Category Archives: ICT

Year 5 DJs

This afternoon I had the pleasure of working with Year 5, who were creating and mixing music as part of their ‘They see the world like this’ topic. Thank you to Lily for the music that you can hear whilst the video is playing.

Blogging with an expert

Tonight the staff and myself had the pleasure of taking part in an excellent INSET twilight training session led by David Mitchell. Those of you who use Twitter may know David as @deputymitchell – he has many, many followers and uses Twitter and blogging as a brilliant educational tool. His work on blogging has also put him at the forefront of his field and so I was thrilled when I was able to bring him to Westwood to inspire us on our journey.

Already since the year has begun, the children and staff have been blogging daily, some using photos but most of all, sharing excellent learning. Tonight was about moving beyond simple posting and commenting, although that still remains at the core of creating an audience. We now know how to use slideshows, audio into blog posts live discussion sessions and, most importantly, how to get the children’s learning noticed, read and appreciated around the world. Yes, the world. Blogging opens doors for children beyond just the audience of one or two in the classroom and I am excited by the prospect that by the end of the year our children’s work will have been viewed and appreciated by people from every continent, possible thousands of times over.

Tonight was one of those evenings when you feel so inspired that you want to go out and try it straight away. I know David will be following what we do and with support from him, commitment from the children and staff and engaging learning, Westwood school is about to go global…

Parent’s Blogging Night

Tonight we held our first parent’s blogging meeting, which I really enjoyed. A HUGE thank you to those of you who came along to find out more/discuss with others how blogging can  have such a big impact on children’s writing. It would be lovely if you had time to add some comments as it would really bring our blogs alive.

A small reminder…

…that I am holding a Parent’s blogging meeting tomorrow evening at 6.30pm  in the school hall.  Please come along to find out more, ask some questions and see how you can help your child with their digital literacy,

Blogging fun!

Another really fun afternoon in the classroom teaching and today I was working with Thistle class and Clover class teaching them how to blog. Their ideas were fantastic and they have picked it up really quickly. Here they are in action. Well done everyone!

Clover class blogging on PhotoPeach

Returning to childhood in a digital age…

For those of us of a certain age, the World Cup and Panini sticker albums were synonymous with swapping stacks of doubled stickers, trying to complete the album before the tournament ended and then sending off (by post!) for those last few.

Of course there is a Panini sticker album for the current world cup, but I thought I’d share what I’ve found to be mildly exciting and nostalgic the last couple of weeks. If you point your mouse to en.stickeralbum.fifa.com, there is, wait for it…an online Panini sticker album you can complete, complete with swaps, world cup quizzes and plenty of other distractions. With a quick signup to Fifa.com you are in with a username and going back 30 years, or at least I was…Now back to work!
panini online