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Rachel Jones

Teacher, geek, Education and edtech enthusiast

Rachel Jones, is a Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Certified Educator and #ADE2015. She is interested in creativity and innovation in the classroom. She thrives on trying new things and engaging and empowering students. Her blog was a finalist in the 2013 EduBlog awards and 2013 Innovation Awards. She was recommended by The Guardian as a must-read edu-bloggerfor 2014, and was on the Education Foundation 'Innovators of the year' list 2014 & 2015. Her first book 'Don't Change the Light Bulbs' was out in September, and her new book 'Teacher Geek: Because life is too short for worksheets' is out soon.

Can We Help Children Manage Their Online Lives?

The survey found that amongst 13- to 18-year-olds, 96% were signed up to social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp. This to me isn't surprising at all, although I do find the inclusion of FaceBook interesting, as in my experience, children tend not to use this platform as much as the other social media apps mentioned.
11/02/2016 10:28 GMT

The Case for Ridding Schools of Technology

Tech can provide a huge range of opportunities for learning, I don't think you can argue against that. But I sometimes think there needs to be a little thought into what's used, how it's used, and what the outcomes are.
10/07/2015 16:52 BST

Five Ways to Be a Better (Digital) Parent

As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.
01/06/2015 10:43 BST

Using Technology in Schools Should Be a Given?

Many teachers qualified when 'using technology' meant rolling out a TV on wheels, or doing something truly exotic with PowerPoint. There is very little point banging on about teachers having twenty-first century skills, we should have been there 15 years ago.
13/05/2015 15:35 BST