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Online Conference for European eTwinning Ambassadors

| October 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

eTwamb14 TR n DragonToday, we lead an Online Conference for European eTwinning Ambassadors. Using the Webex platform, we were joined by folk from a big range of countries, and explored some online tools which could be used to inspire children of many nationalities, ages and abilities.

Thank you to Irene Pateraki, Hellenic NSS for eTwinning for organising our involvement:

The members of the Creative Classroom eTwinning Group still remember your “expert talk” entitled “An A to Z of ICT” you organized for us in 2012. Some of the members are now eTwinning ambassadors, experienced eTwinning teachers who organize seminars and offer support to their colleagues. This year, we’re organizing an online conference for the eTwinning ambassadors in Europe and the ambassadors proposed the topics and the experts. Up for it??!

Alien etwambOur session, this time, was called “Out of This World ~ tech to inspire”, an exploration of newly created worlds of wonder and ways to inspire children of all ages and abilities, Web 2.0 tools to engage and motivate

An eTwinning Ambassador is someone who shares their passion for eTwinning with others – Ambassadors speak positively of eTwinning and advocate membership of the (currently) 200,000-strong eTwinning community.

Switch EtwambAmbassadors – share a passion for eTwinning. Many eTwinning countries have seen the development of Ambassador networks. For more information, visit or

Thanks too, to Anne Gilleran, Senior Adviser, & Pedagogical Manager eTwinning, EUN partnership AISBL

Here are some of the things we explored together: (Some of these things won’t work on iPads, but we did a couple that only work on iPads to make up for it),, Arounder, 360 cities, Streetview Stereographic, Nature Sound Map, Go Mix It, Ambient Mixer,

Ivona, Fromtexttospeech, Nice Translator, SwitcherooZoo, Zooburst, Padlet, The Dragon and The Alien using StringAR

The Padlet that folk added some ideas to, can be found HERE


| October 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


Quizlet mapQuizlet: “Simple tools that let you study anything, for free”.

Quizlet’s flashcards, tests, and study games “make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages”.

Use Quizlet on a computer and “on the go” using their iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile apps.

With a free account, you can create your own study sets, track your study progress, and compete with others.

Gosport Curriculum Innovation Conference, Hampshire

| October 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Gosport Curriculum Innovation Conference

A workshop, and keynote, to open the Gosport Curriculum Innovation Conference at the Holiday Inn, Fareham, Hampshire.

GEIPThe Gosport Curriculum Innovation Group numbers 30 schools; 3 secondaries, 27 primary / junior / infant, holds an annual Conference which focuses on 2 aspects of their collaborative work for the coming year. This year it’s Writing and Assessment, and joining us today were colleagues from: Peel Common Infant, Peel Common Junior, Rowner Infant, Rowner Junior, Woodcot Primary, Bedenham Primary, Holbrook Primary, Gomer Infant, Gomer Junior, Newtown C of E Primary, Siskin Infant, Siskin Junior, St John’s C of E Primary, Elson Junior, Brockhurst Infant, Alverstoke Infant, Alverstoke C of E Junior, Haselworth Primary, Leesland Infant, Leesland junior, Lee-on-the-Solent Infant, Lee-on-the-Solent Junior, Brune Park Secondary, St Mary’s Catholic Primary and Grange Infant.

Thank you to Celia Rich, Headteacher, Elson Junior School, for organising our involvement, and for these thoughts:

Thirty schools from all phases belong to the Gosport Curriculum Innovation Group. We are developing a curriculum to meet the needs our learners have vocalised in the following vision created by a representative group of Gosport Learners:

“I want to be well anchored – have the academic foundation, motivation, self confidence, ability to work alone or with others and have the positive attitude on which success in life depends. I want to have the sails to carry me – flexibility, curiosity, creativity and the resilience to learn from my mistakes, to take me beyond the horizon to places I have only dreamed of.
I am a Gosport Learner – where will my dreams take me?”

We share best practice at our half termly meetings, Our pupils also present their work and ideas too. for example we have heard from pupils from Year 1 to Year 9  about: Writing stimuli they have enjoyed from chocolate tasting, to dragon hunts and e-books. Reading schemes and approaches that have motivated them and improved their skills and love of reading. What is the best teacher feedback we can give to help them improve their learning? Our collaboration, enriches the experience of all; we are continually learning from both our students and each other.

Gosport is an exciting place to work and learn because of this mutual support and involvement of our pupils. Everyone GAINS together.

In another afternoon workshop,  Dame Reena Keeble looked at developing effective assessment systems


| October 16, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


Collect, and curate, your online gems, with the fascinating BagTheWeb

Create focused gatherings, containing the best links on your favorite subjects. Each bag is media container that allows you to organize the links you find into a coordinated unit, for exploration at a later date.

A bag on Blooms revised Taxonomy acts as an interesting example.

Their Chrome extension and Bag it bookmarklet for Firefox and other browsers makes it easy to add items, and existing bags, into your own bags.


| October 15, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Twiddla.comTwiddla offers a collaborative, and easy to use, whiteboard. There is very little to set up on this web based “meeting playground”. Press the green GO but and invite others to join you. It is simple to add images, web pages, or documents to mark up. The simplistic colour choice tool, and choice of shapes to add, means you can also be annotating with ease.

Collaborative. Easy. Free. Effective. This tool is useful across many ages, interests and abilities.

EYPS Training Day, Newcastle upon Tyne

| October 15, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

EYPS Event Discovery Museum

Up in Newcastle, for The Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education Supply Agency (EYPS) training day at Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Thanks go to Sarah Robson and Kirsty Lawrenson for coordinating today’s special event and for organising such a stunning location for us to spend time in, with colleagues from a large group of schools from across the county:

EYPS-web-logo2Boldon Children’s Centre,  Barnwell Primary School, Crook Primary School, Falla Park Community Primary School, Langley First School, Laurel Avenue Primary School, Monkton Infant School, Neville’s Cross Primary School, New Hartley First School, Our Lady and St Anne’s RC Primary School, Ropery Walk Primary School, Roseberry Primary & Nursery, South Hetton Primary School, Springwell Village Primary School, Stannington First School, South Hylton Primary School and Westgate Hill Primary School (Arthur’s Hill Primary Schools).

EYPS The Discovery Museum

EYPS – The Early Years, Primary & Secondary Supply Agency are leading education specialists who provide a high quality recruitment, training and supply service to schools and nurseries across the North East, Tees Valley and Yorkshire.

Throughout the past decade EYPS has booked astounding high profile education speakers to deliver training, gaining a well-deserved reputation as a quality professional training provider.

For the academic year 2014/15 EYPS have an outstanding line up of inspiring trainers booked to provide motivational workshops on a variety of key education topics.

The first training event of the year is with award winning teachers Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild who will share a vast number of ways to use technology to inspire and raise levels of creativity, in children of all ages and abilities. This is an inspirational training course which is not to be missed! For further details on this event and all other upcoming events please visit the EYPS website, call 0191 212 1111 or email


The Adjective Detective

| October 14, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Childrens uniThe Adjective Detective courtesy of Knovation, provides a range of animated lessons on… you’ve guessed it… adjectives. This is followed by a quiz and detective game. The lessons include finding out what adjectives are; about comparative and superlative adjectives; and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game has several levels and reinforces the learning. Fun and useful individually, or as a class.

The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels.
courtesy of Knovation

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The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels – See more at:
The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels – See more at:

Rowlatts Hill Primary School, Leicester ~ Day 2

| October 14, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Rowlatts Hill Primary


Following yesterday’s INSET, our second day at Rowlatts Hill Primary and, this time, with the children joining us.

Journeys with journals. Verbal, and written, jazz. Off the cuff creativity galore. Speaking, listening, writing, inventing, playing and developing.

This is old style teaching: simile, metaphor, and much, much more. We wandered in the world of words in a couple of great, virtual, settings. Before we can develop sentence structure, and expand adventurous vocabulary, we have to expand children’s experiences, and passion for picking up words, and juggling them.

One of the early areas of Myst 4 Revelation is a truly remarkable stimulus for discussion, inventive writing, and beyond.

The true-to-life weather, with scudding clouds forming shadows that race across the boardwalk; the ability to touch and tap the railing you are leaning against, to investigate whether it is solid or hollow; the discarded flippers on a lower platform that spark a debate about who lives in a place like this…

Thank you to Jay Virk, Headteacher, her colleagues, and children, for a great day of laughter and learning.

Skaffl ~ Mobile learning platform

| October 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

SkaffleIf you are fortunate enough to have 1:1 iPads in your classrooms, you might try Skaffl, as a mobile learning platform.

If your students keep a device every lesson, or if they share them with other classes, Skaffl aims to make one to one learning engaging for children, and easy for teachers. Design, and distribute, assignments, digitally. These can be completed online with the inbuilt editor.

Students work can be annotated from inside the app, providing feedback, and grades, to pupils. An annotation tool enables comments on work, seen either individually, or by class.

Rowlatts Hill Primary School, Leicester ~ Day 1

| October 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Rowlatts Primary School


A training day at Rowlatts Hill Primary with the teaching staff from across the school ~ a deluge of digital delights, thinking about the impact that technology can have on extending, and developing, existing teaching and learning opportunities.

“Whilst young people are able to seamlessly integrate ever new forms of technology into their daily lives, it is often more of a challenge for school staff to respond to or embrace such rapid changes”. Therefore, today we looked beyond the technologies themselves to focus on the challenges facing school leaders to motivate staff to embrace ICT as a means to engage pupils.

In addition, it is always worth thinking whether technology can actually distract from the core values and business of school leadership, and if so, how to avoid this from happening.

We investigated many different “technologies” but tried to remain focussed on how they could be used effectively, and integrated into powerful learning experiences, that have have an impact on standards, and creativity, across the curriculum.

We also explored the many positive aspects of game challenges, and how other digital resources can enhance the end results in many learning contexts.

Thank you to Jay Virk, Headteacher, for sharing these thoughts:

Rowlatts Hill Primary School is an establishment completely comfortable with the multitude of exciting technological developments and innovations thrown at us by the 21st Century. With an enthusiastic and forward thinking approach to ICT and Computing in the school, we actively and proudly look forward, without fear, at new and challenging ways to learn and improve the ways we teach the children and community of Rowlatts Hill.

With constant access to iPads, PC’s, laptops, netbooks and iMacs, every class has the tools they need to make best use of current technology either as a learning tool or as a means to better carry out their work. We’re excited to be working with Tim and Sarah who join us in our Computing journey.

Biddisham Harvest Supper

| October 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Biddisham Harvest Festival

TagGalaxy BiddishamA total honour ~ to be invited to contribute a couple of presentations, on the magic of ICT, to an event at our village hall, The Biddisham Harvest Supper.

Biddisham is a tiny, but incredibly sociable place, so it was great to meet up with neighbours, and friends, new and old, from this rural hamlet.

We shared a lot of free ways to use, and entertain, with some simple, but powerful, technology. We explored the village, and the surrounding countryside, and headed off in to some distant, intriguing worlds too. A bit of magic weaving, and storytelling. Some of the things we played with, can be found here.

Thank you to everyone, this evening, for coming with us in to familiar, and uncharted lands.