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| October 22, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


FlipQuizFLIPQUIZ enables free gameshow-like boards for educators. Simple creation of flip quizzes, as an end of day game, or revision tool. Far from complex but fun and useful, maybe. Give it a go.

West Thornton Teaching Alliance, Croydon

| October 22, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

WT Teaching Alliance

West Thornton Teaching AllianceOur second visit to Di Pumphrey’s school, West Thornton Primary Academy, this time to work with their WT Teaching Alliance and with Karen Dugan, Director of Teaching School. During our first visit we had the pleasure of spending time with the children of West Thornton – glorious, they know how to get involved!

Thank you to Di Pumphrey Head Teacher.

There’s always an @lternative

‘West Thornton Primary Academy is a school that has been on a curriculum evolution journey for the last 7-8 years. We set out in search of ‘creativity’ but somewhere along the road we realised the almost accidental bi-product of our changes was independent learning and that it was this element that was making our pupils so successful and engaged in their learning. ICT has played a key part in this and we have taken an integrated and flexible approach to it’s use that has enabled children to take a lead in their own learning and been inspired to blur the learning boundaries between home and school.

We were lucky to work with Tim when he visited our school last year and his ideas and approaches to using ICT to engage and inspire fitted perfectly with our philosophies. Best of all many of the programmes and apps he introduced us too were free ,or he showed us new ways of using well known resources most schools would have access to.

We were proud to be designated a National Teaching School this year and when we planned our training programme Tim was top of our list to ask to return and allow us to share his ideas  with other local schools.  Quite apart from the ICT, his approaches are just good pedagogy!

We have been really looking forward to hosting Tim and Sarah again and hope it will be part of a continued relationship with our teaching school’

Di Pumphrey, Headteacher

Have faithWTTA is a professional community committed to creating chances and choices for all who are travelling on the learning journey. They promote thinking, questioning and independent learning as key drivers for school improvement. They can work with schools to help them find their own solutions to their challenges as they strive for continual improvement.

Often schools have become disillusioned with working alone on the ‘more of the same’ approaches to tackle issues on their SIP. But if you do what you always do you’ll get what you’ve always got.

The Teaching School allows an opportunity to see another way in action and gives access to the best CPD

Other CPD on offer at their ‘@lternative Venue’ includes Hywel Roberts (You can try and make children behave or you can plan wonderfully creative, effective lessons in which children simply learn – despite themselves.), David Mitchell (on “Using Blogging as a Tool for Writing”), Alan Peat (on “Raising Narrative Writing Standards – The Whole School Approach”) and much more. Visit their CPD site HERE

WTTA believes there is always another way.

Three Cents

| October 21, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Three cents

Three Cents is an iPhone application that allows users to quickly create polls and gather opinions, from anyone, as you don’t need the app to answer. Use private polls to get answers only from those you want to hear from.

AT & eSchools EdTechLIVE Conference, Exeter

| October 21, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

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ATComputerslogoeschools-300dpi-blue-white-no-borderAT Computers, and eSchools, EdTechLIVE, Creative approaches to Education Technology Conference, Exeter at Sandy Park Conference Centre,

Thanks to Will Higgins of AT Computers Marketing and Events team, and Jon Coleman, of eSchools, for organising such a superb event.

David and TimWe shared a keynote with dear friend David Mitchell (@DeputyMitchell), and, between us, shared links, ideas, and tools, for encouraging creativity within our students, whatever age, whatever ability.

We took folk on a magical tour of inspirational tools to inspire the uninspired learner.

Real examples of transformational impact, ICT tools that have proven impact to excite and lift the eyebrows (as well as the writing hand) of even the most reluctant writer! Using freely available tools that can be used within 2 minutes in your classroom, take your pupils onto another level of creativity and enthusiasm for writing.

Whether you are from a primary school or a secondary school, EdTechLIVE events provide ICT professionals with a fantastic opportunity to experience the latest and best in Education Technology.

The conference is your chance to hear from some of the UK’s most respected and inspirational keynote speakers from the world of ICT. Our workshops are themed to help delegates to provide great content on a range of EdTech topics, and an unmissable CPD opportunity.

We believe in learning from each other and there are opportunities to meet and network with colleagues from other schools. Delegates will also get the opportunity to hear what ICT initiatives are having a whole school impact in schools in their local area.

The exhibition zone gives delegates the chance to see the latest products and services that are available to schools today.

splashscreen8anoelfWe also mentioned @JoeMoretti’s The Adventure Creator Create interactive Graphic and Text adventures on your iPad with TAC and share them! (newly submitted to the app store, when its released it will be posted at the link above). The Comprehensive Guide to Computing in the Classroom on iPad link is here, where you can also find a link to a one day training course on programming with iPad on 3rd Nov 2014.
mzl.wshnnbzq.175x175-75A big THANK YOU to Thomas Adby from Partake AR Ltd, Augmented Reality Education for creating AR logos for us today,  3D through Augmented Reality. The app he has developed for the iPad can be used to enhance lessons and be used as a stimulus for creative writing, Design and Technology, exploring history and beyond …

| October 20, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

HaikuHaikuLearning is an increasingly popular opportunity to sort out classroom organisation

A cloud based site enabling content sharing, feedback and much more.

In a similar vein to Edmodo, Haiku is a Learning Management tool that provides useful elements for many classrooms

If you’re a teacher, you can use Haiku for free. Their solo teacher plan includes 5 classes with up to 2GB of storage.

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 PrimaryElson Infant, 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). Continue Reading