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Some Resources for a New Year
Sunday, September 02nd, 2012 | Author:

For many teachers, this week sees the return to the classroom and I have found that there are so many places to get great ideas and resources so I thought I would share some that I have been using lately. Some are old favourites, some are relatively new sites.

Literacy Shed – http://www.literacyshed.com (created by @redgierob)

I love this site. It is beautiful and I can’t believe how quickly it has grown. The site comprises of a range of videos covering different areas of Literacy such as Adventure, Fantasy or Mystery. There are also loads of other videos that cover other cultures or inspiration or animation and there are often ideas of how to use these videos in the classroom. One of the earlier examples was the animation from Pixar showing the birds on the telephone wire. This video could be used to discuss bullying. This can be found here. Another example is the clip from Finding Nemo that shows Nemo going to school for the first time. I will be using this tomorrow with my class to discuss feelings about the new school year and talking about any worries the children might have about joining Year 3.  (I must say that not all of the videos are from Pixar!!)

Videos are on YouTube and/or Vimeo so providing that is allowed in school, you’ll be fine.

7PuzzleBlog – http://7puzzleblog.com/ (created by @7puzzle)

This is a site that I will be using every week. Each day there are three (or four) challenges posted related to various different areas of Maths. These challenges are great for the start of a Maths lesson to get children thinking. I will be using these with my top-set Year 3/4 and although the site is only a few months old, there is a huge stack of challenges already.

An example challenge is below.

From the following list:

3   7   10   11   15   16   17   27   30   32   36   48   49   56   64   72   80   81

find the ONLY number left remaining when you eliminate:

  • square numbers
  • multiples of 8
  • factors of 60
  • prime numbers

Teaching Websites – http://www.teachingwebsites.co.uk/ (created by @markw29)

This is a collection of sites created by Mark Warner that include useful appz for tablets, great videos and also teaching news. There are loads of great tools here and it is well worth having a look.

Ideas to Inspire/Interesting Wayswww.ideastoinspire.co.uk (also Mark’s site)

I love the Interesting Ways series and these could be used for staff meetings and you’d still not be able to use everything in one year. There are tips for using tools from Wordle to Prezi and from Nintendo DSs to Visualisers. These are great crowd-sourced tips to get anyone started.

QuadBlogging – http://quadblogging.net/ (created by @deputymitchell)

We will be blogging (via www.stjohnsblogs.co.uk/class8) and one of the first things I did this Summer was to sign-up to the Quad Blogging movement started by David Mitchell. The aim is to link your class blog with 3 other classes to help promote the blogs to an audience. This project has had a massive impact to schools across the world and this term there are over 100 quads that will hopefully be blogging and commenting! Our quad consists of schools in Australia, New Zealand and the United States so it will definitely be bringing our learning to a wider audience.

100 Word Challenge / 5 Sentence Challenge – http://100wc.net (created by @theheadsoffice)

Another project that I have never really got involved in before is the 100 Word Challenge. This is a weekly challenge where Julia will set a prompt containing a few words or a picture and the children then write 100 words on that prompt. The 5 Sentence challenge is a similar concept, but for less-able writers. The children then write a blog post containing their 100 words and post the link on the 100WC page. Our aim will be to blog as many of the entries as we can but we may start by using it as a morning activity during the register.

Rethinking ICT – http://rethinkingict.wikispaces.com/ (created by @chrisleach)

There has been a lot of talk about the ICT curriculum and thinking about how we can approach this in a new way. Chris’ site has been developing a lot recently and is well worth a visit. As the year progresses, more content will be added and it will be a key tool in planning exciting ICT lessons.


And a few of my sites…

ICT Planningwww.ictplanning.co.uk

I have been trying to get this up and running for a few months now and it is coming together now. I have been adding some how-to guides, lesson plans and blog posts about different tools that we are going to use. I have also linked other ICT curricula on the site too. I hope that it will be useful for anyone that is thinking on changing their ICT curriculum this year.

Under Ten Minuteswww.undertenminutes.com

Another job in the coming weeks is to add more videos on to this tutorial site. I have added a couple lately and the idea is that there will be videos to cover a range of software and websites that we use in school.


What sites and resources will you be using this year?


ICT plans
Wednesday, June 01st, 2011 | Author:

I have written a couple of time (here for example) about the ICT curriculum. It is a difficult subject and the more I speak to teachers the more I am thinking about what I want to do and what needs to be done. In my school I want a cutting-edge curriculum with website design, game design, green screening and other such stuff. But I am there to lead it, I frequently get new ideas from Twitter and I want to try things out. Lots of schools aren’t like that so what do they do? Where do they begin? This post is aimed at the schools that want to revamp their curriculum but need a helping hand.

Some authorities have produced schemes of work and these are quite useful but again, if yours doesn’t, where do you begin? What if your target is to move people away from ‘ICT is Powerpoint and research’ type lessons into a more exciting curriculum?

I have been lucky enough to have a look through the Switched on ICT scheme from Rising Stars. This is a set of ICT plans that cover Years 1-6 and I am very impressed. Now, I know these will not be for everyone but they will be useful to schools that want to try some new things but maybe lack the expertise to try them out. Now, I have been asked to review this but I am not getting paid in any way. By now you should know, I only write about things I like. SO where do we start?

Well, in Year 3 the children look at researching, making a comic strip, animation, surveys and video presentations. Do your year 3s manage all of that? Year 4s look at databases, geometry in art and making their own weather reports.

In each module there are links to free resources e.g. Bubbl.us and freemind are mentioned in the research topic. There are also e-safety points, things to think about and statements to help you decide which level your child should be working towards. Now for the experts out there, this might be old-hat, but on looking through it, I have got some great ideas of things I can do with my children too. You get books and help-cards with each pack but it’s also available on the CD too.

I’ve been trying to pick some holes and I’m struggling. It seems like a lot of things have been thought of and covered.

The scheme has been written in collaboration with some amazing people like Terry Freedman, Miles Berry and Tom Barrett. These guys are amazing to speak to and listen to and the thought of them putting ideas down for others to use should be enough to make you want to have a look at this.

So, I like it. A lot. But please PLEASE, don’t just pick this up and use it in order. The whole point of ANY scheme of work is that you pick and choose and use it in a way that suits your school. It might be that you make comic strips in Year 4 instead of 3. Who cares? As long as you challenge your children then you can move things around. Do take a look at this framework though, you will find it very useful as a starting point indeed.

KS1 Planning – The Local Area
Saturday, January 01st, 2011 | Author:

I’ve been planning some KS1 ICT today. I’m not a KS1 expert at all, I teach 1 morning a week of KS1, but a few things have made my life a lot easier and I thought I’d share them with you to see if it might help when you plan next time. There are others out there that are much more advanced and experienced than I am, but hey. Here’s what I’ve started doing.

Firstly, the topic. The children will be looking at their local area and comparing it to Katie Morag’s Island of Coll. They will be visiting the local village and conducting a traffic survey and will hopefully then look at ways in which to calm the traffic through the village. So that’s my brief. Where can ICT fit in?

At the moment, each class has 1 ICT lesson a week and this can be in the suite or with netbooks in the class. I want to try and integrate ICT across the whole curriculum to give children a varied ICT experience.

I am also the PPA teacher, I provide ICT plans for the 3 KS1 classes but I only teach ICT in one of them. We have discussed it and I think the best thing to do is to provide the teachers with a variety of objectives and activities, they can then pick and choose which they do.

So the objectives include:

  • To use text and images to develop their ideas
  • To share and present information in a variety of forms
  • To present their completed work effectively

I then sat with the plan from two-years ago (it’s a 2yr cycle) and looked at each subject area to see the general gist of where the topic was going. I then loaded some of my favourite tools and here we go…

The children will be conducting a traffic survey so they will need to know about data handling and the furbles would be a great place to start.From there, we can then move on to 2Count and 2Graph so that we can begin making our own graphs. These are both part of Purple Mash.Hopefully the children will realise that the traffic goes through the village too quickly so they will discuss how to slow it down, using activities like Zigzag or Traffic Issues on Mash to help them.There are some more great data handling tools on the free iboard site too.

As we are looking at cars in the village, why not use 2Design and Make to make our own one? We could then graph those too?

When it comes to researching our local town and a Scottish island, then I turn to Simon’s excellent Infant Encyclopedia to help the children with their research. This has a range of short activities, videos and games for the children.

They will also need to look at their village and a Scottish one so why not use Google Maps and Streetview? That will make a great comparison tool. It would be even better if we could link to a school on an island too and I have already put those plans in place as well.There is a bear that travels a lot too, so we will have a quick look at Barnaby and his travels from the BBC.

So with that range of activities, the children will be learning to find information and to research using the internet, to present and analyse graphs and also to combine text and graphics using a simple tool such as Purple Mash. They of course will be reinforcing the skills of loading websites, logging on and using the netbooks safely and saving work too.

How do I present this to our children? These links will all be put on our school website (like I talked about here) so that the children can click and load the site or at most, login to Mash and then complete the activity.

I’m not sure if this is the best way of planning, but it seems to work and means there is variety. Will all three classes do the same activities? Probably not, but it doesn’t matter. I want them to be able to transfer skills from one tool to the other and this should give them the chance to do that. With the exception of the paid-for elements of Mash, this is all free too. I just wonder if it would work with KS2 or do they need longer project-type ICT sessions?

With thanks to Simon Haughton for these data handling ideas.