March 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

No its not a typo, but an idea, a concept to draw teaching and teachers onto the vle with a collective purpose. Over a beer, Mark Hellen helped me conceive a whole school teaching project that might give the vle a colourful launch. Mark proposed and supported the concept of a whole prpject centred on the theme ‘Carnival.’

Mark outlined potential calendar dates to associate with the project and a series on wonderful (and tested) ideas, albeit from taken Primary school context. Maybe that is the learning point of this post. That conversing with people outside your common communication circle may have more value than you realise. Perhaps  planning broaden project based learning is most effective when introducing our Primary School colleagues, teachers well versed in designing and fulfiling broad subject schemes of work within a context?. Perhaps it offers a way to introduce Year 6 Primary School students into Year 7?

The conversation throw out a few subject contributions –

PSRE / geography – a passport to the world here, cultural perspectives to carnivals, PE – acrobatics, Science – fireworks, History – the historic context to carnivals, Music – rhythms of a carnival, Design Tech – Costumes, Art – colour wheels.

With just a little research it is interesting to find out that there are a number of education outreach programs associated with Notting Hill Carnival, a UK Centre for Carnival Arts! Ethnic Business models incorporates the Maths, well finance and so I could go on.

Ideas need wings, but they also need landing gear.

Now the real challenge, landing the concept and convincing the head there is value in a project I personally would not have time to lead, but would be able to co-ordinate through the vle? Its either the Carnival or the Community Mentor program and I know which has added verve/colour. Feel free to add ideas.


Progress and Bumps in the Road

March 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

time.jpgThe week I learnt just how fast time in schools can pass. I have made myself accountable on a number of ICT issues and completed only one or two. Whether it is the “unknown unknowns” like cover, staff issues in their classrooms, unique student events (theft from a changing rooms following Yr 8 football practice) or deliveries, time passes quickly. Having an office is highly beneficial but it also makes you available. I intend to speak to colleagues to find out how they prioritise and plan their time.

Online ICT lesson bump- I wanted to run an online quiz on using the internet. The lesson can from my thoughts on demonstrating skills rather than merely testing skills. I had planned a fantastic lesson using a chatroom as the learning platform. This was not a new idea but a tried and tested teaching method I had implemented at Tauntons with great success. Unsurprisingly the webware was blocked. Hampshire I expect a good explanation. Educators need control over the filtering systems not to be controlled by them! You do not come into the library and tell the librarians which books they can offer, you do not protect students from the racy controversy in Shakepeare! So trust me as a professional to use the internet!

Achievements: IT staff are now on radio, I think this will help their team communication but also their efficiency and communication within college. PCs purchased, their installment provides a work programme for IT over Easter. Automated shutdown required.

Next week I am meeting with the Head. I have created an Self Review Framework presentation for SLT to share with him and over Easter I hope to write the ICT vision.

Just thinking out loud…. can the ICT the new KS3 curriculum be written with a sports theme, eg all topics be given a sporting spin? I will share these thoughts with Gideon at Perins School, also a Specialist Sports college.

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