Archive for June, 2013

Did you miss? Did you Sir? 7

| June 24, 2013 | 2 Comments 

The blog is going to take a brief “down time” as we head off to Glastonbury, (and prepare for some upcoming events). So, prepare for rain, and take a look back at some recent links.

Reflections of a Head ~ The flight of the Kingfisher

| June 23, 2013 | 0 Comments 

I have just returned from an unexpected journey! Where, why and how? Simply by logging on to www.timrylands.com . I love to catch up with the blog from time to time and when I do the links take me to the most wonderful, magical and thought provoking places that I never imagined!

I first became aware of Tim’s work a number of years ago when a colleague returned from a training day that had been organised by the Local Authority, they were buzzing with excitement and had an enthusiasm that I’d previously not seen! Continue Reading

Anyone for Tennis?

| June 23, 2013 | 0 Comments 

The start of Wimbledon, the throne of tennis, AND we’re off to Glastonbury, so, sorry, it will soon be raining!

Try a few online games of tennis here and here

Or get some good coaching videos for young players HERE

Whatever the weather (!) I like this quote from one of the great men of tennis, Arthur Ashe:

“You’ve got to get to the stage in life when going for it is more important than winning or losing”

A reflection on two days of training

| June 22, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Charlotte Tighe, Literacy/Key Stage 1 Leader, Mill Rythe Infants, Portsmouth, for sharing her thoughts:

It is always an exciting day when an award winning teacher comes to teach you some of his tricks but no-one expected our recent training! As a staff, we had been eagerly anticipating Tim’s visit for a while – we knew that he was an excellent teacher who had won awards, we knew that he was coming to show us ICT techniques to use in the classroom and (those of us who enjoy the trappings of social media) knew he had a twitter! However – although all those things are true, that was not what struck us most. Continue Reading

Epic Citadel in action

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Hello again Tim,
As promised I just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know how my observation went.

I used your pickpocket story to begin the lesson, stopping to predict what happens next, reading the 2nd part and hot seating the 2 pickpockets ( I used an interactive dice off smart notebook with key words such as : relationship, future, baby..etc & we spun the dice & selected children to ask questions). Continue Reading

Image Quiz

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments 

ImageQuiz, a website that uses the power of images to help in a variety of learning situations. It contains a variety of ready made quizzes, tagged according to topic. Just select a topic that interests you from the sidebar, then select a quiz. Can’t think of one? Do a random quiz. Continue Reading

National Digital Learning Event 2013, Cardiff

| June 20, 2013

The Welsh Government today presented the inaugural National Digital Learning Event and Awards, raising the profile of digital learning in Wales with a large scale conference, and highlighting cutting-edge digital learning taking place in classrooms all over Wales..

We were honoured to present a session at the Cardiff City Stadium, entitled “Out of This World: ICT to Inspire: raising levels of creativity in children of all ages and abilities”.*

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The Secret Door

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments 

The Secret Door (is a bit of (subtle) advertising for Safestyle Windows but also…) sets the challenge of guessing/working out, which one, of some of the world’s most fascinating places, you have been whisked off to. Continue Reading

Powtoon

| June 18, 2013 | 1 Comment 

We’ve mentioned PowToon before, but it has come up again, a lot, recently. Powtoon is a simple way to create short presentations, in an original, and fascinating, way. The free version allows making many PowToons, (with a watermark) but you can’t download the end results. Still worth an explore, if only as a stimulus for discussion on the key elements, and techniques, of presenting an argument, message, or story, effectively.

Essendine Primary School, City of Westminster, London

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments 

A full on day, of picking up words, and juggling them, with children, and staff, from Essendine Primary School, City of Westminster, London.

Thank you to Diane Buckle, headteacher, and Lyndsy Killip, Lower Key Stage 2 coordinator, for organising our visit. We have worked alongside Diane before, when she was working in the Durham area. So, it was an honour to be invited to her new school.

Lyndsy described Essendine as “a well resourced school with high numbers of EAL children who would benefit from an ICT hook”. Continue Reading

Tools To Tell a Tale ~Cheltenham Literature Festival~ Oct 7th

| June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Nelson Thornes have put together a fascinating event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2013
Oct 7th 9.30am – 4pm in The Salon, Imperial Square, Cheltenham Continue Reading