Archive for May, 2011

#LOB11

| May 30, 2011 | 0 Comments 

The blog might be a bit quiet and sandy for a few days as we are over in the west of Ireland for a few days of analogue/digital learning at #LOB11 For example: we are all set to paint the horsebox ready to act as a LOB shelter.

The focus for lob11 is outdoor exploration, new technology and learning in the broadest sense. We are making some time and space available to explore the workings of environment and activity and how they can be combined to lock in delight in informal learning situations. You don’t have to do anything, just turn up with an open mind and take part. The tone is democratic with systems in place for dialogue and for every voice to be heard. New thinking and learning is what is on offer. The Lob was created by John Davitt and is now in its second year.

We would like to say a huuuuuuuuuge thank you to  John & Angela Davitt for putting us up at their gorgeous farmhouse for a few days as the preparations for the event take place. Continue Reading

Hawes Community Primary School, North Yorkshire

| May 25, 2011 | 18 Comments 

A glorious drive south through Herriot country to Hawes in North Yorkshire to spend a most delightful day with the children, teachers and visiting colleagues at Hawes CP School.  Special thanks to the school’s headteacher, David Eldridge, for his passion and for the opportunity to spend time with his pupils and staff – a true pleasure. Continue Reading

Carmel RC College Feeder Primary Schools, Darlington

| May 24, 2011 | 7 Comments 

A return visit to Carmel RC College in Darlington to spend time with four of its feeder primary schools. A morning of lessons with two groups of 60 Year 4/5/6 pupils and their teachers. The schools, St Bede’s RC Primary, St Teresa’s RC Primary, Holy Family RC Primary and Cockerton CoE Primary. Then, an afternoon with some of the teachers, followed by a twilight with all the staff from each of the schools.
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Quintura

| May 23, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Quintura has an interesting approach to searching — enter your first search term and their engine will suggest related terms that you can click on, refining your search as you go, in a similar way that the glorious Tag Galaxy generates “linked” tag suggestions.

Enter a general search term and refine it as you go. Continue Reading

Photosynth II

| May 20, 2011 | 1 Comment 

Have YOU tried PhotoSynth yet? Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: synths and panoramas… and now it’s mobile too.

You can tilt and turn your way around a sight, zooming in on closer detail, and it is remarkably simple to create these engaging experiences.

Choose a panorama when you can capture everything from a single location with a single zoom level. Great for giving a sense of what it feels like to be in a one particular place. Can be 360° in both directions, but doesn’t have to be. Panoramas are simple to navigate – you can go left/right, up/down and zoom in/out. Continue Reading

Gifted & Talented Cluster, Bristol- Ashley Down Primary

| May 18, 2011 | 3 Comments 

Great to be back at Ashley Down Primary for a day with children and staff from the East Central 1 Gifted & Talented Cluster: Glenfrome Primary, Ashley Down Primary, Lockleaze Primary, Cabot Primary and Sefton Park Infant and Junior School.

Last time we were at Ashley Down, we were at the original building. This time we made it to the newly opened Brunel fields site. This was a strange and magical experience in its own right: the school will gradually fill up over the next few years. At the moment, there are only classes from the Reception age. Therefore, the rest of the school looks like it is twinned with the Marie Céleste- lots of empty rooms, waiting and ready for future pupils. Continue Reading

Space Your Face

| May 17, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Screenshot 050I have really been enjoying reading lots of articles celebrating 50 years of human space flight.

In one of our latest presentations, we have blown the world apart, and then pieced it back together again, using nearly a hundred free Web2.0 resources. We end by doing a bit of cheesy landing on the moon.

Screenshot 054In the year 2020, “NASA will be back on the moon” this time in a manned format.

NASA are planning to explore thousands of miles of the moon’s surface with individual missions lasting six months or longer. Just as they did during the Apollo program, NASA will be developing new concepts and technologies – “concepts and technologies that will also benefit life on Earth”.

But they also hope we can have some fun in the process:

Try visiting Space Your Face, perhaps with younger children, just for a laugh. Stunning animations.

(Thanks to NASA, you will see how we made our dancing men).

Then, follow the links there to research more fascinating info about NASA’s space explorations.

The stunning We Choose The Moon is also still active, by the way, folks.

ICT for Education Magazine Conference – Cardiff

| May 13, 2011 | 2 Comments 

A pleasure to be in Cardiff taking part in the  ICT for Education Magazine Conference at Cardiff City Football Club. We started with a workshop looking at games, still images, panoramas and Web2 resources to bring literacy and so much more to life. Continue Reading

Barry Island Primary School, South Wales

| May 12, 2011 | 5 Comments 

Great to spend a day with the children, staff of Barry Island Primary School, South Wales, and visiting colleagues, looking at ways to engage and inspire literacy skills through analogue and digital means.
The morning was spent with 50 Year 1’s and Year 2’s, then a quick break and we had the same number of Year 5’s and Year 6’s, together with their teachers and the visitors. Continue Reading

La Grande Boissière Campus, International School of Geneva

| May 10, 2011 | 2 Comments 

Lovely to return to Switzerland for a second visit to La Grande Boissière Campus, of the International School of Geneva. Last time, we were here to present at the “Pollens pédagogiques” event. On this trip, we had the chance to work alongside students and teachers in the school. Continue Reading

Cartoonster’s animation tutorials

| May 7, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Cartoonster features a collection of fun and interactive tutorials on how to create animations! (Useful as an introduction to the process?)