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The Inspire Federation, Coventry ~ Day 2

| November 29, 2013 | 5 Comments 

After a day of analog adventures yesterday, we got all digital in the form of an INSET at Walsgrave Church of England Primary, with visiting colleagues from neighbouring schools: Clifford Bridge Primary School, Grangehurst Primary, Gosford Park Primary, Wyken Croft Primary, Finham Primary, Sir Frank Whittle Primary, Templars’ Primary, Parkgate Primary School, St Osburgs Catholic Primary, Hollyfast Primary and Stivichall Primary. Continue Reading

The Inspire Federation, Coventry ~ Day 1

| November 28, 2013 | 10 Comments 

The first of two days at Walsgrave Church of England Primary, today with Y6 & Y2 pupils, their teachers & colleagues.

Thank you to Rob Darling, Walsgrave’s Headteacher and Paul Griffin, Head teacher of Clifford Primary for coordinating our two days here with. This day has been a long time in the planning. We are working alongside the schools in The Inspire Federation, today and tomorrow.

Today had an analog emphasis. We set forth, with scribbly sticks, in to the world of words. Joined by 48 Year Six 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. Continue Reading

Link2ICT Primary Head Teachers Conference ~ Birmingham

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Today, it was a pleasure to present a keynote at Link2ICT Primary Head Teachers Conference at Birmingham City Football Club, St Andrew’s Stadium, with the theme: IT’s about Improving Learning Outcomes.

Link2ICT invited Primary Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers and Academy Principals, to this event focused on the role technology plays in teaching and how it can use this to improve learning outcomes for pupils. Continue Reading

The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire ~ Day 2

| November 26, 2013 | 2 Comments 

Our second day with The William Ransom Primary School and their visiting colleagues from the Hitchin Partnership, and today was our chance to spend time with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and their teachers in the morning and then the afternoon with Year 2 pupils. Continue Reading

The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire ~ Day 1

| November 25, 2013 | 37 Comments 

The first of two days at The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire, where we are also joined by other schools in the Hitchin Partnership: Highover J.M.I. School & Nursery, Mary Exton JMI School, Whitehill JM School, Kingshott School, Breachwood Green JMI School, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, Preston Primary School and Codicote C of E Primary.

This invitation follows our contribution at the NAHT Conference London, last year when the headteacher of The William Ransom Primary School, Mary Driver, and her deputy Shirley Brown were delegates. Continue Reading

Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE, Stockton-on-Tees ~ Day 2

| November 22, 2013 | 8 Comments 

Our second day at Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE Primary School, an a chance to get all techno with the teachers. Over a hundred of them, gathered together for a dabble in the delights of digits.

We were joined by colleagues from Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, Bear Park Primary, Northfield School and Sports College, Thornaby CofE Primary, Oak Tree Academy, St. John the Evangelist R.C. Primary, Lemington Riverside Primary, St. John the Baptist CofE Primary, Shotton Primary School, Egglescliffe School, St Gregory’s Academy, Hardwick Green Primary, Acre Rigg Academy, Christ the King Primary, Cotsford Juniors, Dean Bank Primary, Dormanstown Academy, Hartburn Primary, Ingleby Mill Primary, Junction Farm Primary, Kirklevington Primary, Mill Lane Primary, Pentland Primary, Seaham Trinity Primary, Westland Primary, Yohden Primary and Oasis – after school and day care. Continue Reading

Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE, Stockton-on-Tees ~ Day 1

| November 21, 2013 | 13 Comments 

We have been very much looking forward to trip back to Stockton-on-Tees to spend two days at Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE Primary School, with headteacher, Rachel Orr, the school staff and children and many additional from schools across the region.

Holy Trinity Rosehill uses blogs across the whole school from Nursery to Year 6 to engage children in meaningful writing and digital literacy skills.  They have their own dedicated blogging system and have been involved in some very exciting work with other classes around the world. This has also included work with authors, astronauts and environmentalists! Continue Reading

Digitally Confident Conference, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

| November 20, 2013 | 94 Comments 

An honour to be invited to present opening, and closing, sessions at the Digitally Confident Conference, organised by the team.

This CPD event, held at Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel, is for teachers and leaders from across the region and beyond, and aims at improving learner outcomes, making more effective use of resources and funding and inspiring teachers to be the best that they can be. Continue Reading

Grimes Dyke Primary School, Leeds ~ Day 2

| November 19, 2013 | 3 Comments 

The second of our two days at Grimes Dyke Primary School, here in Leeds and today, in contrast to yesterday’s INSET, we appear gloriously analogue. When we say “analogue”, we were actually using digital landscapes that so beautifully bring imaginary worlds in to the classroom, freeing and stimulating imaginations, talk, word play and writing in children and adults alike. Continue Reading

Grimes Dyke Primary School, Leeds ~ Day 1

| November 18, 2013 | 14 Comments 

They say that “All roads lead to Rome”. Well, some of them roam to Leeds, so it is great to follow one of those lanes to Grimes Dyke Primary School. The first of two days, today with the staff from the school, and visiting colleagues from Ebor Gardens Primary School, Middlestown J&I School, Manston Primary School, Manston St James Primary Academy, Parklands County Primary School, St Teresa’s RC Primary School and Fieldhead Carr Primary School, then tomorrow the children will join us. Continue Reading

The National Stadium, and Summer Palace, Beijing, China

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Having seen, from afar, the incredible architecture, which came to represent the Beijing Olympic Games, that truly stunning opening ceremony, one of THE most remarkable events this planet has seen, and a slightly unnerving wake up call to London in the following year (… but, we didn’t do too badly in response, did we?), through all of the  TV footage, it was incredible to get to explore it all, for real, and up close.

Whilst not exactly Olympic athletes, we did employ some of the technology used by runners, walkers, and others: Runkeeper (a joyful piece of tech we have mentioned before), and kept track of our route around The Olympic Green, whilst it also enabled us to upload geo tagged images of The Bird’s Nest, (or Beijing National Stadium) The Water Cube (or Beijing National Aquatics Center), and other gems.

You tell RunKeeper what activity you are doing, (running, cycling, skiing, wheelchair”ing”,etc), and it records your pace, distance, speed, elevation, calories burnt, and more. It is like having a personal trainer in your pocket, and it is free! It kept us moving, on track, providing feedback as you go, tells how well you’re doing (with audio in time with your running stride!) and records your efforts, on a map, to share with others.