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Amherst Primary, Guernsey ~ the rollercoaster return

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Joyous to be back in Guernsey, and Amherst Primary School, for a fast paced day with children from Amherst, and Vauvert Primary School.

Today, we changed gear, notched up a few paces and plummeted towards certain… brilliance, with two groups of children. Wandering through one of the landscapes in Myst 3 Exile, we stumbled upon a mysterious contraption. Behind a creaking wooden door, we found a lever that helped us rise high above the shining golden seas around us. Eventually, after a bit of investigation, we discovered that if we pressed an intriguing blue button, we could enter the icy globe created, and take a remarkable tumble down this metal and wooden rollercoaster to …who knew where?! Continue Reading

Bordesley Village Primary, Birmingham ~ Day 2

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Alayne Clowes, Headteacher Bordesley Village Primary, her colleagues, and the children, for a great second day. The teaching staff muddled in, mucked in, and worked alongside two groups of children, in an exploration of picking up words, and juggling them. Continue Reading

Bordesley Village Primary, Birmingham ~ Day 1

| March 17, 2014 | 3 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.

Cedar Primary School, Strood, Kent ~ Day 2

| March 14, 2014 | 5 Comments 

A second day at Cedar Primary School, and today alongside the teaching staff, looking at a huge range of digital opportunities, to support some of the analog learning that we experimented with yesterday. Continue Reading

Cedar Primary School, Strood, Kent ~ Day 1

| March 13, 2014 | 7 Comments 

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

ICT Computing and E-safety Conference, Shropshire

| March 6, 2014 | 36 Comments 

Great to contribute a keynote session to The Shropshire ICT Computing and E-safety Conference, at The Shropshire Conference Centre, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury. Continue Reading

Raising Standards Using ICT Conference, Middlesbrough

| February 28, 2014 | 83 Comments 

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 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

Teaching & Learning Conference, Dudley ~ A full on practical day

| February 26, 2014 | 12 Comments 

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.

Thank you to Rebecca Cox, head of Lutley Primary School, and Jo Turner, head of Lapal Primary School, for inviting us, and coordinating today’s event. Continue Reading

Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, Gloucestershire ~ Day 2

| February 25, 2014 | 5 Comments 

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

Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, Gloucestershire ~ Day 1

| February 24, 2014 | 11 Comments 

A fun, and full on, fast paced, day at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, with 50 folk from Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, and St. David’s C of E Primary School.

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