June 2009 - Posts
This week we have decided to take a break from chosing just one website, to instead featuring a few classroom and teacher blogs popping up all over the web. Many schools are using blogs as an easy way to raise the profile of classroom learning and/or their schools. (Some schools have even created their school websites from blogs.)
Blogs not only provide a place for pupils and teachers to write, they also allow readers all round the world to COMMENT on what has been said. A powerful incentive tool for both pupil's and teachers.
ICT Club Blog
A Secondary school blog in Australia
Do you have a class, school, teacher or pupil bog? Please share your blog by leaving a comment. Please note all comments are moderated.
Date: Friday 10 July 2009
Time: 9:15 Coffee for a 9:30 start (Finish by 4pm)
Venue: Hugh Christie Technology College, White Cottage Road, Tonbridge Kent TN10 4PU
Trainer: Selda Ziya, Promethean Teaching & Learning Consultant (TLC)
Lunch: Participants to bring their own packed lunch
Cost: Free to Kent Schools
This will be a hands‐on workshop where participants learn how to make the most out of their interactive whiteboard. Selda will be sharing her tips and tricks on creating stimulating flipcharts and participants will be using these to create resources ready to use back in school from September. Participants need to come prepared with a plan and lesson objective. The session is open to all Key stages and the resources created will be shared and uploaded to the Kent and Planet websites.
During the day we will be using Promethean’s new ActivInspire,an easy-to-use software package designed to be adaptable to a teacher’s experience, subject matter or teaching style. The software can be used on all makes of board.
AtivInspire is available in two versions: Personal and Professional. The Personal Edition is free to everyone for download and includes a breadth of features and functionality, including new browsers that make lesson planning quicker and easier.
To book a place on this workshop please contact Tel: 01622 203800 ext 292
by Tuesday 7 July at the very latest
The Word Tree is one of my favourite Kent ICT games for FS/KS1 use on the IWB. We wanted to make a version more suitable for KS2. So there's a new game called Premiership Words. It allows to enter and store jazzy words for display on your IWB. The resource is football themed. You choose your two favourite Premiership teams. The words are then displayed on their t-shirts. When you want to enlarge a word you drag it to the bottom to either boy or girl to see a larger football player.
(Sorry, there is no football in this football resource!!)
There's a help video here.
Thank you to Jo Rogers from Kingsdown and Ringwould Primary for all of her help in developing this resource.
Armed Forces day is taking place this week and on Saturday 27th June 2009. Its got lots of resources and an assembly pack.
HoS Provider Gravesham
The schedule for Teachers TV this week is focussing on child safety and in particular there are two programmes on esafety. Both have been shown before and can be downloaded from the website. See http://www.teachers.tv/node/34948
Teachers looking at persuasive writing within a Literacy lesson might want to use an advert from http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/series/advertisingvideos Some are unsuitable for classroom use so please do check them in advance. My personal favourite is this one: www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2009/jan/23/cadbury-eyebrow-ad
Heritage Explorer - Images for Learning
Heritage Explorer is an image-based resource for teaching history, citizenship and many more subjects. Teachers can access classroom-ready materials at the click of a button. Choose from over 360,000 pictures, including historic views of daily life, aerial photography, and modern shots of listed buildings. Images are accompanied by accessible information and a range of teaching ideas.
A range of case studies and 'How to' guides provide useful information on how to get the most out of Heritage Explorer and tailor the resources to suit specific teaching and learning needs.
All of the images are copyright cleared and free to use for educational purposes. They can be copied or saved. For further information please see Terms and Conditions.
Why not search images by theme or take a look at the ready made interactive whiteboard resources.
A chance to see Tim Rylands using a journalistic approach to teach Year 8 and Year 10 students. Although this event is primarily aimed at secondary school teachers, it will also give Year 6 teachers / Literacy Coordniators more ideas and ways of using Myst IV with pupils.
Friday 3rd July at Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge
The timetable for the demo day is as follows:
To book a place contact Maryan Wyles
01622 203800 ext 292 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 20th annual ICT Exhibition and Conference will take place on 2 July 2009 at the Ashford International Hotel. Established in 1990, the annual Kent ICT exhibition and conference encourages and extends the effective use of ICT in education. The exhibition will show products and services from over 60 companies.
Entry to the Exhibition is FREE - Follow this link to view the exhibitors (Word doc)
No pre-booking is required – just turn up on the day! The exhibition opens at 9.00 am and closes at 5.30 pm.
Entry to the Conference
Fees are payable to attend the conference (£65 per person for contract schools and £85 for non contract schools) and places must be pre-booked. Fees include refreshments and lunch. Places for the conference are limited so please ASAP..
Follow this link to download the conference program (pdf)
Follow this link to book a place
Keynote speaker: John Davitt - New Tools for Learning
John Davitt is a writer, broadcaster and a digital toolmaker. He has worked in the education sector for the last twenty–five years as an English teacher, senior manager and regional adviser with the EU Flexible Learning Project. As a journalist he wrote for the UK Guardian, The Times and The Observer, with a regular feature in the Education Guardian.
John has worked extensively with teachers in schools in UK, China and Africa and he is committed to levelling the playing field regarding access to new learning opportunities. He is the author of the book "New Tools for Learning" (2006), a practical guide as to how to make the technology fit the learning need and the WordRoot CD – an interactive guide to words and their etymology. He has recently developed The Learning Score a visual tool that lets teachers map out and share learning intentions as a graphical event – rather like a music score.
His latest project is the Learning Event Generator and the Rag – an interactive learning tool for the iPhone where you can literally shake up a learning challenge. His latest book is ‘Setting Learning Free – The Difference Engine runs again’ .
John's website http://newtools.org/
Tim Boundy – JANET - Video conferencing
Many UK Museums, Galleries and Archives now use videoconferencing to deliver exciting educational content to UK schools. JANET Videoconferencing Service enables UK schools to arrange all aspects of their own videoconferences at no charge.
Tim Rylands - ICT to Inspire
Showcase of Tim’s work in Kent to engage, innovate and inspire!
“An opportunity for young artists everywhere!”
Weather Watch Art Week is an opportunity for your pupils to publish their photographs of their 2and 3-D Art Work on the National Education Network Gallery and share their work with other schools in Kent and across the Globe!
Pupil's of all ages can publish their weather art on the NEN Gallery
Pupil’s work can include:
Paintings, drawings, clay models, prints, hanging mobiles, collage, textiles and 3-D structures
For more information about the event click on the link below or contact:
Weather Watch Art Week
Phil Bracegirdle (ASK ICT Hands on Support Consultant)
FlashMeeting Presenter enables users to display on the screen for all to see during a web conference digital images taken by pupils and teachers. Just click on the snaps tab near the top of the screen to view the images that were used during this FlashMeeting.
What does Archaeology tell us about life in Roman Kent - A Flashmeeting with Marion Green (Canterbury Archaeological Trust Education Officer)
Marion FlashMeeting with pupils from Adisham Primary School, Canterbury.
Pupils taking part in the DIG IT 2009 have used FlashMeeting to ask Marion questions about the artefacts they have been loaned from the Trust. The artefacts contain clues about what life was like in Roman and Medieval Kent. For more information about the project visit the DIG IT web-site.
Click here to visit the Dig IT web-site
Years 3, 4 and 5 pupils at Woodgrove primary school in Sittingbourne and The Haig School, Germany today used Flashmeeting to web conference and ask Andrew Richardson (Canterbury Archaeological Trust) questions about life in Anglo-Saxon Kent. To replay the session click on the link below.
A FlashMeeting with Andrew Richardson
Pupils at Woodgrove Primary FlashMeeting with The Haig School Germany
The "Getting to Know You" project is a "trial" project involving three primary schools from Kent (Cheriton, Frittenden and Woodgrove) and three SCE Schools in Germany that involves the pupils every fortnight using FlashMeeting to share information about their local community.
Click here to visit the SCE web-site
For more information about the project contact: Phil Bracegirdle ICT "Hands on Support"
Kent teacher Mark Warner's collaborative 'Ideas to Inspire' website continues to grow with the help of teachers all round the world. The latest collaborative collection is over 35 inspirational Youtube videos ideal for using with your class.
How to download You Tube videos (pdf)
Learning Clip is an online resource to support Y3-5 teachers implementing the renewed primary mathematics framework.
The resources are structured to follow precisely the learning objectives of the renewed framework. For ease of navigation the resources are also listed by topic.
The clips are being offered free of charge to all schools during the development phase. You need to register (free)to have full access to the resources.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day 09, CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme developed two interactive assemblies to protect, educate and empower children and young people from harm relating to online issues. Simply download the file to your desktop or burn to disc and play in Windows Media Player or Quicktime. Each assembly lasts approx 10 minutes and the target audiences for these are 8-10 year olds and 11-16 year olds. As part of the download you will receive a sheet on session aims, learning outcomes and suggested pre-film activities.
Click on the ‘Resources’ tab.
At the top of the resources list, select the appropriate resource list for your age-group.
Select the Assembly download, click ‘Add’ and then select ‘Confirm Order’.
Right-click on the green download link in the Download area. Select ‘Save As’ to ensure you can access the assembly once downloading is complete.
What is the La Mantra Talking Pen?
The Talking Pen is an mp3 player that can store and play audio files. It has a tip that can read tiny microdots impregnated into paper. Books and charts can be prepared that deliver audio content to the user via ‘hotspots’ on the printed surface.
Frequently in schools these pens are used to support EAL pupils. Many members of the Kent MCAS Team (Minority Communities Achievement Team) now have and use these pens in schools to develop pupils speaking and reading skills. For more information about the pen click here
or visit The Mantra Lingua web-site
Saving and Sharing MP3 recordings
Do you want to replay and share recorded mp3 files? To download and play/share recordings users will need to install the SHARP G.726 Audio Decoder. To download the required codec click on the link below.
Sharp G.726 Codec
Welcome to the Web
"Welcome to the Web", created by Kent teacher Mark Warner, is an highly praised interactive set of on-line resources which teach children (an adults) about different aspects of the Internet. The latest update includes speech.
The resources are in split into seven sections:
- The Beginning - explains how to use the site.
- Getting Started Online - teaches children about the basic concepts involved in the Internet (World Wide Web, Hyperlinks, Back button etc). This introductory lesson also gives valuable practice in visiting and navigating around web sites.
- Staying Safe - encourages pupils to keep themselves safe online by following the SMART rules. Also tests their understanding usign interactive activities and fun quizzes.
- Using Your Browser - helps people to learn more about their web browsers... what are the different features and how are they used?
- Searching Online - teaches children how to search effectively, and keep themselves safe when doing so. Also identifies search engines which are particularly suitable for children to use.
- Trying Top Tricks - finding information on the net is great, but it is also important to know how that information can be used. This section explains about printing, using the Find tool to locate specific information within web pages, copying and pasting text, and saving images from the web. Also includes information about copyright and why it is important to credit others when you use their work.
- The Welcome to the Web Challenge - When the children have completed all of the sections of Welcome to the Web, they can complete this exciting challenge. It requires them to use all of the skills which they have learnt to catch the creator of a destructive computer virus!
When visitors complete the challenge, they are able to print a personalised certificate to show their competence in using the Internet.
ActivInspire Twilight - a demonstration of the new software for all boards
Did you know that any classroom can be an ActivClassroom - even if you don’t have an ActivBoard? Even if you have a Smartboard? Even if you don’t even have an interactive whiteboard at all? ActivInspire is the first cross-platform software for interactive whiteboards, developed by teachers for teachers.
Come and find out about ActivInspire
Paddock Wood Primary School
Thursday 18 June
3:45 for a 4pm start
(The session will last about an hour.)
A Promethean expert will show the new features of the software and how they can be used in a classroom context. Attendees will also be able to experience first hand the Activexpression voting handsets and will be shown the Planet website with its thousands of free resources and training that is available to all teachers.
The twilight session will be followed by an hands on day creating resources using the new software on Friday 10 July. This second session will also be run by a Promethean expert.
Both sessions are free to Kent schools. Please contact Mandy Barrow with the number of staff who will be attending either or both sessions.
27 schools from Kent and around the World took part in the "24 hour weather around the World Blog." Publishing comments and images of the weather on the project blog, NEN Gallery and Google Maps the activity highlights how new technologies and digital resources enable pupils to quickly and effectively share their learning with others.
Pupils at Peponi House School, Kenya checking the midday temperature
To view the pupils work and read a full report on this activity click here
Based on this year's trial we hope to repeat the activity again in the Autumn Term.
Adding a webcam to a birdbox is becoming increasingly popular in schools.
Last Sunday the Kestrel chicks hatch at Povey Farm. Now is a great time to watch them being fed and growing.
Very cute, have a look at the project gallery kestrel cam for some pics.
Tim Rylands will be speaking at this years EIS conference on 2 July. Part of his session will be schools showcasing their Myst work. If your school is in interested in sending a member of staff (and maybe three pupils) to present their work, please contact Tim email@example.com 07798890475 before 5 June.
In response to the Lord Laming report entitled The Protection of Children in England, the new inspection framework for September 2009 will have a stronger focus on safeguarding. This will include a grading from 1 (outstanding) to 4 (inadequate) for a school's arrangements. Any school which receives a grade 4 will also be likely to be awarded an inadequate grade for its overall performance.
Available on the Next Generation Learning website, these materials seek to engage parents in supporting their children at home http://www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/Online-resources-for-parents/
Thirty Kent primary schools are taking part in DIG IT 2009 project. Dig IT is a joint project involving the Advisory Service Kent and English Heritage (EH.) An opportunity for Key Stage 2 pupil’s to become history detectives and discover who has lived and settled in Kent over the past 2000 years.
Pupil’s from seven Kent primary schools attended the Activity Day at Richborough Castle, Sandwich on Wednesday 20th May 2009. During the morning the pupils took part in a range of enquiry based activities (linked to the Key Questions listed below) led by Ian Coulson (ASK History Advisor) and staff from English Heritage, Canterbury Archaeological and Wessex Archaeological Trusts.
How has the area changed over the past 2000 years?
What did the town Richborough look like 200 years ago?
Describe the daily life of a Roman Soldier?
The fort and the Arch
Daily life of a soldier
Roman Artefacts and Relics
Living in the fort
Maps and the local area - What happened to the sea?
Archaeological Activity - Learning about the Past
Following lunch the pupils were introduced to Marcus a Roman Legionary. Besides learning about life under Roman Rule the pupils practiced some of the marching skills used by the legions in battle.
Next term the pupils will be writing and publishing on the Making the News website stories about “The Battle of Richborough” re-telling the storming of the town by the Jutes.
To help the pupils plan their stories they spent the final part of the day in the castle creating “freeze frames” and discussing:
Why did the Jutes want to invade Britain?
Which part of the town would the Jutes have attached first?
What weapons would the attackers and defenders have used?
How would the Roman soldiers have defended the outer walls?
Why was the siege ultimately successful?
Photos from the day
Richborough Castle Follow-Up FlashMeeting Activities
Visit the main Dig IT website