A periodic table of iPad apps!

Really nice post on useful apps for educating and learning!

Source: Lists and More Lists of Apps and Tools for Teachers and Students

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Why did I enter Waterstones?!

I try to never go into Waterstones as I love it so much. I’m a weirdo that likes science AND reading!! ie. My two highest grades at college were Biology and English. Weird.

Waterstones is like the designer shop of the book world. Everything is either RRP or above unless its going in the sale bin (which even then is still more expensive than online) and i’m honestly surprised it’s still going with all the online shoppers these days. Maybe its because people like me walk in and see an actual book in real life and simply can’t walk away without it. That’s pretty much today’s story.

LOOK AT IT THOUGH. The Palgrave Student Planner 2015-2016 by Stella Cottrell.

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I already have a planner for this year that I kid you not has already started falling to bits. So when I saw how thick this was I had to have a look. And my god is there masses of extra information in what is supposed to be just a planner. You could plan your whole life with this planner.

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SO MANY CHAPTERS!

Each month begins with a full page for you to plan our your general to-do list for the month and any notes you want to jot down. The weekly spread contains times, locations and notes for any event you have (ideal for a current student that is also volunteering and working part-time!). There are also really cute ‘tip of the week‘ sections at the top of each week to keep you going and a box of ‘deadlines to meet this week‘, which will really help me keep on top of blogging!

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I’m showing you three of my favourite ‘extra’ pages that I can see being really useful as a university student in particular but also any student really! A money planner that forces you to total up all of your expenses down to ‘gifts for others’ so you never stray beyond that student overdraft. Mini reviews on apps about student life! I especially like the idea of maintaining good study habits and will be trying out those ones for sure! Finally, laundry symbols and cooking temperatures. You may all be laughing at me like ‘PAH, how do you not know how to cook and clean!? Typical dirty, lazy student’, but seriously, how many of you know the symbol for non-chlorine bleach? Also, I rarely ever cook anything in the oven that isn’t set at 180’C, so I will learn from this!

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I won’t show you everything, but as you can see from the contents page, well over half of this planner is dedicated to all of the external aspects that get you on the right track. It also has all the basics of the average planner anyway any considering it was only 99p dearer than the average wire-bound planner from other retailers, it’s well worth the investment (p.s. it’s even cheaper online!).

Teacher’s back to school guide

I decided to take a wander around my local shopping centre today to finally get my hair cut (haven’t had one in just under a year… My hair has gone mad). I ironically didn’t even get a haircut today, but an appointment has been made! Progress!

In the meantime, whilst meandering around the mostly high-end fashion shops wishing for a time where I have solid income, I noticed a common theme… Back to school branded everything! Although, these displays seem to cover only half of the market…

SO MUCH BACK TO SCHOOL!!

They all target the kids!! Now as much as its the kids that are going back to school, and its the kids that will be bugging their parents to buy them all this useless amazing stationary, teachers are going through this too!

I think it’s about time teacher’s had a back to school spree! Here’s my advice for this…

  1. Pens!

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You can find them anywhere and everywhere! Here is a special display just for pens to demonstrate their importance…

2.  Paper

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I finally bought some new printer paper!! No more excuses now! Although you’ll obviously need masses of notebooks as well as printer paper.

3.   Oodles of unnecessary stationary

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You’ll need a rubber in the shape of a penguin one day right?

4.  Some professional looking clothes

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5.  Motivation

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In the form of constantly hot coffee (flask), the promise of food (microwavable container) and a reflective daily journal so you can keep a record of your failures mistakes and lucky days successes!

6.  Some kind of stress relief

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Because whether it be alcohol, playing video-games, reading a good book or chilling on the balcony (or all four for me!) we all need something to help us wind down and forget about that bad day week month term.

If you have all of this along with a passion for educating and content knowledge yada yada yada… Then I reckon you’ll do just fine!

As long as you don’t run out of coffee of course…