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Sollentuna, Sweden

| August 18, 2014 | 11 Comments 

Sollentuna

Back to it, and in superb Swedish style! A great trip to Sweden, and the first of three big days of working alongside a few hundred teachers, from across the country. Continue Reading

Computing to Inspire, Nottingham

| July 11, 2014 | 21 Comments 

Nottinghamshire Conference

A great, full on day, at The Nottingham Computing to Inspire Conference, Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, with opening and closing keynotes, and three workshops. Continue Reading

‘Tools to tell a tale’ ~ Birmingham

| July 2, 2014 | 22 Comments 

Tools to Tell a Tale Birmingham

Longing poignantlyAnother, joyous, gathering of Baldylocks and the Three Hairs. Together with Pie Corbett, and David Mitchell, we shared a day entitled Tools to tell a tale – Improving reading and writing through ICT at The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

Tools to Tells a Tale, is an intriguing experience, bringing together the three bald blokes, for an exploration of story telling, on a global scale. Folks were part of an evolving story, alongside children from around the world, investigating a wondrous collection of digital, and analog, gems for bringing learning alive.

“Join us, as we travel across dangerous terrain, through swamp-infested landscapes, and to the top of crumbling towers, all through the power of inventive technologies”.

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Hampshire Primary ICT Conference, Winchester

| June 26, 2014 | 17 Comments 

Hampshire Conference

HCCA great day, alongside 130 delegates, from primary schools, one secondary school and four special schools, from across Hampshire.

Today, we explored the range of technology, and approaches to using it, that are essential across the curriculum. Sue Savory, ICT Adviser, for sharing her thoughts below: Continue Reading

Frog 14 ~ ICC Birmingham

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Frog14

Each year Frog Trade hold the Frog Annual Conference, to explore and celebrate the FROGrole technology plays in facilitating outstanding learning in the classroom, and this year we are delighted to have been invited to present a Keynote, at the ICC Birmingham.

‘Celebrating outstanding education and awesome technology’ Continue Reading

Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens ~ Day 2

| June 20, 2014 | 7 Comments 

Newton le Willows Primary School

Newton-Le-Willows Primary SchoolOur second day at Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens.

Today, we went all digital, and splattered the staff and visiting colleagues, with a vast amount of, mostly free, ways to bring their curriculum even more alive. Joining us were colleagues from : Garswood Primary, St John Vianney Catholic Primary Haringey,  Robins Lane Primary,  St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary, Newfold Community Primary and Eaves Primary.

Thank you to Nicola Ryan, Literacy Co-ordinator, for organising our visit, and sharing these thoughts:

Nicola Ryan‘We are very large school with an extremely varied intake of children from all kinds of exciting backgrounds. One thing we all have in common is our love of ICT, however, we do not feel that we are using our ICT facitlities to the best of their potential.

As teachers we want to become more creative and imaginative in our approach to teaching and learning. We are also hoping to work well and share good practive with colleages from neighbouring schools. We envisage ourselves, in a few years time, to be incorporating 21st Centrury ICT and mobile technologies (not just SMART and Bee Bots!) into many of our lessons and making learning fun and exciting.’

Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens ~ Day 1

| June 19, 2014 | 3 Comments 

Newton-le-Willows Primary

Newton-Le-Willows Primary SchoolThe first of two days exploring alongside the voyagers of Newton-le-Willows Primary, St Helens. Tomorrow, is a day of digital delights with the staff.

Today, we went for some wanders in the world of words, in some intriguing virtual landscapes. There is no replacement for getting children outside, encountering the REAL. There are, however, a lot of elements you can develop in these digital terrains, that you can apply to more realistic experiences. Joining us today were colleagues from Garswood Primary, St John Vianney Catholic Primary Haringey,  Robins Lane Primary and Eaves Primary. Continue Reading

SAM Club ~ Gravesend, London (Science & More, in a café!)

| June 17, 2014 | 4 Comments 

SAM June 2014

SAM-2014-02Lovely, to travel up to London, and do an evening session, in a tea room ~ No. 84 Tea Room and Eatery, 84 Parrock Road, Gravesend.

The SAM Club ~ “Science and More!” ~ has been set up “to bring inspirational speakers from the world of science, technology and the arts” to deliver talks to pupils from local schools. Anyone from School Year 6 and older is welcome. Children and parents are invited come to SAM Club events and to have the opportunity to meet, in an informal setting, interesting and enthusiastic people who have a passion for their subject. Continue Reading

Inspiring Leadership Conference 2014, Birmingham

| June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Inspiring Learning Conference 2014

An honour to contribute a masterclass to The Inspiring Leadership Conference at The ICC, in Birmingham.

Inspiring Leadership ConfThe CfBT Education Trust, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) invited delegates to the first ‘Inspiring Leadership’ Annual Conference, taking place at the International Convention Centre Birmingham. Continue Reading

Animate 2 Educate Summer Conference, Gateshead

| June 6, 2014 | 4 Comments 

Animate2Educate Summer Conference

Great to be invited along to the MPH Training and Conference Centre, in Gateshead, for the Animate 2 Educate Summer Conference, entitled ‘Bringing the Curriculum to Life’, the tag line of the A2E company.

A2EOver the past 3 years Martin Bailey (Director of Animate 2 Educate Ltd) has worked with staff and pupils from schools throughout the UK, delivering pupil workshops, staff training and consultancy sessions.

The initial concept of Animate 2 Educate was to deliver animation workshops in schools, based around current curriculum topics. Whilst that remains a part of their service, the company has quickly grown and diversified and now covers all areas of Computing provision in schools. Continue Reading

Kingsway Primary, Goole ~ Day 2

| June 5, 2014 | 6 Comments 

Kingsway Primary

Kingsway Primary SchoolA second day in Goole and doing some analog wandering in digital landscapes, with the children of Kingsway Primary.

Today, we took a group of more than sixty Key Stage Two children, and an afternoon with thirty Year Two voyagers, exploring some virtual worlds, as an inspiration for talk, drama, and SO much more.

When we’re travelling (or rather, standing still) in the virtual worlds we always hope that it looks like we’re making it up, & that there have been unexpected turns, not only in the way we travel, but also in the route that the lesson itself goes. Continue Reading