Whilst I’ll write a longer post soon about the inspiration from the day today at Berkhamsted’s “Teaching, Learning & Assessment” conference yesterday, I did say that I would put up my presentation and resources from the session. So here they are:
I also spoke about a SAMR flow chart based upon Ruben Puentedura’s work as a tool for helping with decision making related to planning lessons using technology. It looks like this:
If you have any ideas / feedback for how this could be developed further I would love to hear your thoughts.
You can download a higher quality version of this here which can be printed to A3 for your team/staff room notice board/dart board:
SAMR flow chart
Thanks to everyone at Berkhamsted who helped make yesterday such a fantastic day, in particular Rebecca Brooks & Nick Dennis. Here’s to TLAB14!
It was a great feeling when I got the email through saying that my proposal to BETT had been accepted for us to talk about Digital Leaders at BETT this year. I was hopeful we’d get a slot, but wasn’t sure. As soon as I found out we’d been accepted, I was straight in touch with Sheli. As things were, the Digital Leader takeover was taking shape at BETT and if you check www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk you’ll see the huge number of events that took place of the course of the event that involved Digital Leaders. It was fantastic.
In the weeks in the run up to BETT, liaison with Sheli and Chris Sharples (@gr8ICT) saw us collaborate on a presentation for us to deliver at the Learn Live theatre (below). Following some rather croaky presentation from me with a head cold, and brilliance from Sheli, Chris and his Digital Leaders that he brought from York to London, really stole the show. They were superb.
What was particularly pleasing / rewarding, was the number of conversations that took place afterwards; both face to face and via Twitter, where people were saying that following our talk, they would be looking to start up their own Digital Leader schemes.
If you’d like to find out more about Digital Leaders, please get in touch, visit www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk or join in with #DLChat on Twitter, every Thursday at 9pm GMT. I wrote a bit more about the experience on the DLN site here too if you’d like to check it out: http://www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk/?p=1670
Panorama of the Digital Leader Learn Live audience
Panorama of the Digital Leader Learn Live audience
Me talking on the Learn Live stand
After a pretty long trek up to Newcastle Uni for the event, I arrived with the usual nervous excitement that always comes before an event of this nature. What I was presented with was yet another fantastic group of teachers giving up their time and weekend to share their experiences, action research and ideas for improving our practice.
Kenny Pieper & Lisa Jane Ashes kicked off the event with some great tales and activities to get the mind buzzing. Kenny with his softly spoken yet lilting accent engaged us and made us smile along with Lisa and her ice breaker activity to help with sentence structure. Given my grammar, I could definitely learn a thing or two!
Following this intro, a variety of different workshops took place. I talked a bit about the NESTA report, Ofsted, Traxler, ‘Find it make it use it share it‘ report from Wales, University of Hull report and the importance of SAMR along with some ideas and tools that can help support transformational / redefinition learning.
Other speakers included:
- Darren Mead talking about PBL & critique,
- Tait Coles and his ‘Punk Learning’,
- Jon Tait and his ideas for engaging students with technology
- David Gray on Kagen structures,
- Steve Bunce on the future of technology,
- Samantha Bainbridge on accelerated learning techniques for when you teach in many classrooms,
- Samantha Williams on independence & advanced questioning.
There was lots on offer & feedback within sessions and through conversations were fab to be a part of and eavesdrop on too. People thinking about how they could take the ideas and apply them to their settings. Tait Coles’ advice rang very true for me though. By all means take my resources and use them but don’t just take them and use them…. Does that make sense? What he means is, take them and then develop them for your individual setting. And if there’s anything that ‘Punk learning’ can teach us, it’s that you need to be grass roots with the frameworks students use. Give them your effort and then let them develop it. Let them critique and improve your initial (magpied) resource. Give them that sense of ownership. Let them invest in their assessment structures. By doing that they’ll understand the framework better and work within it and beyond.
The evening event proved even more useful for me. As I was involved in the day events, I didn’t get to see the sessions like I would have otherwise so the evening was special for me as I got to see everyone’s talks. Some highlights for me were:
- Laura Sutherland’s use of Socrative. I’ve taken some further ideas on how to use the great AfL tool from her work I’m definitely going to use
- Tait Coles with his passionate talk on awe and wonder
- Darren Mead talking about the disparity between what we are asked to prove vs what we should be doing (see side image)
- Sam Bainbridge’s PEE triangles
Although I got something from all of the presentations.
Massive thanks must go out to Gary Mitchelson, Lisa Jane Ashes and everyone at Pedagoo for organising a great event. It ran like clockwork and the positivity and collegiality shown from all was great. I made some new friends and got to meet some of my twitter heroes too including the amazing Chris Allen; someone who has shown me the way on so many occasions. See you at the next one?
Pleasingly, I have been able to track down 3 more videos from #JuicyLearning at the last #TMClevedon. Unfortunately, the clips of me and of Jim Smith haven’t seen the light of day – they’ll forever be one of those, “you had to be there” moments, but for now…. here are the excellent presentations from David Morgan @lessonhacker, Andy Hutt @andyhutt and Gavin Smart @gavinsmart.
Today marked my 3rd visit to the West of England ICT Conference at UWE and I wasn’t disappointed, quite the opposite. For me personally, it provided a clear landmark for me too, for how far I have come on my professional journey since my first visit where I was so inspired by Andy Hutt and Tim Rylands (written about here). Andy’s ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ presentation really gave me some get up and go and so when I was asked to deliver a seminar at this years conference, I was completely bowled over. I felt today like I had even more reasons to be cheerful.
Our presentation kicked off with a short video I made about the learning vision for iPads at Clevedon:
Apart from talking about the pedagogy, I did spend time talking about different apps and how they could be used to support learning. I covered the question of Flash, demonstated the power of Augmented Reality through the use of apps such as Aurasma and the Mona Lisa AR app, bringing the Mona Lisa to life. The possibilities of new ways of learning and teaching through apps such as Explain Everything, Book Creator, Evernote, iMovie and Comic Life. I also talked about the importance of tasks not just being substitution activities but ones that augment and redefine the activities to ensure that deeper learning can take place.
Here are most of the apps I talked about:
and some more here too:
I finished off the seminar with a quick Space Race in Socrative to show how the iPad could also be used as an AfL tool in the classroom.
If we spoke today and you’re reading this, thank you for the amazing feedback and for taking the time to speak and say hello. Please do get in touch if you have further questions.
Thank you to Val Hurley for asking me to speak in the first place, Wendy Hanrahan for all her help (and patience) in getting things prepped for today. Thank you too to Neil Tuttiett, my buddy for this morning, without whom, I might never have got on the wifi at UWE.
Here is my presentation from #TMStJulians this week. Hope you find the tools and information of use.
ICTEvangelist TeachMeetStJulians presentation
Guest blog post by @gavinsmart
Tim Rylands seminar at the SWGFL conference was a truly invigorating, inspiring and engaging journey through a range of ideas to use ICT in the classroom to inspire the learners and to make the learning journey more engaging, enjoyable and most importantly inspiring. The seminar focused on a range of Web2 tools and software (most of it FREE), hand-held devices, games and more.
The seminar started virtually the day before with a request from @timrylands for anybody attending to bring a smart phone lighter. All will come apparent later on.
This set a little bit of awe and wonder about the treats that may be in store for the enthusiastic and optimistic delegates who had been waiting all day for the last of the seminar sessions. So much excitement boiled over at one stage when @ICTEvangelist rushed to the front of the seminar room to proudly occupy the front row. After a slight delay (due to technical difficulties) the seminar kicked off. I can honestly say that good (outstanding) things come to those who wait!
Tim started with an excellent but amazing under estimated use of ICT, a blog with all the links to every website that he used in his presentation! Gone are the days of pen and paper, especially at an ICT conference. The delegates were equipped with (virtual) lighters and iPads ready to be enthused.
Tim stressed that ‘Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected. This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication.’
‘Technology is not the only answer… but, it does open up some remarkable opportunities, to extend teaching and learning styles.’
This feeling towards the potential that technology in the classroom has was shared by all delegates and all left inspired, enthusiastic and landed back at school the following day clutching a number of new exciting ways to inspire learners.
All of the websites, apps and other uses of ICT that Tim demonstrated can be viewed at http://bit.ly/world2me - a few highlights include:
Isle of tune
A range of avatar makers
Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming – MindMeister
For creating your own worlds
For online video editing
Many more can be seen at Tim’s blog. Overall an inspiring seminar, which left the delegates, excited about returning to school!
You can find out more about Tim Rylands at @timrylands and also his website www.timrylands.com where you can also follow links to his blog, where some pictures of the delegates with enjoyment written all over their faces can be seen.
A guest post by @gavinsmart
Superb resource. Get on it!
Russell’s powerful seminar at the SWGFL conference took us through lots of persuasive arguments that pervade our consciousness and conscience as we continue to work with students and ICT. He talked, as per the theme of the conference about ICT being in our (their) hands about empowering students by putting responsibility for their actions and their activities on to them. By taking the fantastic potential of the resource that is Facebook and their phones and allowing students to use these things in school.
Russell shared ideas about how these things can be achieved and talked about how student led AUP (Acceptable Use Policies) can be developed from student voice in order to maintain good order using these great tools. He also described how a teacher could set up their own ‘School Teacher’ Facebook account – e.g. ICT Anderson to enable teachers to maintain the separation between their own personal Facebook accounts and their pedagogical accounts.
The powerful and collaborative nature of Facebook, coupled with the announcement today on Facebook about them adding video chat as a feature (via Skype) makes it even more desirable a platform; when indeed you think about what skills the students would need training in to use the system, ie none! They already come tooled to do the job!
Russell’s resources from the sessions can be found here: http://www.andertontiger.com/SWGfL/
The podcast from the live radio section of the show, when available, can be found here: http://www.andertontiger.com/podcasts/default.htm
You can find out more about Russell on the link above. You can follow him on twitter at @russellprue
And yes, he’s also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/russellprue
Thank you for another brilliant session Russell.
Quoting @gavinsmart yesterday from the event on Twitter: “At the #swgfl @russellprue is brilliant!”
Other resources shared: http://www.heppell.net/facebook_in_school/