Archive for September, 2010

Woolavington II

| September 29, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Margaret Davenport, Reception Class teacher and Literacy Coordinator at Woolavington Primary School, kindly recorded some thoughts for us about our visit to her school.

Thank you, Margaret, for your valuable feedback. For the time and effort you went to for us, and most of all, for your infectious enthusiam.

Today, we were lucky to have a second visit from Tim Rylands, who had run a twilight session the week before explaining how he inspired children to write, especially with the use of ICT.

We had three sessions during the day and were joined by teachers from local schools. It was very interesting to see how the different year groups reacted and how the same principles could be differentiated across the key stages. Continue Reading

Playing the Writing Game project: Wiltshire

| September 29, 2010 | 11 Comments 

Today we are at Urchfont Manor in Devizes, Wiltshire for the ‘Playing the Writing Game’ Project working with teachers and children.
A class of pupils, from All Cannings Primary School, joined us here for a lesson, and one and half hours of smiles, laughter and writing. Continue Reading

Woolavington Primary School, Somerset: Day Two

| September 28, 2010 | 4 Comments 

Back across the misty moors for Myst and more.

The Somerset Levels, are a mystical landscape, filled with ancient history, and stories of yore. Not far from here, at Woolavington Primary School, the lay lines lead the traveller, aware enough of these invisible routes towards such story-laden sites as Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral with its all encircling moat (reminding us of the enchanting landscapes of Epic Citadel).

So it is, that we set forth on our trusty steed , Ovlov, from below the Mendip Hills, the short distance to the sleepy hamlet of  Woolavington Primary School, for the next chapter in our wanders through the world of words.

We aren’t “sent in”. We are called in by visionary heads, who have an eye for the value of creative technology, within an effective school curriculum.

So, another big THANK YOU to Woolavington’s head Chris Partridge, for his infectious dynamism and, his vision for engaging pupils in learning.

“Watching and listening to Tim today, and seeing the children hanging on to his words and enthusiasm, has made me incredibly proud of the them. It is great to see and hear the ‘buzz’ around the school and teachers inspired to take these techniques back into their classrooms.”

Chris Partridge

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Mystical Revelations

| September 28, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Greetings from the (cold and windy) Shetland isles!

I have recently qualified as a primary teacher at the University of Aberdeen. During my final placement, I observed a primary five teacher using Myst as a stimulus for creative writing, and I was astonished at the writing being produced by all of the pupils in her class.

I have now started my induction year, with a primary five/six class back home in in the Shetland Isles, and was keen to use the video game in my class.

Just wanted to say that my class are really into the swing of using Myst as a stimulus for creative writing: some of the writing pupils produced today was AMAZING (one in particular really stood out). Continue Reading

Woolavington Primary School, Somerset: Day One

| September 22, 2010 | 14 Comments 

After stopping of at AT Computers, Tewksbury, we’re now back within a stone’s throw, (or twelve), from home, here at Woolavington Primary School in Somerset. We can see Crook Peak, (thank you BBC for this) a view we usually enjoy from our back garden. Today, is a good long twilight session with teachers and TA’s from the schools and visiting colleagues from neighbouring schools in the Sedgemoor Learning Alliance, 14 establishments including primary, secondary and special schools. What a treat, loads of smiles and laughter, and we will have the pleasure of returning here next Tuesday, for a day of demonstration lessons.

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Many colours of magic

| September 22, 2010 | 4 Comments 

Again, thank you to Roger Neilson,of Marden CLC, for his gorgeous feedback, this time for our visit to Marden CLC, and the following day of lessons at Cullercoats Primary School, earlier this week.

(The original text is on his blog HERE).

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Cullercoats Primary School, North Tyneside

| September 22, 2010 | 4 Comments 

Following a very enjoyable training day at Marden CLC, we ventured just down the road, to Cullercoats Primary School, a large primary school that prides itself on the quality of its teamwork across year groups, key stages and the school as a whole, and that is very evident.

A huge THANK YOU to head teacher, Gavin Storey, and his team for looking after us and supporting the ‘quick changes’ required through the day as we had the pleasure of working with pupils and staff across the school.

Neil Brown, of Marden CLC, kindly recorded his thoughts on the two days for us: Continue Reading

Marden CLC, North Tyneside

| September 20, 2010 | 17 Comments 

 

Roger Neilson: “What the CLCs are about is encouraging good learning, using whatever technology is appropriate, and whetever approaches are appropriate. Normally we exemplify with learners on a daily basis, but sometimes …we invite others in… :-) Continue Reading

ICT for Education Conference – Brighton

| September 17, 2010 | 3 Comments 

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A Revelation – writing from Little Aston Primary

| September 15, 2010 | 0 Comments 

It is always lovely to receive writing, produced by pupils at a school, after we have payed a visit to that school. How encouraging it is, when that writing still comes, more than two years after our initial event.

Whilst Myst is only one aspect of what we do, it IS an immersive experience, that can motivate even reluctant writers.

(If you have some results you are proud of, why not send it too?)

Hi Tim
Thank you for your support with the writing I did before the end of term*.
The sample I have sent you, is a mixture of all abilities from Y5, and they could not believe that you had actually emailed them! You made it truly magical and they were so excited.
THANK YOU!  Kind regards, Sara Baillie – Little Aston Primary School

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Replaying text – PrimaryPad, Fuzzmail & a cuppa!

| September 14, 2010 | 0 Comments 

I am a big fan of PrimaryPad. PrimaryPad enables students to interact and work collaboratively on a text. Continue Reading