Archive for January, 2011

I love tune – Isle of Tune

| January 29, 2011 | 1 Comment 

Now, this is an intriguing twist on music creation, and one which some of yours will find enticingly challenging, and rewarding.

To build a hamlet, village, town, conurbation, or even a rambling city, and then hear that creation come alive, in sound, as vehicles navigate its highways – delightful.

Isle of Tune is a musical sequencer with unexpected twists and turns. Construct your layout- roads, houses, trees, streetlights,and other objects. Cars trigger sounds, making music as they travel. Aurally more attractive  than any true-life township tumult. Continue Reading

Learning Without Frontiers – Are you sitting comfortably?

| January 25, 2011 | 5 Comments 

Very grateful to Graham Brown-Martin, and his team, for producing a quality film, from a quality event.

Learning Without Frontiers has upped the ante in terms of conferences. A focus on presentations, rather than product. Some of those presentations contentious, and challenging, to really start some powerful discussion and debate.

A unique layout to the main room: in the round and with huge screens in three corners of the room. A well organised, and resourced, truly sociable, imaginative event.

It was an honour to be asked to close the event on the Monday.

How about sitting down with a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, whatever is your preferred beverage, and let me take you on a bit of a journey?

Awesome Highlighter

| January 18, 2011 | 0 Comments 

There are quite a few add-ons that let you highlight text on a web page.

However, have you ever sent someone a URL link to a page you want them to read, and then realised that they not have been able to pick out exactly what you wanted them to read amongst the pages of text?!

Awesome Highlighter solves that I feel.

The Awesome Highlighter is a great tool for anyone who wants to point out specific text on a website that they’ve shared with a friend or colleague. There’s nothing to install and you don’t even need to register in order to use it. You simply enter in the URL for the site you want to share, highlight the text you want noted, and save it.

You’ll receive a shortened URL that you can send off to your someone else. If you do sign up for a free account, you’ll be able to keep track of your highlights and return to them later if you need to make changes. You can also post your highlighted page directly to Twitter.

It also offers a large amount of opportunities to discuss and model the concepts of selecting appropriate and relevant information when researching a subject.

The simplicity of The Awesome Highlighter is … a highlight!

Another, similar tool to explore is CiteBite


ICT to Inspire seminar, BETT 2011, London

| January 14, 2011 | 4 Comments 

Wow! What a week! A whirlwind, non-stop series of presentations and events all around London, and now we get to finish it in style: with a presentation at BETT alongside two, amazing, creative, and magical colleagues: Simon Widdowson (@xannov) and Kevin McLaughlin (@kvnmcl). Continue Reading

The Swedish Apple Leadership Summit, London

| January 14, 2011 | 5 Comments 

Today we are presenting at the Swedish edition of the Apple Education Leadership Summit in London at BETT week. We have been told that the Swedish Apple Education team team has brought over 900 decision makers and teachers from all over Sweden for this 4 day conference. At our session today there are about 300 of these guys attending. If only Apple would have been able to get a larger room, even more people would have attended, apparently. Ove Lidstrom, the country manager for the Education Markets in Sweden, said well over 500 had signed up their interest.

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Apple European Leadership Summit 2011, London

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Here at the Apple European Leadership summit 2011 in London, where over 300 teachers from across Europe are not only listening to some great presentations and seminars, from people like Theodore Gray, Bob Geldof, Vittra Schools Group, and others but are also getting their hands on the latest Apple technology.

As you might expect, the iPad is the star of the show …

Thank you to Apple Europe for the invitation to close today’s conference.

As ever, it was a delight to be looked after in such an efficient, yet friendly, way by Ciaran Mc Cormack of Fis. Ciaran is a magician extraordinaire who incorporates his talent into his presentations for Apple to convey educational principles!

International Technology Education Meeting, London

| January 12, 2011 | 6 Comments 

A pleasure to present at The Thistle Hotel, Marble Arch today for the ‘International Technology Education Meeting’ (ITEM) to more than 150 teachers, head teachers and ICT coordinators from the Netherlands visiting London from Wednesday January 12th till January 15th 2011.

Their study trip was planned to coincide with BETT week to enable colleagues to meet and discuss the use of ICT in education in an international setting, including a visit to BETT and visits to London schools. The study trip starts with today’s conference and a keynote presentation from us. Continue Reading

Learning Without Frontiers – London 2011 – 2 – A few more links

| January 11, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Great to have a second day at Learning Without Frontiers at The Brewery Conference Centre in the Barbican.

Thank you to everyone for their generous feedback after the presentation yesterday.

Thank you to Doug Woods (@deerwood) for putting up a small glimpse of the presentation HERE. The full film will be up on line next week.

I promised more links to things I mentioned. A few iPad/pod/phone apps included -We will jot them down here and write up how we have been using them, in more detail, next week, after our, gradually developing, sessions throughout this week in London. Continue Reading

Learning Without Frontiers – London 2011

| January 10, 2011 | 1 Comment 

A great honour, to close the first day of Learning Without Frontiers at The Brewery Conference Centre in the Barbican.

We looked at how technology, of many kinds, can be used to create, rather than just consume; ways to inspire and motivate even the most reluctant of learners; and did a bit of storytelling, set in the mystical landscape of Epic Citadel.

Thank you so much to all those who contributed to the presentation.(@eylanezekiel @dawnhallybone @bevevans22 @xannov @kvnmcl @DeputyMitchell and others paddling away like fury in the background.

And… at least I didn’t fall off the stage eh?! Continue Reading

Morningside Primary School, Hackney, London – Day 2

| January 5, 2011 | 4 Comments 

A second day at Morningside Primary School, in Hackney, London. This time, working alongside the pupils and staff.

And, what fun we had!

Four groups, of sixty children, plus staff, all up for it.

To expect children to immediately, and confidently, throw themselves into a new experience, and trust a completely unfamiliar teacher enough to rise to unexpected challenges, in front of their classmates, and teachers, is a tall order. Yet, they always do.

And, with style today. Continue Reading

Morningside Primary School, Hackney

| January 4, 2011 | 1 Comment 

A truly enjoyable way to start the new year, a day at Morningside Primary School, in Hackney, London.

What a joyous bunch of people- up for a challenge, and  full of laughter.

Thank you to Headteacher, Jean Millham, and her colleagues for making our first day at Morningside such a delightful one. Tomorrow, we are back to work with children from across the age range. Continue Reading