Author Archive: Tim
ABC Splash is a great collection of free learning experiences, for English, Maths, Science and History, organised in to Early Primary, Upper Primary, and Secondary sections, based on the Australian Curriculum, but useful in many countries. A massive, and remarkable, collection of activities, for independent use or in lesson sessions.
My Pyramid Blast Off! is an interactive computer game where space folk can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and finding a balance with physical activity. Fuel tanks for each food group help students keep track of how their choices fit into a healthy diet. Go for it Commander Blast-Off!
Enter a first name, gender, and age. Select food items from 1) Breakfast, 2) Lunch, 3) Snacks, 4) Dinner, and select exercise from 5) Activity. Make sure you fuel up all your food groups but don’t overload! Good Luck!
That’s great to hear
How about seeing if you can find a way to make some even more (muddy) pots. We would love to see some of your pots
Keep up the great “throwing”
Tim and Sarah ______________
Hello – Here are the pots. – Ben _____________
What amazing pots! We love that you have used Pic-Collage to make this display of your wonderful pottery. Thank you and well done indeed.
Tim and Sarah
In The Music Lab, you can explore the basic elements of music “language”. Investigate the instruments of the orchestra, tempo, rhythm, pitch, harmony, symbols, and instrumentation. Play a tune with the Performalator, or play a computer version of a game from the 1700′s with The Composerizer. Music to our ears.
Spongelab is a free online platform for playing, learning and teaching science. Interactive educational multimedia can be placed in online lessons, which can then be shared with students.
These experiecnes can be integrated with performance-tracking tools. Explore over 800 pieces of science activites, including games, images, videos, animations, case studies & more.
Spongelab Interactive is a group of scientists, teachers, animators, artists, and programmers passionate about science.
In looking at maps, old and new, we find the site “Wherethepath” to be really useful. It gives you the power to see different map formats, side-by-side, and to toggle between modern maps & old 1940s versions.
This a free site, (and OS impose a limit of 200000 map tile fetches per day”), but, if it runs out temporarily, the site will run with out of copyright 1940s OS Mapping. There is a version of this site without route planning HERE.
Thank you to Bob Harrison, for this very thoughtful reflection on our session at the Education Innovation event.
Ken Loach has been the filmtrack to my life. His portrayal of the PE teacher in the film KES always has me in stitches and at the same time makes me cry as he drives home a serious and profound point.
So it is with Tim Rylands.
I have seen Tim perform (and it is a performance) on many occasions over the past few years.
We worked together on the BSF Leadership programme and have shared many a conference line up.
So I was delighted to see he was on the agenda for the Education Innovation conference in Manchester (why don’t education conferences come to Manchester more often) and his session started just after mine finished.
Mine was a dull and boring update on the Teaching Schools and what they are trying to do with ICT whereas Tim’s was a kaleidoscope and magical mystery tour through how digital technologies can engage and inspire children to be creative, collaborative co-constructors and producers not just consumers.
Unlike some other well known headline conference presenters whose presentations I have now memorised word perfect and could deliver the punchlines on cue Tim’s performance is never the same and is always fresh and brings new perspectives as well as new technologies.
So when you look at the images of smiling faces on Tim’s website do not be fooled. At the very moment Sarah has snapped the laughter a very serious learning penny is about to drop and some profound learning takes place.
Whilst Tim is highly amusing he also recognises that the education of our children to prepare them for the digital future is a serious and that technology can and does really inspire, engage, motivate and enhance learning.
He has dedicated his life to sharing that message and for that I am grateful.
Wow! Thank you Bob for your kind words, and perceptive thoughts. We are so glad you found things useful too. I cannot always promise that everything will be new, and different, (“I am eco friendly and do try to recycle a certain amount of my material” : – D ) but we do try to be up to the minute, and include as much fresh, and different for each session as possible. This Back to Their Future presentation has been a delight (and a lot of joyous struggle) to develop, and we look forward to sharing, and expanding, it some more. Again, thanks for your thoughts, Bob.
Bob Harrison, Education Adviser, Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd – Consultant, National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services- Chair,Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board.
Geography, Maths, or Science – any subject, they believe, is easier to memorize and more fun to learn by playing a quiz game.
How about having a go at creating your own?