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What is a troll?

I occasionally get asked 'What is a troll?' and 'How do you deal with them?' so...

Troll ~ 
Noun A mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.The action of trolling for fish. Verb Fish by trailing a baited line along behind a boat: "we trolled for mackerel".

Urban DictionaryOne who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.
I'm sure every blogger will come across the troll at some point. On social media platforms such as Twitter they are even more prevalent yet hide behind their self justifying anonymity. Sometimes we take the bait they throw at us and other times we try to ignore their petulant whining. 

Teachers will meet trolls not only online but in the staffroom too. Some call them bullies others call them names that will remain unmentionable on this blog. I've met a few and exchanged p…

YouTube Analytics as a Maths resource

YouTube provides a fantastic analytics section for every video you upload and the information it provides could be a great resource for Maths and calculations such as:

Reading Graphs - line graphs and pie charts are usedPercentagesEstimationsTimeProblem solving Depending on the information you are looking at you can download it as a CSV file providing opportunities for spreadsheet investigations.

Have you used YouTube analytics in your teaching?

My Top Tech of 2012

Even though there are a few days remaining, 2012 has been a fantastic year for technology  in teaching and learning. And what better way to celebrate it than to give you my top tech of 2012. This list, which has no particular order, demonstrates the technology I have found to be the most effective for raising standards in teaching and learning.
Airserver is an over the air receiver for Macs and PC's giving you a similar experience you would get with an Apple TV but for a fraction of the price. It has been indispensable in my classroom and will remain to be so.Edmodo has been a firm favourite for the past 2 years and continues to impress me and my class. It fits perfectly into the 'Virtual Learning Environment' category yet costs nothing. Why schools pay for VLE's is beyond me when Edmodo is so much better.The iPad is simply the best tablet device bar none. No other tablet offers as many apps for educational use nor gives users the power to create content as easily. iMov…