St Stephen’s Junior School, Canterbury – Day 1

| March 26, 2012 | 6 Comments 

A full on and fun day with a hundred colleagues from across the Canterbury area, at St Stephen’s Junior School, in Canterbury itself.

Being in such an historically rich setting, got us thinking: what would folk from the Medieval period think, if they were able to experience some of the technological wizardry we shared here today?!

As technology speeds forward, even these days, we too can feel left behind. The gargoyle’s wide mouthed amazement matches some of our modern day worries about new tools. We can fear that we don’t fully understand them. If we don’t, it is a good idea to be honest – there will be children who do. If we DO know, it is sometimes a good idea to pretend we don’t… that’s when some great learning takes place. Offering guidance & support to a teacher?! Motivation indeed!

TagGalaxy was a great way to start our explorations of the digital world today. A search for Canterbury bought up a lot of inter connected vocabulary for us to discuss, even before we zoomed in to the planet “Canterbury” + “cathedral” and ended up with the sun above. TagGalaxy – a non-linear discussion starter even before the images start pouring in.

Well done all today from Pilgrim Way, St Stephen’s Infants, Selling C of E  School, Pembury School, Harbour Specialist School, Hythe Bay C of E School, Bridge and Patrixbourne CEP School, Northwood Centre PRU, Kings Hill School, Davington Primary,Barham Primary, Horizon Primary Academy, Hoath School, Mersham Primary School, Shears Green Infants, Brookfield Infant School, Shatterlocks Infant, Barton Junior, St Mary’s CEP School, Joydens Wood Infants, Rodmersham School, Canterbury Road Primary, Minster CE Primary, Portal House School and St Richards, Dover. Your laughter leaves us really looking forward to tomorrow & some explorations with the children.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Paul says:

    Hi Tim. What a great day at St. Stephens in Canterbury. The course certainly did what it said on the tin! Having been on many courses in my many years in teaching, I can think of only one that inspired- until today. There were so many amazing ideas, powerful resources and food for thought that I am buzzing. I am so looking forward to using these tools to inspire the children in my class.I would encourage everyone to attend one (or many more) of your courses if they want to refresh their skills and develop a more creat ive approach to developing writing

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Paul – Keep in touch and let us know how you get on – and what you find useful. Tim and Sarah

  3. Roz Meredith says:

    Hi Tim
    I really enjoyed your inspiring day and am currently working on a couple of ideas from the day. I am aiming to use a few ideas with my class this week – and have even found something I learned about that my husband hadn’t heard of or used before!!!
    Will let you know how I get on.
    Thanks again
    Roz

  4. Tim says:

    Great to hear, Roz
    We’d love to find out what you use with your class, and how you get on
    Cheers
    Tim and Sarah

  5. Erica says:

    Hi Tim and Sarah,

    Thank you for such an excellent day – it was so enjoyable! I have just adapted and added so many new resources to my lesson plans this week and my SoW for next term.

    The amount of time and work you have devoted to this is obviously incredible and it was great to see something so dynamic, creative and entertaining!

    I know our students will love all of the tools you have shown us and cannot wait to go in tomorrow!

    Best wishes

    Erica

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you for your kind feedback Erica.
    We love finding these resources, trying them out and then throwing them out there for people to explore – so let us know how you get on won’t you
    Cheers for now
    Tim and Sarah

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