Archive for March 19th, 2015

Vocaroo ~ record & embed audio… easily

| March 19, 2015 | 2 Comments 

VocarooVocaroo is a quick and easy way to get audio in to a blog post without loads of hassle, & technical equipment. (This uses Flash, so won’t work on an i device, sadly.) Click the arrow for an example.
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Valley Teaching School Alliance, Coulsdon, Surrey ~ Day 2

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Chipstead Valley Primary

Back to Chipstead Valley Primary School in Coulsdon, Surrey. for a day of lessons for Valley Teaching School Alliance, and more exploring, of the possibilities and magic that words and sentences contain.

Myst 4 Revelation The VillageOver the two days we have spent at the school we have been intrepid explorers, investigating mysterious worlds, experimenting with different ways to pick up ideas and words, and play with them.

These virtual environments are an excellent blank canvas and we can build to where folk are happy to pick words up and juggle with them, then splatter them over the page, painting pictures which, in turn, lift off the page and dance in our heads. (Hey! Mr Rylands. Those are similes and metphors!)

Spending time wandering through, and STANDING STILL in magical, digital vistas, and the teaching techniques we can use within them, allow students of any age and ability, to take risks, in a safe environment, where they can’t make mistakes.

“There is no right idea. Even better, there is no wrong idea”.

What a superb bunch. They rose to the challenges, and opportunities, we offered them. You would be in awe of the courage and persistence these children demonstrate. We saw many incidents of children helping each other in patient, caring ways.

We explored everything from persuasive language and balanced arguments, through to taking off and flying with descriptive imaginations of what might lay beyond where we stood.

There were so many packed into the room, yet we were all almost “deliciously alone” as we took the time to write, and draw, what we thought might exist, just out of sight, and then voyaged to discover what it actually was. The children showed remarkable, and inventive thought, and turned these in to delightful, imaginative, pieces of writing and imaginative illustrations. With some of the pupils we looked at how to develop some quite complex descriptive vocabulary, and bring a landscape alive.

All of the children (and staff) displayed a great sense of humour which showed itself in inventive responses and witty banter when asked to take  on different roles. Well done all.

Thanks again to Clare Rackham, Assistant Head, Chipstead Valley Primary School for coordinating the two days with style and very useful ‘freebies’.