Salford LA, Seconday Literacy

| April 29, 2009 | 4 Comments 

screenshot0571A return visit to Swinton Park Golf Club, invited again by Salford LA, this time, to focus on Secondary Literacy. Thank you to Assiya Hussain for organising today’s event and coordinating the delegates, both from within the authority and beyond – Halton, St Helen’s, Bradford and Manchester.  

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I have a confession, I have become a Mind mapping geek. Can hardly do a shopping list without using a mindmap.

What is a Mind map then?

Mind maps have many applications and are said to improve the memory. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Some of the earliest examples of mind maps were developed by Porphyry of Tyros, a noted thinker of the 3rd century, as he graphically visualized the concept categories of Aristotle.

The best-selling fiction paperbackin the U.K., “The Naming of the Dead” by Ian Rankin, features detective Inspector Rebus who uses mind maps to solve crimes.

Here are a few mindmapping doodlies you might investigate:

Our all time favourite is, most definitely, 2Simple‘s 2Connect. A brilliant and simple (!!) program that we use every day on training days and more.

It is children’s favourite too, as it is so easy and intuitive, yet powerful.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Daryl Anns says:

    Thanks for a great day, loved all of the ideas – very inspirational, Answered loads of questions I’d always wanted answering. Off to create my own blog!

  2. Sarah Doherty says:

    Thanks for a very valuable training day on Wednesday at Swinton Park Golf Club. I used Myst III today with my bottom set year 11. I wanted to see what I could get out of them in terms of the writing to describe section of the GCSE paper 2. The result almost moved me to tears when I saw and heard what the children had managed to produce off the back of this very different stimulus material. I think the music and SFX had a lot to do with it as it created an atmosphere otherwise absent in a normal lesson and allowed the kids to think a little differently.
    Thanks again.
    Sarah

  3. Martin Grundy says:

    A very valuable and eye opening training day. Loads of great ideas and resources to use in the classroom, can’t wait to try them out!
    Thanks.

  4. Sian Bloor says:

    Thank you so much for a great day full of valuable and thought provoking ideas in how to use ICT creatively, not only in literacy, but through other areas of the curriculum. My mind is realing once again with all the fabulous things that I can do with my class to enhance and motivate their learning. Hope to see you again soon.

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