IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: If This Then That.
The this part of a Recipe is a Trigger. If a tweet, or blog post mentions “Z”… then …
The that part of a Recipe is an Action. An example Action could be “send me a text message”
Some could be quite complex, but useful: Text me if it’s going to rain or Save my tweets to Evernote by creating an ever appending tweet backup note.
A practical tool, but also a fascinating example of programming language, terms, and purpose.
Chogger enables easy online comic creation for free.
Add images from your webcam, from online, or from your own collection, then get creative. Kerpow!
Chogger spent a little time offline, but seems back up and waiting for you to get comic.
Breaking down a story, article, or set of instructions, in to simplified steps, is a good way to get children thinking, planning, disecting & presenting, writing in different forms, beyond even the comic itself. Kerboom! Zap! Woosh! Go get comical!
Back up to London to contribute to the Network Learning Conference: Celebrating Partnership, at The Grand Connaught Rooms.
Thanks to Tim Nash, Sue Sigston, of Edison Learning, and big thanks to Dr. Allan Sigston, Director of Education Services at EdisonLearning, and Amy Sage, Business Operations Manager at EdisonLearning, for coordinating our involvement in today.
The event was looking at how to “Fill the gap between higher expectations and declining levels of support”
Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT , and Tony Draper, NAHT President 2015-16 will be speaking in the course of the day. We are blessed to have been invited in to Tony Draper’s school, for two full on days, at the end of August 2014, to start this school year off in style in Water Hall Primary, Milton Keynes ~ (Day 1 and 2).
NAHT Aspire is a three year partnership programme commissioned by the NAHT as an alternative and holistic approach to school improvement. The DFE provided sponsorship for a pilot of NAHT Aspire with an initial 30 schools working in four Networks across the country that had received consecutive Satisfactory or RI judgments. The pilot is now in its second year and due to its success the NAHT, working through EdisonLearning, are rolling this out to a further 50 schools over the course of this year (there is further information on the NAHT Aspire Website.
Thank you to Allan for sharing his thoughts:
Celebrating Partnership is a day conference organised by EdisonLearning and the NAHT that brings together schools from all over England that have been involved NAHT Aspire and other collaborative networks. All of them have been drawing on EdisonLearning’s school improvement tools and resources in partnerships that bring together senior and middle leaders in each term and is followed through in school with a team of dedicated advisers. The conference is a great opportunity to celebrate the schools’ tremendous successes, both in Ofsted inspections and with their other ambitions, and for them to share the unique ways they have brought innovations into their schools.
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With Nice Translator, you just start typing, and it automatically turns what you have written in to multiple languages, all in one go.
This can be in your choice of Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, & Vietnamese. A fascinating experience of languages.
Join.me could be a good way of delivering an online presentation that many others can participate in.Get everyone interacting, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train others. Demo teaching ideas or just share ideas . join.me is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool.
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.
Here is the list of ideas delegates had for activities linking them to computational thinking approaches and concepts – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5RYhuKkh3OHbGxOSmEzdUFtY3c/view?usp=sharing
Here is my Powerpoint from the day – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5RYhuKkh3OHLTdKTnVWOXdpODQ/view?usp=sharing
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.