Category: 4) Well Done!

“I got a lot out of that sir!” – Pentrehafod School

| December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Gerwyn Bowen, Core Curriculum Leader, Pentrehafod School, for some buzzing feedback on our day:

“That man was great! The work we did was excellent! I really enjoyed it! Thanks for bringing him into our school,” one male year 11 pupil enthusiastically summed up Tim Rylands’ visit to Pentrehafod School.

Following a brief telephone call to Tim Rylands a fortnight earlier, which was abruptly cut short when he said, “I am in Geneva, so this is probably costing you and me a lot of money,” the Deputy Head Teacher, Linda Statts and I set up the in-school INSET via email; much cheaper!

The day involved 60 pupils from Year 7 and 50 from Year 11, among whom were spread teachers and senior leaders from Pentrehafod School, teaching colleagues from Pentrehafod’s cluster primary schools and the ICT Coordinator from Sandfields Comprehensive School.

The aim: to view & discuss teaching methodology for raising literacy standards using ICT in the classroom.

Those aims were both met and surpassed, with more than one teacher after the INSET finished, more than two hours after the end of the school day, rushing to turn on the computer to try out some of the magnificent free resources that Tim had mentioned.

He had also demonstrated how this huge range of free resources could be used in different educational contexts to meet the teaching needs of different subject areas right the way across the school. Continue Reading

Nuggets from a day…

| December 14, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to Chris Fryer, for his reflections on our day with the South Bristol eLearning Partnership, Brislington Enterprise College, Bristol:

When I explain to colleagues where I was today, I’ll probably say ‘on an ICT course.’

Today was much more than that. In fact, the use of ICT was almost incidental. The main lessons of the day are about how to get the most out of children through great questioning and inspirational use of great resources.

It’s not about what happens on the whiteboard, it’s about what happens because of what happens on the whiteboard. Some pretty fantastic things happened on the whiteboard, mind! Continue Reading

Welsh Medium Go Large

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments 


Well done to all those involved in the speedy making of today’s film – under an hour for EVERYTHING

… as if it registered my presence.

| September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments 

Tim, I wanted you to read this fantastic piece of work written by a 10 year old girl in my class. Having attended one of your workshops a few years ago I have been (to my children’s delight) using MYST Exile in my class . Jess joined me a week ago and was at once inspired to write… I think her results are stunning!

Joan Brennan, Year Six Teacher, The Blake C of E Primary School, Witney, OXON

Before me loomed a vast arid landscape. The scorching hot sun burnt my skin. Scrutinizing the enormous sandy ricks, I seared for any sign of life! It seemed to be deserted apart from a few dehydrated bushes and a large bird soaring above the rocks in search of prey!

The almost cloudless sky was a beautiful baby-blue and the colossal rocks looked like fossilized animals – a sleeping dragon, a whale, even a dog’s head. They looked eroded and worn out.

The smell of sand filled my nostrils and almost choked me. I could hear the whistling wind swishing and swooping in and out of the chimes behind me causing them to tinkle calmly and making me sleepy.

Turning slowly to face behind me, I cast one last glance at the hot, sandy landscape. Expecting to see more of the same, I was pleasantly surprised at what I was now viewing! The cobbled stone floor was as uneven as a ploughed field. Hesitantly, I titled my head up to the high, beautiful ceiling. Gorgeous yellow stained glass windows erupted like sunbeams from the centre of the ceiling. The lush green leaves looked healthy and well-watered.

I stood before a detailed teal blue door which opened as if it registered my presence. Cautiously, I entered an old abandoned study…

Jess, Year 6.

Well written Jess. I love the way that you make the landscape feel almost alive. Even the door seemed to know you were there. I would love to read more of your journey. Keep up these superb efforts.

Expect Great Things!

| September 3, 2011 | 1 Comment 

Thank you to the wonderful Bob Greenburg, and his class, for sharing the latest (and first for this year) of their Brainwaves videos.

His school experienced an earthquake, hurricane Irene, and they were relocated to another building, because of construction problems… all in the first few days of this new school year. As Bob says: “We are resilient and we expect great things. Join us as we prepare for the future. You matter”.

Powerful eh? Follow Bob on Twitter.

Cadoxton …and on and onwards

| November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Hello Tim

I’m ICT Co-ordinator for Cadoxton Primary School.

We met last November when you spent two days at our school modelling how to use Myst to inspire boys to write and sharing many other inspirational ideas of using ICT to inspire teaching and learning. (Read about the two days HERE and HERE.)

I thought it would be good for you to know that we have used many of your ideas and have seen a great improvement in the writing standards of both boys and girls in our school, over the past year.

Your ideas, such as using PC Games, Panoramas.dk, Wordle,  podcasting etc. etc., have really inspired many of the teachers in Cadoxton to use ICT across the curriculum. Continue Reading

Durham feedback workshops

| November 20, 2010 | 3 Comments 

It was very moving to watch some stunning presentations by teachers from schools who had been involved in our training earlier in the year, showcasing some of the results after our visits.

Joni White and Rachel Andrews, from Framwellgate, talked about the power of using Wallwisher. They have found that children, who would not normally contribute to lessons in a verbal sense, became really willing to add comments and were really “motivated by the new visual medium”. They also became engaged as they were all participating at once. Continue Reading

Tom’s training triumph

| November 14, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Hi Tim,

I attended one of your games based learning days  last year, at Galliard in Enfield, and have found the ideas you provided  inspiring and have used these within my own school setting where I have measured considerable impact. Continue Reading

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Thank you to, the perpetually creative, Bob Greenberg, ( @bobgreenburg) for sending a link to his children’s gorgeous film.
I know you’re going to love this one. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a children’s book by Kate DiCamillo. My second graders wrote the script, animated and narrated the video. I did the editing and music.
Bob
Continue Reading

Mystical Revelations

| September 28, 2010 | 1 Comment 

Greetings from the (cold and windy) Shetland isles!

I have recently qualified as a primary teacher at the University of Aberdeen. During my final placement, I observed a primary five teacher using Myst as a stimulus for creative writing, and I was astonished at the writing being produced by all of the pupils in her class.

I have now started my induction year, with a primary five/six class back home in in the Shetland Isles, and was keen to use the video game in my class.

Just wanted to say that my class are really into the swing of using Myst as a stimulus for creative writing: some of the writing pupils produced today was AMAZING (one in particular really stood out). Continue Reading

A Revelation – writing from Little Aston Primary

| September 15, 2010 | 0 Comments 

It is always lovely to receive writing, produced by pupils at a school, after we have payed a visit to that school. How encouraging it is, when that writing still comes, more than two years after our initial event.

Whilst Myst is only one aspect of what we do, it IS an immersive experience, that can motivate even reluctant writers.

(If you have some results you are proud of, why not send it too?)

Hi Tim
Thank you for your support with the writing I did before the end of term*.
The sample I have sent you, is a mixture of all abilities from Y5, and they could not believe that you had actually emailed them! You made it truly magical and they were so excited.
THANK YOU!  Kind regards, Sara Baillie – Little Aston Primary School

~~~ ~~~ ~~~ Continue Reading