A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

March 26, 2015
by Jean
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Minecraft – can it support learning?

Next Monday (30th March) there is a programme on Radio 4 called ‘Minecraft: more than a game’. Its on at 11am and than available on iplayer and on Box of Broadcasts if you a university student.

minecraftIn this programme the presenter, Jolyon Jenkins, explores the computer game Minecraft. Children have the opportunity to create and manipulate in the digital world. Recently a school here in Northampton tapped into the creative potential of Minecraft in a whole school project.

You can read more about this experience here at the Bridgecraft Blog

You can find more about the creative potential of Minecraft here.

Have you got any experience of Minecraft in school or at home?

What are your thoughts about the radio programme or about Minecraft generally?

Post your comments below.

January 29, 2015
by Jean
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A school that blogs!

Lots of schools now have their own blogs where they share school news and learning and teaching ideas. Its a great way of allowing parents and other interested people a window into school life and getting some positive feedback and interaction for children. It also provides opportunities to write for a real and interested audience.

SBblogStandens Barn Primary in Northampton has a great blog which you can access here.

There is a blog for each class and also blogs for specific people or themes such as ‘Sports Reports’, ‘Mr Chalmers’ DLs’ and ‘Clubs’.

I first became aware of this blog when Wayne Chalmers brought the school’s Digital Leaders to the University of Northampton for the afternoon to work some of our students who are STEM champions. (STEM is short for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.) We had an interesting inspiring afternoon of using ipads to photograph and film with round the campus, following a treasure hunt and then in pairs making a short film. You can read the university press release here and you can see the films here.

Last weekend I was aware through all the tweets appearing that the BETT show was happening in London – a huge annual sharing of ideas and resources around educational technology. Then I saw some familiar faces as some of the Digital Leaders from Standens Barn and their teachers appeared! You can read about their visit here.

And next week I’m looking forward to another post as I know they are coming to the #TeachMeetNorthampton2015 on Wednesday to share their ideas and experiences.

There are lots of other schools who blog and I can see that Standens Barn Primary are making connections to other schools locally and further away. Its a great opportunity for the children to learn about the lives of other children.

If your school has a blog and you would like to share it with us why not add it to the comments below? Or even better, write a little piece about it and I’ll share it here.

 

 

September 27, 2013
by Jean
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Peter Blatchford

You may be interested to know more about Peter Blatchford as he is an academic whose work many of you have begun to read. Like many academics he works at a university and you can find his page on the Institute of Education website. This gives you more information about what he has researched about and written – some of which may relate to what you writing about.

 

You can look at the list of his published work and see if any of it relates to your assignment, then look it up in the library catalogue (books) or NELSON (academic journal articles).

He also writes a blog which you can read to get a sense of his thinking about educational issues. You can access it here