British School in the Netherlands – Workshops

| April 16, 2012 | 7 Comments 

In our “Beyond a Game!” workshops, we gave our groups the chance to explore virtual worlds for real, then find out how to make their own resources that engage, motivate, inspire and differentiate, children of all ages and abilities.
Many of the workshops today were led by memebers of staff from across the schools that form The BSN. Junior School Leidschenveen, (known as JSL), Junior School Diamanthorst (or JSD), Junior School Vlaskamp (JSV) and the BSN Senior School in Voorschoten, where we have been today.

In Bringing Lessons Alive with Animation, Rachel Iles demonstrated how you can use stop animation to link ICT & cross curricular themes. Year 5 students have used iPads to bring Greek Myths to life using StopAnimation HD and iMovie with varying levels of complexity. Animation is a great tool in the classroom as it provides open-ended learning opportunities to engage learners of all ages and abilities. Participants had the chance to create their own short animation sequence on a topic of their choice and to add sound and/or voiceovers.

Rachel has worked as Learning Technology Manager at JSL since the school opened and led developments to implement ICT provision in the new school. She has enjoyed the opportunity to involve the wider school community in designing a new ICT lab and Media Centre that strives to create access for all. Her background in Early Years and linguistics in international schools provided Rachel with the ideal setting to explore how technology could enhance creative and innovative learning opportunities for individuals, groups and whole class situations.

Rachel currently works across all age phases and has a key focus this year to trial and integrate IOS devices into the junior school through cross-curricular projects using iPads.

Liz Jones delivered a session that really complemented this with a whizz through how to edit and publish video online involve using iPods , iPads and iMovie together. Liz is a long term participant in ICT at BSN and currently holds the role of Learning Technology Manager at Vlaskamp. In twenty years as a teacher working with ICT she is always interested in the use of a widening variety of facilities within learning. In that time she has experienced tremendous change and development in the way that ICT has come to be used in schools and in the significant growth of this area at BSN.

Working with children and teachers and other colleagues to utilise all this and harness the full potential available is the most interesting challenge. There’s always something new to learn!

Sarah Murray & Mel Rogers Adding a Spot of Pizazz to Your Lessons and Presentations! aimed to give some hints and tips on how to grab a class’ attention for the normal day to day lessons. Providing resources and ideas to help keep things fresh and different – ultimately to save time trawling through the Internet and feeling like you are reinventing the wheel. The focus was on using ICT to enhance not only lessons, but also workshops and presentations to parents, using the Internet, IWBs, iPads, sound files and other recording devices.

Sarah joined the BSN three years ago at the start of the project to develop JSL. Having led curriculum developments based on the UK National Curriculum and the IPC in both Singapore and the Netherlands, she has developed a keen interest in unlocking personalised pathways of learning for individuals within whole class contexts, where developing a ‘creative curriculum’ is a particular interest.

Mel Rogers has a qualification as an advanced user of the interactive whiteboard. During her 7 years’ experience of working with Promethean, SMART and Hitachi software, Mel has delivered numerous training sessions in Singapore, The UK and The Hague. Mel is an avid user of the interactive white board herself and believes it is a classroom resource that offers endless opportunities to inspire, enhance and develop learning.

Lisa Rabolini took apart Blogging for Beginners, developing digital literacy, whatever the age, supporting teaching and learning, creating a learning community, & integrating technology into the classroom. It was all about engaging and motivating pupils in their own learning, providing immediate feedback to your students, giving students the opportunity to share ideas with an audience in a safe cyber-environment. Lisa has been working at the BSN for just over eight years.

She initially worked in the Marketing Department dealing with design work and the school’s website, but moved to the IS Department two years ago to take on the challenge of developing the BSN Gateway – the school’s student, staff and parent portal. She enjoys working with the site’s many different users to try and understand their needs and translate them into practical and (hopefully!) useful digital tools. Over the last few years, Lisa has given many training sessions and presentations to both staff and parents. Lisa’s “love affair” with technology and communication has shaped the course of her career, taking her from interpreting & translating, to magazine publishing, to IT.

Chris Pilling Image manipulation using Photoshop, considering a basic workflow for editing images, using actions to batch process images, using various tools for image manipulation and using layers and layer masks.

Chris has been a keen photographer for over a decade. As well as acting as the Vice Chair of Images International Photography Club he has also won several awards and been exhibited in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague.

Since making the leap from film to digital photography six years ago he has become proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop for image processing. Chris is currently a Year 3 teacher and the Achievement and Progress Leader for Years 1, 2 and 3 at JSD.

Emma Makin introduced various ways in which graphics, such as images and charts can be manipulated (edited) using a range of different methods varying in complexity from beginner to advanced; the importance of making decisions regarding file type, resolution and file size.

Emma is an ICT and Computing Teacher at the Senior School and has been magazine coordinator for the last three years. With an avid interest in graphic design and web design among other areas, she enjoys helping and guiding others in various ICT related situations.

Sue Colvin introduced SIMS and how it fits together in the BSN learning environment, exploring and making each person’s home page work for them by personalising it to see information that is relevant to their workflow.

Sue has worked at the BSN Senior School for the last five years. With a background in classroom teaching, she is now in the support role of SIMS Administrator and part of her job is helping staff to use SIMS effectively. SIMS is a powerful tool and there are lots of areas that are under used. Sue believes in sharing her expertise and knowledge to aid all BSN staff.

Craig McNeil’s workshop will look at a number of ways students can create and publish an electronic book – or e-book – with text, sound and video. E-books are a perfect way of combining ICT skills with any curricular subject, regardless of Key Stage. There was the opportunity to use a variety of iPad apps to create different styles of books as well as online resources that can be used on computers.

Craig is currently the Learning Technology Manager at JSD having been a Year 4 teacher before that, also at JSD.

I wish we had had the time to go to see ALL of David Porritt’s ‘Getting Things Done’ – Managing your life! Using Microsoft Outlook to manage your time, emails and tasks…. In the modern world we are bombarded with emails, copies of emails, have multiple tasks on the go and have busy schedules at work and at home. This workshops took the principles from the ‘GTD’ ‘Getting Things Done’ movement and helped colleagues work out how to manage all of the competing demands that exist in their hectic lives.

It used Microsoft Outlook as a tool to help achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in our lives. “Being organised is a constant challenge this workshop is for you. You’ll leave it better organised than when you arrived and you’ll take away a mechanism to stay on top of all that you need to do both at work and at home. The workshop, whilst using MS Outlook, is more about our outlook on life than the programme itself…it’s not a workshop for geeks!” Blast! Missed it!

David is Headteacher of Junior School Leidschenveen. It is the third Headship in his career, having moved out of state education into the independent sector in 2003. He is an Additional Inspector for OfSTED and holds an MBA in Educational Leadership. He is passionate about the importance of developing leadership in organisations and in promoting learning opportunities of students. He’s a great fan of using the computer to make life simpler and has been using the GTD (‘Getting Things Done’) system of organisation for around 3 years. He still collects electric guitars and still supports Sheffield United.

Need a little more pizzazz in your PowerPoint? Then you could have done with being at Tim Hare’s session on ways to make your PowerPoint more professional, more interesting and more interactive. Using templates for presentations but also for use in classroom games such as Blockbuster. Delegates needed to be happy with the basics of using PowerPoint e.g. open file, copy, paste but nothing more. They also investigated the merits of using online presentation tools such as Sliderocket & Prezi.

Tim Hare is the current Head of Business Studies in the Senior School. Before joining the BSN he was Director of Strategy at Marlborough College in the UK. Tim started his teaching career after qualifying as a chartered accountant with PwC and working for clients in the banking sector in London but also BAT, the Daily Mail and local companies in Tanzania, Kuwait and Prague.

Using ‘Picture The Music’, a programme demonstrated by Phil Davies at last year’s staff conference, children have been developing their writing ideas and planning. Matthew Clarke showed how this programme breaks through the barrier of any creative process for some children – that of finding ideas. By looking carefully at a picture it is easy to collect ideas from what you see – colours, textures, objects etc. Music and sound gives these pictures atmosphere. The way we perceive an image changes depending on the type of music/sound that accompanies it.

Picture the Music is a simple tool that has produced some remarkable results. Using pictures and sounds together, children have become more creative and less inhibited by spellings and grammar. This workshop provided an insight into how the programme works, an opportunity to experiment, and develop a lesson for use back in school.

Matthew Clark is an Achievement and Progress Leader at JSL. He has worked in both UK and International school settings. Matthew has taught all primary year groups from Year 1 to 6 and prior to joining JSL worked as an Assistant Headteacher and Head of English. With a degree in English language, linguistics and literature, he has developed an interest in using ICT to support children with literacy difficulties, enabling them to share their creativity and produce a high standard of work. In addition, Matthew is keen to use all aspects of ICT to inspire writing.

Andy Clegg led Podcasting for Learning using Audacity – a beginner’s workshop in the basic use of the Audacity audio programme – a free download for PC and Mac and installed school-wide. This was designed to be a good grounding for when colleagues wanted to do sound for shows, podcasts, vocal recording and editing. More specifically it covered such things as the basic set up of the programme; getting started: Recording, Importing, Basic editing, FX and Exporting (CD, mp3); making a podcast: Loading files, editing them and exporting for web or computer. … and included the comforting words “Don’t be scared, it’s easier than it sounds”!

Andy has been at the BSN for just over 2 years and is currently Multimedia Technician at the Senior School. He has a broad knowledge of audio covering live, film, music and studio as well as good general background in multimedia. Having lectured at SAE Rotterdam for 2 years he has a good understanding of what teachers and students need in the classroom. Andrew is committed to the improvement of quality and understanding of sound and vision at the BSN by helping teachers understand the technology at their disposal.

Jessica Apps took her group on a cross-curricular journey through ICT and online materials, modelling 10 minute lesson ideas using Internet resources, such as music, film and highlights to engage pupils in their learning. Her Whiteboards and the Wonders of the Web, looked at practical ideas for use in the KS1 and KS2 classroom.

Jess teaches Year 2 at JSV. This is her third year at the school where she previously worked in Year 6. Before that Jess worked in both East and North London. Jess enjoys using ICT as a cross-curricular link with other subjects and often uses Internet resources to start new topics or stimulate discussion points.

Patrick Cromberge & Uhuru TyrieSocha delivered a sessionstitled Basic Introduction to Photography Techniques and basic image manipulation using Microsoft Office Photo Editor, some basic photography techniques which can be applied to a learning environment such as the rule of thirds, positioning in relation to the sun, photographing children and the story behind the photo. Patrick went on to introduce Microsoft Office Photo Editor including cropping, rotation by degree, brightness, contrast, red eye reduction, resizing and storage of images. Patrick works in the IS Department of the BSN and has been an enthusiastic digital photographer since 1999. He prefers to work with the available light and as little post processing as possible.

Carolyn Evans & Cheryl Shaw, (sadly, missed a photo opportunity during this session) delivered a session on the voice recognition software, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which assists creative writing for pupils who are otherwise unable to get their ideas on to paper, on PCs, Macs and mobile devices in a number of different ways.

Carolyn has worked at the BSN for eight years as an LSA, moving to the role of SEN TA for the last three years. Her ICT interests include exploring ways to use software and technology in learning support and inclusion. Carolyn finds an interesting aspect of her job to investigate innovative uses of ICT to tackle the individual needs of a child.

Cheryl is a relatively new addition to the Inclusion team. She has a variety of experience working to support and guide learners. She is also involved with exploring different functionalities to address the needs of individuals and has personal interest in online resourcing and the potential for using virtual worlds in a learning context.

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  1. Really enjoyed a day thinking about how technology can support and enhance learning. Thanks to the team for organising such a good day…

  2. Cathleen Kilbane says:

    Exciting, innovative, inspiring… I could go on. Thanks for a very worthwhile day!

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for leading two thoroughly entertaining and inspiring keynote sessions. They helped set the tone for the day and left everyone buzzing in preparation for all the wonderful things to come, and formed the perfect close to the conference.

  4. Sarah Murray says:

    It was fantastic to see a room full of people all smiling, laughing and enjoying talking about ICT and how we can use it to promote learning. A great experience!

  5. Matthew Clark says:

    Thank you for a genuinely inspiring day. I came away with some ideas to try immediately with the kids, and a reminder of how important holding a mug can be in keeping me quiet!

  6. Liz Jones says:

    What a buzz!

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