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The AT Ed Tech Conference ~ Worcester

| May 6, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

AT ED Tech Conference

The AT Ed Tech Conference, in Worcester, AT Edtechexplored how Creativity and technology get on pretty well together~ a free-to-attend conference celebrating the innovative, the bold, and the creative uses of iPad Mac and more, in education.

Technology has made it easier than ever to be creative – to make “things”… …

Whether it’s jotting down an idea, a sketch, or a schematic. But it’s more than just a tool – innovation has always grown from using technology in a creative way; from asking “why not?”, from not reading the instruction manual. From improvising.

This conference aimed to capture both of these ideas. Through keynote and workshop, we saw some of the fantastic ways that technology can help students to be creative, and also how easy it is to share these with other students and us, the educator. We also got to see some creative ways that technology is being used right now in classrooms around the UK, and picked up a few interesting things up along the way. We also challenged everyone you to share some of their own ‘eureka!’ moments around technology in education.

With 7 workshops to choose from, our keynote to warm the day up, this was a fascinating and useful event open to all education professionals in England & Wales, with content relevant to both Primary & Secondary levels.

Sound Uncovered

| May 5, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

su-screenshotSound Uncovered An Interactive Book for the iPad from the good folk at Exploratorium

Explore the surprising side of sound with Sound Uncovered, an award-winning interactive collection from the Exploratorium featuring auditory illusions, acoustic phenomena, and other things that go bump, beep, boom, and vroom.

Hear with your eyes, see with your ears, test your hearing, make and modify recordings—this app puts you at the center of the experiment.

Why do some noises seem louder at night? Are there secret messages in music played backward? How can Siri understand different accents? Why does the sound of gum chewing drive some people mad? Listen up and find answers to these questions and more as you take an auditory trip to the place where sound gets truly interesting: the space between your ears.

And it’s free! Download it at the iTunes App Store.

Academies Show Questions

| May 4, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

QuestionsPrior to the Academies Show, we shared a few ideas and some thoughts in answer to a few questions from the Academies Show team:

  1. Nowadays, children are more tech savvy than they have ever been before. Do you think that this trend is effectively reflected in the school curriculum?

Trying to keep up to date is always a challenge. Despite our assumptions, not all children are interested in tech.

In addition, we have to ensure that our curricula offer a broad range of both analog, and digital, experiences.

  1. What are your expectations for the new curriculum to integrate ICT, notably in English and Mathematics?

Programming remains just one element of computing. We have to keep our use of tech broad, fascinating and enabling.

There are some remarkable ways we can extend speaking, listening, writing, and collaboration using technology. Sharing those remarkable opportunities is what we do when working alongside schools. Developing inventive use of language could come from wandering in the world of words in some peaceful, and inspiring, virtual worlds.

  1. Technology in classrooms might be a double edged sword as kids often get distracted by playing with the tech devices. What approach should teachers use when using technology in lesson activities, so students don’t get tempted to use the tech devices for any other purposes?

Our lessons should be sufficiently engaging, challenging, and exciting to ensure that distraction is almost irrelevant. ~ involving enough to be compelling. If our use of tech is outdated, or unchallenging, then they almost have the right to use devices for another purpose!

  1. More and more schools are looking to work together on various landscapes, how do you encourage the confidence and ability for schools to collaborate and what can be gained from this?

A teacher who isn’t involved in something like Twitter, is disconnected. Collaboration is real, and achievable these days. How about making use of a Padlet to gather ideas at the start, middle, or end of a project. This could be across a classroom, schools, authorities, countries and beyond

  1. And finally, if you could share one message with visitors at The Academies Show London, what would it be?

The word teacher is too one sided. If we don’t know, there will be children who do. If we do know, maybe we should pretend we don’t, as that is when some of the best learning can take place.

Be brave and inventive; open to possibilities; unfold those metaphorical arms; use the remarkable positive potential of technology rather than focus on our worries about the negatives.

Take. ~ Your.  ~ Time. ~ ~ Don’t feel tempted to rush from the latest site, tool, or gadget, to the next. Effective use, and powerful outcomes, come from wise application of these resources. Go for it. It IS a remarkable time to be a teacher.


| April 30, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Capzles is a little bit like Animoto, Powtoon & Photostory on some levels, but has different elements to explore.

Capzles has been running for a while now but YOU might find it is worth investigating. Let us know how you get on allows users to tell a story using pictures, video clips, audio tracks and text. Place this media, called “moments”, together chronologically in a timeline. The result is called a “capzle”.

This is a social site, but can be used on an individual level, to create some interesting results. Well worth an explore.

| April 29, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

MyNoiseMy Noise enables the chance of creating soundscapes to be used in a lot of contexts. How about building the background for a piece of descriptive narrative ~ the ambient audio of “The Sound of Rain, without the wet feet“, or “Thunder, without the fear of strikes“, “fire, without the burns” … then “stepping cautiously out in to the unknown…”.

Welcome to “the convergence of serious audio engineering, creative sound design, and the scientific understanding of human hearing. Not just another of those soundscape websites but a serious tool oriented toward the needs of hearing professionals, sound therapists, and people interested in noise machines in general.”

myNoise offers a unique collection of online noise generators shaped to your personal hearing thresholds.

The Academies Show London 2015 – ExCel, London

| April 29, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Academies Show 2015

Academies show logoThe Academies Show, now into its fourth year, is a free to attend event, which attracts 3000 senior figures, many of whom are Headteachers, School Business Managers and Governors. The Show provides a platform to address the major challenges facing the sector. It features over 40 hours of presentations, case studies and a large exhibition; providing visitors with the opportunity to hear latest policy, share challenges and to build partnerships.

Academies ShowThank you to Christian Moffat, Programme Manager, for coordinating our invitiation.

A big thank you to Tim Handley, Assessment, Maths + ICT lead, Woodlands Primary Academy, Bradwell, Great Yarmouth, for enhancing our session with huge help from Reaya, Mollie and George.

As well as joining us to complete a mystery “animule challenge”, the Woodlands crew present independently. Their session entitled Technology Beyond Computing: How we use Technology to Engage, Inspire, Motivate and Improve Learning

The three stars shared their thoughts here:

Woodlands Primary AcademyWe are Reaya, Mollie and George  and we are excited to be presenting at the Academies Show in London on today alongside our teacher, Mr Handley.

We are going to be presenting a session called “Technology Beyond Computing- how we use tech to inspire, motivate and extend learning”.   We will be sharing lots and lots of ideas of how teachers can use technology in the classroom to help engage children in their learning and to make school even more fun.    The session has been written by us, talking about tools and services we like, and our aim is to give everyone something they can immediately take back to their school. We have also been asked to talk about our visions for the future.

We presented a similar presentation at BETT 15 to a packed arena, and we hope everyone at the academies show finds it interesting and useful too.

We are also excited to be taking part in a top secret challenge set by Tim and Sarah which will see us creating something using some of our favourite tools ‘live’ at the show.    Why not come and see the challenge being set in Tim and Sarah’s key note at 11:45, and the results in their second presentation at 3PM.   We are then following straight on with our presentation at 3:45pm.

We are going to be live blogging the day at  and we also keep a class website and blog at we’d love you to visit either of these and leave us a comment!

Academies Show 2015

| April 28, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

vn logoVideoNot.esVideonotes is an easy way to take notes synchronized with videos!

All the notes you type are automatically synchronized with the video. Later, just click on a line to jump to the relevant part.

As is integrated with Google Drive, you can create and manage your VideoNotes directly via your Google Drive and access them from everywhere.

Manage your permissions and share your with students, or make them private anytime. Potentially powerful.

Langafel CE Primary School, Longfield, Kent – The Return

| April 28, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Langafel CE Primary School

Following our previous visit earlier this year, we now return to spend a twilight with colleagues from Langafel C of E Primary School, and visitors from local schools.

On March 4th our exciting Love Learning Event led by 3P learning and Tim was interrupted at 12:00 with the almighty OFSTED phone call!  We were all incredibly grateful to Tim who continued the workshops with professionalism as the school spun into preparation mode.  The following two days were intense but saw us achieve a ‘GOOD’ grading in all areas.  We are incredibly proud of all our pupils, staff and everyone who helped make this possible.  Tim kindly rescheduled the final part of staff training to a future date, we are very much looking forward to him joining us again at our good school on 28th April to be inspired once again as we journey to outstanding.

Ruth Sivarajah
Deputy Headteacher
Langafel CE Primary School

I’m in no hurry now….

| April 25, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

30 years after training college, Tim and Simon (Ellis) meet up for an impromptu jam in “the shed” in Somerset

The Academies Show – 29th April 2015, ExCel London

| April 22, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Academies show

Join us next Wednesday at The Academies Show London on 29th April at the ExCeL.

Registration CLOSES on Friday with FREE entry and free lunch provided don’t miss out – register today at

Now in its 4th year, it is an unmissable event for all schools – in particular Heads, SBMs and Bursars and other leaders and managers. With over 40 hours of content across our Theatres and Conference you will be able to hear from senior industry figures and gain knowledge on key education topics such as school funding and financial management, procurement, SEN, governance, recruitment, working with other schools, Pupil Premium, attainment, and much more.

This, and other countless networking and learning opportunities during the course of the day, make the Show a must-attend for anyone working for academies and maintained schools

I will be presenting twice at the event with along with Sarah

  1. ‘Out of This World ~ Tech to Inspire’

“While pressures on educators can push enjoyment, inspiration, creativity and fun out of the classroom, teachers recognise the need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations, enhance their creativity and confidence, encourage resourcefulness through challenge and motivate a love of learning for life.”

We will describe the powerful effect of using digital games, Web2 tools, software, handheld devices and more to model a way of teaching that focuses on quality learning, rather than the latest gadget.

  1. ‘Beyond a Game ~ Games Based Learning for Real’

I will present further accessible tools and ideas for raising the levels of creativity, writing, speaking and listening among children of all ages and abilities.

Participants will investigate how virtual worlds, with their stunning landscapes, peaceful characters and realistic challenges, can be used across subject areas, abilities and age ranges to deliver remarkable effects. Come prepared to be inspired and leave with many practical ideas to apply back in the classroom.

Come and join us! Register today by clicking here.

| April 19, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

wordmarkit inspireWith it’s is easy to see what a word looks like in all the available fonts on your computer. A quick and useful tool when doing some desk top publishing.