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Following last year’s whole day conference with the great bunch of Hampshire Computing Coordinators, it was an honour to be invited back this year , to The Holiday Inn, Winchester to carry on the exploration of digital learning in so many wonderful ways.
Big thanks to Sue Savory, County Computing Inspector/Adviser, Elearn Eteach Manager and Virtual School Inspector/Adviser, and to Caroline Cain, Workforce Development Support Officer, supporting training provision for HTLC and Children’s Services, Sue Whittaker, IT Consultant, Hampshire IT (Children & Schools) for coordinating our contribution to this superb event.
Thanks to Sue for sharing her thoughts:
It is that time again when the Hampshire Computing/ICT Conference is happening. For the second year in a row we invited Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild to inspire and motivate us when using technology as a tool for learning. For those who left with such fantastic ideas last year and are returning this year we are glad they came prepared to be further inspired and add to their collection of resources and good ideas. The format was very different from last year not least because Phil Bagge, Jon Audain and Emma Goto delivered sessions where they shared resources and lesson ideas that they find work well at KS1 and KS2. So we are glad delegates came prepared to listen and play.
Today, rather than leading the whole day, as we did last year, we shared the input with three stars from the Hampshire firmament:
Well done to Emma Goto, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care, at The University of Winchester, for leading a session asking big questions about computing:
In my session I asked the Hampshire computing co-ordinators to consider what Reception children in their schools should be learning in terms of Computing. The answer was ‘not computing’! However we consider the role of toys and technological tools in aiding children’s communication, overcoming barriers to learning, accessing expertise, enhancing engagement and providing an audience. We also discussed the need to help children understand the digital world around them and develop skills that support them to be independent learners. We went on to consider the kinds of activities that help children to think computationally. We identified a range of problems that help children to think computationally, from completing a jigsaw, to moving water from one container to another, most of these had very little to do with technology! Finally we went on to discuss the challenges when building on this learning in Key Stage One. We focused on the need to not lose the rich uses of ICT, ensure appropriate challenge and consider carefully how we develop persistent learners.
Phil Bagge, (Computing Inspector/Advisor HIAS, CAS Regional Coordinator, CAS Primary Computing Master Teacher, CAS Primary Group facilitator, Computing Planning @ http://code-it.co.uk/, http://www.pythoncode.co.uk/, and http://www.ictvideohelp.co.uk/
Working at Ringwood Junior School, Calmore Junior School, and Otterbourne Primary School) ran a session entitled “Recipe for Computing Success”
Phil shared a recipe for computing success by highlighting the importance of developing algorithms into code and the benefits of increased pupil buy in at home of having a real output for their algorithms. He encouraged teachers to avoid a shotgun ICT approach to programming languages and build some depth in a language whilst dipping into others. He stressed the need to teach programming elements but provide lots of investigation time for pupils to make the learning their own through repurposing and adapting. He advised teachers to take a longer term view on training and assessing, discovering what is possible before locking in assessment. Phil was passionate about using computing to promote resilience and independence. Encouraging teachers to build learning communities that embrace failure, see it as normal and learn from it. He shared about spotting learnt helplessness, explained what it is and encouraged the conference to challenge it where they find it. He also shared practical debugging tips.
You can find Phil’s online resources at http://code-it.co.uk/csplanning.html, Primary Debugging Strategies at http://code-it.co.uk/assessment/debugging.pdf. You can sign up for notification about Phil’s book at http://code-it.co.uk/scratchbook.html. His slides from today can be found at http://code-it.co.uk/rcs.pdf His original blog post on learned helplessness can be found at http://code-it.co.uk/articles.html
Jon Audain @jonaudain, Author and Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (ICT/Computing & Music) at The University of Winchester had some more computing fun:
So who’s afraid of the Big Bad Computing Wolf now? The first session after lunch and what to do with a group of teachers who are full up with delicious food? There’s only one answer…a class story! The story told of a princess with a large and generous heart who later on through fond memories splits her heart into many pieces so the people connected with her life could remember her as she marries her prince. However she ends up empty and trying to regain the pieces to restore balance.
The same could be expressed for computer science. Have we given too much of our heart away whilst the subject of ICT is vast. We explored the range of the ICT subjects connected to the 6Cs of Education and how ICT can address all those needs.
Stories and DIY cutting and sticking were the next order of the day as within the tables we constructed a paper tree to represent the ICT involvement not only in one school but collectively in our schools from around the table. We then looked at work from the other tables and considered our future practices exploring opportunities for networking and ideas.
Superb, to be asked to join Sir Ken Robinson, Sugata Mitra, Richard Gerver and EwanMcIntosh in providing a keynote for The Digital Education Show UK 2015 at the Olympia, London.
We provided a session for the introduction of the event, and Launch Dinner at Kettners last September, so emjoyed meeting up with those gentlemen, and many superb workshop leaders (including David(Deputy) Mitchell, Dawn Hallybone, Dan Roberts, Andy Hutt, and others) to look at Empowering learning through technology.
The event was organised by Terrapinn and thanks go to Amy Radley and Emma Williams for coordinating our involvement, over two days here at Olympia Level 2, London.
Our session, entitled “Out of this world: Tech to inspire” focussed on recapturing enjoyment, inspiration, creativity and fun in the classroom, recognising the need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations, enhance their creativity and confidence, encourage resourcefulness through challenge and motivate a love of learning for life. We explored a huge and accessible range of ways to engage and motivate students of all ages and abilities, examining the essential elements for quality learning experiences and how these can have a massive impact on standards, achievement and enjoyment
One of the main speaker highlights was the keynote address by Sir Ken Robinson who talked about leading a culture of innovation. Keeping up and staying ahead of the game depends entirely on continuous and sustained innovation. We all know that’s true, but what do company leaders have to do to make it happen? Sir Ken Robinson has worked with some of the world’s leading creative organisations – in the corporate, educational and cultural fields. In his presentation, Ken identified three myths about innovation that hold many organisations back, and the basic practices that drive the most innovative organisations ahead of the pack.
We shared practical ideas and tips on how to use technology to inspire creativity in the classroom. “Children need to be inspired if they are going to pick ideas up and start to juggle with them.” We hope folk left with plenty of practical pointers and ideas of how to use technology to enhance learning that they can implement in their class tomorrow.
Some of the other topics included using augmented reality to enhance learning, enhancing learning through online quizzing, gamifying learning, using social media for learning, transforming teaching and learning, implementing a digital learning vision into the classroom, bridging the digital skills gap, preparing pupils for a super-intelligent future, tweeting teachers and much more.
We were proceeded by Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University. Sugata is recognised for building a ‘School in the Cloud’, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to answer ‘big questions’, share knowledge and benefit from help and guidance from online educators. We heard about about Sugata’s controversial ‘minimally invasive education’ philosophy and why we should all plant the seeds of his global education experiment that lets children learn on their own, and from each other, by tapping into online resources and their inner sense of wonder.
WordSift is a tool that was created primarily for teachers. Mainly, think of it playfully – as a toy in a linguistic playground that is available to instantly capture and display the vocabulary structure of texts, and to help create an opportunity to talk about, and play with, language.
WordSift helps anyone easily …sift (!) through texts –
Just cut and paste any text into WordSift and a whole array of ways of looking at text appear.
Stretch vocabulary and searches like a visual thesaurus of ideas. We love it!
The program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in the text. This function is widely available in various Tag Cloud programs on the web, and in Wordle, but WordSift integrates it with a few other functions, such as visualization of word relationships and Google searches of images and videos.
With just a click on any word in the Tag Cloud, the program displays instances of sentences in which that word is used in the text.
It is in no way as beautiful as the images created by Wordle,or Tagxedo, but it could be said that the potential for exploring words goes a whole lot further beyond that, allowing exploring and wandering through the world of words and heading off on tangents.
“WordSift also allows users to see relationships among words. Want to help students understand difficult-to-define academic words such as analyze? Show students synonyms of this word from within WordSift, using the Visual Thesaurus®. The Visual Thesaurus acts like a thesaurus-cum-dictionary with brilliant graphics. For word geeks and psycholinguists, this is a lot of intrinsic fun. But for teachers, it is a great way of talking about vocabulary — not as boring lists of definitions to be memorized, but as a web of relationships with other words — a veritable social network of words”.
Wordsift integrates with the The Visual Thesaurus’ hugely powerful VocabGrabber. Use it through Wordsift and it is free.
Make music online and create, remix a song, or instrumental, to a big range of backing styles, with uJam, a free, simple-to-use program.
Useful as a tool for many ability levels. You need not have a lot of experience of music, recording or musical structure, to come up with quite a convincing sound. For those with more experience of recording, uJam is a great way to experiment and come up with that new sound. We’d love to hear anything you create! Go make a hit or a movie score!
Sometimes you know what we want to write, the sentence is nearly perfect, but you can’t figure out that elusive word. You need phraseup* which assists with writing, by suggesting possible combinations to fill-in the words you can’t remember, along with definitions, synonyms & translations to other languages.
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Mobile Learning Experience 2015 from June 10-12, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona it’s THE chance to “Experience tools, techniques, and inspiration for teaching the mobile generation.” We delivered Wednesday’s after dinner Keynote entitled “Beyond a Game – Tech to Inspire” in the Grand Ballroom of The Westin La Paloma Resort, Tucson.
Thank you to Tony Vincent for organising our involvement in this superb event. Thanks too to Valerie Lombardi, Business Manager Cheryl Bokowski, Director of Operations, Sara Crawford, Technology Director at the Arizona K12 Center. …and so many more. And here is a link to the wonderful creatures created today!
Whether you are new to mobile learning or looking to sharpen your skills, you are invited to join us in Tucson, Arizona for the premier mobile learning conference, Mobile Learning Experience 2015.
Educators from across the globe will gather June 10-12 to share, collaborate and explore the many facets of mobile learning. In addition to traditional breakout sessions, we have inspiring keynotes, fast-paced Ignite presentations, many networking opportunities and a concluding game show. This year’s topics include project-based learning, assistive technologies, Common Core State Standards, Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and the open content revolution. Those crucial topics are in addition to basic sessions on the most compelling apps, device deployment, and training tips and hints.
While mobile learning isn’t about one specific device, many sessions will have an iPad focus. Mobile Learning Experience 2015 will also address other devices like laptops, Chromebooks and Android tablets.
Please bring your fully charged device to the three-day conference and be prepared to plunge into the Mobile Learning Experience. Visit mobilelearningexperience.org/ today to learn more, taking advantage of the early bird rate. Bookmark the site and come back often, as it is there where you will find updated conference details.
- Connect with other mobile-minded educators
- Be inspired to make tech classrooms more student-centered
- Learn how to integrate the latest and greatest apps for teaching and learning
- Consider solutions for working around tech barriers and challenges
- Celebrate creativity and innovation by teachers and students
- See more at: http://www.azk12.org/event/28880/details#sthash.AL0j1YHA.dpuf
Mobile 2015 has international speakers and participants, with 55+ breakout sessions and 3 keynotes. Registration includes the opening dinner (right before our keynote) Participants have the option of spending one evening “speed apping” and stargazing.
Keynotes will also come from Adam Bellow, and Tony Vincent. Featured speakers include Wes Fryer, Erin Klein, Sara Martinez Crawford, Felix Jacomino, Katherine Burdick, Rodney Turner, and Jonathan Nalder.
Mobile Learning Experience is a professional development opportunity from the Arizona K12 Center. The Center is part of Northern Arizona University and its Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Wiebke, is on a mission to support teachers, and she knows that mission includes helping teachers leverage technology in and out of their classrooms.
Delighted to be invited to present one of the Arizona’s K12 Center’s Mobile Learning Experience 2015 breakout sessions at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona, before our after dinner session this evening. The event hosts dozens of breakout sessions over the course of this three day learning experience, with topics focusing on classroom experiences, leadership, vision, and deployment.
MobileLearningExperience has been going for a while now. The first one was in April 2011. Back then there were great mobile-themed conferences in the U.K. (Handheld Learning) and in Australia (Slide2Learn), but the U.S. didn’t have a national event dedicated to mobile learning. Katherine Burdick approached Tony Vincent and thought they should host one in Arizona. They asked the Arizona K12 Center to be involved, and it went from there. This is the fourth Mobile Learning Experience in Arizona. They’ve hosted national and international speakers and attendees over the year. There is a great program, but probably the best thing is the networking. The people who gather at Mobile Learning Experience are passionate about reaching students, and are willing to use whatever technology is at hand. Even if there were no keynotes or sessions, having this group of people gathered to share and learn from each other would be an amazing experience. For that reason, all sessions have round tables–to facilitate networking. That’s also why the event includes breakfast and lunch. It’s a great time to network, chat, and share.
Their website can be found at mobilelearningexperience.org
Thank you to Tony Vincent, for organising our involvement in this superb event. Thanks too to Valerie Lombardi, Business Manager Cheryl Bokowski, Director of Operations, Sara Crawford, Technology Director at the Arizona K12 Center. …and so many more.
A big thank you to Katherine Burdick, co-organizer
#mobile2015, for taking us out to explore the area and the many cacti too (yesterday).