I really am a lucky man. My job now means that I get to visit some truly gorgeous places AND get to meet some gorgeous people. Today, I was invited to lead a training day for a group based around Padstow Primary school in Cornwall.
The event took place at Bedruthan Steps Hotel. What a setting!
OK – The weather this year has not been conducive to beach walks but, as my dear friend Russell says: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes! Everyone needs ‘a system’” In other words, a set of wet weather gear and a walk on the beach is enough to inspire a soul.
I have always said that I don’t advocate using virtual worlds as an alternative to getting out and about in the analogue landscapes around us. (Although, it is a lot safer and a lot less insurance than a school trip!! ) There is no better experience than taking a group of children out into the world. Many schools have told me, though, the experiences children have within the classroom settings we have been developing, and the structured way these activities develop speaking and listening skills, have had a big effect on the way their classes take part in trips and camps. Groups of children sharing ideas and solving problems collaboratively and creatively, using some of the skills they have acquired in their “virtual travels”
I really enjoyed today, as we explored the digital worlds of Myst with a really imaginative group of teachers who had a great sense of humour and were up for a challenge.
Thank you to John Ratcliffe, of St Merryn school, for the nudge towards Terragen. I have often admired the landscapes created using this nifty program but didn’t realise how accessible (…and free!!!) it is.
Thank you to Phil Banks, head of Padstow school for organising a great day.
Category: 1) Events and Training days