Author Archive: Sarah
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.
Thank you to Mrs Jacquie Keelan Headteacher Cedar Primary School for organising our two day visit to the school.
We started with a massive emphasis on analog responses, to a digital stimulus.
A massive well done, and thank you, to all of the teachers today, for joining in so fully, in all of the opportunities, activities, and learning experiences. Continue Reading
Great to deliver a couple of keynotes, and workshops, at the Raising Standards Using ICT Conference, Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough’s renown ICT Conference is back! This superb event featured a wide ranging ICT marketplace and top “inspirational ICT professionals” from across education.
Middlesbrough is very proud of its ICT achievements over the years. Supported by the now disbanded LA ICT Team, Middlesbrough schools have enjoyed national acclaim from BECTA, were early pioneers of the ICT Mark and won multiple awards for their digital creativity. Continue Reading
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
Today, we had dun, at The Windsor Business Centre, with 24 teachers from schools in the Dudley area, and a full~on practical day with a focus on the use of ICT to ignite writing. Looking at how innovative approaches to using ICT can help children to acquire a transferable set of skills to apply to a variety of situations, enabling them that they may access the technology for them to apply it in a creative manner. In other words…. teachers experiencing, first hand, the joys and challenges, of working inventively, and collaboratively.
A joyous second day at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, in Gloucestershire, in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And, beautiful this area is.
We went on VIRTUAL journeys, to experiment with techniques that can be applied in REAL contexts (when the weather gets a bit better)! Continue Reading
The focus for today was on a plethora of digital resources to motivate and inspire, but we encouraged everybody to:
Pick ONE resource, play with it
(experiment first, THEN plan it carefully)
and watch the results
We discussed how technological ideas do not get in the way of learning. “They do not, by taking away from time preparing for assessment tasks, contribute to a slide in results”.
On the contrary, they can have a big impact on standards in our learning environments. But, it is the quality teaching, that flows alongside these resources, that has the impact
Imaginative, adaptable, open teaching, with an affinity for the needs, challenges, and celebrating the successes, of our pupils, are not only essential for quality learning to take place, they can also have a massive impact on, achievement… and enjoyment! Continue Reading
A joyous, full on, day at Wroughton Junior School, Wroughton, near Swindon with the staff and visiting colleagues.
Thank you to Head Teacher Sue Cox, and her colleagues and visitors, for a full on, fast paced, exploration of a deluge of digital delights. Continue Reading