“To Inspire the Able, Gifted & Talented” Conference, Essex

| May 18, 2009 | 5 Comments 

screenshot0011 Enjoying the sunshine and smiles today in Colchester, invited by Louisa Sliwa and her team, here in Essex. 

Today, we mentioned the different ways to do a Google (or other search engine provider!) search effectively. One way, of course is to move away from the “letter box” and use Google’s Advanced Search.

The other is to search using extensions. (See our post Extensions. Ex Tension) to search by a particular file type. The options have broadened further now with the new  Options option in Google options!

You’d have to hunt detective-like and very closely to see the new features that have been added to the Google Search page.  But, look for them because there are new elements that will allow you to dig deeper into your search results and, hopefully, find your search topics easier and quicker and in more detail.  At the same time, you might get some inspiration for a related topic that you weren’t originally looking for!

Do a normal search and you get the standard results.  But, the sign that something new is lurking around, is the humble little link that says “Show Options”.

<<< –Click to reveal the options and you’ve got a whole new set of tools in a sidebar to let you dig into the results, striving for the most relevant.

The top part is pretty straight forward.

Maybe you’d like just videos instead of websites at times or… there’s more… The time feature should prove to be very handy:

As the internet gets older, so does a lot of the content that’s on there.  There are really times when you want results that are relatively recent so being able to filter on a timeline is handy.  Have a go with the Wonder Wheel and Timeline options and even more possibilities for finding “stuff” appear.

screenshot021It was good to work with folk who are focussing on the more gifted, talented and able. The techniques, tips and doodlies we have been developing over the last few years are applicable across all age and ability ranges .

They are a great way of stretching, broadening and sparkling up the imaginations of the more able because, sometimes, they might know how to tick the boxes, (or, even, get ticks) but might not always be so confident taking off and flying.

“btw”, try the DCFS site for some advice about, and definitions of, Gifted and talented children.

There are some helpful pieces of information within the QCA Guidance

Young Gifted and Talented, The National Association for Gifted Children, G&T Wise, and the database of resources at the National Literacy Trust are just a few of the sites you may find useful.

Teachers TV have some great programmes about gifted and talented pupils HERE

At the Able Gifted and Talented Conference in Derby, last year, I met some pupils from Chellaston Junior School who did a super presentation about the philosophy they had been doing back at school.

I asked them a few questions and here are their really excellent and thoughtful answers:

Four members of our class attended the conference and spoke about the work we’ve been doing on     P4C. Tim asked the following questions and after much discussion, this is what we thought:

What if mountains were dogs?

The earth would shake violently.
They wouldn’t fit in your house.
It would be really hard to walk the dog.
I’d hate to see the mess they leave behind.
There would be enormous fleas.
They’d crush your house.
You’d have to buy a massive kennel.
People would die if they stamped on them.
They’d scare the cats away.
Mountain climbers wouldn’t know whether they were climbing a mountain or a dog.
Use the dog’s tail as a slide.
It would drag you along on walks.
They’d smash and ruin towns and cities.

How does P4C help us in our other lessons?

It helps us to think of strange things for a story.
It helps our imagination to run wild when we’re drawing.
It helps us to think of better questions.
It allows us to think about what it’s like for other people, not just ourselves.
It makes us think about what would be the right thing to do.
It has shown us the importance of thinking”.

Well done all!

As Confucius said: If your plan is for one year, plant rice; If your plan is for ten years, plant trees; If your plan is for one hundred years, educate the children.

2connectWe were asked for a copy of our 2connect overview slide. A copy is shown here, but how quickly it gets out of date. A newer version to be created soon.

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  1. andy smith says:

    Thanks so much for today at Colchester, it was an excellent day, so much is still buzzing around in my head. We have been using Visual Literacy in our school for the last couple of terms and this seems to be a logical extension. So many different ways of using ‘games’. never thought that an ‘old dinosaur’ such as myself would leave a course wishing that I could spend the next ten years teaching. A great day and I will always be ‘up for a challenge!’ Thank you once again!

  2. blog says:

    Thanks for this lovely comment Andy. You made a spectacular “lost soul” today and your beaming smile is up on the pickies. I am glad you feel motivated again and that it lasts through the next ten years! 🙂 Good luck, keep in touch and let us know how you get on. All the best. Tim

  3. Sandra Martin says:

    I really enjoyed the conference at Colchester today. I have been involved in the From Screen To Page project since September and your ideas link well with this. I am sure I will be able to adapt the ideas for my year 2 class. I hope I will be able to master the video game soon!!!
    PS I love the photos on the blog. We all look really happy!
    Thanks again. Sandra

  4. blog says:

    Glad you can see ways to develop your media work Sandra. Yes. Everybody does look happy don’t they eh. Have fun and let me know how you get on.

  5. claire says:

    the conference in Colchester was wonderful. Without doubt it was the most inspired that I had ever felt on a Monday!

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