Archive for September, 2011
The second of our days at Pentrepoeth Primary School, in Bassaleg, Newport. What a joy! These folk know how to laugh, and how to chip in with questions, ideas, suggestions, and wonderful, creative thoughts.
After yesterday’s session with the pupils, we have been looking at many other ways to motivate and inspire children. Some of those ways are digital. Some are analogue. It is all about the impact that we can have in the classroom. Continue Reading
A darkened room, dancing sound effects, haunting music enhancing the atmosphere, and we’re ready to go who knows where?
Today, we wandered in the world of wondrous words, with the children and staff, . more than 60 individuals in each session, yet, at times, you could hear a pin drop. Then, when an unexpected feature sprang to life, bubbling discussion and fizzing talk. Continue Reading
More Able And Talented Young Writer’s Day For Vale Of Glamorgan Welsh Cluster Schools at Ysgol Iolo Morganwg
Diwrnod Ysgrifenwyr Ifanc Mwy Abl A Thalentog Ysgolion Clwstwr Cymraeg Bro Morganwg
Excitement and apprehension mix together as the children, from the six different Welsh schools finally enter the classroom. Tim Rylands is waiting for them, smiling brightly in welcome before plunging straight in to introduce himself in a loud funny voice that immediately caught everyone’s attention.
He then introduces Sarah his assistant and her monstrous black camera. This piece of equipment is fondly joked about as an “unfortunate nose” and we should just try to ignore it, “as Sarah might feel sensitive”.
Children and adults alike laugh at this albeit a little uncomfortably thus getting the response he obviously wanted as it makes the children relax like he did with the teachers on the INSET session the previous day. He’s funny and warm and the children respond immediately and are already unaware of the camera that will be following them all day!. (And Sarah is also far from ugly either!) Continue Reading
The second day, 27th of September will be held at Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Cowbridge with a group of 28 children and staff from each of the cluster schools. And, oh!, what experimental fun we had! More to follow on the digital and analogue inventiveness from this group of creative children and adults. Continue Reading
“Bore da!!” A great welcome to a really fun day: an INSET day with 6 “Welsh medium” schools, taking place at Ysgol Pen y Garth, Penarth, Redlands Road Penarth.
Our aim: to provide “Ysbrydoliaeth ansbaradigaethus ar gyfer ysgrifennu estynedig i bob oedran!” (Fantastic inspiration to aid extended writing for all ages!) Continue Reading
Locate 20 cities, as fast, and as accurately, as you can. You have 15 seconds per city.
I am embarrassed to say that, despite journeying and working with schools in almost every region of the UK, I still found this game challenging. There are many good challenges on Geography Map Games.com.
Have a go at locating the countries of Europe, We are going to be in four of them in the next two weeks!
A great inspiration to other students to create their own explanatory videos too.
It is part of the Mathtrain.com Project and was created to host their student-created maths video lessons. It is Web 2.0 friendly with its ability for users to generate “ratings” and “comments”. The middle school students use a tablet pc and screen-capturing software, Camtasia Studio, to create the tutorials (screencasts or mathcasts) which are used for classroom instruction and posted onto sites such as Mathtrain.TV, Mathtrain.com, iTunes, YouTube, TeacherTube and Google Video.
Students work hard at creating the content and construct the best explanations they can in an unscripted format. Some include captions. For more information about how to caption your own videos, go here: www.dcmp.org/ciy.
Eric and his students invite other students and teachers, parents and educators to help contribute to this global collaborative effort.They are especially interested in student-created “mathcasts”, hence the “kids teaching kids” motto.
I have already learned LOADS,and that’s amazing: I took two mathematics exams, and failed all THREE of them!
Drawing on both regional and national ICT expertise, ICT for Education put together a conference schedule looking at issues for both teachers and schools, as well as a vendor exhibition showcasing solutions to meet a range of needs. Continue Reading
These ‘news words’ are accepted by audiences for their implied meaning. But often loaded words are misused or used out of context. The actual definitions can be different than what is implied.
Newswordy is a growing collection of these words*, updated every weekday. Along with each word is a definition, a quote with its use (or misuse) in the media, and a news and Twitter feed on the subject.
*Click the tiny graphic, in the top right-hand corner, to find an archive of past words.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
This links well with Newsmap which is an application that visually demonstrates the constantly changing landscape of the “Google News” news aggregator.
The more frequently a story is reported in the news, the larger it becomes in the “map”.
It is also possible to compare different countries, and to see which elements are given more coverage in those countries. You can view the map by region, topic, or time.
Two fascinating, and discussion provoking, tools.