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We were blessed to work alongside the teachers, & children of Kingfisher Primary School, in Doncaster, and Nathan Atkinson, their head teacher. Nathan has been kind enough to keep in touch, and share some of the things that followed on from our visit.
I thought about you today when I was doing a lesson observation today. It was a lesson you would have been proud of! It contained so many great aspects that were a result of the training you provided for us just over two years ago!
There was open talk, QR codes, video clips, audio samples, truly effective questioning with quality thinking time given for children to respond and role play.
Although your input was delivered such a long time ago it is great to see so many of the ideas that you shared being used so effectively to inspire learning (I also check in on your blog weekly to pick up and share new ideas for the staff).
Yesterday I observed a Y1 maths lesson and saw a pre recorded Alien Morfo being used to question the children about odd and even numbers, the children were so engaged! Just one more… This afternoon I used telegami to produce my end of concert speech for the Christmas productions (this may sound like a cop out and a lack of the “personal touch” but I will still be there in person!)
We were inspected in October and moved from Satisfactory to Good in all areas (we almost got outstanding for behaviour!). We will continue in our drive to achieve outstanding!
I enjoyed seeing your China photos, I visited last October and as a result have set up a partnership with a school in Dalian. Two colleagues made a trip over this October, in fact your paths almost crossed! We have a member of staff from our sister school working with us this year and we are teaching Mandarin to children in Y2 and Y3!
Well that’s enough for now, remember to check our school website for more of our news, we passed 100,000 visitors today (in just under 2 years).
Nathan Atkinson – Headteacher
Kingfisher Primary School
Thank you Nathan, and well done indeed for your OFSTED steps too. Outstanding is well within the grasp of the Kingfisher team, too. Great to hear that you’re all still bringing some great magic in to your learning experiences. Keep in touch.
ReelApp creates a very simple, and quick, way of creating slideshows that you can share with others, for free.
With Reel, getting your ideas out there and polling your audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. Just cast out your line of slides and they’ll bite in no time!
Reel posts your preso behind a unique URL. Your audience only needs a web browser to view your show where and when they are ready. Your audience won’t have to wait for a file download or open any other software. Once you’ve got your audience on the hook, they’ll be able to give you their impression of your ideas. Thumbs up for the ones they love; thumbs down, they’re not feelin’ it. You’ll get a summary page showing the total number of responses to each slide. Gone fishin’!
After a day of analog adventures yesterday, we got all digital in the form of an INSET at Walsgrave Church of England Primary, with visiting colleagues from neighbouring schools: Clifford Bridge Primary School, Grangehurst Primary, Gosford Park Primary, Wyken Croft Primary, Finham Primary, Sir Frank Whittle Primary, Templars’ Primary, Parkgate Primary School, St Osburgs Catholic Primary, Hollyfast Primary and Stivichall Primary.
We were blessed to be joined by NAO the robot, and John Pinkney, of the ICT Development Service, of Warwickshire County Council, and www.splashofcreativity.co.uk.
We have shared the stage with Nao at the BETT Arena, and it is a delicious honour.
Nao is a real charmer, and draws the oohs and ahhs. John and Nao gave us just a glimpse in to the incredible potential for getting across elements of programming to children of all ages, and abilities, in creative and inventive, engaging ways.
Paul Griffin, Head Teacher at Clifford Bridge Primary School, shared these thoughts:
Kim, Rob and I have been fortunate to listen to you on a number of occasions over the last 18 months but knew that our teachers would benefit from listening to you and seeing at work. It is quite some time that Kim and I arranged to get you to come to visit our school – it must be 14 months since we spoke about the idea initially.
In terms of School Improvement Planning, for a number of years writing has appeared to feature on somewhere on our plans for development. We have found it challenging to raise attainment in writing consistently over the years and are always looking for ways to improve what we do. Naturally, we are keen for our teachers to learn more about what they can try in the classroom and how they can promote writing – engaging all children if possible.
We understand that using Myst is a fraction of what you can talk to us about. I am most excited about you showing the staff just what is out there – readily available on the internet, free and easy to use. It is this part of your work that I feel the staff will find immediately useful and am looking forward to seeing some of this used in classroom after you leave us.
A big thank you Paul, and to Kim Docking Executive Headteacher for the Inspire Federation; Rob Darling, Headteacher at Walsgrave, and all of our colleagues over the last two days, both big and small.
Simple Surface.com is an interesting utility. It’s like a big white board. Double click to create an item.
A text input box will open. Type and press [enter] key when done. Press the [Tab] key to create a branch. Then start typing to edit. Simple and easy. Could be useful in planning, gathering ideas, or even presenting. Give it a go.
The first of two days at Walsgrave Church of England Primary, today with Y6 & Y2 pupils, their teachers & colleagues.
Thank you to Rob Darling, Walsgrave’s Headteacher and Paul Griffin, Head teacher of Clifford Primary for coordinating our two days here with. This day has been a long time in the planning. We are working alongside the schools in The Inspire Federation, today and tomorrow.
Today had an analog emphasis. We set forth, with scribbly sticks, in to the world of words. Joined by 48 Year Six voyagers, we …went virtually nowhere. In a geographical sense that is. In terms of inventiveness, descriptive narrative, and playing with words, we travelled many miles. Our ideas were set free to wander, whilst we stood still, in an intriguing landscape, desperate to move, yet rooted to the spot.
Year Six shared this:
Thank you for taking us under your wings on a wild adventure to the virtual world! We learnt an immense amount through shared laughter and respect. You really helped to clarify the difference between a metaphor and a simile- showing us how they can easily be incorporated in our writing! Mr Walker was inspirational- whether described as a breathing device, snake charmer or musical instrument, he kept us entertained throughout. Stretching our imaginations to a place they have never visited before, your fantasy world and friendly dragonfly helped us write one of the most detailed and adventurous pieces ever!
Thanks again- Year 6!
Well thank YOU year Six. You made the morning very enjoyable. Well done indeed, and thank you for these thoughts.
Chatzy is a free private chat service which you can use to communicate with people you already know or people who visit your blog or website. With Chatzy you can create a chatroom and send out email invitations very quickly and easily. No registration is required. Chatzy is free and has no popup ads. It works on all major browsers, and has a mobile version.
Useful for meetings, lessons over distance, and recording a conversation between multiple people.
Any way of interacting, socially, requires careful consideration. Chatzy considers this and sessions can be organised so that only those who you want to contribute, can.
There are three ways to set up chats: allow those who know the address, allow only those who’s emails have been confirmed, or only registered users who have received an email invitation for the room or been added manually to the visitor list.
Today, it was a pleasure to present a keynote at Link2ICT Primary Head Teachers Conference at Birmingham City Football Club, St Andrew’s Stadium, with the theme: IT’s about Improving Learning Outcomes.
Link2ICT invited Primary Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers and Academy Principals, to this event focused on the role technology plays in teaching and how it can use this to improve learning outcomes for pupils. Continue Reading
CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.
Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.
Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.