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examtime

| November 19, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

examtime

examtime: A free online learning web-app where students and teachers can create, share and discover a large library of Mind Maps, Flashcards, Quizzes Notes & more.

EMBC Autumn Conference at Derby County FC iPRO Stadium, Derby

| November 19, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

EMBC

emPSNembc logoToday at Derby County FC iPRO Stadium, Pride Park, Derby for the ‘embc Autumn Conference: enthusing and inspiring learners using ICT’ We explored, through our keynotes and workshops, how tech can enthuse and inspire and have an impact in the classroom.

From British Pathe we have Alistair White who will talk about the amazing film footage available online to all embc schools in particular their coverage of WWI and their tools for teachers.

With a packed workshop programme hosted by our suppliers and presenters there is something for everyone whatever your role in your school.

Workshops include suppliers Ark, Capital Bytes, Capita, eSafety Advisor – Alan MacKenzie, Kcom, KBR, Wave9,  presenters Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild, and Derbyshire Educational Technologist Katharine Childs.

- See more at: http://www.empsn.info/save-date-19th-november/#sthash.gRr3o8Xq.dpuf

From British Pathe we have Alistair White who will talk about the amazing film footage available online to all embc schools in particular their coverage of WWI and their tools for teachers.

With a packed workshop programme hosted by our suppliers and presenters there is something for everyone whatever your role in your school.

Workshops include suppliers Ark, Capital Bytes, Capita, eSafety Advisor – Alan MacKenzie, Kcom, KBR, Wave9,  presenters Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild, and Derbyshire Educational Technologist Katharine Childs.

- See more at: http://www.empsn.info/save-date-19th-november/#sthash.gRr3o8Xq.dpuf

British_Pathe_Ed_logoJoining us today, from British Pathe, was Alistair White who talked about the amazing film footage available online and a collection of useful workshops, including: eSafety Advisor – Alan MacKenzie, Kcom, KBR, Wave9, and Derbyshire Educational Technologist, Katharine Childs.

Thank you to Jane Barker, Marketing and Communications Manager emPSN, for inviting us and for her thoughts:

The embc Autumn Conference: enthusing and inspiring learners using ICT at home of Derby County FC, brings together technology and learning into one space to enthuse and inspire technicians and teachers alike. The fusion has been deliberate. Technology won’t improve children’s learning without the passion and enthusiasm of those who use it so we have deliberately kicked off the day with renowned motivator Tim Rylands whose determination to spread the word about the use of ICT to improve standards knows no bounds. Tim makes a perfect partner for embc; whilst embc provide the underpinning connectivity and services to make it all work, Tim is able to show how the technology can be used to deliver teaching that reaches out to all children and gives them hooks to learn from. How the tools technology delivers can fire their imagination, can entice the reticent learners and can engage the whole class so that learning becomes fun and exciting.

embc have been around for the last 15 years when the first ideas to put broadband into schools were mooted in 1999. Since then we have connected schools across the East Midlands on ever increasing bandwidth, with a wider and more flexible range of services and more choice of providers and contracts. We currently connect 1,100 schools sites and 1,100 corporate sites. We remain owned by the public sector including the schools to whom we provide services, and many corporate sites we connect along with the schools sites making a huge carefully managed and monitored network. Many corporate sites are PSN enabled which is why in 2012 the company was renamed emPSN whilst retaining embc as the brand for schools.

We partner with many organisations; British Pathe is an old favourite we continue to work with so that schools across embc can access their amazing historic footage.

We are founder members of the NEN (National Education Network) who work with national organisations, the government, Janet and other RBC’s (Regional Broadband Consortia) to achieve the best outcomes for schools. With a connection into Janet our embc network reaches schools, universities, government offices and the many national institutions such as the BBC – connecting them all together safely without going over the internet.

We keep safety and security in mind. With a centrally managed firewall our network is secure from attack whilst our suppliers provide a range of security and esafety products and consultancy to meet every school’s requirement from filtering to policy guidance.

embc gives schools the secure foundations on which to build their ICT strategy, gives teachers the confidence to explore ICT in their lessons, and give pupils the ability to enjoy into their learning plans for years to come.

embc is owned by you the community of schools which makes up embc. We are always looking for ways to improve and to learn, from and with you as your requirements change, the suppliers change, the challenges grow, as the way children learn and use technology continues to develop.

I’m Astronaut

| November 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

i_am_astronautim astronautThanks, again, to Kath Harris, Bracken Hill Special School, Nottinghamshire, for sharing the fun they have had with the free I’m Astronaut App

Here is Sarah, heading out in to space! Take photographs, and send them off to explore the stars, and a black hole, or bounce around on the moon! Fun!

(I’m Astronaut (FREE) is very different to I Am An Astronaut (69p) )

Zookazam and ZooAtlanta

| November 17, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 17.18.37Tim n PandasThank you to Kath Harris, for the nudge towards ZooKazam, which is free, at the moment, on the App Store

This gorgeous Augmented reality app, brings wildlife to life on your desktop, even with rain or snow. Lots of amazing settings to explore.

Their partners, Atlanta Zoo, have a free extension to the idea HERE

Present.me ~ Stand out. Be understood. Get results.

| November 14, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

pm_logo_blkPresent.me: “Powerful “in-person” communication because email and voicemail no longer cut through the noise”. Simple, fast, hassle free recording.

St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Oswaldtwistle ~ Day 2

| November 14, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

St Andrews CE Primary

header-e1407573574837The second of our two, full-on, days at St Andrew’s CE Primary School, in Oswaldtwistle.

After a great day with the staff yesterday, splattering them with a huge plethora of online methods of bringing lessons alive, we looked at the learning that flows from responding to a digital stimulus, and with a beam shining brightly on…

analog learning ~ impact in the classroom.

A delightful morning with the  superheroes of Year 5 and 6′s and …

… an equally gorgeous afternoon with even more superheroes, princesses and Pudseys from Year 2!

The school have a focus on the children enjoying their writing, having a belief, and confidence to believe they can do it, understanding that creativity is possible alongside the pressures that raising standards can put on teachers, and children. Feedback marking has its place, and benefits. We explored ways of developing enthusiasm to write, to enable that feedback to be based on real writing, for purpose, and building the desire to take off and fly.

This is a group of teachers who are up for anything. A bubbling passion can make the difference between a mundane, meandering, unfulfilling session and an incredible, meaningful learning experiences.

Writing can sometimes feel like something we inflict upon children and, whilst they do it, we go off and do something else, far more mysterious, intriguing and interesting, almost as if writing is beneath us. Not here. The teachers mucked in, sat amongst the children and wrote, showing that getting stuck, and making changes, is OK.

It is vital to join children in whatever, essentially challenging, enjoyable task we set. Modelling can be one of the best ways of scribing. Some children don’t know what enjoying working looks like. Much in the same way that if we read a newspaper in front of a toddler we might find that they are imitating us and doing the same thing (O.K. It’s upside down but it’s the idea) it can be valuable to sit, amongst our pupils and rise to challenges ourselves.

Onelook ~ search multiple dictionaries in interesting ways ~ ~ ~ ~ OUR 1000TH USEFUL AND INTERESTING POST ~ ~ ~

| November 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

1000
OneLookType a word in to OneLook, and search many dictionaries at once. Also has a reverse dictionary and translations. If this is only useful to crosswords lovers, it’s a good start…

OneLook goes beyond the basic definition search too. Their examples offer a glimpse in to some of the possibilties:

bluebird Find definitions of bluebird
blue* Find words and phrases that start with blue
*bird Find words and phrases that end with bird
bl????rd Find words that start with bl, end with rd, with 4 letters in between
bl*:snow Find words that start with bl and have a meaning related to snow
bl*:adjective Find any adjectives that start with bl
*:snow or :snow Find any words related to snow
*:winter sport Find words related to the concept winter sport
**winter** Find phrases that contain the word winter
expand:nasa Find phrases that spell out n.a.s.a.

St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Oswaldtwistle ~ Day 1

| November 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

St Andrews CE Primary

header-e1407573574837Great, to be invited to spend two, full-on, days at St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Springfield Street, in Oswaldtwistle, a town within the Hyndburn borough of Lancashire, England, on the course of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 3 miles east-southeast of Blackburn.

Joining us today were colleagues from Peel Park Primary, St John with St Augustine C of E Primary and St Philip’s C of E Primary.

I contacted Tim because I recently started using Twitter (@standrewscep) and I was reminded of some amazing training we had with Tim at an NAHT conference in Manchester in 2012.  I loved the way he used technology to inspire the children to write and be so creative.

St Andrew’s was a good school in 2012.  Two days before Christmas 2013, we had another inspection (it should have been section 8) and we were found to require improvement.  I have been at the school since 2001 and school has improved beyond recognition in that time.  Unfortunately our results in 2013 didn’t reflect this and reading and maths results were below floor targets. In 2014, we have improved the results for reading and maths, but writing was very low.  It took us a long time to get to good and it feels as though we are back to square one.

As teachers we have been working so hard with every area of teaching and sometimes we burn out from too much feedback, marking, and pressure to do things well!  Teachers who have been with me on the journey to good are ready to be refreshed with new ideas.  Newer teachers will benefit from learning new teaching techniques.

I wanted to invite Tim and Sarah to our school to bring back the enjoyment of teaching and watching as our children realise that they can write and use their imagination.  I am hoping that the use of technology with Tim and Sarah will really encourage them and they will learn without realising it!  I have been looking forward to these two fun-filled days.

Mrs Christina Wilkinson
Headteacher

St Andrew’s CE Primary School
Springfield Street
Oswaldtwistle

Ptable ~ Interactive periodic table

| November 12, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

PTableThe detail behind the development of Ptable, is remarkable.

Ptable is a very well designed, interactive, periodic table, suitable for many platforms, with interesting links to web pages about each chemical element.

As it is HTML, has no images and isn’t created using Flash, it is truly adaptable. Write-up windows can even be torn off or docked to the edges to allow simultaneous use of the table while reading. Budding scientists will be in their element!

Foundation Phase Training, Ysgol Glan Gele Infant School, Conwy

| November 12, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Foundation Phase Training Ysgol Glan Gele Infant School Conwy

Ysgol Glan GeleA Foundation Phase Training Day at Ysgol Glan Gele Infant School, Abergele, Conwy. A morning with children and colleagues and then an afternoon with just the adults.

Thank you to Lynne Jones Foundation Phase Training and Support Officer and Julia Buckley Jones, Headteacher of Ysgol Glan Gele Infant School for coordinating today’s event.

Thank you to Lynne Jones for sharing these thoughts:

The Welsh Government has a clear, coherent vision for education in Wales. We must give our children a solid foundation in the Foundation Phase, from aged 3 to 7.

“Giving our children the tools today to build tomorrow’s future.”

We are looking forward in Conwy for Tim Rylands to work with the Year 2 pupils at Ysgol Babanod Glan Gele to fire their imagination and inspire creativity for an exciting Literacy experience.

Currently using ‘Book Creator’ and ‘Poplets’ naming but a few of Ysgol Glan Gele’s IT tools, the staff and pupils are engaged by learning that develop, stretch and excites their imagination. Tim’s wealth of ideas will progress them further on their continued journey of learning.

‘Happy and secure as we learn together.’

In the Foundation Phase, (the statutory curriculum for all 3 to 7 year old children in Wales in both maintained and non-maintained settings) children are challenged with open-ended questions and given opportunities to explore and share their ideas for solving problems.

The curriculum has a focus on learning from experiences, active involvement and developing each child’s:

  • creative, expressive and observational skills to encourage their development as individuals
  • personal, social, emotional, physical and intellectual well being to develop the whole child
  • positive attitudes to learning so that they enjoy it and want to continue
  • self-esteem and self-confidence to experiment, investigate, learn new things and form new relationships
  • activities in the outdoors where they have first-hand experience of solving real-life problems and learn about conservation and sustainability.

So, we had some digital, and analog, fun today, looking at ways of motivating, and engaging, children through creativity, indoors, and out.

Fotobabble

| November 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Fotobabble Fotobabblecould be useful in an educational context, or a personal level.

Instantaneously share your Talking Photos in three simple steps:

1. Snap or select a photo
2. Speak into your microphone to record your voice and/or enhance your photo with visual effects
3. Share via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Interesting when creating feedback at the end of a project, as a stimulus for writing, or, simply, when making virtual “greetings cards” for those with a special event.