Great, to make it to Kong Kong, after nearly ten years of effort on behalf of Clive Dawes, ICT Curriculum Leader, Kellett School, Hong Kong, and to spend today, the first of our six days with Kellett School, with over 120 colleagues at their Pok Fu Lam Campus.
Clive has been trying to get us out to HK for nearly a decade and has finally done it!
Today, we worked alongside the staff from across the primary section of the school. Learning Technologies Leader Clive Dawes explains why our visit is “important in the development of the school”.
“Kellett, the British International School in Hong Kong is delighted to welcome Tim and Sarah to work with our community over the next two weeks”.
“I first met Tim in 2006 when he visited the LA where I was working to present at an end of year conference. I was immediately struck by the practical suggestions he had for increasing attainment and engagement within the classroom. I have been a fan ever since and have regularly borrowed (stolen) many of the great ideas he has shared via his blog or by social media”.
“Since I arrived in Hong Kong nine years ago I have been discussing with Tim and Sarah the idea that they might travel here to support our work. It’s been a long discussion! During that time they have both been supportive of not only our work but also the wider HK context: Tim contributed to the first Hong Kong Mobile Learning Festival alongside Derek Robertson and Dawn Hallybone.
Finally they are here!
They will find a fairly high achieving group of willing students who are lucky enough to attend a very well resourced international school. Students and teachers have a wide array of tools at their disposal and whilst many of them are already making wide use of Google Apps, games based learning, digital video, ipads, and the like, there is still an urgent need to ensure our students are taking advantage of these tools within authentic, 21st Century contexts.
We’re really looking forward to working with Tim and Sarah over the next 6 days to find out even more ways to inspire our students.
In our sessions on mind mapping, we often share how some of the many ideas might be applied back in the classroom, 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. We find it useful and it 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.
The free version allows up to 3 mind maps, ing to images or HTML, sharing mind maps and email support
You also can easily move the bubbles around or change the links connecting them to each other.
Being an online application it is a shame there are no collaboration features in it, but if you can fit your thoughts into little connected bubbles, try it.
It prints, which can strangely still be a rarity for some Web 2.0 apps.
• Brainstorm online
• Create colourful mind
• Share work with others
• Embed your map in
your blog or website
• Email and print map
• Save map as an image
Bubbl.us is free to try and it’s fun. It might help you see connections in your own thoughts.
See how easy it is to use Noteflight, by watching the Noteflight Demo.
There is a premium format, but, with the free version, you can create up to 10 Scores, with any number of staves plus guitar & bass tabs, have 15 Basic Instruments, for composition and audio playback of your scores,link, embed and share scores online, have high-quality score printing, Go Mobile ~& Play and edit on iPads, iPhones and other devices. Worth an explore.
After a great 2014 ~ 15, and thousands of miles of travel, Tim and Sarah are taking a bit of time to do some blue sky thinking. Thanks to Clive for looking after the blog. … … …Back soon
NASA has gone back to the moon! You can become an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement…
In MoonBase Alpha anyone can take the role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research. Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the base. With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement.
Moonbase Alpha is a NASA-funded multiplayer game scenario with 20 minutes of play set on a hypothetical lunar outpost in 3-D immersive setting.
An educators’ guide contains lesson ideas for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The challenge is best suited to middle school aged voyagers.
If you head off in to space, please send back some communication about what you discover.
A joyous trip to Bath Spa University to work with their Primary and Early Years PGCE trainees.
Thanks to Emma Asprey, Senior Lecturer, at the School of Education for inviting us to the university, to spend precious time with her students, and to Hilary Smith, for greeting us and looking after us through the day.
Our aim, on these two sessions at the University, is to share tools, and techniques, that will add even more sparkle, magic and effective methods of bringing learning alive, to the toolkit that travels with the students in their careers.
It is so valuable to work alongside folk heading off in to the world of education. One of the most rewarding ways to spend your working days. Teaching is a hard path, in many respects, on many occasions. Hours of extra preparation, planning and reflection. But, as Confucius said:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
Emma Asprey, Senior Lecturer, at the School of Education shared these thoughts:
We invited Tim and Sarah to Bath Spa University to make sure that the end of the exciting and challenging PGCE journey went off with a bang and sent our Bath Spa Teachers into the world of teaching determined to make children’s learning fun, creative and thrilling. It’s a treat and a privilege to experience their unique approaches to learning and communication firsthand. Staff and trainees alike took part, using technology to join in with playful, imaginative learning experiences that they can take into their classrooms to enrich learning.
Wiki pages in large public wiki’s, such as wikipedia, have become rich and complex documents. Thus, it is not always straight forward to find the information you need.
WikiMindMap aims to support users to get a good, easy, structured, and understandable overview of the topic you are looking for, by browsing multiple wiki content, in a branching, mindmap style.
Whilst not always perfect, this is an interesting way to start investigating interrelated information.
IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: If This Then That.
The this part of a Recipe is a Trigger. If a tweet, or blog post mentions “Z”… then …
The that part of a Recipe is an Action. An example Action could be “send me a text message”
Some could be quite complex, but useful: Text me if it’s going to rain or Save my tweets to Evernote by creating an ever appending tweet backup note.
A practical tool, but also a fascinating example of programming language, terms, and purpose.
Chogger enables easy online comic creation for free.
Add images from your webcam, from online, or from your own collection, then get creative. Kerpow!
Chogger spent a little time offline, but seems back up and waiting for you to get comic.
Breaking down a story, article, or set of instructions, in to simplified steps, is a good way to get children thinking, planning, disecting & presenting, writing in different forms, beyond even the comic itself. Kerboom! Zap! Woosh! Go get comical!
Back up to London to contribute to the Network Learning Conference: Celebrating Partnership, at The Grand Connaught Rooms.
Thanks to Tim Nash, Sue Sigston, of Edison Learning, and big thanks to Dr. Allan Sigston, Director of Education Services at EdisonLearning, and Amy Sage, Business Operations Manager at EdisonLearning, for coordinating our involvement in today.
The event was looking at how to “Fill the gap between higher expectations and declining levels of support”
Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT , and Tony Draper, NAHT President 2015-16 will be speaking in the course of the day. We are blessed to have been invited in to Tony Draper’s school, for two full on days, at the end of August 2014, to start this school year off in style in Water Hall Primary, Milton Keynes ~ (Day 1 and 2).
NAHT Aspire is a three year partnership programme commissioned by the NAHT as an alternative and holistic approach to school improvement. The DFE provided sponsorship for a pilot of NAHT Aspire with an initial 30 schools working in four Networks across the country that had received consecutive Satisfactory or RI judgments. The pilot is now in its second year and due to its success the NAHT, working through EdisonLearning, are rolling this out to a further 50 schools over the course of this year (there is further information on the NAHT Aspire Website.
Thank you to Allan for sharing his thoughts:
Celebrating Partnership is a day conference organised by EdisonLearning and the NAHT that brings together schools from all over England that have been involved NAHT Aspire and other collaborative networks. All of them have been drawing on EdisonLearning’s school improvement tools and resources in partnerships that bring together senior and middle leaders in each term and is followed through in school with a team of dedicated advisers. The conference is a great opportunity to celebrate the schools’ tremendous successes, both in Ofsted inspections and with their other ambitions, and for them to share the unique ways they have brought innovations into their schools.