This week I was lucky enough to attend a new group being organised in Milton Keynes. The premise of the group is that without the support that the LEA used to offer teachers we need something else as a way to offer support and getting together and helping each other is the best way.
We discussed what we would like the sessions to look like in the new school year and suggested that a combination of TeachMeet style sessions and expert-led sessions (potentially run by 2simple, Clickr or Apple) would be useful to us all. We then shared things that we had found worked really well in the classroom. I shared my experiences of using Twitter with my class (see the blog post here: http://swaygrantham.co.uk/?p=152).
We were shown a fantastic video created by Slated Row School for their Naace 3rd Millenium Learning award. Their video really shows the full extent at which technology can be used to aid learning with a specific purpose and not just because it’s pretty to have it around! You can check out their video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is7q6lK2UXU&feature=youtu.be
Helen from SENDIS used sqworl to bookmark a range of applications to do with a similar topic (similar to Pinterest) and used this to show us some way to explore sound and music using ICT. Other made suggestions on managing iPads in schools, recommendations of apps, stop-frame animation examples as well as a lot of other cool ideas. At one point the talk even turned to using Digital Leaders in school to help support already overly busy ICT co-ordinators (you can see my digital leaders post here: http://swaygrantham.co.uk/?p=121). See full meeting overview here: http://technologyforall.edublogs.org/
Overall I am excited about the prospect of being a part of this group and sharing successes and gaining advice from a group of local people. Twitter is a brilliant resource which has allowed me to do this but I have always had a niggling feeling that it would be great if schools worked together on a more local level it would offer a world of opportunities such as sharing technological resources. The ideas bought to the meeting this time were fab, everyone was willing to join in the discussions about different experiences and I really think that once established this will be a brilliant asset. Watch this space.