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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

Wroughton Junior School, Wiltshire ~ Day 2

| February 14, 2014 | 9 Comments 

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

Wroughton Junior School, Wiltshire ~ Day 1

| February 13, 2014 | 2 Comments 

The first of two days working alongside the staff, and pupils, from Wroughton Junior School, Wroughton, near Swindon, in Wiltshire.

A magical morning with 60+ Y6 pupils and their teachers. Continue Reading

Milton Park Federated Primary School, Portsmouth ~ Day 2

| February 11, 2014 | 4 Comments 

Our second day at Milton Park Federated Primary School in Southsea, Portsmouth. Following yesterday’s INSET today we had the pleasure of spending time with the pupils and their teachers, and went all analog, in an exploration of the world of words. Continue Reading

Milton Park Federated Primary School, Portsmouth ~ Day 1

| February 10, 2014 | 5 Comments 

Today, an INSET Day at Milton Park Federated Primary School in Southsea, Portsmouth, thanks to Headteacher Julie Smith, and to Lee Branscombe, Deputy Head Teacher for organising our two day visit. Continue Reading

‘IT to Support Literacy’ Conference, Leicester

| February 7, 2014 | 80 Comments 


A pleasure to be here at King Power Stadium, Leicester City Football, to lead the morning session for the Whatever it Takes (WiT)  ‘IT to Support Literacy’ Conference here in Leicester, and to then close the conference with a final note.

With the key focus for today being about reading, and literacy, we explored the many Web2 tools and  the use of computers games that can inspire and enhance the development of reading, and writing, in children of all ages and abilities.

A creative, interactive session around developing imaginative ways of using ICT to enhance learning in schools.

We had the joy of eventually catching up with the team from ‘Teach Your Monster to Read‘, a free and incredibly valuable resource we have been sharing with schools all over the country. Teach your Monster to Read is a free game that helps children to practise their phonics and reading skills. Continue Reading