Tag Archives: web2.0

Keeping Connected

Whilst off school recovering from a headache-y, nausea bug, I noticed a tweet from Tom Barrett about an event with northantsblt.

This event was hashtagged (meaning it was easy to find all the tweets in one place) #northantsblt. I used hootsuite to open up a stream for that hashtag and then dipped into the tweets from under my blanket during the day.

I found it a really good read and wanted to keep some of the tweets for further reading and reference.

I remembered storify. I’ve only really dabbled with that piece of software, but I have selected many of the tweets from the day and published them in a storify document, which I have then embedded below.

A simple and good use of blanket time I felt…and even better than Jeremy Kyle Under the Hammer!

Northants BLT 20/11/12

Tweets using hashtag Northantsblt

Storified by Robert Drummond · Tue, Nov 20 2012 09:06:25

#NorthantsBLT Learning tree – interactive display where a new leaf appears for every thing that they’ve learnedEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT Online bulletin boards for questions – question boardsEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT Exit pass – show me on a post-it what you’ve learned before you goEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT Blogging – for comments that document the learning journeyEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT Learning tags – adding keywords at top of work – metacognitionEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT Snowballing – group of kids at table develop ideas, screw up ideas, throw to table, next group have to build on itEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT Window shopping – stealing ideas from fellow students. Browsing the learningEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT Babblegabble: children build on each other’s ideasEwan McIntosh
What can’t we do without…? #NorthantsBLT http://pic.twitter.com/e03wUclRAndrew Evans
What do we need to control?…really? @ewanmcintosh #NorthantsBLT http://pic.twitter.com/pLLnv6A5Andrew Evans
If you can draw it, you can share it, you can learn from it…eliminating ‘death by powerpoint’ @ewanmcintosh #NorthantsBLTAndrew Evans
#NorthantsBLT it is about developing your learning culture. How much time do we spend on developing this culture in our schools?Leigh Wolmarans
@johnpopham Kids think YouTube is a real website. They think school websites aren’t. #NorthantsBLTEwan McIntosh
#NorthantsBLT we need to stop teaching so children can really learn!Leigh Wolmarans
How can we use technology to help make the messiness of thinking more visible. #northantsbltHelen Caldwell
Spoon feeding is for babies! #northantsbltKevin Hewitson
Lots of Juicy questions explored in kids TED talks- finding things that matter to them, empathy to engage.#NorthantsBLTStacey
Sunderland kids TEDx talks /bit.ly/p5bKKS #northantsbltHelen Caldwell
Chn to have and IDENTIFY their own STAR moment in their learning- Something they’ll always remember. #NorthantsBLTStacey
Get children to plan a STAR moment when planning writing… ‘Something They’ll Always Remember’.#NorthantsBLTTom Rees
Applying story structures and drawing inspiration from video games to develop talk. #northantsbltHelen Caldwell
Love this clip we have been introduced to by @ewanmcintosh…http://www.ted.com/talks/bobby_mcferrin_hacks_your_brain_with_music.html#NorthantsBLTTom Rees
Choice, collaborate, challenge, responsibility, respect, real things 3Cs and 3Rs of learning. #northantsbltHelen Caldwell
Difference between Ilearning about Newton and thinking like Newton: Visible learning. #NorthantsBLTHelen Caldwell
Do we want children to learn about someone, or do we want them to think like someone? @ewanmcintosh #NorthantsBLTAndrew Evans
#NorthantsBLT remember it is not about the technology you have but how it is effectively used.Leigh Wolmarans
Ideas are not logical…they don’t go a, b, c, d @ewanmcintosh #NorthantsBLTAndrew Evans
RT @JugieK: #northantsblt check out GuardianEyewitness app for amazing daily photos from around the world. Screen shot to use photos in presentations.Ewan McIntosh


IT – What I want to see

Before heading off to #3mhothouse I’d been thinking about what I want IT to be for our pupils in the near future.

I want it to be an enabler. To allow children to create things they couldn’t otherwise, and produce professional quality products.

I want children to be good citizens in life and extend this into their online world. They need to see the benefits of social media/networking and respect both the people and the media. I would love them to be ambassadors for the good things young people can do with social media and battle some of the negativity that some traditional media writes about them.

I want IT to be enjoyable if it is being taught as a discrete lesson. Too many Fridays my step-daughter has come home moaning about how dull IT lessons were at school and then proceeded to spend 4 hours creating, curating and interacting wonderfully on the computer at home.

I don’t want IT to be limited by age or stage. I do not want a scheme of work where 7 year olds change font style, and 8 year olds change font colour. It will show a progression of sorts, but that will not be tied to ages.

I want IT to be chosen by children for a task. Another tool in the learning bag. Alongside this children need to be introduced to the vast range of tools which are available, so they know that you don’t have to use powerpoint for every presentation, nor kidpix for each piece of art. Fine tuning of tool selection will be vital.

As I think of more ideas and try to rough out an ICT framework for school I may add to this piece.

I’d be delighted if you added any ideas of your own.



Free Technology for Teachers

This site, run by Richard Byrne is a wonderful resource. On a daily basis Richard highlights pieces of software (usually free) which can be used in education and some idea on how they can be used.

Here is his slideshow ‘Best of the Web’ which he presented at the Missouri RPDC Technology Conference.  For more of the resources and ideas he has found look at his website. He has also written several e-books which are available to read and download for free from the issuu website.