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Chorlton ICT Spring Conference 25 March 2011

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Peter Ford

On Friday I travelled up to Chorlton Park Primary School, Chorlton cum Hardy in Manchester for the Chorlton ICT Spring Conference #CISC.  The presenters were:

  • Bill Lord
  • David Mitchell
  • John Sutton
  • Matt Woods
  • Peter Ford
  • I went with two other members of staff; Anthony Simpson, Head of ICT and Rachel Slater, Head of English from Nottingham High Junior School.  We had a thought-provoking and inspiring day.  The ideas that appealed to me were:

    • “playful” learning to improve literacy levels
    • using student mentors for non-geeky staff – but a good idea all round I think
    • classroom tweeting Year 1 upwards – e.g. @giraffeclass
    • peer assessment via comments – train the students to make good comments using constructive criticism
    • using book reviews at http://abookaday.posterous.com/ – although I need more information on how this works in practice
    • Quadblogging to increase the blogs’ audience – classes are grouped in fours where one class is the focus each week
    • CoverItLive as a simpler more practical alternative to video conferencing – this could be brilliant for us between schools or for languages between twinned classed the possibilities are endless
    • Google’s Map Gadget – if your data is geographical e.g. postcodes Google can map it
    • Comment Press to be able to make more detailed constructive criticism on longer pieces of work
    • using a Blogthenews tag to automatically post your posts to a central school newsletter type blog – I look forward to finding out how to do this

    I have lots of homework to do to find out about some of the above.  I am now following many of the other delegates and hope to swap ideas and experiences.

    Thanks again Bill, Peter, Matt, John and David.


    Written by sammi

    March 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Infringing Copyright Laws?

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    As you are merrily blogging or using Google Images on your website, do you ever worry about whether or not you are infringing copyright laws?   Just because you are online and saving images is as easy as a right click doesn’t mean to say that copyright laws do not apply and also that you or your organisation will not be fined heavily for abusing it.


    By St Murse

    Take a look at Sue Water’s very comprehensive article on Teacher Challenge Blog Kick Start Activity 5 – Beginner – Enhancing posts with images.

    So what’s the solution?

    1. Use Creative Commons images
    2. Use your own photos
    3. Create your own images using a range of different tools

    These are the different Creative Commons Licences:

    Thanks to Scott Fisk


    See webdesignlessons.com for 16 websites with Free Stock Images for commercial use

    See also the official Google blog for ways to modify your Google Image search so that only images which are copyright free come up.

    Also see Sitepoint.com (Sean P Aune) for a list of 30 sites with Creative Commons media.


    Written by sammi

    March 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Posted in copyright, images, School Blogs

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