now and I think it is something all of us cloud enthusiasts aspire to have. I have been meaning to write a post about this for quite sometime and then today I attended an RM Seminar where Simon Ansell presented a presentation on ‘The Serverless School’ and it was great … Read More

Weekend Language

Ben FortePresenting

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Imagine being able to present even the most boring of topics and still have your audiences enjoying every second of it! As you may know I am presenting at the Google Education on Air Event in May. Google provided the presenters with a copy of Weekend Language a book by Andy Craig & Dave Yewman which will help you to be … Read More

Google – Education on Air

Ben ForteChromebook, Edtech, Google Apps


Last month Google announced Education on Air—the free online conference for educators May 8-9. As of this week you can now check out the full schedule of sessions. I’ll be taking part as a speaker on day 2 of the event. Day 1- Leading for the future: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET hear from speakers who will challenge us … Read More

Catch Of The Day – Hangouts On Air

Ben ForteEdtech, Google Apps


I am going to be the next big Youtube success 😉 nah not really! We decided we wanted to start doing a weekly meeting about what has been happening in the world of Education Technology and thought it would be good to share it online. So we came up with Catch Of The Day. In Catch Of The Day (#DHSBCOTD) … Read More

Just Be Brilliant

Ben ForteEngagement


Last week I attended a Librarian Annual Conference hosted by Babcock. The main speaker for the day was Andy Cope. Andy is a trainer, speaker, teacher and author of a popular book series Spy Dog and also ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’. Now I will start off by saying the theme of what Andy was talking about was quite unexpected for … Read More

Rules, Rules, Rules

Ben ForteLearning Commons


So many traditional Libraries have so many rules. Generally you will find posters here there and everywhere dictating what you are and aren’t allowed to do. These are often not engaging and frequently ignored. A Learning Commons must have a more relaxed common sense approach. There are now so many different things that can have so many different rules that … Read More

Codio – Online Coding Platform

Ben ForteDevelopment, Edtech


While at BETT I heard about a platform called Codio. When I got home I thought I would check it out. Codio is a platform for teaching coding/just coding. It’s already being used all over the world by students as young as 8 years old right through to professional developers. The real beauty of using Codio is that students learn … Read More

Supervision / Support

Ben ForteLearning Commons

Supervision Support

The level of support and supervision required should be considered carefully. Depending on how your learning space operates you may require different levels of support at different times of the day. There should always be someone available in your learning space and during peak times e.g. Lunchtime you are probably going to require more support. There are a few ways … Read More

Playing with Robots – Dash & Dot

Ben ForteDevelopment, Edtech

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This story starts a long time ago. On the 28th November 2013 I backed a Kickstarter project by a company called Play-i (now Wonder Workshop) I love the Kickstarter concept an find myself often backing some great products. I saw a lot of potential in Play-i for teaching programming to children, also who doesn’t love a robot! So I backed the project … Read More