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Riven on the iPad- Like coming home

| April 23, 2011 | 0 Comments 

A wonderful, sentimental feeling, as I took the first steps in Riven for the (iPhone) iPad a few months ago. I haven’t been able to put it down since.

At one point, this blog went quiet for a while, because of our travels to far flung corners, where we were on “pedal-up thin-band” in the more remote regions of Egypt. Then our trip through Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, France, Slovenia etc

Now, though, it has been because I have had my head back in the Moeity Caves and Survey Island, taking fleeting glimpses of timid inhabitants, and searching for the Star Fissure.

Yes! I am back where I belong: in the ages of Riven.

Now this may all sound really excessive, (and it is! 😉 ) but Riven, and its peaceful landscapes, set below pale blue skies, is where I started my travels in the worlds of Myst. I took my first steps, into these mysterious, and magical, settings, and witnessed the power it could have in inspiring a class of children to take off and fly in the world of words.

The Riven app is designed for iPhone resolution, but click on the X2 icon in the corner and it still looks stunningly immersive.Remember, Riven is also available for download HERE for even bigger screens.

If you try it, do analogue things too, by the way. Like eat, sleep, get out, and talk to people. You were warned…

 

Riveting Riven

| August 13, 2009 | 0 Comments 

screenshot005Hi Tim,

This is an email to thank you for your help earlier in the year with ideas for using Myst in the classroom.

I managed to get a copy of Riven from ebay here in Australia and started using it with a group of 6 special needs students.  They are Asperger’s students (with English as their second language) who have difficulty with problem-solving, expressive and receptive language, working with others and stretching the imagination, in general.

During our first session, I provided lots of interesting hands-on material from a local beach area as you suggested.  They started… Continue Reading

Riven ‘ritin

| July 15, 2007 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Sue Clamp, of Wheatfields Primary school, in Cambridgshire, for sending a link to some superb writing from her Year 6 after-school writing club, “The Write Pod”

They used Riven (the sequel to Myst) as a stimulus for some really original pieces. Well done Oliver, Bradley, Ryan L , Eden, James, Ryan W, Jordan, Jessica and Emma. Great stuff!

Read their dramatic texts HERE

Just follow the “Next” button at the bottom of the page to move on to more…

Just for Somerset and North Somerset Schools

| December 5, 2016

What is it all about? It’s about sharing how technology can be used in creative ways, and most of the tech is FREE!

The power of inventive technologies

An intriguing, imaginative and exciting experience, for those joining the journey, leaving everyone with copious practical ideas, approaches and technical tools to use in their teaching, with children of all ages, and abilities.

Tim and Sarah are offering INSET, twilights and/or demonstration lessons. Do take a look at the Past Events and maybe have a read the thoughts of teachers, governors and headteachers using the following links:

Again, what is it all about? Well, … teachers will see how technology can focus on creativity, particularly to inspire writing. Developing ways of working that are centred on innovation and capturing children’s imagination.

Teachers will gain many ideas, mostly free, that they could use to inspire and motivate.

“Tim and Sarah exude the craft of teaching. They are role models for how to engage pupils not just through a clever bit of tech but through developing inventive ideas and getting the students themselves to take the lead.” Tim Rylands, winner of the 2005 ICT in Practice Award, and Sarah Neild, a finalist of the 2004 Award, will present many inspiring, accessible tools and ideas for raising the level of writing, speaking and listening, and creativity in children of all ages.

There will be a practical exploration of some of the virtual worlds and visual literacy elements that have had a huge impact on raising confidence in children across the creative curriculum. Prepared to be inspired and to leave with many ideas to apply back in the classroom.

Ideally bring a device (or two) to take part in hands-on challenges.

In this goal driven age, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.

We need to inspire young people and inspire their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them; encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, and benefit from the experience of others; to motivate a love of learning for life.

Investigating how fascinating challenges, can be used across subject areas, abilities age ranges, with remarkable effects: developing speaking, listening and writing abilities and raising confidence and self-esteem.

Tim and Sarah will share a huge, and accessible, range of ways to engage, and motivate pupils of all ages, and abilities. They will reinforce how these elements are not only essential for quality learning experiences to take place, but how they can also have a massive impact on standards, achievement … and enjoyment!

Music Theory Is Your Friend

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Music Theory Is Your Friend friend could be helping you make extraordinary music.screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-14-47-27

34 Music Theory Hacks: contains Theory Ideas and Techniques that could spice up your music. How To Read Music is a guide to getting up and running in record time! What about 208 Songwriting Tips: Yes! : 208!

Key signatures can be really confusing when you are starting out. What Are Key Signatures?

How about 6 Steps to Harmonising a Melody simple approach to the basics of 4 part harmony

In Understanding Modes you can have a go at untangling one of the most misunderstood subjects in music theory!

A Lesson from Steve Reich’s Clapping Musicscreen-shot-2016-09-12-at-14-56-01  is a simple but powerful lesson in using process-driven rhythmic patterns!

 Modes Reference Guide: Yeah, lists. But hey, it’s a reference guide not a John Grisham thriller!

Arranging Chords: Does not mean hanging your trousers in interesting ways!

Potentally worth investigating.

Collaborizeclassroom .com

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments 

Collaborize Classroom is an easy-to-use online learning platform. Register & launch a free site in less than 5 minutes. A safe & password-protected learning community for you & your students. Take a poll, hold a debate, post a practice test or let your students support their arguments.

A great way to launch student-driven projects and challenge-based learning.Bring the best resources from the Internet into your online classroom by attaching pictures, videos, PDF or Microsoft Office documents.

Gain instant access to a vast and growing collection of teacher-designed lessons,create topics, lessons and assignments that you can share with other educators worldwide, and download peer-reviewed topic-based lessons with just one click.

For a largely free resource, Collaborize Classroom has potential.

Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre, Bristol

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Bannerman Road Primary School

bannermanroadA full on, fast paced, day Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre, in Easton, inner city Bristol.

In this goal driven age, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.

We need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them; encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, change and benefit from the experience of others; to motivate a love of learning for life.

Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected.

This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication. Technology, though, is also not the only answer… but it can provide some fantastic opportunities.

Great to spend another day with a team who are clear on the power of creative, inventive and imaginative teaching.

Thanks to Head teacher Paula Shore, our initial contact Samantha Fisher, Assistant Headteacher, who is now on maternity leave, Heather Beach, Assistant Headteacher, and to Adam Cattle, Schools IT Support Officer.

Well done indeed, and thank you, to the colleagues from Oasis Academy Long Cross, Elmlea Infants, Dolphin School, Westbury on Trym School, Blaise Primary School, Victoria Park Primary School, Ashton Vale Primary School, and St. John’s Primary.

Today was another culmination of hours spent researching in “The Shed” in Somerset. We investigated a plethora of free online resources to continue to engage, motivate and inspire children of all ages and abilities.

The school describe that they “are currently on a journey with developing the use of ICT in the curriculum”. Great to take these huge strides forwards with you…

Thank you to Heather for recording her thoughts:

Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre

Bannerman Road Community Academy is an inclusive primary school in the heart of Bristol and shares its setting with the Children’s Centre, providing education and caring support for our children from 2 to 11 years old. We celebrate our diverse and multi-lingual community and believe that all pupils are entitled to high quality, engaging and exciting teaching and learning. We have high expectations and challenge everyone to reach his or her full potential.

We believe that our school is a learning environment for all the stakeholders – pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.

All pupils should have the entitlement to quality engaging and exciting teaching and learning. We expect our pupils to take ownership of their learning and to assess their own progress. To do this we have high expectations and aspirations for all our pupils

Personalised learning is about helping every child and young person to do better, which means tailoring their education to their individual needs, interests and aptitudes so as to fulfil their potential and giving them the motivation to be independent, lifelong ambitious learners.

We are proud of the relationships we have with our pupils, parents/carers and believe that it is central to the making our vision come true.

The Academy recently joined the Colston Girls School Trust and we are really looking forward to working closely with Colston Girls’ School, Kingfisher Primary, Dolphin Primary and Fairlawn Primary. Some of our colleagues from these schools have joined us for this INSET day with Tim and Sarah.

In addition we have staff from another 7 different Bristol Primary Schools here today and we welcome you all to Bannerman Road.

Tim delivered a great workshop at the Inspiring Leadership Conference last year. We knew that his ideas and passion for learning would match what we were trying to do at Bannerman Road so made sure that we booked him quickly for our INSET!

Langafel CE Primary School, Longfield, Kent

| March 4, 2015 | 1 Comment 

Langafel CE Primary School

New_3PLearning_2013_HRGreat, to work alongside the folk from 3P Learning and Mathletics, at Langafel C of E Primary School.

A day of laughter, and learning, with the children of Langafel, and invited guests. Some inventive, and creative, opportunities, exploring the world of mysterious, and magical, numbers and words.

A big thank you to Muhammad Daniel of 3P Learning, for organising our visit, and to Ruth Sivarajah, Deputy Headteacher at Langafel CE Primary School, for enabling the whole day.

The morning with Y6 pupils and colleagues from Langafel C of E Primary School, Borough Green Primary, Shears Green Junior School, Elliot Park School, Joydens Wood Junior School and Ayasofia Primary.

Then an afternoon with Year 2 pupils and their teachers.

Muhammad shared the following thoughts:

Mathletics-logo-trans-150‘We’re excited to be working with Tim, Sarah and Langafel school on the 4th March. Tim’s work inspires the love of learning that is our motto: our aim is to create software that children love to use. We’ve worked with Ruth Sivarajah and Langafel on innovative maths-focused events and find the same approach at the heart of what they do on a daily basis. This day is about bringing people together to learn: students and teachers from six schools across Kent and London will explore how technology can inspire creativity, imagination and most of all – be fun! From digital to analogue, and beyond…’

In this goal driven age, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.

We need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them; encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, change and benefit from the experience of others; to motivate a love of learning for life.

Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected. This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication.
Technology is not the only answer… but, it does open up some remarkable opportunities, to extend teaching and learning styles.

We are already looking forward to coming back, and doing more, soon. Watch this (s)pace.

Bordesley Village Primary, Birmingham ~ Day 1

| March 17, 2014 | 4 Comments 

Thank you to Alayne Clowes headteacher at Bordesley Village Primary School in the centre of Birmingham.

We spent a fast paced day, alongside the staff, exploring a huge range of digital delights.

In this goal driven age, where some see the way forward as preparing for tests, where even good is not good enough, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.

It is, in fact, essential and imperative.

Today, we investigated how we need to inspire young people and nurture their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them; encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, change and benefit from the experience of others; to motivate a love of learning for life.

Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected. This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication, invention, experimentation, investigation, exploration, and so much more.

We shared, discussed, and demonstrated, the powerful effect of using games, useful Web2 tools and software (most of it free), hand-held devices and more, – thinking about a way of teaching, where quality learning is the focus rather than the latest gadget; ‘what is said, rather than what is used to say it’.

Well done all, for being up for the challenges today. More tomorrow, with the children.

Education Innovation Conference, Manchester

| February 27, 2014 | 47 Comments 

Education Innovation is a national conference and exhibition taking place in Manchester that brings together leading education experts, thought leaders and inspirational practitioners to share expert advice, training and guidance about integrating innovation and technology into learning. Continue Reading

BETT ~ The Great Education Debate: Can technology ever replace the classroom?

| January 25, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Great, to contribute to the closing debate at BETT 2014: ‘closing Ceremony’ – The Great Education Debate: Can technology ever replace the classroom? “A panel of passionate experts join us to discuss the future of technology”.

Alongside Anne-Lise Kjaer, Maggie Philbin, Simon Milner, Ian Bauckham, and joined by Jon Briggs, (the UK voice of SIRI) we discussed whether tech can take the place of a class, teacher, and much, much more. Continue Reading