On the 15th December 2015 Tim Peake left the earth in the Soyuz rocket for a six month stay on the International Space Station. You can see some highlights of the launch day in this video:
The name of this mission is Principia and during his mission Tim Peake will be undertaking science experiments and research on the space station. There are school activities based around science and technology running alongside this mission that could be interesting and inspiring to follow and join in with. These resources can accessed here.
Tim Peake has a website which can be accessed here.
You can follow him on Twitter @ASTRO_TIMPEAKE If you scroll through his twitter feed you can that there are so many children and schools being inspired by his mission to the ISS.
You can follow his blog for posts about life and work on the ISS here: Tim’s blog.
There’s lots of possibilities for using this event to inspire and support learning in school. If you want to have a go at growing seeds that have been into space you can find details here
During February and March our online course ‘Teaching with Tablets‘ will be running. This course is free to anyone to sign up for and take part in. Below are some details:
Welcome to our 5-week Teaching with Tablets course. This is an interactive and participatory online course on how to make effective use of iPads and tablets for teaching and learning. Our course is aimed at educators across all levels, from Primary to Higher Education, from NQTs to experienced practitioners. Anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome.
It is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas and encourage you to try them within your teaching. We would like you to leave each session with a new idea to try out in practice and then share your experiences on the Google+ community. In turn you can learn from the experiences and gain ideas from fellow professionals.
Weekly overview: Course opens – 8th February 2016
Week 1 – 29th February – Manipulating Media
Week 2 – 7th March – Visible Learning
Week 3 – 14th March – Technology Outdoors
Week 4 – 21st March – Digital Storytelling
Week 5 – 28th March – Talk and Collaboration
There will be a new theme and suggested activities each week. You’ll be able to earn digital badges for joining in with these and there will be an option to purchase a verified certificate.
We will begin each week by sharing readings and browsing from our book, ‘Teaching with Tablets’. Then we will suggest some activities that help you plan to put some of the ideas into practice with your own learners.
One of the most exciting aspects of the course is the chance to share and reflect upon these co-created resources with our community of fellow practitioners. Real life examples, photos, videos and comments within the community will give the course a truly practical focus.
You can also follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #TWT16 to see what others are posting. We will be hosting a weekly Tweetchat during the course.
The idea is to take a few risks, try some new things, share our developing practice in teaching with tablets and learn together as we go.
We hope that our course will inspire you to explore strategies to integrate tablets in a meaningful way. It offers guidance on:
• how to use tablets to devise authentic and meaningful learning activities • how to embed tablets in genuine curriculum contexts • how to evaluate which educational apps might be appropriate for your learners
In order to get some ideas before the course starts, you might like to take a look at this infographic.
If you are a Teaching Assistant and / or an aspiring teacher this course will support your understanding and practical application of digital technology in the classroom – a useful thing to have on your CV for future applications for jobs and courses.
Please note – if you are an existing or past student at the university of Northampton you will need to create a separate account for Open Blackboard as it is not the same the Blackboard NILE that you are / have used.