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Our 5th day with Kellett School, Hong Kong, and today back at the Pok Fu Lam Campus for sessions with Year 6 pupils and their teachers in the morning, and Year 2 children and their teachers in the afternoon.
Again, well done all, for tackling the challenges we offered. Some imaginative, thoughtful and inspired thinking, talking, caring, sharing, inventing, creating, collaborating, building, developing, writing, laughing, experimenting… and SO much more.
The morning with the Year Six pupils and their teaching staff, exploring the ‘hooks’, ‘nooks’ and ‘crannies’ that engage pupils in sharing their ideas with confidence and style. We explored a ‘Village’ setting in Myst 4: Revelation. Talk. speculation, sharing, thinking and taking ownership of this place, brought it from the virtual, into reality. Similes, and silences, enabled their ideas to flourish and take shape, forming images in our imaginations – gorgeous! We met characters, children up for tackling new ideas and risk-taking, found themselves becoming confident in their roles, expanding on fictional happenings with great detail and flare.
In our afternoon, we adventured with KS1 pupils, and teachers, adventuring through their creations, notions and persuasions, as we wandered through caves, climbed trees and became intrepid explorers. The children in this group wondered, and enthused, about strange objects as we investigated Edanna, the helix plants and the birds inhabiting this beautiful world, talking and writing with passion and interest – WELL DONE. The children made suggestions and proposals regarding the origins and purpose of items found; they considered different ways to ascend the plants and what might be at the top… and then, we went and found out. Would YOU like to know?…
A ha! That would really be telling. Why not have a look yourself one day?
Another superb day of inventiveness at Kellett School, Hong Kong. As with the adventures we set forth on yesterday, today had an analog emphasis. We set out, with scribbly sticks, into the world of words. Joined by Year 7 voyagers, we …went virtually nowhere. In a geographical sense that is. In terms of inventiveness, descriptive narrative, and playing with words, we travelled many miles. Our ideas were set free to wander, whilst we stood still, in an intriguing landscape, desperate to move, yet rooted to the spot.
Everyone was up for a challenge! They got it. What we do is not what “a lesson” should be”. More, it is a reflection of possibilities ~ too much (and too little) all in one go. Too many objectives ~ AND too few. Not what a “real” class would do in a “real” lesson, but “exactly what a real class does in exactly the space that a real class does it”. (What an empathetic, and real, comment). A chance to reflect, think, and consider, on what possibilities there are, using simple, accessible, tools.
After a good deal of discussion, the students wrote spontaneously, producing work of a high quality full of vivid imagery. They were also encouraged to refine their spoken language & clarify their ideas. They remained on task and enthusiastic throughout.
Modelling is often one of the best ways of scribing. It is a bit like reading a paper in front of a toddler. Turn around and you can find they are also sat with a newspaper. O.K. It’s upside-down, but they are starting off on the road to reading.
Writing, or any other challenge, shouldn’t be something we inflict upon children and then we go off and do something “important”, “intriguing”, “mysterious”, “enjoyable”, or “superior”. It is important to show a shared interest, willingness and openness to “having a go” as well. The “Big People” today, wrote and wrote. They shared their ideas with the children around them. They left their writing lying around as a hint, a guide, or an example of potential style, sentence structure, or vocabulary.They were stylish and original gems of invention too. Nicely spicely! Well done all.
Year 9 students for their second venture …
The students, in turn, offered suggestions, ideas or positive criticisms, to the giants there were sat next to on their travels through these mysterious worlds. There were a lot of us in some interesting settings, and it was joyous to see so much sharing taking place. Well done all today.
And a joyous afternoon session with the Year 2 children, juggling words, actions and ideas as we ventured through caves and up plants, meeting colourful creartures along the way.
Great, to be back at Kellett School in Hong Kong, for the first day of four days of lessons, with students and pupils from across the school. Today, we started our adventures with 70+ students from Year Nine, and joyous bunch of explorers they were!
More with them tomorrow and we look forward to that!
Thank you to Jacquie Hills, Deputy Head of Senior School and English Teacher, and her department for accommodating us today, working alongside us are we ‘stood still‘ in a landscape exploring language, feelings, atmosphere, expectations…
Then an afternoon of further explorations with pupils from Year Six.
Another big “Thank You” to Clive Dawes, ICT Curriculum Leader, here at Kellett School, for organising our explorations with technology here in Hong Kong.
Well done all at Kellett School, for being up for the challenges, and keen to explore more… …and to students from Year Nine and Year Six for picking up words and juggling them.
A day of exploration alongside three groups of teachers from across the secondary aspect of the school.
To work alongside colleagues from every department in Secondary schools, means that, at some point, somebody has to translate and assess how the resources we share can be useful in their particular subject specialism.
How powerful, therefore, to hear staff today rising to that challenge and buzz about how they could apply some of the web 2.0 technologies in their lessons. From R.E and Geography teachers and maths specialists, through to PE teachers, is a huge range of interests. Well done folks for having the vision to see how some of these things can have an impact in their classroom.
Great, to make it to Kong Kong, after nearly ten years of effort on behalf of Clive Dawes, ICT Curriculum Leader, Kellett School, Hong Kong, and to spend today, the first of our six days with Kellett School, with over 120 colleagues at their Pok Fu Lam Campus.
Clive has been trying to get us out to HK for nearly a decade and has finally done it!
Today, we worked alongside the staff from across the primary section of the school. Learning Technologies Leader Clive Dawes explains why our visit is “important in the development of the school”.
“Kellett, the British International School in Hong Kong is delighted to welcome Tim and Sarah to work with our community over the next two weeks”.
“I first met Tim in 2006 when he visited the LA where I was working to present at an end of year conference. I was immediately struck by the practical suggestions he had for increasing attainment and engagement within the classroom. I have been a fan ever since and have regularly borrowed (stolen) many of the great ideas he has shared via his blog or by social media”.
“Since I arrived in Hong Kong nine years ago I have been discussing with Tim and Sarah the idea that they might travel here to support our work. It’s been a long discussion! During that time they have both been supportive of not only our work but also the wider HK context: Tim contributed to the first Hong Kong Mobile Learning Festival alongside Derek Robertson and Dawn Hallybone.
Finally they are here!
They will find a fairly high achieving group of willing students who are lucky enough to attend a very well resourced international school. Students and teachers have a wide array of tools at their disposal and whilst many of them are already making wide use of Google Apps, games based learning, digital video, ipads, and the like, there is still an urgent need to ensure our students are taking advantage of these tools within authentic, 21st Century contexts.
We’re really looking forward to working with Tim and Sarah over the next 6 days to find out even more ways to inspire our students.
A joyous trip to Bath Spa University to work with their Primary and Early Years PGCE trainees.
Thanks to Emma Asprey, Senior Lecturer, at the School of Education for inviting us to the university, to spend precious time with her students, and to Hilary Smith, for greeting us and looking after us through the day.
Our aim, on these two sessions at the University, is to share tools, and techniques, that will add even more sparkle, magic and effective methods of bringing learning alive, to the toolkit that travels with the students in their careers.
It is so valuable to work alongside folk heading off in to the world of education. One of the most rewarding ways to spend your working days. Teaching is a hard path, in many respects, on many occasions. Hours of extra preparation, planning and reflection. But, as Confucius said:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
Emma Asprey, Senior Lecturer, at the School of Education shared these thoughts:
We invited Tim and Sarah to Bath Spa University to make sure that the end of the exciting and challenging PGCE journey went off with a bang and sent our Bath Spa Teachers into the world of teaching determined to make children’s learning fun, creative and thrilling. It’s a treat and a privilege to experience their unique approaches to learning and communication firsthand. Staff and trainees alike took part, using technology to join in with playful, imaginative learning experiences that they can take into their classrooms to enrich learning.
Back up to London to contribute to the Network Learning Conference: Celebrating Partnership, at The Grand Connaught Rooms.
Thanks to Tim Nash, Sue Sigston, of Edison Learning, and big thanks to Dr. Allan Sigston, Director of Education Services at EdisonLearning, and Amy Sage, Business Operations Manager at EdisonLearning, for coordinating our involvement in today.
The event was looking at how to “Fill the gap between higher expectations and declining levels of support”
Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT , and Tony Draper, NAHT President 2015-16 will be speaking in the course of the day. We are blessed to have been invited in to Tony Draper’s school, for two full on days, at the end of August 2014, to start this school year off in style in Water Hall Primary, Milton Keynes ~ (Day 1 and 2).
NAHT Aspire is a three year partnership programme commissioned by the NAHT as an alternative and holistic approach to school improvement. The DFE provided sponsorship for a pilot of NAHT Aspire with an initial 30 schools working in four Networks across the country that had received consecutive Satisfactory or RI judgments. The pilot is now in its second year and due to its success the NAHT, working through EdisonLearning, are rolling this out to a further 50 schools over the course of this year (there is further information on the NAHT Aspire Website.
Thank you to Allan for sharing his thoughts:
Celebrating Partnership is a day conference organised by EdisonLearning and the NAHT that brings together schools from all over England that have been involved NAHT Aspire and other collaborative networks. All of them have been drawing on EdisonLearning’s school improvement tools and resources in partnerships that bring together senior and middle leaders in each term and is followed through in school with a team of dedicated advisers. The conference is a great opportunity to celebrate the schools’ tremendous successes, both in Ofsted inspections and with their other ambitions, and for them to share the unique ways they have brought innovations into their schools.
Following last year’s whole day conference with the great bunch of Hampshire Computing Coordinators, it was an honour to be invited back this year , to The Holiday Inn, Winchester to carry on the exploration of digital learning in so many wonderful ways.
Big thanks to Sue Savory, County Computing Inspector/Adviser, Elearn Eteach Manager and Virtual School Inspector/Adviser, and to Caroline Cain, Workforce Development Support Officer, supporting training provision for HTLC and Children’s Services, Sue Whittaker, IT Consultant, Hampshire IT (Children & Schools) for coordinating our contribution to this superb event.
Thanks to Sue for sharing her thoughts:
It is that time again when the Hampshire Computing/ICT Conference is happening. For the second year in a row we invited Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild to inspire and motivate us when using technology as a tool for learning. For those who left with such fantastic ideas last year and are returning this year we are glad they came prepared to be further inspired and add to their collection of resources and good ideas. The format was very different from last year not least because Phil Bagge, Jon Audain and Emma Goto delivered sessions where they shared resources and lesson ideas that they find work well at KS1 and KS2. So we are glad delegates came prepared to listen and play.
Today, rather than leading the whole day, as we did last year, we shared the input with three stars from the Hampshire firmament:
Well done to Emma Goto, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care, at The University of Winchester, for leading a session asking big questions about computing:
In my session I asked the Hampshire computing co-ordinators to consider what Reception children in their schools should be learning in terms of Computing. The answer was ‘not computing’! However we consider the role of toys and technological tools in aiding children’s communication, overcoming barriers to learning, accessing expertise, enhancing engagement and providing an audience. We also discussed the need to help children understand the digital world around them and develop skills that support them to be independent learners. We went on to consider the kinds of activities that help children to think computationally. We identified a range of problems that help children to think computationally, from completing a jigsaw, to moving water from one container to another, most of these had very little to do with technology! Finally we went on to discuss the challenges when building on this learning in Key Stage One. We focused on the need to not lose the rich uses of ICT, ensure appropriate challenge and consider carefully how we develop persistent learners.
Here is the list of ideas delegates had for activities linking them to computational thinking approaches and concepts – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5RYhuKkh3OHbGxOSmEzdUFtY3c/view?usp=sharing
Here is my Powerpoint from the day – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5RYhuKkh3OHLTdKTnVWOXdpODQ/view?usp=sharing
Phil Bagge, (Computing Inspector/Advisor HIAS, CAS Regional Coordinator, CAS Primary Computing Master Teacher, CAS Primary Group facilitator, Computing Planning @ http://code-it.co.uk/, http://www.pythoncode.co.uk/, and http://www.ictvideohelp.co.uk/
Working at Ringwood Junior School, Calmore Junior School, and Otterbourne Primary School) ran a session entitled “Recipe for Computing Success”
Phil shared a recipe for computing success by highlighting the importance of developing algorithms into code and the benefits of increased pupil buy in at home of having a real output for their algorithms. He encouraged teachers to avoid a shotgun ICT approach to programming languages and build some depth in a language whilst dipping into others. He stressed the need to teach programming elements but provide lots of investigation time for pupils to make the learning their own through repurposing and adapting. He advised teachers to take a longer term view on training and assessing, discovering what is possible before locking in assessment. Phil was passionate about using computing to promote resilience and independence. Encouraging teachers to build learning communities that embrace failure, see it as normal and learn from it. He shared about spotting learnt helplessness, explained what it is and encouraged the conference to challenge it where they find it. He also shared practical debugging tips.
You can find Phil’s online resources at http://code-it.co.uk/csplanning.html, Primary Debugging Strategies at http://code-it.co.uk/assessment/debugging.pdf. You can sign up for notification about Phil’s book at http://code-it.co.uk/scratchbook.html. His slides from today can be found at http://code-it.co.uk/rcs.pdf His original blog post on learned helplessness can be found at http://code-it.co.uk/articles.html
Jon Audain @jonaudain, Author and Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (ICT/Computing & Music) at The University of Winchester had some more computing fun:
So who’s afraid of the Big Bad Computing Wolf now? The first session after lunch and what to do with a group of teachers who are full up with delicious food? There’s only one answer…a class story! The story told of a princess with a large and generous heart who later on through fond memories splits her heart into many pieces so the people connected with her life could remember her as she marries her prince. However she ends up empty and trying to regain the pieces to restore balance.
The same could be expressed for computer science. Have we given too much of our heart away whilst the subject of ICT is vast. We explored the range of the ICT subjects connected to the 6Cs of Education and how ICT can address all those needs.
Stories and DIY cutting and sticking were the next order of the day as within the tables we constructed a paper tree to represent the ICT involvement not only in one school but collectively in our schools from around the table. We then looked at work from the other tables and considered our future practices exploring opportunities for networking and ideas.
Superb, to be asked to join Sir Ken Robinson, Sugata Mitra, Richard Gerver and EwanMcIntosh in providing a keynote for The Digital Education Show UK 2015 at the Olympia, London.
We provided a session for the introduction of the event, and Launch Dinner at Kettners last September, so enjoyed meeting up with those gentlemen, and many superb workshop leaders (including David(Deputy) Mitchell, Dawn Hallybone, Dan Roberts, Andy Hutt, and others) to look at Empowering learning through technology.
The event was organised by Terrapinn and thanks go to Amy Radley and Emma Williams for coordinating our involvement, over two days here at Olympia Level 2, London.
Our session, entitled “Out of this world: Tech to inspire” focussed on recapturing enjoyment, inspiration, creativity and fun in the classroom, recognising the need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations, enhance their creativity and confidence, encourage resourcefulness through challenge and motivate a love of learning for life. We explored a huge and accessible range of ways to engage and motivate students of all ages and abilities, examining the essential elements for quality learning experiences and how these can have a massive impact on standards, achievement and enjoyment
One of the main speaker highlights was the keynote address by Sir Ken Robinson who talked about leading a culture of innovation. Keeping up and staying ahead of the game depends entirely on continuous and sustained innovation. We all know that’s true, but what do company leaders have to do to make it happen? Sir Ken Robinson has worked with some of the world’s leading creative organisations – in the corporate, educational and cultural fields. In his presentation, Ken identified three myths about innovation that hold many organisations back, and the basic practices that drive the most innovative organisations ahead of the pack.
We shared practical ideas and tips on how to use technology to inspire creativity in the classroom. “Children need to be inspired if they are going to pick ideas up and start to juggle with them.” We hope folk left with plenty of practical pointers and ideas of how to use technology to enhance learning that they can implement in their class tomorrow.
Some of the other topics included using augmented reality to enhance learning, enhancing learning through online quizzing, gamifying learning, using social media for learning, transforming teaching and learning, implementing a digital learning vision into the classroom, bridging the digital skills gap, preparing pupils for a super-intelligent future, tweeting teachers and much more.
We were proceeded by Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University. Sugata is recognised for building a ‘School in the Cloud’, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to answer ‘big questions’, share knowledge and benefit from help and guidance from online educators. We heard about about Sugata’s controversial ‘minimally invasive education’ philosophy and why we should all plant the seeds of his global education experiment that lets children learn on their own, and from each other, by tapping into online resources and their inner sense of wonder.
Mobile Learning Experience 2015 from June 10-12, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona it’s THE chance to “Experience tools, techniques, and inspiration for teaching the mobile generation.” We delivered Wednesday’s after dinner Keynote entitled “Beyond a Game – Tech to Inspire” in the Grand Ballroom of The Westin La Paloma Resort, Tucson.
Thank you to Tony Vincent for organising our involvement in this superb event. Thanks too to Valerie Lombardi, Business Manager Cheryl Bokowski, Director of Operations, Sara Crawford, Technology Director at the Arizona K12 Center. …and so many more. And here is a link to the wonderful creatures created today!
Whether you are new to mobile learning or looking to sharpen your skills, you are invited to join us in Tucson, Arizona for the premier mobile learning conference, Mobile Learning Experience 2015.
Educators from across the globe will gather June 10-12 to share, collaborate and explore the many facets of mobile learning. In addition to traditional breakout sessions, we have inspiring keynotes, fast-paced Ignite presentations, many networking opportunities and a concluding game show. This year’s topics include project-based learning, assistive technologies, Common Core State Standards, Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and the open content revolution. Those crucial topics are in addition to basic sessions on the most compelling apps, device deployment, and training tips and hints.
While mobile learning isn’t about one specific device, many sessions will have an iPad focus. Mobile Learning Experience 2015 will also address other devices like laptops, Chromebooks and Android tablets.
Please bring your fully charged device to the three-day conference and be prepared to plunge into the Mobile Learning Experience. Visit mobilelearningexperience.org/ today to learn more, taking advantage of the early bird rate. Bookmark the site and come back often, as it is there where you will find updated conference details.
- Connect with other mobile-minded educators
- Be inspired to make tech classrooms more student-centered
- Learn how to integrate the latest and greatest apps for teaching and learning
- Consider solutions for working around tech barriers and challenges
- Celebrate creativity and innovation by teachers and students
– See more at: http://www.azk12.org/event/28880/details#sthash.AL0j1YHA.dpuf
Mobile 2015 has international speakers and participants, with 55+ breakout sessions and 3 keynotes. Registration includes the opening dinner (right before our keynote) Participants have the option of spending one evening “speed apping” and stargazing.
Keynotes will also come from Adam Bellow, and Tony Vincent. Featured speakers include Wes Fryer, Erin Klein, Sara Martinez Crawford, Felix Jacomino, Katherine Burdick, Rodney Turner, and Jonathan Nalder.
Mobile Learning Experience is a professional development opportunity from the Arizona K12 Center. The Center is part of Northern Arizona University and its Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Wiebke, is on a mission to support teachers, and she knows that mission includes helping teachers leverage technology in and out of their classrooms.
Delighted to be invited to present one of the Arizona’s K12 Center’s Mobile Learning Experience 2015 breakout sessions at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona, before our after dinner session this evening. The event hosts dozens of breakout sessions over the course of this three day learning experience, with topics focusing on classroom experiences, leadership, vision, and deployment.
MobileLearningExperience has been going for a while now. The first one was in April 2011. Back then there were great mobile-themed conferences in the U.K. (Handheld Learning) and in Australia (Slide2Learn), but the U.S. didn’t have a national event dedicated to mobile learning. Katherine Burdick approached Tony Vincent and thought they should host one in Arizona. They asked the Arizona K12 Center to be involved, and it went from there. This is the fourth Mobile Learning Experience in Arizona. They’ve hosted national and international speakers and attendees over the year. There is a great program, but probably the best thing is the networking. The people who gather at Mobile Learning Experience are passionate about reaching students, and are willing to use whatever technology is at hand. Even if there were no keynotes or sessions, having this group of people gathered to share and learn from each other would be an amazing experience. For that reason, all sessions have round tables–to facilitate networking. That’s also why the event includes breakfast and lunch. It’s a great time to network, chat, and share.
Their website can be found at mobilelearningexperience.org
Thank you to Tony Vincent, for organising our involvement in this superb event. Thanks too to Valerie Lombardi, Business Manager Cheryl Bokowski, Director of Operations, Sara Crawford, Technology Director at the Arizona K12 Center. …and so many more.
A big thank you to Katherine Burdick, co-organizer
#mobile2015, for taking us out to explore the area and the many cacti too (yesterday).