Our intention is to present you with some tips and tricks that work for us with pupils and staff.
We will be very pleased if even a few of the ideas here catch your imagination and are taken back to your own school and children.
We also hope that you will consider accessing this blog later and adding your own tips and tricks.
First, please leave a Post-It on the Wall Wisher wall by clicking on the link below:
Wall Wisher Success
We will show you how to build a new wall.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
In P7 at Sciennes we have been swapping and creating riddles in class.
We will then show you how to add it to this blog.
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
NOW EXPLORE SOME EXISTING BLOGS.
As you'll see in the posts added to this blog by Diarmid, blogging has enabled him to remain in contact with us via cyberspace.
The term 'blogging' comes from 'web logging' where content can be added; like James T. Kirk's Captain's Log. A flexible and motivating tool for pupils, ideal for communication - with pupils, parents, teachers and the wider world - because of its ease of use and accessibility.
Here are some other blogs we have used:
P3 Toys Blog
Note: search for images of toys on behalf of children. Only forenames were used and parents were informed beforehand. The children subsequently used the blog to make tallies of P3's favourite toys and we graphed the results using Infant Video Toolkit.
P4 Romans Blog
Blogging is a useful tool at the end of topic: "What I have learned about the Romans." The images selected and added by the pupils were taken from Scran, which is a wonderful and expansive resource, free for school use.
Add a link to a blog on your school website to allow quick, easy updates from a number of users. Sciennes' Business Manager, Angela Christie, created and maintains this blog for the school.
School Council Blog
Parents can maintain their own website quickly and easily using a blog. Norman Brown, Chair of the Sciennes' School Council, created and maintains this blog.
The first time we did this we were wary of using any photographs. Wendy French worked with P7 pupils to peer assess pupils' posts.
Sciennes' DHT, Alice Brown created and maintained this blog with P7 staff while they were at Lagganlia. Photographs of groups are published here and only forenames are used.
Alice Brown began posting information for pupils and parents to this blog ahead of the trip to Lagganlia. We now seek parental permission to publish pupil photographs on the web as part of general permission slips at the start of the year. And, for the first time, this blog contains some video.
Forrest Howie took a broadband dongle to camp which enabled us to blog from Benmore for the first time. Uploading photos was laboriously slow, but worked. (Fellow Benmore campers will know that to get mobile phone reception there, you have to walk to the end of the road and stand on a wall. So we were completely amazed that it worked.) The parents of our P6 pupils regularly added comments while we were at camp and told us they really appreciated the daily updates.
Instead of Learning Logs, you might consider setting up Learning Blogs with your pupils, where they can reflect on their learning and self or peer assess.
You have added a Voki to a Gadget in this blog.
We have shown you how to add a Comment (for Diarmid to read at Dalguise) and how to add a Post to this blog.
Finally, we will show you how to create your own blog and adjust the settings. Pay particular attention to how you set up moderation of Comments (in the Settings > Comments tab). Here's how, using Jing, for screen capture.
PERSONALISATION AND CHOICE
The rest of the session will be spent taking you through some of the ideas in this blog and then giving you time to select what you wish to pursue here, with the hope that you will continue to access the blog back at school and also add to it.
Before you leave, please add a Post-It to the Next Steps Wall Wisher, vote in the poll and complete the self assessment.
Sketch Star is also a free online tool for creating animations.
Cartoonster has lots of tips for budding cartoonists and animators.
GoAnimate is another free online tool.
Marvel Comics let you create and download your own Superhero comic book.
There are many online tools which enable collaborative learning.
Mindmeister - collaborative, free, online mindmapping
Etherpad is an online collaborative text-editing application that, like Google docs, does not require downloading or installation of any software packages. There is no registration and you can see changes made instantly.
Design and create online surveys.
Tenuous link, but this is a super site and perhaps could be used for 'character sketches'.
Loirston Primary School has a similar catalogue of weblinks.
Mark McKenna shared this site with us: BBC Learning Zone Clips
Register for free with Rubistar.
We have handouts of rubrics which help pupils prepare a talk on a European country and a world river. Rubrics can be used to share success criteria at the beginning and can then be used again when the task is complete for peer, self and teacher assessment.
Pupils can view stories and create their own.
Myths and Legends
There is a useful link to a Myth Map showing examples from around the world.
Registering your school will allow pupils to publish their work and there are easy to follow explanations in the Teachers' Section.
Consider using this animated version of Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" as a stimulus for writing a newspaper report:
Before beginning to write, pupils could take part in a 'Hot Seat' drama session, where they sit in the hot seat in role as an eye witness and are then interviewed by members of the press (for example "Joe Blogg, Daily Mail. What did you see land on Horsell Common?")
At Sciennes in P6, our pupils focus on Performance poetry as part of our school-wide Language Programme of Study. You might consider using YouTube to source some multimedia versions of poems.
WH Auden "The Night Mail"
Alfred Noyes 'reads' "The Highwayman"
Animation of "The Highwayman"
Pupils could create an additional verse, changing font to follow on in the style of Roger Stevens' calligram poem "Louder."
Okay, Andrew, nice and clearly
off you go
Welcome everybody to our school concert...
Louder, please, Andrew. Mums and dads won't hear you at the back, will they?
Welcome everybody to our school concert...
Louder, Andrew. You're not trying.
Take a b i g b r e a t h and
Welcome everybody to our school concert...
For goodness sake, Andrew. LOUDER ! LOUDER !
Welcome everybody to our school concert!
Now, Andrew, there's no need to be silly.
Each of our 90 P7 pupils at Sciennes has an individual Handheld computer as part of the two year Learning Hubs pilot project. At the next Refresh, schools will likely be able to opt for Handheld devices, as well as laptops and desktops. Please feel welcome to explore.
SHOO-FLY'S ANGEL BOY SOFTWARE
Please feel welcome to browse through this wonderful, expansive cross-curricular P6-S2 resource, available in Smart, Promethean, PowerPoint and pdf formats. It marries very well with Curriculum for Excellence.
Try this new collaborative storytelling site. Read stories published online and make your own visual storybooks for sharing. Beautiful, large drag and drop images and easy-to-read type; ideal for young children.
Take the tour to find out how to use this fabulous site.
INFANT VIDEO TOOLKIT
Infant Video Toolkit is software we use with pupils from P1-P7 and at around £425 for a site licence is the single best investment in a piece of software we have ever made. It is called Infant Video Toolkit because it contains step-by-step video animations which can instruct pupils as well as staff.
Poisson Rouge is a fabulous, beautifully designed site which we use with Primary One from September onwards. Easy to manage in the ICT Suite and a great way to engage a whole class of young pupils early doors.
Ollie Bray is a qualified headteacher currently seconded to work as National Adviser for Learning and Technology Futures at Learning and Teaching Scotland.
John Johnston was a prolific class teacher at Sandaig Primary in Glasgow, and last year joined North Lanarkshire Council as an Educational ICT Development Officer.
Ewan McIntosh was National Adviser for Learning and Technology Futures at Learning and Teaching Scotland and is now Digital Commissioner for Channel 4 Television's Innovation for the Public Fund.
Will Richardson is one of America's leading Educational Bloggers.
Bill Boyd is a Teacher, Education Manager and Independent Learning Consultant with a particular interest in Literacy and Moving Image Education.
Alan November is another American Web 2.0 guru whose ideas about global communication, collaboration, assessment, and critical thinking have inspired schools, governments and corporations around the world to rethink and redefine their approach to education and technology.