Telford & Wrekin Headteachers’ ICT Conference

| June 18, 2009 | 6 Comments 

telford-09-001Today we are in Telford at  Telford University Campus working with the Telford and Wrekin Schools ICT Team. including Derek Williams, Learning Content Manager for Telford and Wrekin Council. First, an opening keynote inthe main lecture hall. Then, a lesson with  Year 6 children from Lawley Primary School


The colleagues here today rode the Hogwarts Express of imagination and came up with some great ideas too in our workshop. Here they are, with their hands looped into the leather strap hanging down from the parcel shelf above their heads:

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The children from Lawley Primary School were a credit to their school, up for the challenges, responding to ideas and creating wonderful worlds using spoken and written words. We are sure that they will take it to further than Myst in school. They will fly!

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telford-09-session-001Following the lesson we had opportunity to work with a group of  delegates, looking at lots of  ‘other stuff’ – filming, multimodal writing frames, hyperlinking, screen shots and more.

We have been having more fun than ever, recently, when we have been doing our animal mix ups with school. Switcheroo Zoo (a.k.a. Switch Zoo) started as a small project. They were playing around with the idea of making new animals by switching their parts. At first, the zoo had just nine animals, and it was the only attraction on the website. Today, there are 142 species in Switch Zoo, and the site features animal games, music performed using animal voices, a reference section about all of the animals in Switch Zoo, lesson plans, and poetry, stories and artwork created by students and visitors.

When you arrive at the zoo page, a green screen with a time-bar will display while the zoo is being downloaded, the entrance scene will appear and you’ll hear the Switch Zoo Animal Orchestra singing. If you don’t see the scene, you need to update Flash. Click here to install the free Flash Player

 Build an Online HabitatBuild an Online Habitat
Students match animals to the environment best suited for their survival. A compatibility meter and a thermometer help evaluate the environment.

Where Do I Live?
This animal geography game will challenge your students’ knowledge as they move the animals to their natural homes. Students can use the Animal Homing Device to see the answer for animals they can’t locate.

Educational Games
Three animal-themed games make it fun to learn about animals’ characteristics and habitats. Students can even create their own new species!

Switch Zoo – Make New Animals
Visitors to this unique zoo make their own new creatures by switching the animals’ heads, legs and tails. While students play, they can read facts about each of the animals that comprise their new beast. Visit the lesson plans section for classroom ideas.

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gold handYour students can learn more about the animals in Switch Zoo by reading their Profiles in the Resources section below.

Be sure you don’t miss any of the features in Switch Zoo! — Click the gold hand on the fence to open the hidden How to Play panel and find out about everything you can do in the zoo. Or you can click here to read How to Play before entering the zoo.

map2. Choose an animal to switch
Wait until you see the map, which is a big rock with colorful buttons showing the nine primary animals.

Click the button for the animal that you want to use as your primary animal. This choice will determine what body your new animal will have, as well as its environment. Click the Animal List button to see a list of all the animals in Switch Zoo. By clicking an icon in the list, you can make the new animal and go to a new habitat at the same time. 

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  1. Nigel says:

    What an excellent day. Lots of ideas and stimulating ways of getting the children writing

  2. Rebecca Johnson says:

    My children had a fabulous time with you yesterday, and I gained a lot from the demo lesson, and from talking with you afterwards
    Thank you x

  3. Erica Aston says:

    A super presentation Tim. You gave us some great ideas which we know will inspire our children to write.

  4. Rob says:

    Great presentation Tim and also the follow up session was very informative too. Inspiring!

  5. Stephanie Trusler says:

    Can’t believe how the time flew during your presentation – we must have been fully engaged. Thank you for some great ideas and a highly entertaining talk.

  6. Anna Edwards says:

    Fantastic presentation and so many great ideas – I can’t wait to try things out in my classroom. I really enjoyed the day; it left me full of enthusiasm. Thanks.

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