Do I hear a Twitter bird in the classroom?

June 6th 2012

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After reading Chris Edwards (‏@ChrisEdwards83) blog post about using Twitter in the classroom, here. I got to thinking about using Twitter in my classroom. Personally I have had an incredibly Twitter journey up to now, having starting using it properly in just February I now have just over 300 people following me and I have… Continue Reading.

Creative Fortnight – Flashback 70s

June 1st 2012

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Our final Creative Fortnight of the year was planned to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and so we were exploring ‘Decades’ and year 4 were lucky enough to have the 1970s. We were all very excited to begin exploring the era but there was just so much to cover from fashion, to music, to… Continue Reading.

Becoming and ICT Coordinator – where to begin?

May 23rd 2012

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I have recently heard that I will be the ICT Co-ordinator in school next year which I am very pleased about. The school has not necessarily had someone who is focussed on the ICT and is eager to move it forward in recent years and this has meant, in my opinion, that it could be… Continue Reading.

Digital Leaders – children in the lead, the way it should be!

May 17th 2012

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I have been interested in the concept of Digital Leaders for a while now having spoken to Sheli Blackburn (@SheliBB) a lot about the different things they do and what advice she had for setting them up. If you are not familiar with them here is a basic explanation:   Digital leaders are children within… Continue Reading.

7 Puzzle – challenge yourself as well as your students!

May 15th 2012

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Along with stumbling across the 100 Word Challenge and School of Puns I recently found Puzzle 7 via Twitter. Puzzle 7 is a maths challenge which is posted each day at 7am; the puzzles can be found on Twitter (@7puzzle) or on the 7 Puzzle blog: . The puzzles come in a range of difficulties… Continue Reading.

School of Puns – are any of your children comedians in the making?

May 13th 2012

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As my interactions on Twitter became more frequent I began being contacted by people with other school based projects similar to 100 word challenge; one of which was School of Puns. It is run similarly to the 100 word challenge; each week there is a drawing posted (the prompt) and children between 4 and 13… Continue Reading.

A true challenge: a story in 100 words

May 9th 2012

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I have recently discovered the 100 word challenge for KS2 children. If you do not know what this is each week a prompt is posted, this could be anything from a picture, to a sentence that must be included to a genre being asked for. The children have just 100 words to fulfill the prompt…. Continue Reading.

When a curriculum is full to busting, when do you find the time?

Since starting my class blog (see the original post here: Class Blogging – The Future?)I have been working hard to find time in an already overflowing curriculum to show the children not just our blog, but other class blogs as well. We all know that as soon as you stop mentioning things, the children can… Continue Reading.

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Contributed four lesson plans surrounding embedding the use of tablets to enhance learning in Science for Switched on iPad: Science

Teaching with Tablets

Contributed two chapters titled ‘Visible Learning’ and ‘Children as Researchers’ in Teaching with Tablets

Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Contributed some annotated lesson plans to model what to consider when ‘Planning Computing’ in Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

Contributed a lesson and some discussion (half a chapter) ‘Extending Computing to Meet Individual Needs in KS2’ in Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

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