What a full~on, and fun, way to start a new academic year! Over 400 staff, with Heads & Deputies to teachers and LSAs, from 28 schools in the Peterlee Partnership, a strong partnership in East Durham, looking at the power of new, and emerging, technologies in schools.
The day was held at Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club only 2 miles from Durham City Centre.
The other two sessions in the afternoon were Martin Bailey, of Animate to Educate – showcasing apps for across the primary age range, and Sally Landon, with a focus on Early Years and KS1, and some elements of robotics. Continue Reading
Wiggio.com is a free, online, toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups.
The team developed Wiggio out of their own frustrations with working in groups.
They were tired of sending eleven emails back and forth to set a meeting time.
They were fed up with “that guy” who just never knows where and when to be for meetings. They were tired of multiple mailing lists, contact books, phone-chains and incompatibilities. They wanted everything to be in one place, and we wanted it simple.
The platform was designed to be easy and straightforward, even for the least tech-savvy members of your group. It provides everything you need to work productively in your groups, without bogging you down with complexities and unnecessary features.
Host Virtual Meetings and conference calls. Create to-do lists and assign tasks. Send email, text, and voice messages. Manage events with a shared calendar. Poll your group in real time. Upload and manage files in a shared folder
Thank you to Tony Draper, Head Teacher at Water Hall Primary, Fern Grove, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, and Becky McGuire, Assistant Head Teacher, for organising our first day (back in the UK) of the new academic year, with staff from across this remarkable school and colleagues from their neighbouring school, Brooklands Farm Primary. Continue Reading
In our sessions on mind mapping how some of the many ideas might be applied back in the classroom, we often have a quick discussion on the power of recording ideas visually, and a discussion of how it can confuse some students who DON’T think or work in a visual way.
It is useful and reminds us of the “old style topic webs” we started using to plan at the beginning of our careers.
Bubbl.us lets you create thought bubbles and connect them together.
You also can easily move the bubbles around or change the links connecting them to each other.
Being an online application there are some collaborative feature, and if you can fit your thoughts into little connected bubbles, try it.
There are several “mind mapping” software products available, a favourite being 2Simple’s brilliant, and adaptable, 2Connect.
Bubbl.us isn’t in that class. But it’s free and it’s fun, and it might help you see connections in your own thoughts.
• Brainstorm online
• Create colorful mind
• Share work with others
• Embed your map in
your blog or website
• Email and print map
• Save map as an image