Archive for March, 2010

Games Based Learning 2010 #gbl10

| March 29, 2010 | 5 Comments 

Games Based Learning Conference at The Brewery Conference Centre in the Barbican and, oh, what fun we had! We looked at challenge based learning and the power of the games making process.

For some video of the event… Continue Reading


| March 20, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Screenshot 083Vcasmo means that you can film a presentation and synchronise it with the slides a presenter is talking about

Useful for recording the goings-on at a conference. But also in a classroom environment, perhaps when preparing for an interview or other presentation.

We have used it with great success in a “challenging” setting, and therefore we wouldn’t have clearance to show you how the children flourished using it. A great boost to their confidence to see themselves and their presentations “as one” though. Also a good opportunity to discuss presentation styles and techniques. Powerful! Continue Reading

Using ICT Creatively in Literacy Conference, Devon

| March 19, 2010 | 26 Comments 

Down to Devon, at the Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter, for the last event in a huge three week “tour”.

Today, we had the joy of working alongside a real Joy.  Continue Reading

BSF Leadership Programme Conference, London

| March 18, 2010 | 3 Comments 

National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services Phase Three of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Leadership Programme here in London consists of a two-day residential conference. Today, we delivered a workshop, looking at different ways of motivating and inspiring students through the imaginative use of technology. Continue Reading


| March 18, 2010 | 0 Comments 

We often talk about collaborative drawing packages. Here is another one.

Flock Draw gives you the opportunity to draw, mindmap and collaborate on line

Paint a simple masterpiece. Make a point visually.  Do whatever you want. Do it together. Grab a tool. Pick a color. Draw something. Show a friend. Show the world. Share your vision.

If you ever wanted to quickly share or collaborate on a simple sketch online, here is a fun tool to try. Continue Reading

Some reflections on using Myst in a special setting II

| March 17, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Another glimpse in to Roz Brown’s Myst based SOW which she wrote the first installment of during our Nurturing Narrative course in East Malling last week.

Roz is the Learning Dimension Leader in Communication & Literacy at Valence School, in Kent.

Roz has also attached screen shots of the Boardmaker symbol sheets that she used. (Click on the images to enlarge). Continue Reading

Bannockburn Primary School, Greenwich: Day 2

| March 16, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Today, we had the opportunity to put what we had covered yesterday… in to action. Continue Reading

Bannockburn Primary School, Greenwich: Day 1

| March 15, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Day One of a two day visit to Bannockburn Primary School in Greenwich, London. Today, a closed school training day with visiting colleagues from other schools, then tomorrow, the best bit,  a day of demonstration lessons with the pupils. We were invited here by Rob Carpenter, who is co-ordinating a project with several other schools involved in the London Challenge initiative, focusing on raising standards in writing. The schools attending today included Nightingale Primary, Foxfield Primary, Brooklands Primary, Ealdham Primary and Edgebury Primary.. Continue Reading

BSF Leadership Programme Conference, Harrogate Day 2

| March 12, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Day Two of the National College Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Leadership Programme Phase Three, at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, and we are providing the afternoon Keynote, focusing on the learning, harnessing technologies and adapability.
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BSF Leadership Programme Conference, Harrogate Day 1

| March 11, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Today, we were running a workshop looking at different technologies that can have an impact on standards in the classroom, as part of the Phase three of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Leadership Programme and their two-day residential conference, at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
The conference consists of structured debates, workshops and keynote speeches. Continue Reading

Stone Bay School, Broadstairs, Kent- Nurturing Narrative Day 2

| March 11, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Day two of the “Nurturing Narrative Event” here in Kent. Today, we had the joy of working alongside staff, and students, from Stone Bay School,  Broadstairs, Kent.

And… Wow! What a superb experience! The Kent SEN ICT crew, are a remarkable bunch. In the run up to this event, we have had a lot of Skype calls and “virtual meetings” to build resources, support materials, and some delightful tactile stimuli, such as plants, magnifying globes, and even a balloon containing a mysterious fish like creature. These really added to the buzz of communication in the room. Continue Reading