In looking at maps, old and new, we find the site “Wherethepath” to be really useful. It gives you the power to see different map formats, side-by-side, and to toggle between modern maps & old 1940s versions.
This a free site, (and OS impose a limit of 200000 map tile fetches per day”), but, if it runs out temporarily, the site will run with out of copyright 1940s OS Mapping. There is a version of this site without route planning HERE.
Thank you to Bob Harrison, for this very thoughtful reflection on our session at the Education Innovation event.
Ken Loach has been the filmtrack to my life. His portrayal of the PE teacher in the film KES always has me in stitches and at the same time makes me cry as he drives home a serious and profound point.
So it is with Tim Rylands.
I have seen Tim perform (and it is a performance) on many occasions over the past few years.
We worked together on the BSF Leadership programme and have shared many a conference line up.
So I was delighted to see he was on the agenda for the Education Innovation conference in Manchester (why don’t education conferences come to Manchester more often) and his session started just after mine finished.
Mine was a dull and boring update on the Teaching Schools and what they are trying to do with ICT whereas Tim’s was a kaleidoscope and magical mystery tour through how digital technologies can engage and inspire children to be creative, collaborative co-constructors and producers not just consumers.
Unlike some other well known headline conference presenters whose presentations I have now memorised word perfect and could deliver the punchlines on cue Tim’s performance is never the same and is always fresh and brings new perspectives as well as new technologies.
So when you look at the images of smiling faces on Tim’s website do not be fooled. At the very moment Sarah has snapped the laughter a very serious learning penny is about to drop and some profound learning takes place.
Whilst Tim is highly amusing he also recognises that the education of our children to prepare them for the digital future is a serious and that technology can and does really inspire, engage, motivate and enhance learning.
He has dedicated his life to sharing that message and for that I am grateful.
Wow! Thank you Bob for your kind words, and perceptive thoughts. We are so glad you found things useful too. I cannot always promise that everything will be new, and different, (“I am eco friendly and do try to recycle a certain amount of my material” : – D ) but we do try to be up to the minute, and include as much fresh, and different for each session as possible. This Back to Their Future presentation has been a delight (and a lot of joyous struggle) to develop, and we look forward to sharing, and expanding, it some more. Again, thanks for your thoughts, Bob.
Bob Harrison, Education Adviser, Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd – Consultant, National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services- Chair,Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board.
An honour to do a presentation at Education Innovation Conference, Manchester Central, Petersfield, Manchester.
Thank you to David Ventris-Field, Event Manager, and Britta O’Boyle, Event Administrator, and Janet Murray, Education advisor for the conference, for inviting us to contribute to this new, and really fascinating event. Continue Reading
Geography, Maths, or Science – any subject, they believe, is easier to memorize and more fun to learn by playing a quiz game.
How about having a go at creating your own?
Thank you to Gary, Sam & Martin for sending us their thoughts on our 2 days at St Thomas More RC Primary, Hull.
Absolutely fantastic! Words are not enough to describe the fun the children have had playing with words. Inspiring, stimulating, enjoyable! We were all expecting a technology overload to help stimulate learning within our school. Hang on… What is that noise? As the children entered the hall to the sound of a howling wind it was clear this was going to be very special.
In the background, the teachers began wittering… “He’s actually having to tell those boys to put their pencils down!” “Look at him having a go!” “Have you seen the smile on her face!” “Listen to the vocabulary they’re using and that argument was amazing!” Throughout, Tim used a range of classroom management techniques that we couldn’t wait to steal and add a little sparkle.
A day later, faces aching from the smiles, minds reinvigorated, resources sorted, twitter and a blog ready to share our writing with the world and each other. Pupils and staff are all eager to develop our minds. Translators, experts, interviewers, the magical landscape of Myst to explore – we can’t wait.
A great 2nd day at St Thomas More RC Primary School, & a chance to extend, & develop some ideas from yesterday. We had superb fun, exploring virtual worlds we visited, but also everything from hotseating, active listening, to developing open questioning. Continue Reading
The school, today, has a constantly updating, thought provoking, or plain amusing, “Quote of the Week”. BeHappy.Me, has a great collection of ‘thought nudges’ that might get you, or your students, talking, questioning, or considering.
“Doubt kills more dreams, than failure ever will”.
“Life is too short to buy green bananas”.
“Life is like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters”.
“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you”.
“If at first you don’t succeed, don’t take up skydiving”!
We have travelled to Hull before, and now we’re back, and what a joy it is to be at St Thomas More RC Primary School,for the first of two days training.
We started with 50+ Year 2 and Year 3′s, their teachers and visiting teachers from neighbouring schools, exploring one of the virtual landscapes to encourage good long witterings, writings and speculations. The school has over 40% of its pupils having English as an additional language and more than 20 different languages being spoken. And, what wonderful speaking they do… Continue Reading