A thoroughly enjoyable day at the ictGATESHEAD Summer Seminar at Gateshead Central Library, entitled ‘ICT and literacy in the mobile age’ Two keynotes and workshop, all of them with a common theme of creativity and picking up ideas, and juggling them, with (and without) technology.
We also investigated how virtual worlds, with their stunning landscapes, peaceful characters and realistic challenges, can be used across subject areas, abilities and age ranges, with remarkable effects: developing speaking, listening and writing abilities and raising confidences and self-esteem. We hope that folk left with many practical ideas to apply back in the classroom.
We took everybody on a new exploration through a huge, and accessible, range of ways to engage, and motivate students of all ages, and abilities. Essential elements for quality learning experiences and how they can have a massive impact on standards, achievement… and enjoyment!
A thank you to Chris Turnbull, network manager at Heworth Grange CLC and Mandy Martin, CLC Teacher, at Heworth Grange City Learning Centre, for organising our visit today.
Stephen Walters – Manager, Gateshead Central Library and Susan Kershaw – Reader Development, Gateshead Central Library
Stephen and Susan gave a swift and useful review of some of the current reading promotions offered by Gateshead Library Service. The “Love Reading in the Kindle Age” presentation covered promotions that have encouraged the discussion of books and the love of reading. Examples were given of how ‘the book’ has been at the centre of a wide range of innovative activities, with young people using a range of technologies.
“Edu-Blogging at Carr Hill Primary School”
Paul Harris – Deputy Head Teacher and Linda Rickerby, Y6 Teacher with children from Y5 and Y6, and four, remarkably confident pupils, presented how blogging has changed learning opportunities in their whole school.
They showed how staff and pupils at Carr Hill have re-visioned their school website and created a truly interactive, online tool which is embedded within teaching and learning. From classroom management, resource discovery and sharing, show and tell and digital literacy development to encouraging creativity and developing home-school links and school partnerships at home and abroad, the Carr Hill approach is offering new opportunities to the entire school community.
They talked about how blogging generated a love for writing, a purpose, writing for a real audience, a dialogue between the teacher, outside readers, and the children. Blogging has even increased the number of parents wanting to get their children enrolled in the school, as they have seen some remarkable contributions to the blogs and how this has impacted on standards and confidences, across the school.
Paul also talked about how twitter enabled some speedy interaction with parents when a school trip was delayed in London. They also have plans for LIVE homework help, online.
One of the pupils gave a three word summary of blogging: “Safe. Efficient. Easy”.
“Using Digital Audio resources in the EYFS and KS1” Eleanor Johnson – Director, Storyphones
Eleanor shared information about digital audio, the equipment necessary and where to find audio resources. She suggested many ways that these resources can be used and how to integrate listening activities across the curriculum based on tried and tested activities from classroom practitioners.
“iPads in the Classroom”
Apple expert for education, Dave Maltby gave a rapid fire tour of iPad apps for use in the classroom, with the opportunity to join in and have a go.
We tried out Garageband, iMovie, Puppet Pals, Skitch, Morpho and others, and then combined our outcomes to make a longer end result that turned out to be a little gem.
Laura Durman – Fiction Express
Laura demonstrated how ‘Fiction Express for Schools’ provides schools with weekly published installments of their exciting interactive e-books. Each “Fiction Express” instalment ends with voting options enabling the readers to decide where the plot goes next. The next instalment is then written in real time according to the readers’ choice. This tool can excite and enthuse keen, and reluctant, readers.
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