WOW! Another great day, at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam, full of challenges and superb successes. Well done indeed, to all of the staff and children, for braving intense heat (for real) and freezing cold climates, where ice shards clawed at our skin “for real” (nudge nudge wink wink – suspend our disbelief) in the virtual worlds!
Thank you to Ian Battersby, Deputy Head at The Tu Xuong Primary Campus, for his thoughts on why he invited us to make this journey to Saigon:
At the BIS, Ho Chi Minh City we are looking to integrate ICT into all aspects of teaching and learning. Tim’s combination of training and demonstration lessons enabled us to make a huge stride towards meeting this objective. As well as providing us with a huge number of Web 2.0 links and ideas, the sessions gave our teachers the opportunity to reflect on their practice and to consider different ways to engage the children and extend their learning.
The children today not only extended their ideas, but stretched and crafted them too:
Many children at BIS have English as an additional language and the games based learning provided a safe environment to experiment with vocabulary and simile. For those native English speakers, the rich settings in Myst and constant ‘dripping’ of ideas allowed them to excel with their descriptive language. As Ian says:
“As we continue towards our aim of using ICT as a tool to aid learning in all areas of the curriculum, I have confidence that ideas from our sessions with Tim will become a part of all our children’s experience – from our two year olds, developing basic phonic skills in Foundation One, to our Year Sixes on the brink of writing their first novels”.
Again, a massive well done and Thank You to the whole of the BIS community, for making our time in Vietnam, so far, such a joyous journey. Now, we are off to Hoi An and Hue to research and explore more. Including a bit of farming and cooking!
Category: 1) Events and Training days