Archive for September, 2011

Pentrepoeth Primary School, Day 2

| September 30, 2011 | 6 Comments 

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

Pentrepoeth Primary School, Day 1

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Lovely to be back in Wales for a really fun day at Pentrepoeth Primary School, in Bassaleg, Newport and travels through mysterious lands, with the children across the age ranges of the school.

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


| September 28, 2011 | 1 Comment 

I have talked about iDough on the iPad as a way of creating 3D models. If you are up for something slightly more complex, then set some of your students the challenge of mastering Sculptris.

Sculptris is a free piece of software from Pixologic the makers of all-powerful Zbrush. Go play…

Welsh Medium Go Large

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Well done to all those involved in the speedy making of today’s film – under an hour for EVERYTHING

Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Y Bontfaen/Cowbridge

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 

A huge THANK YOU to Wendy Farleigh, Deputy head of Ysgol Iolo Morganwg for a remarkable whirlwind of proactivity today and for this live write up.

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

Welsh Medium Schools Day 2- Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Cowbridge, Wales

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 

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

Welsh Medium Schools Day 1, Ysgol Pen y Garth, Penarth

| September 26, 2011 | 6 Comments 

“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

Geography Map Games

| September 25, 2011 | 2 Comments 

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

Have a go at locating the countries of Europe, We are going to be in four of them in the next two weeks!

Math Train

| September 24, 2011 | 1 Comment 

Mathtrain.TV is a free educational “kids teaching kids” project from middle school mathematics teacher Eric Marcos & his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.

A great inspiration to other students to create their own explanatory videos too.

It is part of the 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,, 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:

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! 😀

*Thank you to Matt Pierce (@piercemr) from TechSmith for reminding me of Eric’s great work.

ICT For Education Magazine Conference, Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle upon Tyne

| September 23, 2011 | 2 Comments 

A brief visit to Newcastle for the ICT For Education Magazine Conference at the Kingston Park Stadium, Brunton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

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


| September 20, 2011 | 1 Comment 

There are many ways, – emerging & established- of creating a web presence, or collection of ideas.

Webdoc is a comparatively new one, to me at least

Webdoc is a social platform, but can also be used in a closed down, and private, way too.

It is easy to add almost anything into a webdoc : text, pictures, videos and music, but also interactive applications like games, polls, slideshows or web services such as Google Maps.

A good way to give pupils a rich connection with an audience? The social element would need some careful investigation. The broadcast to an immediate, invited, group of, collaborative, “peers” could be very useful.