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The Life Cycle of Plants ~ The Birmingham Grid for Learning

| June 3, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Birmingham Grid for Learning‘s resource The Life Cycle of Plants, is a very simple but effective set of revision activities to familiarise pupils with, well, um, the life cycle of plants.

Explore the About Plants section for more ideas, including changing the colour of plants, investigating the shape of seeds, & identification charts to help identify the flowers, trees & shrubs around your school.

Collaborizeclassroom .com

| June 1, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

Collaborize Classroom is an easy-to-use online learning platform. Register & launch a free site in less than 5 minutes. A safe & password-protected learning community for you & your students. Take a poll, hold a debate, post a practice test or let your students support their arguments.

A great way to launch student-driven projects and challenge-based learning.Bring the best resources from the Internet into your online classroom by attaching pictures, videos, PDF or Microsoft Office documents.

Gain instant access to a vast and growing collection of teacher-designed lessons,create topics, lessons and assignments that you can share with other educators worldwide, and download peer-reviewed topic-based lessons with just one click.

For a largely free resource, Collaborize Classroom has potential.

Artcyclopedia .com

| May 26, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

Artcyclopedia is an online database of art works that can be viewed, and investigated, online.

With over 9,000 artists, and 160,000 links to 2,900 art sites, this is a comprehensive resource.

Type in the artists name or browse by medium, subject, nationality, or focus on specific subjects such as women Artists. Search by “movement” such as Pop Art, Magic Realism, Photorealism, & Pointillism

There are some interesting collections, such as Tiltshift versions of Van Gogh paintings.

Use the Actualizer to view art works at their real life size.

ButtonBeats

| May 25, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

Button Beats has many elements worth exploring.

In one, trigger the range of beats and breaks by activating different sections of the cube. Then add your own elements, such as guitar riffs and synth lines.

There are many interesting ways to investigate aspects of composition in the free version of Button Beats. You can even sample, and play, your own voice or sounds.

Dig deeper in to the site to try out such things as the drumpad, & Rock Face remixer. Each one can also be embedded on a blog as below.

Have a play and remember there is the red STOP loop button!

ButtonBeats.com

“Improving Outcomes” using Technology Conference – Warwickshire

| May 20, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

Warwickshire IO with ICT

WESToday in Leamington Spa for the “Improving Outcomes” using Technology Conference hosted by Warwickshire ICT Development Service’s Summer Conference, delivering a keynote exploring the wonders of the web assisted by plasticine, googly eyes and feathers, followed by workshops developing story telling and writing skills, with and without technology.

Huge thank you to Colin Talbot, e-learning adviser for ICT Development Service, Warwickshire County Council, for inviting us to his event and for coordinating today’s processings magnificently.


Folk round here are doing some REMARKABLE things in the face of challenging times, and misconceptions. We are honoured to know such inventive, inspiring educators.

It just goes to show that with the right stimulus and input, many of the children will write not just because their teacher wants them to, not even because it’s about a computer game, but because they have been challenged and inspired and want to write for themselves.

School and home life is not, and shouldn’t be, all about technology. However, if we, as educators, do not keep up with some of the skills, interests, passions, and playful times of our pupils (those who are lucky enough, it has to be said, to have access to these technologies) then our classrooms will appear stagnant environments, in comparison to their homes. Giving children the opportunity, and encouragement, to become “creative plagiarists”, to borrow ideas off their teacher, and from each other, that is when you get a spiral upwards within a classroom.

In our keynote, we investigated the power of engaging children in the writing, speaking and listening, and inventing, processes – and how this can impact on so many areas of a child’s progress. In our workshops we shared links, ideas, and tools, for encouraging creativity within our students, whatever age, whatever ability.

We took folk on a magical tour of inspirational tools to inspire the uninspired learner.

Whilst what we do is sometimes subtitled as “Tech To Inspire… writing”, if you look at the pictures of any event, you will notice that children are not often at computers. We are really using the ICT in an “invisible” way to inspire speaking, listening, writing, behaviour management, and so much more.

We then balance that with a HUGE amount of technical things with the staff, who can, with the extra time, and developed contact they have with their classes, apply to great effect, back at school.

There was certainly a shared desire to tackle the challenge of pupil engagement today. Well done all.

Other workshops included:

–       Making the most of your data – Using your management information systems to help close the gap for all learners

–       Technologies that make an impact – Getting hands-on with new technologies that will help to improve outcomes

–       The Outstanding School – The role of technology

 

Français interactif

| May 18, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

Français interactif!, is a huge & comprehensive, web-based French program developed at the University of Texas.

In addition to interviews of native French speakers and a wealth of cultural information, the website also includes recorded vocabulary, phonetics lessons, grammar explanations, and Internet activities.

Français interactif! helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real students who participated in a Summer Program in Lyon, France. The students introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.

Français interactif is organized into 13 chapters that deal with themes relevant to beginning French learners.

Each chapter begins with a short video, in a combination of English and French, but using French mainly, to introduce vocabulary that will be encountered in that chapter.

After practicing the pronunciation of each word in isolation, videos capture native speakers who use the new vocabulary in a context that provides important visual support.For example, watch, and hear, a fruit vendor name each type of fruit on sale at the market that day. pdf support materials are provided, & the textbook is available as “print-on-demand” or downloadable by individual chapters free of charge.

 

The goal of these materials is in the title: Français interactif!

Onelook ~ search with a difference

| May 17, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

OneLook® Dictionary Search a search engine for words and phrases: Have a word for which you’d like a definition or translation- it’ll take you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate it. If you don’t know the right word to use, it’ll help you find it. “No word is too obscure”: More than 5 million words in more than 1000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.

Define words: Type a word into the search box on the front page to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that define that word. Be sure “Find definitions” is selected.
Find words: Type a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern. The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters or symbols. The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter or symbol. (Read these sections for more info on wildcards and the Reverse Dictionary.)
Translate words: Type a word into the search box and select “Find translations” to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that have translations of that word into other languages.

CoSketch

| May 11, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.

Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.

Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.

May The Forth Be With You

| May 4, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

Coming up ~ “Tools to Tell a Tale” at Oxford Brookes University Festival

| April 30, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

“TOOLS TO TELL A TALE” Baldy-Locks-and-the-3-Hares-300x98

Improving reading and writing through tech      

Book online here!

 

NAPEA one-day course presented by three key gures in primary education: Pie Corbett, David Mitchell and Tim Rylands. in conjunction with NAPE.

“Be part of an evolving story alongside children from around the world, investigating a wondrous collection of digital and analog gems for bringing learning alive.

Join us, as we travel across dangerous terrain, through swamp-infested landscapes, and to the top of crumbling towers, all through the power of inventive technologies. Be a part of a live writing master-class, with children from Skye to Sydney, responding to this creative challenge.An intriguing, imaginative and exciting experience, for those joining the journey, leaving everyone with copious practical ideas, approaches and technical tools to take back and use in their own teaching, with children of all ages, and abilities.”

Delegates will:

  • discover a vast range of ways to use tech to enhance literacy
  • explore methods of engaging interest, and developing communication
  • be introduced to the power of blogging
  • experience a Coveritlive collaborative writing session
  • investigate shared writing in conjunction with powerful, accessible technology
  • be part of creating a story that travels around the world, and is built upon by children across the globe.

“This one-day workshop will help inject the creativity back into your classroom, mixing digital methods with traditional writing strategies, and will provide you with a host of practical and simple ideas to apply in your KS2 and KS3 literacy lessons. The talented trio have a proven impact on standards, achievement and enjoyment – making this day a must for any English teacher”.

Pie David and Tim

Tools to Tell a Tale Event with Pie Corbett, David Mitchell, Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild, Wednesday May 25th, Main Auditorium Hall, School of Education Harcourt Hill Campus Oxford OX2 9AT.

Book online here!

Alternatively, print booking your booking form, fill in and post with a cheque, or invoice details, from this link.

Gombinoscope & Monoface ~ Face Creators

| April 29, 2016 | Add Your Thoughts 

Two of our favourite face generators: Gombinoscope and Monoface. Both could just be good fun, or, useful in art projects on the structure of the human visage. How about making characters for a whodunnit story? Watch it though: Monoface has a potential 759,375 combinations to try!