There are a number of opportunities to take part in free online training in using apps and tools that are useful when supporting learning in the classroom and in your own study. Listed below are four places to start. You might consider the apps and tools most commonly used in your setting and see what is offered in relation to those or just follow your own interests.
Completing the six ipad or Mac Apple Teacher units is a thorough introduction to using Apple apps and tools to support learning with pupils. If you have done this the next step is build your Apple teacher Portfolio.
As you complete these courses you can use the digital badges you earn on your email signature and of course, add them to your CV.
This year’s Summer reading Challenge from The Reading Agency is called Wild World Heroes! You can find out more about it here. There are resources to support it available for schools, libraries and for use in the home so everyone can take part wherever they are. Its a really good idea to keep children reading over the summer and this can help enormously.
Pobble is a resource that provides inspiration and editable plans for the teaching of English. You can find out more about Pobble here. There is free access to all the resources until the end of August.
Free music input and resources from Rock Steady Music School
Rock Steady Music provide free 30 minute live streams for KS1 and KS2 on Friday afternoons live and available on catch up. You can find out more about Rock Steady Music School here.
This week our FDLT year 1 students reached the end of their first year at university. It was great to be able to welcome them back to Devonshire Place and the Waterside Campus, Northampton to work face to face making stop motion animations. As you can see from the animations on the Padlet below they worked creatively and co-operatively to explore this approach and produced some great results. For many of them it was the first time they had made animations.
We used the app StopMotionStudio and there is potential for the animations to be opened in iMovie so sound effects, dialogue and music could be added – most of us did not have time to do this in the session!
As you can see from the photos here the students have great skills of making, measuring and improvising. This is what makes them such great supporters of learning back in school.
We wish them all a restful and enjoyable summer so that they will be ready for FDLT year 2 in September!
Here’s a great opportunity to hear art educator Paul Carney introduce his book ‘Drawing to Learn Anything’. As he says “Do not be put off using this book if you can’t draw. If you can write your name you will be able to use the simple drawing techniques outlined.” Being able to represent information visually for yourself and to your learners can be such a useful skills when you work in education. There are many opportunities for you to use drawing as one of your teaching approaches when supporting learning in all subjects in the curriculum. You can also use drawing to help you take useful notes and collect information as part of your university course.
This week I gave an online talk at the Primary Art Craft Design Network Meeting for County Durham Art Co-ordinators. It was based around using audio and images together in viewing and making art.
Here is the digital book used to support the talk. It includes details of how to use the BBC Sound Effects website; how to make a Google Slide with added audio; how to ‘hide’ sound effects in a BookCreator image and using ThingLink to add sound to images along with other ideas about being creative with sound and images.
Some useful resources to support learning in mathematics:
The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) have put together a collection of resources to support mathematics away from the screen. You can access it here. It is huge collection of useful recommendations from members of the ATM/MA joint primary group and well worth exploring.
One of my colleagues here at the University of Northampton, Lucy Westley, made this mathematics digital classroom using GoogleSlides. It gives you the opportunity to explore the range of mathematics resources available to support learning. Have a look at it here.
Another interesting resource is this from Mathigon. It gives you access to a wide range of mathematics manipulatives to use in digital learning, along with puzzles, games and information to use in supporting learning.
This week (1st to 7th February) is Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK. This year’s theme is Express Yourself. The website that supports the week’s activities can be accessed here.
There are supporting resources to use with primary and secondary pupils and free training for adults through Place2be’s Mental Health Champions Programme available here.
You can find a fantastic series of video virtual sessions called “I express myself through…” that explore ways for children to express themselves creatively. These include: art, dance, creating content, writing and acting. These resources can be viewed here and are on the YouTube playlist below.
BBC Sound Effects is a useful site that can be used to create resources. It can be accessed here.
As can be seen on the screenshot there is a ‘mixer mode’ where sounds can be chosen and played together to create a soundscape. Have a go at this here.
Combining sounds with images can be an interesting and creative activity. Here’s an example I have made, adding environmental sound to Georges Seurat’s painting ‘A Sunday afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’. I have used a Google Slide. I’ve chosen and downloaded the sounds to Google Drive and then used ‘insert / audio’ to add them to the slide.
It would be possible to do this in Powerpoint, BookCreator and ThingLink.