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EYPS Training Day, Newcastle upon Tyne

| October 15, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

EYPS Event Discovery Museum

Up in Newcastle, for The Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education Supply Agency (EYPS) training day at Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Thanks go to Sarah Robson and Kirsty Lawrenson for coordinating today’s special event and for organising such a stunning location for us to spend time in, with colleagues from a large group of schools from across the county:

EYPS-web-logo2Boldon Children’s Centre,  Barnwell Primary School, Crook Primary School, Falla Park Community Primary School, Langley First School, Laurel Avenue Primary School, Monkton Infant School, Neville’s Cross Primary School, New Hartley First School, Our Lady and St Anne’s RC Primary School, Ropery Walk Primary School, Roseberry Primary & Nursery, South Hetton Primary School, Springwell Village Primary School, Stannington First School, South Hylton Primary School and Westgate Hill Primary School (Arthur’s Hill Primary Schools). Continue Reading

The Adjective Detective

| October 14, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Childrens uniThe Adjective Detective courtesy of Knovation, provides a range of animated lessons on… you’ve guessed it… adjectives. This is followed by a quiz and detective game. The lessons include finding out what adjectives are; about comparative and superlative adjectives; and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game has several levels and reinforces the learning. Fun and useful individually, or as a class.

The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels.
courtesy of Knovation

- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.xS4ER19D.dpuf

The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels – See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.u5EizgsT.dpuffbfbfhbhbjhbfjhbfjhbf
The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels – See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.u5EizgsT.dpuf

Rowlatts Hill Primary School, Leicester ~ Day 2

| October 14, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Rowlatts Hill Primary

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Following yesterday’s INSET, our second day at Rowlatts Hill Primary and, this time, with the children joining us.

Journeys with journals. Verbal, and written, jazz. Off the cuff creativity galore. Speaking, listening, writing, inventing, playing and developing.

This is old style teaching: simile, metaphor, and much, much more. We wandered in the world of words in a couple of great, virtual, settings. Before we can develop sentence structure, and expand adventurous vocabulary, we have to expand children’s experiences, and passion for picking up words, and juggling them.

One of the early areas of Myst 4 Revelation is a truly remarkable stimulus for discussion, inventive writing, and beyond.

The true-to-life weather, with scudding clouds forming shadows that race across the boardwalk; the ability to touch and tap the railing you are leaning against, to investigate whether it is solid or hollow; the discarded flippers on a lower platform that spark a debate about who lives in a place like this…

Thank you to Jay Virk, Headteacher, her colleagues, and children, for a great day of laughter and learning.

Skaffl ~ Mobile learning platform

| October 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

SkaffleIf you are fortunate enough to have 1:1 iPads in your classrooms, you might try Skaffl, as a mobile learning platform.

If your students keep a device every lesson, or if they share them with other classes, Skaffl aims to make one to one learning engaging for children, and easy for teachers. Design, and distribute, assignments, digitally. These can be completed online with the inbuilt editor.

Students work can be annotated from inside the app, providing feedback, and grades, to pupils. An annotation tool enables comments on work, seen either individually, or by class.

Rowlatts Hill Primary School, Leicester ~ Day 1

| October 13, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Rowlatts Primary School

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A training day at Rowlatts Hill Primary with the teaching staff from across the school ~ a deluge of digital delights, thinking about the impact that technology can have on extending, and developing, existing teaching and learning opportunities.

“Whilst young people are able to seamlessly integrate ever new forms of technology into their daily lives, it is often more of a challenge for school staff to respond to or embrace such rapid changes”. Therefore, today we looked beyond the technologies themselves to focus on the challenges facing school leaders to motivate staff to embrace ICT as a means to engage pupils.

In addition, it is always worth thinking whether technology can actually distract from the core values and business of school leadership, and if so, how to avoid this from happening.

We investigated many different “technologies” but tried to remain focussed on how they could be used effectively, and integrated into powerful learning experiences, that have have an impact on standards, and creativity, across the curriculum.

We also explored the many positive aspects of game challenges, and how other digital resources can enhance the end results in many learning contexts.

Thank you to Jay Virk, Headteacher, for sharing these thoughts:

Rowlatts Hill Primary School is an establishment completely comfortable with the multitude of exciting technological developments and innovations thrown at us by the 21st Century. With an enthusiastic and forward thinking approach to ICT and Computing in the school, we actively and proudly look forward, without fear, at new and challenging ways to learn and improve the ways we teach the children and community of Rowlatts Hill.

With constant access to iPads, PC’s, laptops, netbooks and iMacs, every class has the tools they need to make best use of current technology either as a learning tool or as a means to better carry out their work. We’re excited to be working with Tim and Sarah who join us in our Computing journey.

Biddisham Harvest Supper

| October 11, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Biddisham Harvest Festival

TagGalaxy BiddishamA total honour ~ to be invited to contribute a couple of presentations, on the magic of ICT, to an event at our village hall, The Biddisham Harvest Supper.

Biddisham is a tiny, but incredibly sociable place, so it was great to meet up with neighbours, and friends, new and old, from this rural hamlet.

We shared a lot of free ways to use, and entertain, with some simple, but powerful, technology. We explored the village, and the surrounding countryside, and headed off in to some distant, intriguing worlds too. A bit of magic weaving, and storytelling. Some of the things we played with, can be found here.

Thank you to everyone, this evening, for coming with us in to familiar, and uncharted lands.

Cheese sniffer ~ simple programming elements

| October 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Cheese SnifferCheese sniffer, from the TES iBoards, is an interesting introduction to programming elements. The competitive nature of the game, means that concentration is compounded.

Control your mouse forward, backward, left and right, and see how much delicious cheese you can consume, before the other rodent rotter does. Something to have a good sniff around.

The Firs Lower School, Bedfordshire

| October 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Firs Lower School

The Firs Lower SchoolA day of lessons and training at The Firs Lower School, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

A fast paced, split day, combining a lesson session with some intrepid explorers from Year Four, and then time splattering the staff, and visiting colleagues, with  almost too many ideas~ digital ways of adding some sparkle, and magic, to lessons across the curriculum, and making your own, valuable, resources and teaching tools. Continue Reading

Virtual Blue Whale

| October 9, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Virtual Blue WhaleThe blue whale is one of the largest animals ever to have existed on earth, and it feeds on one of the smallest.

Thanks to the Whales and Dolphin Conservation site, this chance to “swim alongside” a virtual blue whale, offers some intriguing glimpses in to a remarkable, underwater, powerful and extraordinary experience. Humbling.

Cambridgeshire Primary Headteachers’ Conference 2014

| October 9, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Cambridgeshire Primary Heards Conference 2014

A pleasure to be presenting at the Cambridgeshire Primary Headteachers’ Conference 2014 with its title ‘Heading Forward’ at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre.

Keynote speeches from Sir John Jones, Charlie Taylor, National College for Teaching and Learning, Sir John Dunford, Department for Education and National Pupil Premium Champion and Alastair Humphreys, adventurer, blogger, author and motivational speaker.

Ian Wright meeting his teacherSir John talked about the need for a change in mindsets, rather than going back, and repeating what we’ve just done, but trying harder. Instead, go back to the thinking about doing it differently. He also looked at how we think we are giving challenges, but, in reality “dive in” too quickly. “Sir, I’m stuck”. Maybe we should answer “Brilliant” and walk away. Providing times for creativity and mild struggle, rather than solving it for them. John shared a powerful moment with us, the moment Ian Wright was reunited with one of his teachers, special! Continue Reading

Alltop

| October 8, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

alltop-fullIf you want to widen, expand, and develop your searches on any subject, then Alltop is an intriguing place to explore.

As an example, their search on Autism produces some diverse, and fascinating, results.