Today was a fast paced exploration of many ways to inspire, and motivate, children of all ages, and abilities, with, and without, technology, alongside colleagues from the Uttlesford Consortium.
One of the great thing about many forms of digital media is that they can be different every time. The story of a digital game can be different whenever it is played. With some of the virtual worlds we use, the background story can be generated by the people that explore them. And it will be “true” because they made it up themselves. There could be a whole “real” back channel or plot, but it fades in to the background, compared to the one that is generated by a class of children, creating their own tales and “back story”. We had great fun wandering in the world (in facts worldS) of words today.
The schools joining us on this journey were Debden Primary, Stebbing Primary, Clavering Primary, Radwinter Primary, Great Easton Primary. Henham and Ugley Primary, Great Sampford Primary, Chrishall Primary, Wimbish Primary, Rickling C of E Primary, Farnham C of E Primary, Ashdon Primary and Great Chesterford Primary.
Thank you, to Sarah Smith, the Consortium Manager for the Uttlesford Consortium, for organising our day. Thanks, too, to Damien Pie, other heads and colleagues, for hosting us here in Stansted.
And thank you to Gary Brown, Headteacher of Ashdon Primary School, for recording his thought about the day for us here:
The annual INSET of the Uttlesford Consortium of small schools at the Stansted Hilton. Looking forward to hearing Tim Rylands speak – the man who combined Myst with the literacy hour! I remember copying some of his activities in my Year 5/6 class a couple of years ago with excellent results – hopefully another inspiring talk today.
First session – Tim discussing how he came to use Myst in his teaching career – I am struck how so much of what he is describing is high quality teaching using ICT as a vehicle, rather than the be all and end all of learning. He also described the difference between boredom and frustration as the involvement of engagement – how true. A colleague wants to know if Myst comes with a Sat Nav as she struggles to get out of the first room – an interesting development point for the next version! As teachers get more and more involved in the game you can feel the frustration when Tim stops and moves on – this must be a good sign.
Tim then models a year 1 /2 lesson – you can hear a pin drop as leads us all around a beanstalk and then up – his idea for using translators to re-phrase the questions is inspired – must use that in school to develop language.
Afternoon session – a whiz through the internet for resources that can help us in the classroom – absolutely inspiring ideas, although may now need a dark room to sit in as my head is beginning to hurt with creating text boxes that children can type into – Really is a worksheet for 2011 – hoping to go back to school and make a template. Remember the helpsheet in the Locked Page.
We are now setting off, on another ‘real’ journey, to Heathrow, for a flight to Poland. Onwards, onwards. Thanks all here today. Enjoy YOUR travels
Category: 1) Events and Training days