A Problem Occurred. The web page couldn’t be loaded. | Nick

This message appears in the pop-up dialog when trying to connect to new (mostly public) wifi routers using MacOS Mojave 10.14. I’ve been resorting to using my phone’s personal hotspot but this is no good when there is a poor mobile signal.

The fix is to cancel the dialog, open a browser and navigate to https://apple.co/16n5VFT. This forces the browser to open the captive login/service page (perhaps after a refresh), allowing a connection to the local wifi.

Don’t forget to connect to your VPN.

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WordPress editor stuck in code | Nick

The new WordPress editor, Gutenberg, has had a mixed reception. For users that are only occasional editors on a site, it can be a pain to get to grips with, especially as the implementation is still quite buggy.

One of my clients tried to add a post to a site he hadn’t contributed to for some time and ran straight into a difficulty: the visual editor wasn’t working for him at all. His view should have been this:

…but what he got instead was this:

In other words, his interface was stuck in the code editor. Unfortunately, he had no way of changing this (and neither did…

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What do you want to know about…? | Nick

There’s often a difference of opinion about engaging children in science (or indeed, any topic) by asking them what they’d like to know. I have a view on this based upon reflection on explicit use of things like KWL grids and other “what do you want to find out about” approaches. This view is that the stimulus or experience that is used to engage learners should generate questions for them: something much more subtle than “what do you want to know about blast furnaces?”. for example. It is hard to ask meaningful questions about something you have little knowledge or experience of. A good…

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Owning Your Professional Identity – BAMEed Conference January 19th 2019 | Nick

Schools are supposedly places of social opportunity and mobility, yet we still have workforces that are deeply unequal in pay and advancement, to the detriment of staff, students and the wider community. There is robust, replicated and growing evidence that diversity in organisations leads to higher performance and more human-centred institutions, but this hasn’t been […]

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Catholic Interference in Education | Nick

I was asked this week to provide a reference “to testify to [a person’s] religious belief and character”. I refuse to do this, not least because I can’t testify to anyone’s religious anything but also because I am not comfortable encouraging the interference of any church group in education, in particular the Catholic Church, infamous for interfering with children.

The Scottish Catholic Education Service website has this:

The relevant legislation on the management of denominational schools in Scotland states: “A teacher appointed to any post on the staff of any such school by the…

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