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Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Blyth Northumberland ~ Day 2

| June 3, 2014 | 6 Comments 

Malvins CloseA second visit to Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Blyth, Northumberland, this time, for a day with the children.

Malvins Close Primary KS2

We had great fun, and a pair of powerful lessons, with children from Years 5 and 6 in the morning, and Year 2 in the afternoon. Continue Reading

Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Blyth Northumberland ~ Day 1

| June 2, 2014 | 10 Comments 

Malvins Close Primary INSET

Back on the road in the UK, after nearly six weeks overseas, and up to Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Blyth, Northumberland, for a full on day with around 120 delegates from local schools in The Blyth Quay’s Trust, including colleagues from Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, and Croftway Primary Academy. Continue Reading

TEDx Thessaloniki 2014, Greece

| May 10, 2014 | 3 Comments 

TEDxThessaloniki

TEDx ThessalonikiThe theme of TEDxThessaloniki 2014 is inspired by and built around T.S. Eliot’s quote “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” Continue Reading

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 4

| April 29, 2014 | 8 Comments 

Aldar Academies

Our fourth, and final day (for this trip), at Aldar Academies in Abu dhabi, The United Arab Emerites… and, what a crucial day. So great to have got such valuable, positive, feedback…. but how are we going to take this further, and how is the school to continue to make sure that the impact is sustainable? Continue Reading

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 3

| April 28, 2014 | 2 Comments 

Aldar Academies

Our third day with the Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. Mr Walker, (the walking stick with magical properties, and mysterious holes, who had intriguingly disappeared at Heathrow Airport, instigating a brief airport wide search) began a session of unbridled imagination and creativity; the children here, whatever nationality, needed little encouragement to offer their thoughts to the whole class.
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Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 2

| April 27, 2014 | 1 Comment 

Our second day with Aldar Academies, in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates, and well done, to everyone, for taking off and flying “big time”. Fun! …and learning. (Surely, not at the same time? Oh yes. Indeedy.)

After yesterday’s deluge of digital delights, we were decidedly analog, on many levels, today. A huge amount of respect to the children and staff, for wandering with us in the world of words, in such style. Continue Reading

Aldar Academies Conference Day, Abu Dhabi

| April 26, 2014 | 10 Comments 

Our first, of four days with the Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates. We started with a conference day for a vast amount of school staff, doing the first stage of what we love: an introduction to some of the huge range of possibilities available, freely, on the web.

We had a joyous, fast paced, day delving in to a deluge of digital delights. (We are going to go more analog over the next two days, with the children, before finishing in a whizzing whirr of wonders with staff on Tuesday. “Watch this space”. Continue Reading

New Horizons Federation, Bexleyheath ~ Day 2

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Our second day with the folks of the The New Horizons Federation, today joined by the students and pupils.

The morning at Oakwood School with Year 7 and Year 8 students and an afternoon at Westbrooke School with the Year 4 pupils. What wonderful wanderings in the world of words. Where would we wander? Words whirled whichever way we walked. Continue Reading

New Horizons Federation, Oakwood School, Bexleyheath, 1

| April 22, 2014 | 7 Comments 

The first of two days alongside the staff of The New Horizons Federation, ~ today with 150 folk at Oakwood School, one of the Federation schools, in Bexleyheath, in Kent, and what a full on two days awaits us all.

The federation Provides a continuum of provision for young people in danger of missing education. Continue Reading

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 2

| April 11, 2014 | 5 Comments 

A second day at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd, this time with the staff, looking at a vast amount of digital delights to bring learning even more alive.

What we shared today fits so well with the school’s ethos, and ways of working, already. We experienced some of the confidence, sense of humour, and imagination, of the children yesterday. Carrying out lessons, both in English, and Welsh, is a superb way to develop written, aural, and oral, dexterity. We looked at a huge range of tools that can be used in developing that word play, thought juggling, and imaginative inventiveness. Continue Reading

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd ~ Day 1

| April 10, 2014 | 13 Comments 

Great to be back in Newport, for the first of two days alongside the children, and staff, of Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd.

Welsh really is a beautiful language, and perfect for poetic, descriptive, invention.

We carried out our lessons in that fascinating cross between two languages. As someone who grew up only a few miles across the River Severn, yet never managed more than a poor impression of spoken Welsh, it has always been intriguing to carry out lesson sessions in a mixture of tongues. Continue Reading