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Jamie Balfour'sArticles

The importance of learning intentions
11May2019 / Education
Learning intentions and success criteria are very important in Scottish schools now, yet I still see teachers who do not use them as well as they should.
The Apple keyboard problem
10May2019 / Technology
Apple has a problem. I think it's time they addressed this.
Effective formative assessment
21Jan2019 / Education
What constitutes effective formative assessment? In this article I look into what I understand effective formative assessment to look like.
How did AMD manage to make Threadripper so powerful?!
07Jan2019 / Technology
AMD's Threadripper is a beast. But how can it have 64 cores in a world where 4 cores is the norm?!
Phones in schools
04Jan2019 / Education
There is a big issue with the use of phones in schools. This article explores this issue and why it is such a problem.
Is the sun finally Ryzen for AMD? A look at how AMD has changed.
20Dec2018 / Technology
AMD have long been in the shadow of Intel. But is it finally time for them to Ryzen shine? I take a look at how AMD has changed over the years and how they are finally getting there with the Ryzen CPUs.
Is the sun finally Ryzen for AMD? A look at how AMD has changed.
Giving more power to the browser (and JavaScript)
17Oct2018 / The Web
We are always giving more to JavaScript, but is this a good thing? In this article I'm exploring some very basic reasons why security has improved in our browsers and why JavaScript is no longer the threat it used to be.
What a URL tells the world and how to make effective URLs
15Sep2018 / The Web
URLs are one of the best methods for describing content before it is visited and therefore the way they are written is important.
CSS: custom shapes
29Jul2018 / The Web
In this article I am demonstrating a few new features coming soon to a browser near you.
The most difficult decision I've ever made
03Oct2017 / Life
Life can be tough. Life after a serious illness can be even tougher. Stress has always been a major factor that I have had to deal with, so when I went out looking for a job I needed it to be a stressless as possible. I found a job I enjoyed and hoped it would be stress free. This was the most difficult decision I've ever made, and I've finally made up my mind.
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