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What a full~on, and fun, way to start a new academic year! Over 400 staff, with Heads & Deputies to teachers and LSAs, from 28 schools in the Peterlee Partnership, a strong partnership in East Durham, looking at the power of new, and emerging, technologies in schools.
The day was held at Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club only 2 miles from Durham City Centre.
The other two sessions in the afternoon were Martin Bailey, of Animate to Educate – showcasing apps for across the primary age range, and Sally Landon, with a focus on Early Years and KS1, and some elements of robotics. Continue Reading
Thank you to Tony Draper, Head Teacher at Water Hall Primary, Fern Grove, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, and Becky McGuire, Assistant Head Teacher, for organising our first day (back in the UK) of the new academic year, with staff from across this remarkable school and colleagues from their neighbouring school, Brooklands Farm Primary. Continue Reading
Another, 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”.
A 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
Each year Frog Trade hold the Frog Annual Conference, to explore and celebrate the role 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
Our 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:
‘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.’
The 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