Expect much more from me on SAMR and its uses and impact. For now though, please have a look at my presentation on the brilliant framework for thinking about how you use technology in lessons by Dr Ruben Puentedura. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic.
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.
So this coming Thursday, TeachMeet Clevedon is taking place (if you hadn’t noticed! One application I’ve been looking to examine for some time is ‘CoverItLive’ – I’ve heard great things about it from the likes of @CheriseDuxbury and @JamiePortman on his great post on the app/topic here with some fab ideas. I thought I had to try it out for TeachMeet this coming week. This is my trial and as you can see it works really well! You can put images and posts up yourself either using the online client software or one of the different mobile apps they provide. It will also pick up hashtags in the timeframe that the event is happening too and drop them in. There are options galore.
I’m definitely going to be using it for #TMClevedon on Thursday.
An updated version of the ‘CoverItLive’ below will appear both on my blog and on the http://bit.ly/clevedonteachmeet wiki.
Quad blogging – an opportunity for class blogs to get up and running by providing you with an audience, linking you with 3 other blogs (school). Each school takes it in turn to blog, 1 school each week. You can link with the types of class you wish by signing up at http://quadblogging.net
Schools across the world take part and this can be requested when registering.
100 word challenge – Julia sets a prompt of a few words or picture to which students then write a 100 word piece which get blogged online. Children will then read each other’s and get feedback on what they have written. This provides a real audience for their work and inspires students to write creatively. Julia asks students not to go down the obvious route and there is even an adult 100 word challenge!
David talked about a SoL called the Learning Loop which has been created at Priory Community School in Weston-Super-Mare. He added that we want students to think but this can be very hard at times. In order to perform complex tasks we use memory and therefore, students need to learn how to think.
David showed a visual of the learning loop, starting at self assessment with PLTS and mind sets to looking at observations and feedback with the students themselves and reviewing what they have done. This loop is then done about 6 times so they learn to know how to think the way they need to.
David added that the Belbin test can be used to look at skills and qualities of students by them completing a quiz. In addition, it was said that sometimes students need to learn to fail and being given impossible tasks allowed for this to happen, as well as taking away teacher direction and help by the teacher taking on a different role within the classroom. Students must take some value from losing or not being able to complete something. It is the process that is important and they must realise what they’ve learnt in having that happen.
Alessio spoke about how imindmap 5 can create attractive mindmaps which allow creativity within the classroom as well as incorporating images into diagrams as well as text. Plus audio attachments means that the software suddenly opens up to a whole new variety of subjects to this style of presenting – being able to narrate stories for young children without having to write is one good idea that has been used.
In addition, biggerplate.com was mentioned as a place to share mindmaps with others and allow for teachers to access student work, as well as sharing them with peers.
The lovely Kat Crocker spoke about rocketing up your tutor group. She spoke about top tips for tutor time and things that have worked well at Clevedon School…
- go vertical
- give them jobs to do
- get organised by tracking students carefully
- plan your time together, quality time
- predict the news: watch the news and then predict what the news will be on the Friday, allows time to be used mentoring other students while rest of group do activity.
- Brainpopuk: daily video, links to lots of other curriculum areas
- Sporcle: quizzes can be made by students or completed by the whole tutor group by guessing particular words for a variety of categories
Ian presented a virtual Teachmeet presentation with a variety of ideas…
Manga High – free. You can upload users and students can play different games to accumulate scores. Challenges can be set for the class, students can play other schools and a personal login for your school means no need for a long username. The games have educational content which can be interacted with in a fun way.
Zondle – you can choose a character, play games randomly set by the teacher or create own games related to a specific topic. The games are all different in various ways and the questions get assigned to whichever game you wish.
Hooda Math – a variety of games linked to logic, arithmetic and ideal for primary school classes.
Jamie ‘virtually’ talked about in school TeachMeets to improve teaching and learning. Presentations which are 2 or 7 minutes long can take place within a meeting, turning the environment into a relaxing and stress free place and the ability to share ideas and thought easily. The length of the presentations are non-intimidating and gives confidence to those who are less brave at speaking in front of their colleagues.
TeachMeets are not about whole school priorities but other people’s ideas and learning from each other.