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| June 2, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

CurrikiCurriki is a global community for users to create, share, and find free learning resources. Curriki contains thousands of free lessons and curricula built by educators that are shared throughout the Curriki community using collaborative networking groups. All resources have been vetted and organized to better serve you and your students. Find out more at the Curriki Blog. Curriki’s Mission – Open Educational Resources for educators, students, and parents around the world.

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance, Coalville, Leicestershire ~1

| June 2, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

All Saints Primary School

Today, we had the delight of spending time in lessons with pupils from All Saints Primary School, and staff from the Forest Way Teaching School Alliance. The morning with KS2 and and the afternoon with KS1.

Thanks to Heather Sewell, Headteacher at All Saints Primary School and Helen Joy, Lead Practitioner at Forest Way Teaching School Alliance, for sharing their thoughts:

Forest Way School is a large area special school in North West Leicestershire with an excellent curriculum and facilities for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs aged 3-19.

Forest Way has 16 classrooms with additional withdrawal and group rooms. There are several curriculum rooms for specific subject areas; Science, Art, Food Technology, the hall for PE and studio for Music, Dance and Drama, swimming pool and a life skills bungalow and flat. There are sensory rooms including moonlight (dark) and starlight (light) and a soft play room. It also has various outdoor areas including an interactive playground, a bike track, ball court, garden for growing produce, a pond and a Forest School’s area.

In 2011 Forest Way became a teaching school and has now formed a teaching School Alliance (FWTSA) of 48 Primary, Secondary and Special schools and as many preschool providers. FWTSA provide teacher training, CPD, leadership development and school to school support as well as engaging in research. It has a clear moral purpose of ‘achieving excellence by working together’.

FWTSA 2 day technology conference is to taking place in two of FWTSAs schools, All Saints Primary School (4-11 years)  Coalville and Ashby School (14-19 years) in Ashby de la Zouch.

All Saints Primary School Coalville is a primary school in Coalville NorthWest Leicestershire, an ex mining town. In fact the school is right opposite the original town mine – now Snibston Discovery Centre which hosts a wealth of information about the history of the mine.

All Saints C E Primary school is a growing school with new building work currently taking place. “We look forward to the future as we grow both physically and develop new and exciting ways of learning. We are pleased to be part of the hosting team for this conference and hope that delegates will enjoy working with our children”.

Andy Dickenson, (@Andyisatwork) Creative Education Director and Senior Consultantant learnNEWstuff  joined us for the day, leading workshops on creative use of animation, over the road at Snibston Discovery Park Ashby.

Andy describes himself in a chortle worthy fashion:

Andy DickensonAndy Dickenson is dyslexic, an enormous Lego fan, Star Wars nut, comic book and superhero fanatic and an Apple ADE. He’s also a graphic artist, silversmith and motorbike customiser. He used to be a disruptive ninja but recently gave that up to become a grey-bearded psychedelic  monk.  

When he’s not jetting off to Denmark to write materials for Lego’s after school clubs, Andy consults on how to use technology creatively in schools and lectures on New Technologies to a new generation of student teachers, across the country.

He’s a huge fan of filmmaking, animation and sound recording to promote learning. So much so, he wrote the film/animation/creative bits for the BFI recognised Visual Literacy project.

His bespoke, creative, interactive publications have be recognised by ofsted as making a difference to boys reading and writing, as well as engaging girls in higher level maths.

He’s recently been showing schools that coding is hugely entertaining not at all scary and that Robots are getting ready to take over the world.

Space Shuttle Audio Collection

| June 1, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Space audioThe Space Shuttle Audio Collection ~a fascinating glimpse in to life beyond the pull of Earth. An archived site, through the WayBackMachine, well worth browsing & to use as inspiration for  inventive writing maybe? What would it feel like? To affinity & beyond.

Kompoz ~ Collaborate with musicians across the world

| May 19, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Kompoz

Kompoze is one for those of you who …compose… from time to time, but are short on people to play with, to bring that music alive. Create songs with a bass player in Birminham, a drummer in Dortmund, and a guitarist in Goa…or from across the street?

Woking Schools Learning Partnership at Sythwood Primary ~ Day 2

| May 19, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Sythwood Primary

Following yesterday’s INSET today lessons and training at Sythwood Primary School with visiting colleageus from …

A morning with the Year 5 pupils …

… an afternoon with the Year 2 pupils …

Thank you to the Sythwood Primary School team, Nicola Wilmshurst Assistant Head  (Curriculum), Bev van Rensburg (Assistant Headteacher (Organisational Support) and Sue Tresilian, Head Teacher, and to Adie Gould Administrator, Woking Schools Learning Partnership, for coordinating our days. Well done all.

Mp3mymp3

| May 18, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

mp3mymp3_sound_recorder_logoHere’s one for PC users: Take sounds from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, or Skype calls, create MP3’s from Vinyl or Cassette maybe. Happy listening.

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

 

Record from any source quickly and easily. Recording from your sound card with MP3 my MP3 means you can record or sample sound from streaming audio or video on the internet, record Skype calls for business, create MP3’s from Vinyl, easily create ringtones from any source and much more.

- See more at: http://www.mp3mymp3.com/mp3_my_mp3_recorder.html#sthash.eB1YUrPZ.dpuf

Woking Schools Learning Partnership at Sythwood Primary ~ Day 1

| May 18, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

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Sythwood Primary SchoolFollowing our day with Woking Headteachers in Poole back in February, we are honoured to be invited back for a couple of days working alongside colleagues, and children, at Sythwood Primary School with colleagues from across the Woking region, including Barnsbury Primary School, Beaufort Primary School, Broadmere Academy TrustBrookwood Primary Goldsworth Primary School, The Hermitage School, The Horsell Village School, West Byfleet Junior School, Connaught Junior School, St Lawrence C of E Primary School, Mytchett Primary and Tomlinscote School.

woking schools logoThank you to the Sythwood Primary School team, Nicola Wilmshurst Assistant Head  (Curriculum), Bev van Rensburg (Assistant Headteacher (Organisational Support) and Sue Tresilian, Head Teacher, for making sure that this superb day ran smoothly.

Thank you too to Adie Gould Administrator, Woking Schools Learning Partnership, for coordinating the two days training here in Woking.

Today, we splattered folks with a vast amount of, mostly free, online ways of extending their learning experiences.

Nicola shared here thoughts on this visit:

Situated in Woking, Sythwood School and Children’s Centre caters for children aged 2-11. It is part of the Woking Schools Learning Partnership (WSLP). WSLP works collaboratively with its member schools to provide an outstanding educational system for all children living in the town of Woking.

Over the past two years, Sythwood School has embraced all aspects of technology to engage pupils, collaborate effectively and rehearse speaking and listening skills. Apps and websites are used across both key stages to enhance learning opportunities. Pupils participate in class blogs, use iPads regularly and have even created their own stop motion videos. Parents have also attended a Family Learning session covering e-safety, educational websites and using technology to further enhance learning.

At a headteachers’ conference in February, Tim presented a fantastic day on ‘Creating Composite Creatures’. This left the headteachers feeling so inspired that they knew more teachers in Woking would benefit hugely from participating in this. Immediately, he was booked to visit Woking in June. Since then, three teachers organised an ‘AppSmash Saturday’ for children across Woking. During the day, the children used a range of apps and websites (inspired by Tim) to create their own zoo animal and produce a documentary.

We were excited to welcome Tim and Sarah to our school and use ICT to Inspire teachers all over Woking. Children at the school are enthusiastic about working with Tim and Sarah on day 2 (tomorrow) to enjoy plenty of ‘Great Learning, Great Challenge, Great Fun’ – our school motto.

Jam With Chrome

| May 8, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

JAMJam with Chrome is a collaborative live music experience in your browser, allowing you, and up to three others, to jam together in real time

For the best viewing and audio experience, use Chrome so you can make use of Web Audio and Web Socket required to run the site. Get Google grooving. Enjoy!

Court Special School, Llanishen, Cardiff ~ Day 2

| May 8, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

Court School

A brilliant day of lessons and training for pupils, teachers and teaching assistants at The Court Special School. Well done all for going for it so well. Thank you again to Bev Smith and Matt Howden for supporting and coordinating another rewarding day.

The first session was with the Year 6 pupils; a discerning group of young lads who were a delight to spend time with. A real delight! The session was (deliberately) “slow” paced, in other words contemplative and thoughtful. This group showed what genuine thoughtfulness, considerate questioning and insightful commentry. This took courage, especially amongst a group who might find this form of communication challenging at times. They were a remarkable, and a reflection of some of the admirable teaching they have experienced at The Court School.

Our second exploration was a challenge for a younger group: to adventure in to unknown territory, on a Friday afternoon, and do so with self control and growing confidence. Well done all. You were great company to wander in the world of words with.

Further thanks to Bev for sharing her thoughts:

The Court School is a small special school in Cardiff for primary aged pupils 4 -11 years with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties.

As a school we have worked hard to develop our use of ICT and to keep up with developments in the rapidly changing digital / technological world. Our current Journey began to take on an interesting new phase in 2011 when we purchased our first set of I pads .Pupils have used these in a number of ways e.g. using a number of educational apps across the curriculum and by making their own animations and silent movies. We were keen to involve parents and carers in this development, so we held workshops with parents and carers and pupils in the spring term 2013 .This project proved to be a great success, imparting skills and knowledge on e- safety etc. , but also enabling parents to share digital experiences with their children in a classroom setting.

We were keen to further develop, our use of technology across the curriculum, particularly with regards to developing literacy and numeracy skills. In autumn 2013 The Court School was one of a small number of special schools chosen by CFBT and WG to support other schools in their development of the Literacy & Numeracy Framework. As a part of this programme we decided to look at how ICT could be used to develop Literacy skills across the curriculum. We conducted a mini    case study using Epic Citadel to engage and encourage pupils to explore what it would feel like to live in a castle. We discovered that not only were pupils more engaged and motivated to write but that their writing was far more imaginative and descriptive.

We wanted to share this good practise with other special schools and to explore how we could extend our own practise further.

So we have been looking forward to welcoming Tim and Sarah for day 1 of our training – ICT to Inspire at Ty Dysgu, where we were joined by a number of staff from other special schools . On day 2 ,Tim and Sarah lead class based sessions, where we were again be joined by staff from other special schools.

We are glad to have other schools to join us on this journey, ~ as our school motto says~ “Learning to learn together”

A special day at a special Special school. Well done, and thank you folks.

 

Plink

| May 7, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

PlinkPlink by Dinahmoe Labs, is a fun way to discover some fairly random music alongside total strangers (and they remain that way). A look at visual representations of sound.

South East Wales Special Schools Consortium ~ Day 1

| May 7, 2015 | Add Your Thoughts 

South East Wales Special Schools Consortium

A trip to The Conference Centre, Ty Dysgu near Cardiff for a day of inventive INSET for teachers and teaching assistants from The Court Special School, and colleagues from other similar special schools in the area: Greenhill School, Meadowbank School, Ysgol Bryn Castell, Greenfield School and Bryn-y-Deryn PRU.

As alterations work their way in over the next couple of years, it is a big time of change for education in Wales.

Thank you to Bev Smith and Matt Howden from The Court school for organising our visit. Matt shared:

We have been looking forward to Tim and Sarah enthusing us with their creative use of ICT to develop literacy skills across the curriculum. This project has been part funded by Welsh Government, through the national support framework in developing the national numeracy and literacy framework.

Matt Howden