ICT To Inspire Conference, ESIS, Wales

| July 10, 2008 | 3 Comments 

I have had the pleasure of working a lot in Wales, mostly in Bridgend and Monmouthshire, and beyond. It was a joy today to meet a lot of new folk from Bridgend , CaerphillyMerthyr Tydfil,  and Rhondda Cynon Taf 

The conference was also looking at implementing and using the BECTA Self Review Framework (SRF)

After a presentation from myself, Sally Davies, from Edwardsville Primary School, shared some of their good practice using the SRF. There are links to some examples of good practice on the ESIS Wiki.

Pam Mahoney also presented some impressive work from her school Maes-yr-Haul Primary in Bridgend. Visit both of these schools’ expansive websites.

Throughout the day, I worked with groups looking at Communication in the 21st Century, and ways to inspire children of all ages and abilities.

I promised I would put a link to a couple of the sites I refered to today…


A really useful tool when recording podcasts or filming films with a large amount of script (e.g. reading out some Myst writings) is Cue Prompter, a free autocue.

Cut and Paste text into the window and it automatically scrools up the screen at the speed and size you find most useful.

Try this nifty little tool: an on screen/ whiteboard friendly way to make your own word magnets. This clever idea transforms your text into ‘magnets’ which can be dragged around the screen, colour coded and re-sized. You can also add new magnets at any time and remove any magnets that you no longer wish to use. Great for writing a shared text or looking at word order in sentences.

Thank you to Louise and Tina, and their colleagues at ESIS for a superb, very well organised and motivating day. Thank you. 🙂

Category: 1) Events and Training days, 2) Useful n Interesting

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  1. alan says:

    And inanimatealice is a free online resource!
    More an interactive piece of fiction than a traditional game, Inanimate Alice: Episode 4 continues the story of the young game animator as she leaves her home in Russia and travels abroad. Inanimate Alice serves as both entertainment and a peek into the future of literature as a fusion of multimedia technologies. The haunting images and accompanying music and text weave a remarkably gripping tale that must be experienced to be believed.
    And better still for schools there is a piece of software now available that allows learners to create their own stories. Valuable for all forms of literacy and this is being sold as a perpetual site licence for schools at £99 ! http://www.istori.es

  2. Martyn Silezin says:

    The bit under your nose is called a philtrum!
    More details on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philtrum.

    Thanks for today. Your contribution was excellent and even though I am not a primary teacher I saw much that I could use in a secondary setting. There is a section of disenchanted youths that I know that an approach like this will make a real difference to. Blogging sounds far more attractive than creating a portfolio of evidence for some invisible examiner.

    I aggree whole heartedly with your comments about freedom on the internet and giving our e natives a chance to act responsibly. Anyone in RCT can make requests to lift restrictions on items included in the firewall by contacting the ICT helpdesk in the usual way. Good luck with your mission!

    PS My picture does not appear on the footage taken and my wife wonders where I have been all day because my phone was switched off!

  3. Roy Gibbins says:

    Enjoyed your two sessions today. I hope to put some of the ideas into practice in the new term. Having never blogged before I’m now off to try my hand. All the best.

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