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NAHT Aspire – Network Learning Celebrating Partnership Conference, London

| July 3, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

NAHT Aspire

NAHT AspireBack up to London to contribute to the Network Learning Conference: Celebrating Partnership, at The Grand Connaught Rooms.Tim Nash

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”

Tony DraperRussell HobbyRussell 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.

Nice Translator ~ Valuable word play

| July 3, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

This could be very useful. Това може да бъде много полезен. 這可能是非常有用的。To by mohlo být velmi užitečné. Det kunne være meget nyttigt. Αυτό θα μπορούσε να είναι πολύ χρήσιμο. これは非常に有用かもしれない.

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 ~ screen sharing

| July 2, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

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.

In the Join.me FREE version, you can have screen sharing with up to 250 viewers, share control, chat, send files, and even communicate with those who are on iPad/iPhone or Android

DoppelMe ~Avatar maker

| July 2, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

DoppelMe is a great way to make a quick avatar to use in many different ways. Choose elements you feel best match your character. Some of us have easier hairstyles than others! :-D

Hampshire Primary ICT Conference, Winchester

| July 2, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Hampshire ICT Conference

HCC-300x129Following 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.

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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:

Emma GotoIn 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 BaggePhil 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:

Jon AudainSo 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.

MoodTurn

| July 1, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

MoodTurn is a superb way to create atmosphere in a room, through calming sound effects, over atmospheric images.

Useful early in a day, or lesson, as a settling experience, or as the background setting, or stimulus, in writing challenges.

The Digital Education Show UK 2015, London

| July 1, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Digital Education Show 2015

The-Digital-Education-Show-UK-2015-Logo-300x126Superb, 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.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 18.13.35Our 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 ~ Picking up words and juggling them

| June 30, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

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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!

picture-41The 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”.

picture-39Wordsift integrates with the The Visual Thesaurus’ hugely powerful VocabGrabber. Use it through Wordsift and it is free.

uJam

| June 29, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

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!

Phraseup*

| June 11, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

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.
What are you * for?

Mobile Learning Experience 2015, Tucson, Arizona ~ 2

| June 11, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Mobile 2015Mobile learning Experience 2015Mobile 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.

Participants will:

  • 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.

Everyone gets a stylish Mobile Learning Experience bag. Follow them on Twitter @mobile2015 and #mobile2015

logoMobile 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.