I was honoured to be asked to give a presentation at the Enhancing Learning and Teaching with ICT conference for Liverpool City Council, Children Services alongside Sir Ken Robinson and Professor Stephen Heppell.
This is the second time I have had the dubious pleasure of following Sir Ken on to a stage to present. I say dubious because the man is a remarkable act to follow. Great wit matched with great wisdom.
Ken and I wondered if there was a bit of a theme being cultivated here today, both of us using a stick to navigate with. We wondered if Stephen would turn up on a drip! (Thankfully not, even after a nasty ski accident just before BETT.)
Robinson and Rylands even formed a duo to rival Status Quo.
What a superb event! Thank you to Paul Bradshaw, (Senior School Improvement Officer, ICT and Global Learning.) and his colleagues for an excellent and inspiring day.
After my presentation I was interviewed by some Students from Broughton Hall High who are reporting live from the ‘Enhancing Learning and Teaching with ICT’ conference for RadioWaves. The interview should go up HERE soon. They made tremendous and enquiring reporters. They had the opportunity to interview Ken Robinson, myself and Stephen Heppell. Their broadcasts and blogs will be available at RadioWaves by the end of the week.
Please listen and leave your own comments..
In a lunchtime session after my presentation I talked with a few folk about the incredible range of genres that can be inspired by these visual literacy ideas.
Here is an idea for a “real reason” to write a persuasive letter:
How about getting the children who are using some of the virtual worlds as a stimulus for writing to justify (plus, hopefully, cherish and value) their experiences within the worlds.
The Head *&*&*& Primary School
*&*&*&*&*& *&*&*& *&
It has come to my attention that you are using computer games during the Literacy Hour. I am not very happy with this.
Literacy is one of the most important subjects you are taught in school and watching and playing computer games will not help you to improve your writing.
I know that Mr Rylands came in and worked with you on one occasion and Miss *&*&*& continued using the game, but I have been informed that you also used the game last week as well.
I am very concerned that you are playing too much and not learning enough. I will be looking at your work from the Myst week you did last term and the work you did last week.
If your work does not show improvement, I will have no option but to ban all computer games in school.
As well as your written work, I would also like a letter from you stating why you continue to use Myst III and why you feel it has helped you in improving your Literacy.
I will take into account your opinions and work and will discuss it further at the next Management meeting. You will hear my final decision next week.
*&*&*&*& Head Teacher
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