Burnt Mill School, Essex (+Qipit)

| July 13, 2009 | 2 Comments 

burnt-mill-y9-002The end of term approaches and what a lovely way to spend it, at Burnt Mill School, Harlow in Essex. Thank you to Sarah Martin, her colleagues and students, for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

We worked alongside two groups of students who rose to the many challenges we lay before them.

One group, Year 9s, responded incredibly openly and wrote some excellent descriptive narrative in “a desolate landscape offering little hope for mankind”.

The second group, of Year 10s wandered with us through a more peaceful, and immersive setting. They showed great imagination and involved themselves in some creative thought. One student was open enough to say that she felt “almost tricked into wanting to write”. She was surprised at how much she actually “needed” to record her ideas. Others flew when they took on the roles of characters in each location. That takes courage, especially at this age, when it could be easy to feel ill at ease exposing your inner self and creativity in front of your classmates.

A couple of students told us of their own radio station, Radio Picadilly. This broadcasts every day, DJ-d by the students.

We threw out lots of links today. Some of them, I will list here. Others, people were taking copious notes.

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Here is a great little resource that could speed up the process of converting notes from one form to another:

qipitQipit allows you to copy documents, whiteboards and handwritten notes with your camera phone or digital camera to store, fax, email or publish! Most of the features are available in the FREE version too.

screenshot-165* Turn documents, notes and whiteboards into digital copies (PDFs)
* Email or fax qipit digital copies via email, your online Qipit account, or right from your phone
* Store all of your paper documents and notes as digital documents for easy archiving and sharing
* Tag your qipit documents for easy searching and sorting
* Publish and share your documents on the web

A power cut just before we started our presentation didn’t exactly help! 🙁 We did manage to get across a few of our faves at the moment though. Some of those “Web2” elements included Wordle, QuotePad, WordSift, EtherPad, Wikispaces, Bambuser, Qik, Cueprompter, ReadTheWords,TagGalaxy, ooVoo, Twitter, Prezi, VoiceThread, and more.

For a few more ideas, some mentioned before, some not…

Again, we looked at the power of blogging, in this case for secondary school departments. I have written a couple of articles on blogging and podcasting, originally published in The Junior Education Magazine, which you can find here: Blogging and Podcasting

On the subject of expanding horizons, Voicethread has a huge potential when it comes to getting students to work collaboratively, across any boundary.

An interesting use of Voicethread HERE and a Wiki HERE.

Mark Warner’s Ideas to Inspire site includes some interesting ways of using Wikis and Voicethread.

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

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  1. Charlie McCarthy says:

    Thanks for a really useful training day. I’m now signed up to Twitter, Qipit and Prezi. I think the Powerpoint text box is a great way to add interactivity to existing Powerpoint resources and really enjoyed the Myst sessions.

  2. r4 ds says:

    Burnt Mill Schoo is very good and famous school in our city.Schoos have to learn not only from the bokk but they learn also the extra co-carecular activities.

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