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TinkerCAD ~ Mind to 3D design, in minutes

| November 4, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

tinkercad-logoTinkercad is an easy-to-use tool for creating digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed into physical objects. Users are guided through the 3D design process through ‘Lessons’, which teach the basics, before moving on to more complex modeling techniques.

Tinkercad uses WebGL, a new 3D web standard. It works best with Google Chrome 10 or newer, and Mozilla Firefox 4 or newer. It works on Windows Vista or newer, Apple OS X 10.6 or newer, and Google Chrome OS on Chromebook. Get tinkering!

The Raglan Schools, Enfield ~ Day 2

| November 4, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Raglan Schools

The Raglan Schools, a Federation of Raglan Infant School and The Raglan Junior School.

Thank you to head teacher, Martin Kelsey, and the staff, yesterday, for coming with us on a whistle stop tour of a huge amount of digital delights, some old, some brand, spanking new, and for thinking about how they can be applied to bring learning alive, even more, across the curriculum.

As a Mac school, there were some great Apple~centric delights to explore too… … … …

Myst IVToday, alongside the children, we went on some wondrous wanderings in the world words. Who would’ve guessed, 12 years ago, that the simple ideas of using a computer game, and it’s remarkable, peaceful, beautiful experiences, to inspire children’s writing, would have such a long-lasting, widely spread effect. After all this time, that simple concept remains powerful. The idea has been developed even further than could have been imagined back then, by others, in their classes, and great heights have been reached.

Back then the original lessons took place, noone could have guessed the world of the web would take off in such a way too!  The simple starter, of using these experiences to motivate some incredible descriptive narrative, simile, metaphor, and flights of fantasy, is just that: a beginning.

Well done indeed, to the children today, who took off, and flew, putting their scribbly sticks paper, to record some stunning ideas.


| November 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


Noisli is another simple, but really effective, ambient soundtrack creator. Use the basic graphic interface to manipulate the range of sounds, building an atmosphere for use in descriptive narrative, or setting an atmosphere in a room.

Try the Ambient Mixer for a more complex version of a similar concept.

You might also experiment with Go Mix It or listen to some real, and ready made, natural sound streams with the Nature Sound Map.

The Raglan Schools, Enfield ~ Day 1

| November 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Raglan Schools

The Raglan SchoolsINSET Day at The Raglan Schools, a Federation of Raglan Infant School and The Raglan Junior School, in Bush Hill Park, Enfield, Greater London.

Since federation, the schools have been working hard to work closely together creating common policy and practice to ensure that we over a seamless learning journey from Nursery through to Year 6.

Martin Kelsey, Headteacher, reflects on the school’s pathway:

As Headteacher, I often think that a school is on a journey. We have our sights set on where we are now and where we would like to be. My Raglan journey began in 2012 with bringing two quite different schools together in a federation. We set out to achieve a common goal and create a smooth journey from Nursery to Year 6. We set out to inspire our pupils and to have them engage with their own learning.

Both schools have many great features and amazing staff and it has been about sharing, making the most of our skills and expertise so that all our pupils can experience a quality education.

We are doing well on our journey and striving ahead to improve even further. We are excited to welcome Tim and Sarah to inspire us some more, to keep us thinking outside the box.


Typing Web

| November 2, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Typing WebTeaching typing is crucial, but, often, forgotten. TypingWeb is completely free. Whether you need to teach 1 student, or 100,000 students, the free Teacher Portal allows full administration and management of student accounts. Create, track, group, & manage all your students from your browser.


| October 24, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Kaizena logoThanks to Shireen for the nudge towards Kaizena, which she is going to use as a feedback tool with her students this year (especially for a writers workshop).

Kai·zen:A Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement.
Save time while providing high quality feedback on student work.

Downsview Community Primary, Swanley ~ Day 2

| October 24, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Downsview Community Primary

Downsview PrimaryGreat, to be back for a second day, and a day of INSET, at Downsview Community Primary School, Swanley, joined by colleagues from St Mary’s C of E VA Primary, Hextable Primary, West Kingsdown CE Primary, Amherst SchoolHigh Firs Primary, St Paul’s CEP School and Horizon Primary Academy.

A huge thank you again to Duncan Edwards, headteacher of Downsview Primary School for hosting today’s event.

Our digital days, working alongside teachers, all over the place, have become SO fast, and down~to~the~second FULL, that they are almost impossible to describe now. Things have grown, and developed, as elements have grown, and developed, in the world of the web, and the experiences gathered over the last few years, mean that a whole story has grown, and builds through the day.

Today, at pace, through building a progression to support the introduction of these ideas, we looked at inspiring, accessible tools and ideas, for raising the level of writing, speaking and listening, and creativity in children of all ages.

One aspect, had roots from a few years ago, (and the days when we were almost resident here in Kent) but, oh, how it’s grown: An exploration of virtual worlds, Web2.0 and visual literacy elements, and how they have had a huge impact on raising children’s confidence and collaboration, across the creative curriculum. The games based aspects remain crucial, and powerful, but it’s what they are accompanied by that takes it in different directions.

Using, and creating, relevant, engaging resources, to motivate, and enthuse, children of all ages and abilities.

A huge thank you to both of you for a brilliant two days at Downsview…I have already received several emails from HTs at the other local schools telling me how inspired the staff that attended are and how creative they’re feeling…all very positive and just what we wanted! Down to you guys, many thanks!

Duncan Edwards, Headteacher

EICE 2015: 26th ~ 27th February 2015, Manchester Central

| October 23, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

EICE_logo-web-600EICE ~ 26th – 27th February 2015, Manchester Central

Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EICE) is an annual event designed to help education professionals integrate innovation and technology into learning.

Now in its third year, EICE provides visitors with the chance to get hands-on with the latest learning technologies and receive specialist advice on how to boost achievement in their schools, colleges and universities.

The event, on 26th – 27th February 2015, at Manchester Central, combines an exhibition with a conference that includes free seminars and workshops, featuring contributions from a fantastic range of education experts.

New features for 2015 include:

·      the Tablet Village – powered by The Tablet Academy – with advice and inspiration on getting the most out of teaching with tablets

·      the SEN Hub, which will feature some of the latest products and solutions for those with special educational needs

·      An e-safety clinic, offering advice on how schools, colleges and universities deal with the safety of their students

For updates and free register visit and follow @EICEmanchester on Twitter

Quick Key ~ Multiple choice made easy

| October 23, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

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The free version of QuickKey allows free unlimited instant mobile scanning and a simple quiz builder. No Internet is required to make, take, scan, or score a quiz.

Downsview Community Primary, Swanley ~ Day 1

| October 23, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Downsview Community Primary

Downsview PrimaryDay of lessons, and training, at Downsview Community Primary School, Swanley, thanks to Duncan Edwards, Headteacher. We first met Duncan just before we visited Woodlands Junior School in 2009. Here, he thinks back, …and forward:

Duncan EdwardsOK, so let’s rewind to 2008 when I first met Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild. I was living a Headteacher’s existence elsewhere in the county of Kent…not only was I blown away by the passion for high quality teaching and learning, but I was also amazed at the wealth of technology that was effectively being used to inspire children and staff alike.

Technology has changed dramatically within the elapsed six year period since my first meeting with Tim. To be fair, in the world of technology, just one year is huge! However, the key principles of quality teaching and use of resources to engage and inspire children remain…

Downsview Community Primary School has been preparing for Tim and Sarah’s visit this week and we couldn’t wait! Joined by colleagues from six other local schools, known as the Swanley Collaboration, Tim lead two learning sessions with Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 pupils followed by a whole day of INSET training tomorrow.

Good schools evolve and progress and technology, an ever-evolving phenomenon, is a key ingredient and major driving force in education. Downsview and all of the schools within the collaboration want to raise standards and improve outcomes for children. We want pupils who are enthused, inspired and ready for the modern world.

We can’t predict what jobs will be on offer to our pupils in ten years’ time, but we can prepare them with a toolkit for future life. Using ‘ICT to Inspire’ is an exciting opportunity to enlighten minds and further develop creative, stimulating and motivational ideas to get the very best out of our pupils.

Our morning was spent alongside Year, 4, 5, and 6! An afternoon saw us exploring with a class of Year 2. What an UP FOR IT group of children the Downsview gang are. They know how to laugh, but, also, picked up how to, quickly, tone that down, to allow for deeper, considerate, thought. They responded, openly, even though there was a huge number of them, and a massive amount of teachers, too, to the concept of talking without putting their hands up, finding a right time, and a right way, to drip ideas in to a lesson, and cherish the ideas of others. These virtual worlds, are a fantastic setting to generate that talk, and, because they didn’t want the atmosphere to be disturbed, there was an element of self policing, picking up the thoughts of those around them, and developing their own contributions, to go past the initial, short contribution, or title of their thinking… extending, and developing naturally in to more extended contributions. Well done all.

The colleagues joining us today were from St Mary’s C of E VA Primary, Hextable Primary, West Kingsdown CE Primary, Amherst SchoolHigh Firs Primary, St Paul’s CEP School and Horizon Primary Academy.


| October 22, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


FlipQuizFLIPQUIZ enables free gameshow-like boards for educators. Simple creation of flip quizzes, as an end of day game, or revision tool. Far from complex but fun and useful, maybe. Give it a go.