Aberdeenshire ICT Conference

| April 19, 2008 | 7 Comments 

I was honoured to be asked to give a keynote presentation at the Aberdeenshire ICT Conference today. I have enjoyed working with the Aberdeenshire team before.

Today was the start of a week back up in the county working with a variety of schools, from primary and secondary through to a special school context.

Aberdeenshire carried out a large study into the use of gaming and Myst in the curriculum.

Aberdeenshire Council was very keen to take forward the idea of games-based learning and so in conjunction with the Consolarium it identified a number of projects that it wished to undertake. One of these involved using the Myst III Exile in order to focus on motivating children to write.Following a technology CPD event held in March 2007, a number of teachers volunteered to be part of the project. As the game is not expensive, almost 20 schools were given the game and were brought into the project.

In order to take this forward, a further event was organised where I attended to demonstrate how he would teach with the game and to work with teachers to understand how the game worked and how they could begin to integrate it into their practice.

At the time Aberdeenshire was part of the Glow pilot and so a Glow group was created to help teachers communicate and share ideas and resources. Have a look at the some of the video feedback from teachers and pupils HERE.

The response to the project has been amazing, with a lot of comments about the impact that it has had on attainment in writing. I am looking forward to extending this during the coming week.

It was great to catch up with Anne Curtis and Vicki Cable, from Shoofly, last night at Thainstone House. They are exhibiting some of their imaginative and enchanting and challenging software at the conference.

One of the highlights of today’s event, for me, was meeting three delightful children from Elrick school, who presented some of their remarkable work stemming from their Myst wanderings alongside their gorgeous teacher, Aloyise Mulligan, who was one of the original Myst Project group and has really run with the ideas.

Visit their site HERE and see some of their brilliant results using Crazy Talk too.

I really enjoyed Derek Robertson’s presentation in the afternoon, titled Games in the classroom: do you still need convincing? I was convinced! Derek’s blog is always worth reading, as is his work with the Consolarium.

Derek is a Guitar Hero champion. Today, we turned him into Piano Hero when he joined me in some blues busking as folk filled in their evaluation forms. (Hopefuly it won’t nudge our ratings down TOO much!!)

Thank you to the remarkably energetic and irrepressible Anna Rossvoll, Brian Conn and their colleagues, for a superb event. One of the most enjoyable, warm, friendly, efficient and welcoming events I have had the pleasure to attend.

Thank you, and well done, to all those folk from Ellon Academy, Insch School,  Alford Academy, Portlethen Community Learning Centre, Banchory Primary School, Balmedie School, Monymusk School, Port Elphinstone School, Meiklemill School, Markethill School, Crombie School, Ardallie School, Burnhaven School, Logie Durno School, Echt School, Stonehaven Community Centre, Auchterellon School, Maud School, Drumoak School, Mearns Academy, Easterfield School, Adult Literacties, Rayne North School, Torphins Primary School, Tough School, Fraserburgh Community Centre, Elrick School, Mintlaw Academy, Kinellar School, Auchterless School, Methlick School, Fraserburgh South Park School, Banchory Academy, Keig School, Meldrum Academy, Portlethen Academy, Mackie Academy, Aboyne Academy, Kemnay Academy, Wyness Hall, Westhill Primary School, Macduff School, Slains School, Scottish Youth Parliament, St Leonard’s, St Fergus School, Turriff Academy, Dover Lodge, ALIS, Woodhill House, Ellon Primary School, Auchnagatt School, Westhill Academy, Inverurie Market Place, Carronhill School, Luthermuir School, Newmachar School, Gordon House, Cultercullen School, Gartly School, Hatton (Cruden) School, Peterhead Academy, Inverurie Academy, Old Rayne School, Ballater School, Kintore School, EAL Service, Hill of Banchory, Banff Primary School, Newburgh Mathers School, Lumsden School, Fraserburgh Academy, Logie Coldstone School, Aberdeenshire Heritage, Crimond School, Barthol Chapel , Kellands School, Strichen School, St Andrews School Parent Council, Longside School, Alford Primary School, Cluny School, Rosehearty School, Buchanhaven School, Westhill Community Centre, Fishermoss School, Portsoy School, Midmar School and  The Gordon Schools.

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  1. Aloyise Mulligan says:

    Hi Tim,

    Thank you so much for today. Every time I hear you speak I get more enthusiastic to follow your lead. You were terrific with the children from our school and the whole of Elrick will hear about you on Monday and ‘Mr Walker’ of course! Good luck with your continued excellent work and hope to see you again.

  2. Many many thanks for your fabulous presentation today – it was inspirational and great fun too! I came home and ordered a copy of Myst lll immediately!
    Love the idea of taking the time to reflect (highly recommended practice by Prof James Zull!) – and important for adults too!

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation today Tim. As you know I’ve seen you speak a couple of times before but today was still as interesting and inspirational as the first time I saw you…no law of diminishing return here! Glad to read that you enjoyed my input and I’d really like to explore furtehr our brief discussion touched on regarding future collaboration. Lastly, thanks for the piano part you gave me: I went from feeling like Les Dawson to Liberace in two minutes! Good luck for the rest of the week with your in-service work in Aberdeenshire.

  4. Sue says:

    I really enjoyed your presentation today. Wish my class had someone as inspirational as you to teach them !!

  5. Cara says:

    Thanks for an excellent presentation today! Can’t wait to hear you again and see more of your inspirational work on Wednesday at Hill of Banchory Primary!

  6. Caroline says:

    I had a wonderful day on Saturday. Tim you are so inspirational! I have just spent the day at Rothienorman school today and you continued to inspire and motivate us all. Thanks!

  7. Gaynor Steel says:

    Saturday’s conference at Meldrum school was absolutely fantastic! I had been looking forward to hearing you speak, having previously worked with Myst. I was absolutely hooked, I could have listened to you all day. Your presentation was excellent and you succeeded in making us all laugh! Every teacher should have the opportunity to hear you. It is not often that we come away from a whole day course feeling totally inspired! Am looking forward to sharing your ideas with my staff at Ardallie. Keep up the good work!

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