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Whatever it Takes, reading initiative conference

| November 10, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Whatever it takesWhatever it Takes, the Leicester city-wide reading initiative, is hosting its 3rd annual conference year of using ICT to inspire learning and creativity, with an emphasis and reading and writing.

ICT to Inspire – will be held on 25th February 2014 at Leicester City Football Club along with Feedback and Reflective Session, 4th June, venue TBC.

Open BookThe conference will be lead by Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild and supported by a number of providers, exhibiting a range of products available to schools to support pupils learning by the use of ICT. The day will include a presentation around ‘Raising the levels of creativity of children of all abilities’, a hands on session exploring the virtual worlds of Myst III and practical tasks delegates can undertake back at schools.

The follow up day has been designed to advance schools learning by  feedback and reflective sessions along with peer review. Tim and Sarah will keep in touch with delegates online, between events.

Click here to book your places now.

Geography IQ

| November 7, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

GeographyIQWhich country has the smallest land mass? Which has the youngest population? The GeographyIQ rankings pages rank countries and territories by more than 50 geographic, demographic, & economic criteria.

What is the capital of Belarus? What languages are spoken in Afghanistan? What time is it in Buenos Aires? How’s the weather in Taipei in May? Find the answers to these questions and many more. The world map helps you quickly navigate through the world atlas so that you can explore our world. To get started, click on a continent and then a country. You’ll find tons of useful information including:

  • Facts and figures about each country’s geography, demographics, economy, government and political system
  • Fascinating historical, cultural and political background information
  • Country maps and flags
  • Climate and weather information for major cities
  • Up-to-date foreign currency exchange rates
  • Current time and time zone information for major cities

Comment Bubble ~ notes on videos

| November 6, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Comment bubble logoWith Comment Bubble, you can experiment with adding, and gathering, thoughts on videos. Useful in a flipped classroom maybe, or when studying a film in detail.

“No Strings Attached!” Epsom, Surrey

| November 6, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

No Strings Attached

Babcock“No Strings Attached!” a Babcock Education Event at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey. So, a fast paced canter, no, gallop, though just some of the digital delights available in this remarkable day and age.

  • Thinking of goiEpsom Downs Racecourseng mobile?
  • Which tablet/device should you use?
  • What about ‘Bring your own..’?
  • Can it be done safely?
  • Is it cost effective?
  • Will your WiFi cope?

Epsom Downs Racecourse is a great place to hold a ‘No Strings Attached!’ event: we let go of the reins and went for it!

‘No Strings Attached!’ is a platform agnostic, realistic look at mobile learning in our schools. It is a must for any school who has started or intends to start the journey towards mobile learning. Focusing on pupil learning and raising attainment this event explores the issues with internationally renowned speakers, a wide range of seminars and all the usual fun, games and prizes!

The day featured inspirational speakers: Miles Berry, Principal Lecturer, Computing Education, University of Roehampton; and Jeff Smith, Director IET Associates & Consultant to Brent Schools

Miles BerryMiles surveyed some of the history of technology in education, looking at lessons learned from earlier uses and considering the extent to which any technology may be seen as transformative. He provided a summary of some of the research into the use of iPads and other 1:1 devices, drawing out some of the key findings and exploring some of the questions which remain open. He concluded by linking the
 use of mobile technology to the new computing curriculum.

Thank you to Isobel Bartle-Tubbs Conference Producer, for organising our involvement today.

Finding our names linked so often with the iPad app Epic Citadel, it was a joy to head back there today. Here is a reminder, to those who may not have walked through the market, out on to the ramparts, and down to the tents by the river, that whilst you can explore, it is vital to stand still too.

Remember to take your time. Each location can bring alive so many different genres of writing, and more. But, you have to BE there. Take in the atmosphere outside the castle gate. Breath the sea air, and taste the ozone, from the bridge.

White Noise

| November 5, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

White NoiseWhite Noise, in its various formats, Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android & more) is a fascinating voyage in to the world of soundscapes, and the manipulation of ambient noises.

It is possible to mix your choice of background sounds, changing their volume and position.

Pick your favorite sound to relax and calm your mind (or class), or act as a stimulus for descriptive narrative.  Listen to pouring rain, crashing waves on a beach, or create your own perfect sound texture for writing, acting or relaxing, and much, much more. Sound!

The Children’s University of Manchester

| November 5, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

logo-leftThe Children’s University of Manchester is full of useful, and fun, learning opportunities.

Their Adjective Detective game, is a fun way to explore the craft of description. Explore life in Ancient Greece, or Ancient Egypt. Polish up your French… & much, much more.

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
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

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

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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

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

8/29/2014 By:

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

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

8/29/2014 By:

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

TinkerCAD ~ Mind to 3D design, in minutes

| November 4, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

tinkercad-logoTinkercad is an easy-to-use tool for creating digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed into physical objects. Users are guided through the 3D design process through ‘Lessons’, which teach the basics, before moving on to more complex modeling techniques.

Tinkercad uses WebGL, a new 3D web standard. It works best with Google Chrome 10 or newer, and Mozilla Firefox 4 or newer. It works on Windows Vista or newer, Apple OS X 10.6 or newer, and Google Chrome OS on Chromebook. Get tinkering!

The Raglan Schools, Enfield ~ Day 2

| November 4, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Raglan Schools

The Raglan Schools, a Federation of Raglan Infant School and The Raglan Junior School.

Thank you to head teacher, Martin Kelsey, and the staff, yesterday, for coming with us on a whistle stop tour of a huge amount of digital delights, some old, some brand, spanking new, and for thinking about how they can be applied to bring learning alive, even more, across the curriculum.

As a Mac school, there were some great Apple~centric delights to explore too… … … …

Myst IVToday, alongside the children, we went on some wondrous wanderings in the world words. Who would’ve guessed, 12 years ago, that the simple ideas of using a computer game, and it’s remarkable, peaceful, beautiful experiences, to inspire children’s writing, would have such a long-lasting, widely spread effect. After all this time, that simple concept remains powerful. The idea has been developed even further than could have been imagined back then, by others, in their classes, and great heights have been reached.

Back then the original lessons took place, noone could have guessed the world of the web would take off in such a way too!  The simple starter, of using these experiences to motivate some incredible descriptive narrative, simile, metaphor, and flights of fantasy, is just that: a beginning.

Well done indeed, to the children today, who took off, and flew, putting their scribbly sticks paper, to record some stunning ideas.

Noisli

| November 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Noisili

Noisli is another simple, but really effective, ambient soundtrack creator. Use the basic graphic interface to manipulate the range of sounds, building an atmosphere for use in descriptive narrative, or setting an atmosphere in a room.

Try the Ambient Mixer for a more complex version of a similar concept.

You might also experiment with Go Mix It or listen to some real, and ready made, natural sound streams with the Nature Sound Map.

The Raglan Schools, Enfield ~ Day 1

| November 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Raglan Schools

The Raglan SchoolsINSET Day at The Raglan Schools, a Federation of Raglan Infant School and The Raglan Junior School, in Bush Hill Park, Enfield, Greater London.

Since federation, the schools have been working hard to work closely together creating common policy and practice to ensure that we over a seamless learning journey from Nursery through to Year 6.

Martin Kelsey, Headteacher, reflects on the school’s pathway:

As Headteacher, I often think that a school is on a journey. We have our sights set on where we are now and where we would like to be. My Raglan journey began in 2012 with bringing two quite different schools together in a federation. We set out to achieve a common goal and create a smooth journey from Nursery to Year 6. We set out to inspire our pupils and to have them engage with their own learning.

Both schools have many great features and amazing staff and it has been about sharing, making the most of our skills and expertise so that all our pupils can experience a quality education.

We are doing well on our journey and striving ahead to improve even further. We are excited to welcome Tim and Sarah to inspire us some more, to keep us thinking outside the box.

 

Typing Web

| November 2, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Typing WebTeaching typing is crucial, but, often, forgotten. TypingWeb is completely free. Whether you need to teach 1 student, or 100,000 students, the free Teacher Portal allows full administration and management of student accounts. Create, track, group, & manage all your students from your browser.