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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

    ICT CPD and Adult Learners Week

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    adult learners week

    adult learners week

    An idea for increasing the profile of ICT CPD amongst the staff might be to highlight Adult Learners Week and encourage people to learn at least one new ICT method.   We are all learners even though we teach…

    Written by sammi

    April 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm