Archive for October, 2016

David Ross Educational Trust, Hull ~ Day 1

| October 31, 2016 | 3 Comments 

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wold-1472727518530_pastedimageMore magical fun, this time with the folk from the Northern Cluster of the David Ross Educational Trust hosted by Wold Academy in Hull. The schools: Wold Academy, Endyke Academy, Ainthorpe Primary, Fairfield Community Primary, Edward Heneage Academy, Thomas Hinderwell Academy and The Quay School. Enthusing and inspiring learners using ICT, was our theme, bringing together technology and learning into one space to enthuse and inspire technicians and teachers alike. The fusion has been huge. Technology won’t improve children’s learning without the passion and enthusiasm of those who use it.

We showed how technology can be used to deliver teaching that reaches out to all children and gives them hooks to learn from, how the tools technology delivers can fire their imagination, can entice the reticent learners and can engage the whole class so that learning becomes fun and exciting.

We took folk on a magical tour of inspirational tools to inspire the uninspired learner. Real examples of transformational education, technolgical tools that have proven impact to excite and lift the eyebrows (as well as the writing hand) of even the most reluctant writer! Using freely available tools that can be used within 2 minutes in the classroom, taking pupils onto another level of creativity and enthusiasm for writing.

In this speedily changing education world, with a potentially daunting set of “new” elements to teach, we picked apart some of the possibilities to unravel the computing conundrums, but also started off what we regarded as key aspects of any teacher’s tech armoury, for bringing lessons alive across the curriculum.

Thank you to Guy Shearer, Head of IT and Data, with the David Ross Education Trust, “Broadening Horizons” and to Steve Millington the network technician.

NAPE Computing & EDTECH Conference 2016, Oxford

| October 20, 2016 | 2 Comments 

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nape-header-1Fantastic to be presenting a keynote for the NAPE Computing & EDTECH Conference 2016, at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

NAPE is The National Association for Primary Education. It brings together everyone who has a concern for the learning of children from birth to 13 years. Members and affiliated schools work to improve education through the Early, Primary and Middle Years.


Our keynote focused on enthusing and inspiring learners, including in there of course teachers, using technology.

Technology won’t improve children’s learning without the passion and enthusiasm of those who use it.

We showed how technology can be used to deliver teaching that reaches out to all children and gives them hooks to learn from, how the tools technology delivers can fire their imagination, can entice the reticent learners and can engage the whole class so that learning becomes fun and exciting.

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We loved sharing technolgical tools that have proven impact to excite and lift the eyebrows (as well as the writing hand) of even the most reluctant scribbler! Using freely available tools that can be used within 2 minutes in the classroom, with the aim of taking pupils onto another level of creativity and enthusiasm for writing.

Have a look at the great creatures created today, and thank you to our elephant keeper for being so kind.

As always at these events: a huge thank you to Pip Marples and Peter Cansell for coordinating our involvement.

Thank you too to Stuart Swann-Director of the Kassam Conference Programme.

Stuart began his career in primary schools where he was responsible for music and ICT. (Sounds like Mr Rylands) During that time he played a significant role in developing the role of ICT across the curriculum to the point where the subject was considered to be above national expectations. In demand to deliver INSET for the local authority, Stuart moved out of the classroom in 2002 to lead on the curriculum in the City learning Centres in Greenwich.

stuart-swannOver the next ten years, Stuart implemented a number of initiatives to raise standards through the use of technology. These included games based and handheld learning (and a partnership with Nintendo UK), the use of creativity within the curriculum and of LEGO Education products.
Stuart was responsible for the management of both the Apple Regional Training Centre and LEGO Education Centre in his borough.
Stuart is a LEGO® Education Academy Certified Trainer, an Apple Distinguished Educator, an Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Digital Creator, trainer and assessor and so much more. He is Vice Chair of NAPE

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  • What a school needs to do to meet the statutory requirements.
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  • What’s in,what’s out.
  • How to keep your school safe.

Miles BeADE Global Institute 2012 Miles Berryrry,ict (another “BECTA ICT in practice awards” soul like Sarah and Tim) shared the stage with us.

Many have argued that the concepts and approaches of computational thinking have applications beyond computing itself.

Now that computing is firmly established as a subject in many schools, there is a great opportunity for pupils to apply their newly acquired programming skills in the context of some of the other subjects they study. Ranging from Monte Carlo methods for estimating pi, to composing music with Sonic Pi, Miles takes a quick tour of some ways that pupils can practise their programming in meaningful contexts and deepen their knowledge and understanding of other disciplines.

Had good chat with Mark Taylor about Education on Fire.

ed_on_fire_t_shirt2-2Education On Fire is a podcast that interviews teachers and educators. We want to share the creative and inspiring way children are learning today and support you with ideas about how to enhance your own classroom or school. When it goes live, take a listen and hear how vibrant life can be.

Music Theory .net

| October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Music Theory.net, by Ricci Adams, is a site I have referred to before but Ricci keeps adding new material and extending the range of lessons and activities.

Music Theory.net is often the first site you come to if you do a search for “Music Theory”, and it deserves to be there.

Lessons, Trainers, and Utilities. The site is available in British English, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Serbian. Not bad eh for a free site eh?

From the basics of staves and clefs, progressing through to some quite complex aspects of musical notation.

Each lesson is illustrated in a step-by-step Flash animation so this could be useful to a member of staff in a session, or to pupils as reinforcement of a section of study. These can all be progressed through at your own pace. One great feature is a pop-up keyboard, so that you can “play along” with the lessons or experiment on your own.

This keyboard (when accessed from the site itself) could be used beyond the website as it remains in a, resizable, pop-up window.

Very, very useful, in many contexts.

There are also instrument trainers. The brass trainer, for example, asks you to hold down computer keys that correspond to the valves on a trumpet, French horn, trombone (which asks for slide position), tuba, and euphonium!

With Music Theory.net, Ricci Adams continues to have reason to blow his own trumpet!

E xplore

| October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments 

E is for EXPLORE is a superb analog/digital resource for teachers and parents. They develop fascinating learning activities, and search the internet to compile additional ideas from other sources. Well worth a rummage!

iPiccy

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments 

iPiccy has many easy to use photo tools, enabling you to edit pictures, apply photo effects, add text or paint freehand from scratch.

iPiccy is free and no registration is required.

The iPiccy editor seems accessible enough that children, of loads of ages and abilities, can edit and create artistic reworkings of photographs, without too much of a learning curve.

As well as retouching individual pictures, it takes very little time to make collages of multiple images. (This does require allowing temporary access to a local drive). Useful!

Vcasmo – a handy way to record presentations

| October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Screenshot 083Vcasmo means that you can film a presentation and synchronise it with the slides a presenter is talking about

Useful for recording the goings-on at a conference. But also in a classroom environment, perhaps when preparing for an interview or other presentation.

We have used it with great success in a “challenging” setting, and therefore we wouldn’t have clearance to show you how the children flourished using it. A great boost to their confidence to see themselves and their presentations “as one” though. Also a good opportunity to discuss presentation styles and techniques. Powerful!

Any presenter sometimes has to think twice about putting their presentations on-line. Not because they don’t want other people nicking them, but because people might think that they have had “the full experience”. I think that you can never fully understand the impact of a presentation unless you were there.

I think we may have a next step towards recording an event on a level that goes beyond just putting static PowerPoint slides on-line though, with Vcasmo.

There is an awful lot more that you can do to extend the virtual presentation experience.

Use video, audio/music, PDF, PowerPoint, photo/images in the presentation.

Slides can be synchronized with video/music.

User-friendly visual editor to arrange the slides in a timeline.

Video seeking Skip to any part of the video without having to wait for the whole video to be downloaded.

There is the power to take things even further, as you can link to other webpages inside slide.

Presentation can be for public, private, friends or group of selected people and password protected.

It is possible to embed presentations in your webpage or blog.

Receive comments about the presentation from visitors.

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