Archive for June 7th, 2007
Paid a flying visit to Derby Middle School, Osnabrück in Germany. My flight times were changed so we had to compact the day slightly but that did not stop us having FUN! I really enjoyed the sense of humour from all of the folk there.
Jessica’s acrostic (Computers Overcome Most Problems, Unless They Electronically Refuse!) was particularly appropriate as we did come across a few glitches, including Daros the dalek “rapping” over the P.A. system!… but we overcame him/them and had a laugh too throughout the day.
It was good to work with colleagues across a huge age range (not young or old, wrinkly teachers – but their pupils coming from early years up to secondary!) We thought of how the visual literacy ideas and tools can be applied, but also how “unconnected” activities can be integrated into units of work. Derby school has a background in stimulating discussion and literacy through a subtle use of IT. Their recent “Derby Goes to Hollywood” week was a creative media project and saw the children making mini-masterpieces on film. They even awarded Oscars, made by in DT, at the end of the week. (Nice one Dave Crausby and crew.)
Some know that I am a huge fan of panoramas. Osnabrück has taken the next step and combined rotatable panoramas together with “hotspots” to make a virtual tour of the city. Try it HERE:
Panoramas are a fantastic way of immersing children (or yourself) in a different location. I have often pointed folk in the direction of www.panoramas.dk a great site, full of resources that you can use as a visual stimulus:
It is important to not forget to take the time to stand still in each QTVR (Quick time virtual reality) Panorama and write or discuss – before you even think about moving. It is the first movement that creates a bit of magic when using these with children.
One of the best so far…
…and by the way, I always appreciate your links to these too. Thank you.
Choose a book from the shelves above. Have fun!
I would like to thank Ceris, Sue and all of the colleagues, for a really enjoyable day today. Good luck over the next few months as changes take place in Derby school, and also with your upcoming Ofsted – I know you will fly through it! If they give you any hassle, just wheel out your alien sound system. That ‘ll scare ‘em off!
I WILL UPDATE, FINISH, AND ADD THE PICKIES TO THIS BLOG WHEN I HAVE FLOWN HOME FOLKS!
Images from Osnabrück HIVE. Thankyou.