Archive for July, 2010

Feedback on the National CLC Conference

| July 12, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Thank you to Roger Neilson,of Marden CLC, for his gorgeous feedback on the CLC Conference, last Friday. The originl text is on his blog HERE.

On Friday I sat for a couple of hours along with other colleagues being entertained by Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild. The circus was in town and the time passed rapidly – too rapidly.

About 50% of what they showed was new to me – especially the use of some old- and frankly disparaged software – Powerpoint. The other 50% was new in its use – or forced me to think again about just how effective I was being in using it. Continue Reading

National CLC Conference 2010: The Rose Bowl, Leeds

| July 9, 2010 | 3 Comments 

Today, we had the pleasure to present a keynote speech and a workshop for Day Two of the National CLC Conference 2010 at Leeds Metropolitan University’s The Rose Bowl.

Day One of the conference included keynotes from Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s Technology Correspondent and John D’abbro, Apple Distinguished Educator presenting on mobile technologies. Over the two days the conference workshops covered four tracks : Teaching and Learning, Technology, Open Source and Information. Continue Reading

Rotherham ICT Conference

| July 7, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Today we had the pleasure of attending the Rotherham ICT Conference at the Magna Science Adventure Centre , delivering a keynote speech and three workshops. Continue Reading

The ITTE Conference 2010 – Liverpool Hope University

| July 6, 2010 | 6 Comments 

And now, a short drive across Liverpool, to Liverpool Hope University to present a keynote speech for the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE) Conference

This year’s summer conference is titled “This time ITs personal”. Continue Reading

Dovedale Junior School

| July 6, 2010 | 7 Comments 

A flying visit to Dovedale Junior School, in Liverpool. What a lovely bunch. Smiles all round, from teachers, children and visitors alike.

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Savio Salesian College at South Sefton CLC (+Shape Collage)

| July 5, 2010 | 6 Comments 

Savio Salesian College (formerly known as Savio Catholic High School or Savio High School) is a Roman Catholic secondary school in Bootle, Merseyside, England. The school is run by priests and was successful, in early 2006, to secure a bid for specialist Business & Enterprise status. The school has about 820 pupils on roll. The headteacher Fr G Briody joined the school in September 2005.

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| July 4, 2010 | 0 Comments 

I find Cooliris increasingly useful when searching big folders of photographs or images.

Cooliris is a browser plug-in that revolutionizes how you find, view, and share photos and videos. Whether you’re browsing the Web, your desktop, or folders of media, Cooliris presents that media on an infinite “3D wall” that lets you enjoy content, without having to click from page to page, or step-by-step through a gallery.

A few more Avatar makers

| July 2, 2010 | 5 Comments 

Doodle Avatar Maker I made the doodle (to the left) with this one. Easy to master. At the moment there is no way to change the skin colour.

Simpsons Avatar Creator Doh! Change yourself in to one of the yellow bods with this one. (Follow the link at the top of the page).

Lego Minifig creator Block (!) out a little time to construct a Lego you. (I got all nostalgic and want to get the boxes down from the loft).

Bitstrips is an online comic strip creator that you can use to create a complete “strip”, but also a mini you.  You can get quite detailed after you have gone through the “wizard” by going into the advanced features.

Wii Style Avatar You could spend all wiik on this Nintendo Wii generator.  Wii did. Make a mini Mii

Manga Style Avatar Creator This last one is for you manga fans. Big eyes, spiked hair and all!

Thank you to John McLear for recommending and reminding me of The Hero Factory. Any more folks?

Afri CAN

| July 1, 2010 | 0 Comments 
Hi Tim and Sarah

With my Year 2 class, at Otley All Saints, the Wii and African Safari have just come into play (now I have learnt how to link it up!).

Having listened to Nicola’s advice, rules of engagement had been negotiated, but nevertheless it proved so exciting that there is plenty of work to be done on communication skills. Nevertheless, the children in an observer/note-taker role did a fantastic job, and on Day 2 (in about 15 minutes) everyone had a go at writing up a journal page. Continue Reading

Anyone for Tennis?

| July 1, 2010 | 0 Comments 

The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never even be as good as a wall.

Wimbledon, the throne of tennis, well underway, and it’s still not rained!!

Try a few online games of tennis here, here and here

Or get some good coaching videos for young players HERE

For tea love?

Whatever the weather (!) I like this quote from one of the great men of tennis:

“You’ve got to get to the stage in life when going for it is more important than winning or losing” Arthur Ashe