Archive for January, 2010

Wordles of Character

| January 31, 2010 | 16 Comments 

The first outcome of our “Bringing The Village To Life” project at Whissendine C.E.Primary School was a set of powerful images, which the children created through quite a complex, yet, in reality, acheivably-simple procedure.

It involved them working across a few programs and resources, and having to keep track of a collection of thought processes. They also had to “think on their feet” and work out exactly HOW to succeed in the challenge.

A shared learning journey.

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Whissendine C.E.Primary School, Rutland Day 2

| January 31, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Well! What an emotional and thoroughly immersive pair of days at Whissendine C.E.Primary School.

To work alongside a group of children, and their teachers, who are up for challenges and creativity in a big way is a real joy. When those people are under the microscope, an inspection breathing down upon them, and they still buzzz, fly and excel themselves… that is a priviledge!

I cannot tell you how they did in the inspection of course, except to say that, all of this close-knit and supportive community, have the right to be VERY proud of their continued efforts.

Well done, to headteacher, Rob Gooding, and his “TEAM”.
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EasyDefine

| January 29, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Using EasyDefine is very simple. Simply copy and paste a list of words into the text box. Look up multiple words quickly. Simply copy and paste a list with any delimeter. Definitions/synonyms are immediately

If you want to look up a word with 2 or more components such as “computerized axial tomography scanner”,(!! Go look it up !!) simply type in “computerized-axial-tomography-scanner” and EasyDefine can interpret this appropriately.

After that is done, EasyDefine offers the list to you in its entirety for download as a word document, for viewing on the website itself, or for emailing to yourself.

Also don’t forget about the advanced options (located under the text box in the home tab) which give you options such as alphabetizing and numbering your list.

You can specify the maximum number of definitions for each word and whether or not to randomly pick these definitions from the dictionary (for example picking 2 definitions out of a possible 10).

The synonyms tab provide you with synonyms of the word list you gave.

More than just a simple fast dictionary.

Whissendine C.E.Primary School, Rutland

| January 28, 2010 | 1 Comment 

The first of a six day long project working alongside the children and staff of Whissendine C.E.Primary School, Rutland.

This is different for us in a couple of ways:

1) it is organised in coordination with The Mighty Creatives, and Creative Partnerships.

2) it is the first such event, for us, that has been launched by the auspicious element of an Ofsted inspection too!! (The school got “the call” on Monday, and are bravely striding ahead with our partnership, despite “the visit”).

This promises to be an exciting new project. It is always fun to do new, and exploratory ventures. We are excited to be developing some new ways of working. Continue Reading

South Avenue Junior School, Sittingbourne, Kent

| January 27, 2010 | 6 Comments 
Today, we were lucky enough to work alongside staff and children at South Avenue Junior School, Sittingbourne in Kent. The morning focused on demonstration lessons exploring speaking and listening activities, writing, drama and so much more, using, this time, the beautifully detailed landscapes of the Myst computer game Revelation. Continue Reading

Thanet 2 Day 3: Newlands Primary School, Kent

| January 26, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Marie Knight for recording her thoughts on today:

“Having seen Tim in action on training days and conferences,  I am, at last, standing in the hall of my school, watching Tim doing what he does best: Working with the kids and being shot by Mr Walker. (Just a normal day at Newlands then).

Looking at a landscape from Myst IV the children come out of their shell. It gives those children who often are the ones struggling with the academic structure of the day coming out with amazing descriptions, bold enough to speak out loud, explain ideas and develop their sense of achievement. Continue Reading

Wordnik

| January 26, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Wordnik is “a dictionary aiming to collect all the words in the English language: 1.7 million so far! Examples, pronunciations, user notes, and more”.

Wordnik is a place for all the words, and everything known about them”.

Wordnik‘s  goal is “to show you as much information as possible, as fast as we can find it, for every word in English, and to give you a place where you can make your own opinions about words known. Continue Reading

Thanet 2 Day 2: Newlands Primary School, Kent

| January 25, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Today, we were lucky enough to be back working alongside staff and children at Newlands Primary, Ramsgate, Thanet in Kent, joined by colleagues from Priory Infants, Chilton Primary, Newington Primary, Upton Juniors, Ellington Infants, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Dame Janet Infants, Christ Church C of E Junior, St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary, Bromstone Primary, St Mildred’s Infants, and Dame Janet Junior.

There is a lovely atmosphere in the school. Each class is named after an animal: Reception – Lemurs and Meerkats, Year 1 – Badgers and Squirrels, Year 2 – Giraffes and Lions, Year 3 – Elephants and Tigers, Year 4 – Leopards and Zebras, Year 5 – Koalas and Pandas, Year 6 – Dolphins, Otters and Seals.
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In Bb 2.0 and YouCube

| January 24, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Useful Pickie 025In Bb 2.0 is a collaborative music and spoken word project conceived by Darren Solomon from the band Science for Girls, and developed with contributions from users.

The videos can be played simultaneously — the soundtracks will work together, and the mix can be adjusted with the individual volume sliders.

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Beaver Green School, Kent: Day 2 Reflections

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments 

beaverY2 003Having spent Monday working with our staff and showing us how to use the magical world of Myst and other IT resources to improve involvement and the desire to write, … Tuesday was about the children! The day that Tim went “live” with our children.

It is a brave man that will stand in front of 80 children and 20 adults and model a 90 minute writing lesson, so… Continue Reading

Beaver Green School, Kent: Day 2

| January 19, 2010 | 6 Comments 

Beaver G y2Day Two and what a delight! We had the pleasure of working with over 200 Beaver Green pupils, and their teachers. The day started with a very mature set of Year 4 pupils, more than 70 of them, in the hall, where they shared their ideas with confidence and skill as we explored a virtual world in Myst IV:Revelation. This was followed by the Year 5 classes exploring the upturned ship in Myst IV, again demonstrating high levels of  good behaviour, respect for each other and keenness to extend themselves – well done!

To find out what happened… Continue Reading