Author Archive: Tim
A total honour ~ to be invited to contribute a couple of presentations, on the magic of ICT, to an event at our village hall, The Biddisham Harvest Supper.
Biddisham is a tiny, but incredibly sociable place, so it was great to meet up with neighbours, and friends, new and old, from this rural hamlet.
We shared a lot of free ways to use, and entertain, with some simple, but powerful, technology. We explored the village, and the surrounding countryside, and headed off in to some distant, intriguing worlds too. A bit of magic weaving, and storytelling. Some of the things we played with, can be found here.
Thank you to everyone, this evening, for coming with us in to familiar, and uncharted lands.
Cheese Sniffer, from the TES iBoards, is an interesting introduction to programming elements. The competitive nature of the game, means that concentration is compounded.
Control your mouse forward, backward, left and right, and see how much delicious cheese you can consume, before the other rodent rotter does. Something to have a good sniff around.
The blue whale is one of the largest animals ever to have existed on earth, and it feeds on one of the smallest.
Thanks to the Whales and Dolphin Conservation site, this chance to “swim alongside” a virtual blue whale, offers some intriguing glimpses in to a remarkable, underwater, powerful and extraordinary experience. Humbling.
Thank you to Chris Wesley, chair of governors at Long Sutton Community Primary School, for these thoughtful words:
Good morning Tim and Sarah,
I am writing to express my sincerest thanks to you both for your brilliant, inspiring work here at Long Sutton Community Primary School for the past two days.
As Chair of Governors, when our Head Mr Bill Lord Initially floated the idea for your visit, I was, at first a little sceptical about the benefits that such training would bring to our school weighted against the costs involved.
Bill suggested that I should visit your website and follow you on twitter to help with making an informed decision.
I did both of those and did some further research and agreed to support inviting you to visit us at Long Sutton and deliver your training seminar to School.
I attended on Monday 6th October still with some trepidation in my heart with the nagging question of the decision to spend what is not an insignificant amount of money (but even knowing we had recuperated costs.) was still wary.
Sat in a room full of teachers is always a bit daunting even for a seasoned Governor such as myself.
I was so amazed by how quickly your audience were focused, joining in and were like sponges soaking up the information you and Sarah were sending out. I too found myself taking copious notes and trying to work out how I could use the resources you revealed in my own working environment.
The one thing that stuck with me from the day was that It is as you eluded to not on it’s own the answer to the 60 million dollar question but a chest that when opened provokes you to spread your horizons and seek tools and resources to use.
I called into School on Tuesday afternoon to watch and join in your session with the yr1 children. I was again blown away by the interaction between both you, Sarah, the Teachers and especially the children. I saw some truly amazing stuff.
I can say without reservation that it was worth every single penny spent and that I would have supported it even if we had stood the entire cost. The outcomes far outweighed the investment.
It was without doubt the best presentation I have had the privilege to witness and be part of.
Chair of Governors,
Long Sutton Community Primary School.
Economics-games.com is a free multiplayer educational games site for teaching microeconomics, industrial organization and game theory.
(Intriguingly, for a game about economics, it is…) Free, Ready to play, Nothing to install, No need to register!
Choose the game you want to run, enter the number of players and that’s it: “You just have to communicate their logins to your students and have them connect to the site with their (phones), tablets or laptops. You can then observe and debrief the game through your interface”. This is suitable for older students, to play, and learn, some interesting fiscal concepts. Run an airline decisions against a robot competitor.
Here’s a BIG one! debategraph.org/ is a remarkable twist on, and combination of, some key tools. Log-in to create free public and private maps on any topic! Superb.
A collaborative gem, debategraph.org/, is a powerful tool, combining the visualisation of arguments, and collaboration on editing. Interact between teacher and student, or a group of students. If you’re not blessed to be in one space, at the same time, this could enable distance learning or joint working.
URLs are made for each stage of the graph so it is possible to head to a particular point in your presentation. A side bar adds extra details to what you are conveying. A living, stretchable, malleable persuasive presenter.
It is vital to allow some time for this jewel, and explore its power, possibilities and potential.
The National Archive‘s website you can view complete public information films from 1945 -2006 ~public information films that cover some fasinating events from Britain’s post-war history. Many of the films have both historic and nostalgic value. Historically, they reflect the issues of the day; nostalgically, everyone has a favourite.
An all time favourite, over the years of computing in schools, has most definitely been Crocodile Clips, of old, that fabulous site about circuits. Yenka recreates the spectacle in a very useful fashion.
Create simple, or more complex, circuit designs, and see how they operate.
- Free simulator for basic electric circuits Mac OS X / Windows XP or later