North Durham ICT To Inspire Project

| September 5, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Today we had a very enjoyable time at the Education Development Centre in Spennymoor, Durham, for a training day with staff from 8 schools coming together from two previous cluster groups.

Thank you to Heather Kemp,  Headteacher, South Stanley Infant and Nursery School, and Inez Burgess, Headteacher, Anfield Plain Juniors, for organising our visit.

This is our fourth event in Durham Durham ICT To Inspire project: firstly at Finchale Primary School, and Framwellgate Moor Primary School, with schools from around the county, and then a return for the Durham Primary Headteachers’ Conference, Durham, where teachers presented workshops giving feedback on the great stuff they had done with their pupils after our visits.

Today, we worked alongside over 100 teachers from the primary sector, including colleagues from:South Stanley Infant and Nursery SchoolAnfield Plain Juniors, Anfield Plain Infants school, South Stanley Junior, Catchgate Community Primary school, East Stanley Primary, Shotley Bridge Junior School, Bloemfontein Primary School

Thank you to Inez and Heather for telling of the why and how of our visit:
 If anyone can inspire a group of headteachers on a residential the day (“after the night before”!) Tim and Sarah can! We were truly inspired by the creativity using ICT that we experienced on that day, so much so that we missed the next session to plan a day for all our staff. And here there are!

There was so much to inspire – take away what’s relevant to us and our classrooms. We now have a HUGE pool of resources to work with and inspire ourselves, and our pupils.

When we entered one of the virtual worlds today, we had a bit of unexpected travel, when I accidentally moved too far in one of the games. I should have ironed my jacket more carefully, as my mouse skidded across bumps and sent us to who-knows-where, and at great speed.

This reminded me of two things:
1) one of the best things you can get for use in a class, a wireless mouse. It enables you, and your children, to interact with a projected image in many, inventive ways.

2) was a joyous and funny incident that happened a while back, but I am still (scarred) amused, by the memory:

I took my wireless mouse for a day out, and a thoroughly fun day, at Westbury Leigh school in Wiltshire.

It is always a pleasure to teach children who have been taught creatively yet who are still excited by the visual literacy ideas we cover together. I worked with a great Year 2 class and we explored the beginning of Myst III:Exile. A great feeling of peacefulness spread through the room as they wrote. We started by looking out across the dry, barren landscape. We turned and were surprised by the lush greenery of the greenhouse behind us. Finally, we turned only a few more degrees and met the enchantingly peaceful Catherine, holding Yeesha. Some thoughtful, imaginative speaking, listening and writing from these young folk.

It was with great expectation that I headed for the next class, a group of year 4s. We had decided to do a similar lesson throughout the school (with progression in expectation of course) So, …

Myst III:Exile. A great feeling of peacefulness spread through the room as they wrote. We started by looking out across the dry, barren landscape. We turned and …! ! !

The best thing you can get for use in a class is a wireless mouse. The next best thing you can do is to put it well out of reach of little prying hands …or elbows!!!

It was a surprise to us all when the room span around and unexpected visitors arrived, (all within the game of course!) Someone, (someone who shall remain nameless:-) ) ( but… how are you these days @nickynewberry? 😀 )had knocked the poor defenseless unsuspecting mouse and sent everyone flying!
A laugh was had by all and some superb results followed, despite the unexpected interruption.

I would like to thank all of the teachers here in Durham today, for a great day all round. …and round …and round.


Category: 1) Events and Training days

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