Category: 1) Events and Training days

Locality G ~ Oughtibridge Primary School, Sheffield ~ Day 1

| September 15, 2015 | 6 Comments 

Oughtibridge Primary School

A great day near Sheffield in Yorkshire, at Oughtibridge Primary School and visiting Tech Coordinators from Locality G – a learning community with style.

It is always good to work alongside ICT/Tech Co orinators, especially when they have the open “up for it” understanding of those here today. Because, even though a lot of what we do is subtitled “TECH To Inspire”, it is the impact that any technology can have on raising many levels of literacy, and confidence, in children of all abilities and ages, that is essential. Speaking and listening, feeds in to writing in so many ways. The opportunity to drip vocabulary, and sentence structure, in to an exploration (or rather, more often, a “standing ssclogo1till in” ) of a virtual world.

A huge THANK YOU to Patricia Munt Headteacher, Oughtibridge Primary School, Oughtibridge, Sheffield, for inviting us and coordinating our two day visit, plus including so many of her colleagues from her school and beyond:
Malin Bridge Primary School, Bradfield Dungworth Primary SchoolNook Lane Junior SchoolStannington Infant School, Deep St John CE Junior School, Royd Infant School, Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School, Stocksbridge Junior School, Shooters Grove Primary School, Wharncliffe Side Primary School, Rivelin Primary School, Marlcliffe Primary School and Loxley Primary School.

Locality G – a learning community with a shared sense of direction that benefits from local school to school support, the sharing of good practice and joint CPD.

Headteachers and teachers from across the locality want ICT to be an integral part of children’s learning, enhancing activities and tasks and enthusing and engaging children. Tim Rylands and Sarah are leading the way, working with teachers inspiring them to use ICT as a tool for exciting learning.

Two days of activities allowing teachers to network, learn together, question, distil and synthesis. What ‘wonder’ it is to be a learner.

 

Caradon Co-operative Educational Trust, Upton Cross Primary, Cornwall

| September 4, 2015 | 3 Comments 

Upton Cross INSET

A full on and up for it Ani~smiles/animals Day with The Caradon Cooperative Educational Trust at Upton Cross Primary, Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall

We focussed on tech, but, more on the power of picking up words an juggling them. Reading is a stimulus and models building sophistication in children’s writing. Speaking and listening, come alive when we expose children to new, valid, interesting and real, whether that is through ICT, trips, or other experiences. Oral rehearsal boosts quality and confidence … sometimes, making it up as we go, verbal, or written “jazz”, produces some of the most intriguing, and fascinating results. Today, we looked at how to inspire all of these elements, through the use of technology and beyond. Well done all.

We created, researched and reported on, our own magical imaginings, and, using creative technologies, we went wild and woolly with our new, remarkable creatures.

We explored the power of inventive technologies and visual literacy elements, and saw how they can have a huge impact on raising confidence in children across the creative curriculum.

Tim worked alongside the Upton Cross Crew, before… way back in 2007 (!) (Here and Here)

Thanks to Mark Clutsom, Executive Headteacher Upton Cross Primary and St. Kew C.P. School Federation, for sharing his thoughts on where our visit today fits in to the Caradon Trust story:

Caradon Co-operative Educational Trust

Founded on 1st January 2013 by Coads Green, Delaware, Gunnislake, Pensilva and Upton Cross – five primary schools in South East Cornwall, our aim is to provide training, support, activities and raise standards for all children in all of our schools. St. Kew joined in 2014, following federation with Upton Cross in late 2013.

We regularly meet as teachers and TAs to train together, and share great practice. In the past we have had sessions on outstanding teaching, creativity in the curriculum and questioning. This year’s focus is on writing and IT.

Why the Co-op?

We all passionately believe in the values of the Co-op movement of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, and know that by teaching these values, we will enable all young people in our schools to be better prepared for the 21stCentury. Of course a major part of modern life revolves around IT and the ways in which we can use technology to make life easier, more creative and exciting.

Because we are spread across a wide geographical area, we have started to use a shared VLE to upload ideas, resources and examples of the children’s work. We are excited to be working with Tim and Sarah today, and will be sharing our ongoing work over the coming months.

Partnership In Malvern Schools, Worcestershire

| September 3, 2015 | 8 Comments 

PIMS

Great, to spend a day leading INSET for the Partnership In Malvern Schools (The PIMS Partnership) at The Elim Conference Centre, West Malvern.

Thank you to Geoff Rutherford, Headteacher, Wyche CE School for coordinating our involvement.

Everybody here today was “Up for a challenge”! The aim was to have a look at some of the plethora of ICT ideas available, and how they can, even further, enhance the curriculum, particularly in the area of writing.

PIMS is a group established over 15 years ago with the express purpose of working together to ensure that every child in the Malvern area got the best education possible. It draws together the headteachers of 22 schools who meet each half term to share good practice and support each other in many areas of the curriculum. The group has developed into a very successful support network and the joint INSET days they hold is one expression of this.

Recognising that ICT has huge potential to in enhancing teaching and learning the PIMS group decided to invite Tim and Sarah to the town to lead and inspire us in this subject. We’ve been looking forward to exploring with him ways in which ICT can be integrated into our classroom practice. There are 13 schools attending all from the Malvern area. They are: St Josephs, Malvern Parish, Suckley, Eldersfield, Wyche, St Matthias, Rushwick, Pendock, St James, Malvern Wells, Leigh Bransford, Castlemorton and Somers Park.

 

Springline Partnership of Schools, Oxfordshire ~ Day 1

| September 1, 2015 | 2 Comments 

Springline INSET

Wow! For 180 (ish) people (!!) to share a training day and tackle the challenges, and opportunities, with so much laughter, and focus, is admirable.

A superb way to start our 2015/16 year, back in The UK: a day of INSET for the Springline Partnership of Schools, their first as a cluster, at Stockham Primary School, Wantage.


Thank you to Ruth Burbank, head teacher at Stockham Primary for hosting our day, and sharing these thoughts:

Stockham School is a high achieving, busy and creative school with over 205 primary school children. The school is over subscribed and focuses on fun learning and has an individual and active approach to learning. The newly formed Springline Partnership of Schools (SPS) consists of 8 local schools working collaboratively in order to achieve excellence. The 8 schools include Stockham school, Stanford in the Vale, St Amands Catholic School, The Hendreds Primary, Fitzwaryn Special School, Grove Church of England School, Uffington Primary and The Ridgeway CE School. The partnership have been working towards becoming Storytelling schools and we are now very excited to be adding the ICT element into our schools to inspire our children and staff.

Today, we explored an increasingly speedy whizz through many analogue and digital gems. Folk were up for the challenges, and stuck with us on some quite technical wizardry, and a range of free, accessible tools that can be powerful in many contexts, in the classroom and beyond. Too many to mention in fact. Thanks one and all, for your laughter as well.

We splattered folk with oodles of accessible tools and ideas for raising the levels of creativity, writing, speaking and listening among children of all ages. We looked at the powerful effect of using games, Web2 tools, software, handheld devices and more and explored ways of teaching that focus on quality learning, rather than the latest gadget.

back to their future black backgroundBTTF DayWe are looking forward to coming back for a day with the children and a follow-up day of lessons on the 21st October 2015 on Back To The Future Day. Take a look at the countdown HERE

Kellett School, The British International School, Hong Kong ~ Day 6.2

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments 

We come to the end of two superb weeks in Hong Kong, by sharing an evening session with teachers from Kellett School, and visiting friends from across the city. We brewed up our own concoctions of combination creatures,and shared a pethora of free online tools to bring those animules “alive” in fascinating ways.

Well done, and Thank You, indeed to all those who made the journey to the school, and for coming on a wonderful fantasy expedition with us.

The original idea, for the core creature, a Camelephantelopelicanary, came from Mr Rylands senior, Bob, a teacher, and head teacher, for many years.Camelephantelope

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 13.55.32A camelephantelopelicanary’s
A strange and wonderful thing
The bits of its body, are really quite shoddy,
So it’s all held together with string

Discovered, they say,
On the first day of May,
By an explorer out wandering the Nile,
The first thing he noted, was the fact that it floated,
And its face was all covered in smile

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 13.55.42Camelephantelopelicanaries
Came gasproodling out of the west
They laid their spherical cuboid eggs
In plastic cardboard nests

With two fore-legs, and two behind
(is that eight, or ten, all told?)
They prance and dance in the summer sun
To avoid becoming cold

Kellett School, The British International School, Hong Kong ~ Day 6

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Kellett School Pok Fu Lam

Our 6th and last day with Kellett School, Hong Kong, we will be sad to say goodbye.

Today, at the Pok Fu Lam Campus sessions with Year 4 pupils, and their teachers in the morning, and Year 1 children, and their teachers in the afternoon.

In the morning we were joined by three classes of intrepid Year Four explorers. And, explore we did.


We changed gear, notched up a few paces and plummeted towards certain… … …brilliance, with this group of children.

Roller CoasterWhilst  wandering through one of the landscapes in Myst 4 Revelation, (after standing still, wnd then travelling through the power of the mystical necklace) we stumbled upon a mysterious contraption in Myst 3 Exile. Behind a creaking wooden door, we found a lever that helped us rise high above the shining golden seas around us.

Eventually, after a bit of investigation, we discovered that if we pressed an intriguing blue button, we could enter the icy globe created, and take a remarkable tumble down this metal and wooden rollercoaster to …who knew where?!

…And then an afternoon with the Year 1 pupils …  experimenting with words and phrases while standing still in one of the Myst 3 landscapes.

Kellett School, The British International School, Hong Kong ~ Day 5

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Kellett School Pok Fu Lam

Our 5th day with Kellett School, Hong Kong, and today back at the Pok Fu Lam Campus for sessions with Year 6 pupils and their teachers in the morning, and Year 2 children and their teachers in the afternoon.

Again, well done all, for tackling the challenges we offered. Some imaginative, thoughtful and inspired thinking, talking, caring, sharing, inventing, creating, collaborating, building, developing, writing, laughing, experimenting… and SO much more.

The VillageThe morning with the Year Six pupils and their teaching staff, exploring the ‘hooks’, ‘nooks’ and ‘crannies’ that engage pupils in sharing their ideas with confidence and style. We explored a ‘Village’ setting in Myst 4: Revelation. Talk. speculation, sharing, thinking and taking ownership of this place, brought it from the virtual, into reality. Similes, and silences, enabled their ideas to flourish and take shape, forming images in our imaginations – gorgeous! We met characters, children up for tackling new ideas and risk-taking, found themselves becoming confident in their roles, expanding on fictional happenings with great detail and flare.

Edanna Spiral PlantIn our afternoon, we adventured with KS1 pupils, and teachers, adventuring through their creations, notions and persuasions, as we wandered through caves, climbed trees and became intrepid explorers. The children in this group wondered, and enthused, about strange objects as we investigated Edanna, the helix plants and the birds inhabiting this beautiful world, talking and writing with passion and interest – WELL DONE. The children made suggestions and proposals regarding the origins and purpose of items found; they considered different ways to ascend the plants and what might be at the top… and then, we went and found out. Would YOU like to know?…

A ha! That would really be telling. Why not have a look yourself one day?

Kellett School, The British International School, Hong Kong ~ Day 4

| August 25, 2015 | 1 Comment 

Kellett School The British International School Hong Kong

Another superb day of inventiveness at Kellett School, Hong Kong. As with the adventures we set forth on yesterday, today had an analog emphasis. We set out, with scribbly sticks, into the world of words. Joined by Year 7 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.

Everyone was up for a challenge! They got it. What we do is not what “a lesson” should be”. More, it is a reflection of possibilities ~ too much (and too little) all in one go. Too many objectives ~ AND too few. Not what a “real” class would do in a “real” lesson, but “exactly what a real class does in exactly the space that a real class does it”. (What an empathetic, and real, comment). A chance to reflect, think, and consider, on what possibilities there are, using simple, accessible, tools.

After a good deal of discussion, the students wrote spontaneously, producing work of a high quality full of vivid imagery. They were also encouraged to refine their spoken language & clarify their ideas. They remained on task and enthusiastic throughout.

Modelling is often one of the best ways of scribing. It is a bit like reading a paper in front of a toddler. Turn around and you can find they are also sat with a newspaper. O.K. It’s upside-down, but they are starting off on the road to reading.

Writing, or any other challenge, shouldn’t be something we inflict upon children and then we go off and do something “important”, “intriguing”, “mysterious”, “enjoyable”, or “superior”. It is important to show a shared interest, willingness and openness to “having a go” as well. The “Big People” today, wrote and wrote. They shared their ideas with the children around them. They left their writing lying around as a hint, a guide, or an example of potential style, sentence structure, or vocabulary.They were stylish and original gems of invention too. Nicely spicely! Well done all.

Year 9 students for their second venture …

ShipThe students, in turn, offered suggestions, ideas or positive criticisms, to the giants there were sat next to on their travels through these mysterious worlds. There were a lot of us in some interesting settings, and it was joyous to see so much sharing taking place. Well done all today.

And a joyous afternoon session with the Year 2 children, juggling words, actions and ideas as we ventured through caves and up plants, meeting colourful creartures along the way.

Kellett School The British International School Hong Kong

Kellett School, The British International School, Hong Kong ~ Day 3

| August 24, 2015 | 1 Comment 

Kellett School The British International School Hong Kong

Great, to be back at Kellett School in Hong Kong, for the first day of four days of lessons, with students and pupils from across the school. Today, we started our adventures with 70+ students from Year Nine, and joyous bunch of explorers they were!

More with them tomorrow and we look forward to that!

Thank you to Jacquie Hills, Deputy Head of Senior School and English Teacher, and her department for accommodating us today, working alongside us are we ‘stood still‘ in a landscape exploring language, feelings, atmosphere, expectations…

Kellett School The British International School Hong Kong

Then an afternoon of further explorations with pupils from Year Six.


Another big “Thank You” to Clive Dawes, ICT Curriculum Leader, here at Kellett School, for organising our explorations with technology here in Hong Kong.

Well done all at Kellett School, for being up for the challenges, and keen to explore more… …and to students from Year Nine and Year Six for picking up words and juggling them.

Kellett School, The British International School, Hong Kong ~ Day 2

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Kellett School

Superb, to be back at Kellett School, Hong Kong. Today, our second of our six days with Kellett School, we were joined by secondary colleagues at the school’s Kowloon Campus.

A  day of exploration alongside three groups of teachers from across the secondary aspect of the school.

To work alongside colleagues from every department in Secondary schools, means that, at some point, somebody has to translate and assess how the resources we share can be useful in their particular subject specialism.

How powerful, therefore, to hear staff today rising to that challenge and buzz about how they could apply some of the web 2.0 technologies in their lessons. From R.E and Geography teachers and maths specialists, through to PE teachers, is a huge range of interests. Well done folks for having the vision to see how some of these things can have an impact in their classroom.

We explored the world of visual literacy and how to motivate students in the areas of speaking, listening and writing. As well as the amazing “ages” within  some of the Myst like games, there are many other ways to stimulate discussion and creativity. We whizzed past but a few of them, and saw the powerful results they can have on building confidence and so much more.

Kellett School, The British International School, Hong Kong ~ Day 1

| August 18, 2015 | 8 Comments 

Kellett SchoolThe British International School Hong Kong

Kellett The British International School in Hong KongGreat, to make it to Kong Kong, after nearly ten years of effort on behalf of Clive Dawes, ICT Curriculum Leader, Kellett School, Hong Kong, and to spend today, the first of our six days with Kellett School, with over 120 colleagues at their Pok Fu Lam Campus.

Pok Fu Lam Campus
Pok Fu Lam Campus
Pok Fu Lam Campus

Clive has been trying to get us out to HK for nearly a decade and has finally done it!

Today, we worked alongside the staff from across the primary section of the school. Learning Technologies Leader Clive Dawes explains why our visit is “important in the development of the school”.

Kellett, the British International School in Hong Kong is delighted to welcome Tim and Sarah to work with our community over the next two weeks”.

Clive Dawes and Tim Rylands“I first met Tim in 2006 when he visited the LA where I was working to present at an end of year conference. I was immediately struck by the practical suggestions he had for increasing attainment and engagement within the classroom. I have been a fan ever since and have regularly borrowed (stolen) many of the great ideas he has shared via his blog or by social media”.

“Since I arrived in Hong Kong nine years ago I have been discussing with Tim and Sarah the idea that they might travel here to support our work. It’s been a long discussion! During that time they have both been supportive of not only our work but also the wider HK context: Tim contributed to the first Hong Kong Mobile Learning Festival alongside Derek Robertson and Dawn Hallybone.

Finally they are here!

They will find a fairly high achieving group of willing students who are lucky enough to attend a very well resourced international school. Students and teachers have a wide array of tools at their disposal and whilst many of them are already making wide use of Google Apps, games based learning, digital video, ipads, and the like, there is still an urgent need to ensure our students are taking advantage of these tools within authentic, 21st Century contexts.

We’re really looking forward to working with Tim and Sarah over the next 6 days to find out even more ways to inspire our students.