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Trip in View

| May 18, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

tripinview-logoTrip in ViewBack from a fantastic week working in Greece. Now to the wedding of an ex~pupil, (from twenty six years ago) in Spain. Thank you to Giannis Chatzilazaridis (Γιάννης Χατζηλαζαρίδης) for the nudge towards the inspiring Trip In View, a remarkable virtual voyage around the Greek coastline.

Animate 2 Educate Summer Conference

| May 14, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

a23 confOn 6th June 2014 we head to Gateshead, for the Animate 2 Educate Summer Conference ‘Bringing Primary Computing to Life!‘ This will be held at the MPH Training and Conference Centre

This is a full day event designed to prepare and motivate ahead of the new primary computing.

Suitable for headteachers, senior leaders, KS1/KS2 teachers and ICT coordinators. You even get a free lunch!

Martin Bailey director of Animated 2 Educate will also lead a session on how to teach primary computing and a programming masterclass

This promises to be a full on, fun and useful day

Call (0191) 469 2932 or (07921) 069489 or email to book your place

… just some of the things happening soon …

| May 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

We are taking a few days of travel, including going to an ex pupil’s wedding in Southern Spain, but are looking forward to a few upcoming schools. More events are listed on the side bar.

June 2 & 3 we’ll be in Blyth, Northumberland for an INSET Day & day of lessons at Malvin’s Close Primary Academy

June 4th & 5th find us in Goole, East Ridings for two days of training and lessons at Kingway Primary School

19th  and 20th of June we head to Sarah’s old stomping ground of  St Helens, Merseyside for two days of lessons and training at Newton-le-Willows Primary School

Interactive LSO ~ Be within the music

| May 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


The LSO Play’s Ravel’s Bolero” is the first of “an ongoing series” of performances from The London Symphony Orchestra, in a remarkable, engaging and exciting format.

Experience one of the world’s leading orchestras like never before. Interact with multiple HD camera angles and view up to four streams at one time. Discover the orchestra, musicians, instruments and more. (Flash)

TEDx Thessaloniki 2014, Greece

| May 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


TEDx ThessalonikiThe theme of TEDxThessaloniki 2014 is inspired by and built around T.S. Eliot’s quote “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” Continue Reading

900… (out of 1760!)

| May 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

900The last post was the nine hundredth under the heading Useful n Interesting. Some of the 900 are listed HERE.

It has been fun collecting together some gems that might prove valuable in a classroom setting, and most of them have a free option. Any favourites or recommendations?

We are taking a week of “down time” between here in The United Arab Emirates, heading to Greece, and on to Spain. A bit of a breather for the blog too, before event 861 & link 901

Animaps ~ travels & time off

| April 30, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Trying to get to grips with Animaps, as a way of plotting our journeys.

We are, presently, taking a bit of “down time” in Abu Dhabi, before preparing to head to Thessaloniki, in Greece, to do a talk for TEDxThessaloniki 2014 there. More travels ahead…

Animaps could be a superb way of producing beautifully informative animated maps, for free! Give it a go


| April 30, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Some interesting loops, and complete pieces of music, with more open copyright arrangements, can be found at SampleSwap, Creative Commons Licensed Electronic Music for Commercial and Non-Commercial Royalty-Free use. Free registration enables downloading of full quality samples. Bazillions of them.

AnswerGarden ~ A kind of Wordle for responses

| April 29, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

AnswerGarden, a kind of Wordle for responses. The more frequently an answer is given, the larger it is represented. Well worth investigating.

This free resource is a minimalistic feedback gatherer. Use it in the classroom as an educational, creative brainstorming tool. Embed it on your blog, as a poll.

Create a new AnswerGarden by submitting a question or statement. Embed the empty AnswerGarden on your blog or website, or “share” it. Visitors submit feedback filling in your AnswerGarden. These are then represented in your AnswerGarden in the form of a growing word cloud.

If you’re using AnswerGarden in the classroom, they recommend that you provide a password, so that you can moderate the contents during the session.

Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi ~ Day 4

| April 29, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Aldar Academies

Our fourth, and final day (for this trip), at Aldar Academies in Abu dhabi, The United Arab Emerites… and, what a crucial day. So great to have got such valuable, positive, feedback…. but how are we going to take this further, and how is the school to continue to make sure that the impact is sustainable? Continue Reading

Trello ~ Organise anything, together

| April 28, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The free version of Trello is a great way to organise yourself, independently, or as part of a group, simple and fun collaboration.

Trello is great alone, but even better with others. Get the whole group onboard in seconds. See their updates in real time. Never ask “Who’s doing what?” again.

Works on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 Tablet, and your web browser

Ollie Quinlan (@OliverQuinlan) tweeted “Enjoying Trello’s pirate map mode. Untouched to do items slowly crack and yellow until you touch them again”. Could be a great writing stimulus.