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‘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

ICT to Inspire Event Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

| February 5, 2014 | 49 Comments 

Lovely, to be in Aberystwyth,  for a full on day with over 120 delegates from across the Ceredigion region. Continue Reading

The Rofft Primary School, Marford, Wrexham ~ Day 2

| February 4, 2014 | 3 Comments 

A day with Key Stage 2 staff, and pupils, at The Rofft Primary School, Marford, near Wrexham, North Wales and again a host of visiting colleagues from: Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Barkers Lane School, Cornist Park School, Bronington V.A.P. Primary, Ysgol Emmanuel, St Mary’s Aided School, Overton, Ysgol Heulfan, Ysgol Acrefair, Southdown Primary, Ysgol Owen Jones, Cefn Mawr County Primary, Trelawnyd VA School, Ysgol Maes Y Mynydd, Holt Primary, Rhosddu Primary, Broughton Primary,  Madras Wrexham, Ysgol y Foel, Ysgol Melyd, Park CP, Ysgol Pennant, All Saints School Gresford, Sealand CP, Gwernynydd School and Llywelyn School. Continue Reading

The Rofft Primary School, Marford, Wrexham ~ Day 1

| February 3, 2014 | 9 Comments 

A full on day with the Foundation Phase folk at The Rofft Primary School, Wynnstay Lane, Marford, Wrexham.

A morning with the Year 2 class, their teachers and visiting colleagues focusing on talk and writing, an afternoon with the teaching staff looking at a plethera of tech that can enhance, support and develop the remarkable things the school already does, even further, and then an evening with the Y3/4 pupils and their parents. The schools joining us are: Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Barkers Lane School, Cornist Park School, Bronington V.A.P. Primary, Ysgol Emmanuel, St Mary’s Aided School, Overton, Ysgol Maes y Llan, Ysgol Heulfan, Ysgol Acrefair, Southdown Primary, Ysgol Owen Jones, Cefn Mawr County Primary, Trelawnyd VA School, Shotton Infants, Old School Lane Centre, Ysgol Maes Y Mynydd, Holt Primary, Rhosddu Primary, Broughton Primary and Madras Wrexham. Continue Reading

22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference – Headteachers

| January 30, 2014 | 6 Comments 

The Arora Hotel, Crawley, West Sussex, for the second day of the 22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference, and today we were joined Headteachers from across the region. Continue Reading

22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference – Deputy & Assistant Headteachers

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Another fast paced whiz, down the country, to The Arora Hotel, Crawley, West Sussex for the 22nd Annual West Sussex Primary Leadership Conference, today with Deputy & Assistant Headteachers.

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Victoria Junior School, Workington, Cumbria ~ Day 2

| January 28, 2014 | 11 Comments 

Our second day at Victoria Junior School, Workington, and headteacher Pauline Robertson has organised an inventive training day, creating an INSET while the children are still in school ~ powerful learning taking place everywhere. Continue Reading

Victoria Junior School, Workington, Cumbria ~ Day 1

| January 27, 2014 | 4 Comments 

A slightly diluted trip (oh, the joys of the English weather system) up to the incredible scenery of Cumbria, for the first of two days alongside Pauline Robertson, her colleagues, and children, at Victoria Junior School, Workington.

The school has been really inventive, to organise a day of lessons alongside the pupils from Year 5/6, and those from Year 2, but to enable a day, tomorrow, with just the staff, whilst the school continues.

Mysterious! Fabulous! Amazing! Intriguing! Continue Reading

BETT ~ The Great Education Debate: Can technology ever replace the classroom?

| January 25, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Great, to contribute to the closing debate at BETT 2014: ‘closing Ceremony’ – The Great Education Debate: Can technology ever replace the classroom? “A panel of passionate experts join us to discuss the future of technology”.

Alongside Anne-Lise Kjaer, Maggie Philbin, Simon Milner, Ian Bauckham, and joined by Jon Briggs, (the UK voice of SIRI) we discussed whether tech can take the place of a class, teacher, and much, much more. Continue Reading

Swedish Educators in London for BETT Week 2014

| January 23, 2014 | 6 Comments 

Today we were joined by many Swedish teachers, at The Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch. These colleagues are visiting London, during BETT week.

There is a huge, and accessible, range of digital, and analogue, ways to engage, and motivate students of all ages, and abilities.

We shared SO many online opportunities, to extend learning, that they might have popped. At the same time, though, we stressed that is also important to take your time, choose carefully, & take your time when using them. Continue Reading

Dutch Educators in London for BETT Week 2014

| January 22, 2014 | 4 Comments 

A keynote for Dutch policy makers, head teachers, education leaders and teachers at Copthorne Tara Hotel.

Thank you to Koos Eichhorn, and Anja Huiskens, for organising our visit, and sharing these thoughts:

ITEM is a cooperation of AB-ZHW and APS-IT services. Both organisations try to reform Dutch education into 21st century organisations in which learners can follow their own learning goals using their own competences.

For more than 10 years ITEM has organised conferences, and study trips, to London during BETT week for Dutch teachers.

This year’s theme is about testing and assessment. Experts from Singapore, the U.K., the U.S.A., Finland, Belgium and Denmark telling us about the situation in their countries regarding testing (that’s usually based on 19th century learning) and the conflict with 21st century learning.

About 100 Dutch teachers, head teachers, scientists and policy makers discuss the outcomes of the workshops with the experts from the different countries and try to get the best of it to use in the Dutch situation. Continue Reading