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EICE ~ 26th – 27th February 2015, Manchester Central
Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EICE) is an annual event designed to help education professionals integrate innovation and technology into learning.
Now in its third year, EICE provides visitors with the chance to get hands-on with the latest learning technologies and receive specialist advice on how to boost achievement in their schools, colleges and universities.
The event, on 26th – 27th February 2015, at Manchester Central, combines an exhibition with a conference that includes free seminars and workshops, featuring contributions from a fantastic range of education experts.
New features for 2015 include:
· the Tablet Village – powered by The Tablet Academy – with advice and inspiration on getting the most out of teaching with tablets
· the SEN Hub, which will feature some of the latest products and solutions for those with special educational needs
· An e-safety clinic, offering advice on how schools, colleges and universities deal with the safety of their students
For updates and free register visit http://www.educationinnovation.co.uk/ and follow @EICEmanchester on Twitter
Haiku is an increasingly popular opportunity to sort out classroom organisation
A cloud based site enabling content sharing, feedback and much more.
In a similar vein to Edmodo, Haiku is a Learning Management tool that provides useful elements for many classrooms
If you’re a teacher, you can use Haiku for free. Their solo teacher plan includes 5 classes with up to 2GB of storage.
Today, we lead an Online Conference for European eTwinning Ambassadors. Using the Webex platform, we were joined by folk from a big range of countries, and explored some online tools which could be used to inspire children of many nationalities, ages and abilities.
Thank you to Irene Pateraki, Hellenic NSS for eTwinning for organising our involvement:
The members of the Creative Classroom eTwinning Group still remember your “expert talk” entitled “An A to Z of ICT” you organized for us in 2012. Some of the members are now eTwinning ambassadors, experienced eTwinning teachers who organize seminars and offer support to their colleagues. This year, we’re organizing an online conference for the eTwinning ambassadors in Europe and the ambassadors proposed the topics and the experts. Up for it??!
Our session, this time, was called “Out of This World ~ tech to inspire”, an exploration of newly created worlds of wonder and ways to inspire children of all ages and abilities, Web 2.0 tools to engage and motivate
An eTwinning Ambassador is someone who shares their passion for eTwinning with others – Ambassadors speak positively of eTwinning and advocate membership of the (currently) 200,000-strong eTwinning community.
Thanks too, to Anne Gilleran, Senior Adviser, & Pedagogical Manager eTwinning, EUN partnership AISBL
Here are some of the things we explored together: (Some of these things won’t work on iPads, but we did a couple that only work on iPads to make up for it)
The Padlet that folk added some ideas to, can be found HERE
Quizlet: “Simple tools that let you study anything, for free”.
Quizlet’s flashcards, tests, and study games “make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages”.
With a free account, you can create your own study sets, track your study progress, and compete with others.
Collect, and curate, your online gems, with the fascinating BagTheWeb
Create focused gatherings, containing the best links on your favorite subjects. Each bag is media container that allows you to organize the links you find into a coordinated unit, for exploration at a later date.
A bag on Blooms revised Taxonomy acts as an interesting example.
Twiddla.com offers a collaborative, and easy to use, whiteboard. There is very little to set up on this web based “meeting playground”. Press the green GO but and invite others to join you. It is simple to add images, web pages, or documents to mark up. The simplistic colour choice tool, and choice of shapes to add, means you can also be annotating with ease.
Collaborative. Easy. Free. Effective. This tool is useful across many ages, interests and abilities.
The Adjective Detective courtesy of Knovation, provides a range of animated lessons on… you’ve guessed it… adjectives. This is followed by a quiz and detective game. The lessons include finding out what adjectives are; about comparative and superlative adjectives; and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game has several levels and reinforces the learning. Fun and useful individually, or as a class.
- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.xS4ER19D.dpuf
If you are fortunate enough to have 1:1 iPads in your classrooms, you might try Skaffl, as a mobile learning platform.
If your students keep a device every lesson, or if they share them with other classes, Skaffl aims to make one to one learning engaging for children, and easy for teachers. Design, and distribute, assignments, digitally. These can be completed online with the inbuilt editor.
Students work can be annotated from inside the app, providing feedback, and grades, to pupils. An annotation tool enables comments on work, seen either individually, or by class.