Our second day at Milton Park Federated Primary School in Southsea, Portsmouth. Following yesterday’s INSET today we had the pleasure of spending time with the pupils and their teachers, and went all analog, in an exploration of the world of words. Continue Reading
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Today, an INSET Day at Milton Park Federated Primary School in Southsea, Portsmouth, thanks to Headteacher Julie Smith, and to Lee Branscombe, Deputy Head Teacher for organising our two day visit. Continue Reading
Seene is an intriguing iPhone app, that enables the creation of a 3D, movable scene. Find your object, take four images (from left, right, above and below), share your result, then explore your captured moments, like this one., done at great speed.
Works well for even some complex objects. Take a look at some of the examples on their website, then get moving.
A pleasure to be here at King Power Stadium, Leicester City Football, to lead the morning session for the Whatever it Takes (WiT) ‘IT to Support Literacy’ Conference here in Leicester, and to then close the conference with a final note.
With the key focus for today being about reading, and literacy, we explored the many Web2 tools and the use of computers games that can inspire and enhance the development of reading, and writing, in children of all ages and abilities.
A creative, interactive session around developing imaginative ways of using ICT to enhance learning in schools.
We had the joy of eventually catching up with the team from ‘Teach Your Monster to Read‘, a free and incredibly valuable resource we have been sharing with schools all over the country. Teach your Monster to Read is a free game that helps children to practise their phonics and reading skills. Continue Reading
Wordles of spelling lists works. And.. we know this sounds simplistic, and a justification for playing such games, but we’ve seen some real benefit for reluctant readers, and those who find spelling a bit of a challenge, to set the week’s list as a wordsearch.
After you have completed a unit, it can often be fun for students to complete, or make, a word search, based on vocabulary encountered during the topic. This is a fairly basic activity, but does focus on one hidden element: in scouring for a word, children don’t realise how much they are taking in, about the spelling of that word.
WordsearchMaker.net, is a useful website that allows you, or your pupils, to create a wordsearch, print it, or embed it in to a website or blog. Try a quick pirating one to whet your appetite, me hearties! Continue Reading
Daisy the Dinosaur is a great, free, iPad app, for introducing the fundamental elements of programming.
Young, aspiring, programmers can command Daisy to carry out simple movements, dancing across the screen, in the free “Play” mode. The beginner challenges make a great place to start.
Your youngest students will find this easy drag and drop interface an engaging introduction to controlling objects, sequencing, loops and events.
We have mentioned a couple of ambient sound mixers before, including AmbientMixer.com, and a soft sound board. GoMix.it is another gem. The chance to (you’ve guessed it) mix your own atmospheric soundscapes, for many uses.
How about building an audio environment as the background to a bit of descriptive narrative. Add a sense of reality to a classroom jungle area, “office”, “shop” or other themed region. Sounds good… GoMix.it!
A day with Key Stage 2 staff, and pupils, at The Rofft Primary School, Marford, near Wrexham, North Wales and again a host of visiting colleagues from: Ysgol Bryn Hedydd, Barkers Lane School, Cornist Park School, Bronington V.A.P. Primary, Ysgol Emmanuel, St Mary’s Aided School, Overton, Ysgol Heulfan, Ysgol Acrefair, Southdown Primary, Ysgol Owen Jones, Cefn Mawr County Primary, Trelawnyd VA School, Ysgol Maes Y Mynydd, Holt Primary, Rhosddu Primary, Broughton Primary, Madras Wrexham, Ysgol y Foel, Ysgol Melyd, Park CP, Ysgol Pennant, All Saints School Gresford, Sealand CP, Gwernynydd School and Llywelyn School. Continue Reading