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Abingdon Primary School, Middlesbrough ~ Day 1

| October 2, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Abingdon Primary

abingdon-primaryA day of lessons, and thinking through the outcomes, at Abingdon Primary School. The morning with KS2, their teachers and visiting colleagues and the afternoon with KS1.

Today, we remained analog, within, and in front of, a digital landscape as an inspiration. Games aren’t used in the standard sense, in other words, we don’t “go here, and go there. We stand still within these worlds, contemplating, considering, and recording our thoughts, before even thinking about “going” somewhere else.

Thank you to headteacher Andrea Williams, and Adam Cooper, Deputy Head Teacher, for these two days.

Using Padlet

Reflecting on the lessonA powerful part of our ‘lessons days’ is the opportunity to pick part with the teachers what happened during the lessons. A useful tool that can support this process is, and this group illustrated this beautifully.

Thanks to Adam, for sharing these thoughts:

Abingdon Primary School is an exciting place to learn.  We have a fun, real and relevant curriculum and every child is expected to challenge themselves to fulfil their potential with the support, guidance and nurture of a fabulous teaching staff.  Motivating and inspiring even the most reluctant/passive learners, is a barrier that we  tackle head on, in inventive, and imaginative ways.  We have asked Tim and Sarah to come along to our school to help us use, utilise and embrace technology to further inspire our writers through the use of games, apps and media.

Yenka ~ Crocodile clips as was

| October 1, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

basicCircuits1An all time favourite, over the years of computing in schools, has most definitely been Crocodile Clips, of old, that fabulous site about circuits. Yenka recreates the spectacle in a very useful fashion.

Create simple, or more complex, circuit designs, and see how they operate.

Tools to Tell a Tale, Dillington House, Somerset

| October 1, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

TTTAT Somerset

InFinity LiteracyIn-finity Literacy Limited hosted “Tools to Tell a Tale – Improving reading and writing through ICT” with us,  Pie Corbett and David Mitchell at Dillington House.

This one-day conference was about injecting creativity back into classrooms, mixing digital methods with traditional writing strategies, and providing a host of practical and simple ideas for literacy lessons and beyond. The day featured:

  • a vast range of ways to use ICT to enhance literacy
  • methods of engaging interest and developing communication
  • the power of blogging
  • a ‘Coveritlive’ collaborative writing session
  • shared writing in conjunction with powerful, accessible, technology
  • creating a story that travels around the world and is built upon by children across the globe.


A big Thank You to Maria Richards, Literacy Consultant/Trainer & Talk for Writing Primary Adviser, for organising this joyous event

We demonstrated the use of imaginative techniques and inventive tools, whilst interacting with pupils from around the globe as we “set the tale, developed the plot, enhanced the drama and inspired the world in just six hours”.

“This one-day workshop aimed to inject the creativity back into classrooms, mixing digital methods with traditional writing strategies, and provided delegates with a host of practical and simple ideas to apply in their literacy lessons”.

Our friends today know how to get to a hidden bit, of this blog, which has every link the three chrome domes shared with them.

Tools to Tells a Tale, is an intriguing experience, bringing together the three bald blokes, for an exploration of story telling, on a global scale. Folks were part of an evolving story, alongside children from around the world, investigating a wondrous collection of digital, and analog, gems for bringing learning alive

Folks joined us, as we travelled across dangerous terrain, through swamp-infested landscapes, and to the top of crumbling towers, all through the power of inventive technologies”.

David Tim PieThe chance to be a part of a live writing master-class, with children from Skye to Sydney, responding to this creative challenge.

An engaging, imaginative and exciting experience, for those joining the journey, aiming to leave everyone with copious practical ideas, approaches and technical tools to take back and use in their own teaching, with children of all ages, and abilities.


| September 30, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

ScribbleMapsScribbleMaps enables the creation of labelled maps on a lot of different scales. Annotate, and link off, your journey

The Oaks CE Learning Federation, at Bartley C of E ~ Day 2

| September 30, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Oaks CE Learning Federation

oaks_mini_logosOur second day with the The Oaks CE Learning FederationCopythorne CE Infant School, Netley Marsh CE Infant School and St Michael and All Angels CE Infant School, again kindly hosted at Bartley C Of E Junior School.

We started the day taking a journey in some digital domains, with the younger children, a joyous exploration, in a magical virtual setting. Laughter, and knowing smiles, mixed with some full on chatter and discussion. This flowed into some imaginative, and inventive writing, and drawing, before we travelled even further.

Our afternoon was another wandering in the world of words, this time, alongside some older pupils. Taking time, to stand still, and contemplate, and then head off in to some florid, descriptive narrative ~ powerful. Well done all.


| September 29, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

SplatulataSpatulattaheader_logo features some simple, and more complex, recipes and how to demos for some fascinating cooking. One aspect is over 350 video recipes.

Search for creations by main ingredient, country/cuisine, special occasion or featured recipes. This free site is Flash based and features some subtle advertising. Get cooking!

The Oaks CE Learning Federation, at Bartley C of E Juniors

| September 29, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Oaks CE Learning Federation at Bartley Junior School


The first of two days with the The Oaks CE Learning Federation, made up of Copythorne CE Infant School, Netley Marsh CE Infant School and St Michael and All Angels CE Infant School, our visit kindly hosted by Bartley C Of E Junior School.

The three small Church Infant Schools are based in the villages of Copythorne, Lyndhurst and Netley Marsh, who all work closely together under the leadership of Federation Headteacher Tina Daniels and Governing Body.

OaksWith Federation status, they share expertise, and resources, and are therefore able to achieve more together than any one school can individually, but recognise it is important to retain each of the three schools’ unique and individual characters within their own community.

Thanks too, to Jane Flood, of Copythorne Infant School, for sharing these thoughts:

The Oaks Learning Federation came into being in 2009/10. It is made up of 3 small infant schools, each with 3 classes and a church in view. All are housed in old buildings in the New Forest. St Michaels and All Angels is at the top of the busy High Street in Lyndhurst. Copythorne is a couple of miles away surrounded by fields & forest and Netley Marsh is again situated off a busy main road with a church and a pub. We have 3 churches and 3 vicars.

Lots of the children come from out of catchment with a mixture from the nearest large town of Totton, old forest families with forest rights and professionals who want the semi rural life. The 3 schools make up the main feeder schools for Bartley Junior  which is a  3 form entry Junior half way between Copythorne and Netley Marsh. We have 1 Executive Headteacher – Tina Daniel – who was the first appointed head of the Federation. Each school then has its own head of learning (deputy head to you and me) who has a part time class responsibility.

As for the Federation, it is like George Lucas has named us. May the force be with you.

Thank you to Sue Griffiths, of Bartley Junior, for thoughts on the junior element:

BartleyThe staff and children of Bartley C of E Junior School are looking forward to working alongside Tim to develop literacy through computing. This will provide all children and staff with an exciting opportunity to access the curriculum and learn in innovative ways.

Bartley C of E Junior School lies in the heart of the New Forest and has 366 pupils on role who travel to us from a wide catchment area. We have spent considerable time developing computing across our school and the work with Tim will further help to enhance our curriculum as we strive for excellence in every area.

Two Foods

| September 26, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

food_comparisonTTwo foods App BananwoFoods is a food comparision tool that compares the nutritional data of two food items to see which food suits your healthy eating goal. Example food items: burger and Greek salad. Fascinating and useful on a personal and an educational level.

Staple Hill Primary School, Bristol

| September 26, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Staple Hill Primary

Barley CloseStaple HillTraining Day at Staple Hill Primary, Bristol, joined by colleagues from Barley Close Community Primary.

A big thank you to headteacher Peter Foss-Clark and Arwa Said, Deputy Headteacher, and Joe Beament head teacher of Barley Close Primary

We splattered folks with a huge collection of (mostly free) resources, and ideas, for developing lesson structures.

Alongside this exposure to a vast array of possibilities, we contemplated the aspect that we DO need to take our time in this context too. To fly from one tool to the next, without a focus on the learning that flows from careful use of one of them, is not as valuable as careful, considerate, contemplative use of the best elements of the best of technology.

It’s more about PACE. Less about speed.

Well done to all of the staff here today, for some insightful analysis of the potential power of all of the Web2.0 sites we splattered them with. To discover, and build upon, the powerful effect of using games, useful Web2 tools and software (most of it free), hand-held devices and more, and the impact these can have on the curriculum, and standards, it remains vital for us all to think about the “doing it” rather than just the “talking about it” – investigating a way of teaching, where quality learning is the focus rather than the latest gadget; ‘what is said, rather than what is used to say it’.

“Staple Hill Primary School is a happy, forward-looking school situated in north east Bristol. We serve a community which is diverse both in terms of ethnicity and economic advantage. We have a deserved reputation as a welcoming and inclusive school. Our staff team is hard-working, collaborative and committed to giving all our children the opportunities and skills they need to realise their potential.”

123D Catch

| September 25, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

123D Catch

123D Catch enables you to use your camera to capture the people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D experiences, and automatically transform them into interactive 3D models.

• Take a series of photographs from different angles.
• Showcase your work and follow other amazing 3D photographers from around the world through the in-app gallery.
• Store your captured objects in the cloud to access them from all your devices.
• Export 3D models in a variety of formats from the 123D online community for use in other 3D tools and projects.
• Works on iPad/iPhone & iPod Touch.

South Gloucestershire Teachmeet at Blackhorse Primary

| September 25, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


S Glos TeachmeetA big thank you to Headteacher of Blackhorse Primary, Simon Botten, for organising The South Gloucestershire Teachmeet. With a space theme, we went intergalactic ~ “To Boldly Go” where no teacher had gone before.

Teachmeets are fun! We try to take part in as many as we can during our travels. An informal gathering of those curious about teaching and learning. Anyone could share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations. Continue Reading