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

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June 11, 2015
by Jean
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#ForestFlight

On Monday June 22nd from 5pm until 7.30pm the Northampton Inspire network is holding its final event of the academic year.

The theme is ‘Forest Flight’ – and we will be exploring the physical and digital world across the curriculum and age groups with a focus on steAm (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). There will be lots to join in with and take away to develop further in school. This time we will be making birds using card and de-constructed electronics, composing and recording music to go with them and displaying them in the Forest School.

Please visit the  Northampton Inspire blog to see some of the Meetings and Teachmeets that we’ve held – there are plenty of resources for your classroom there too.

Free tickets for ‘Forest Flight’ on 22nd June are available at the link.

bird.phpYou might also be interested to follow up the Access Art Share a bird project. There is more information about this here.

How Can Schools Request to Receive a Bird?

Schools can register their interest by sending an email to info@accessart.org.uk. Please note that we cannot guarantee any school will receive an artwork – it entirely depends on how many artworks we receive gifted by artists / makers. Artworks will be gifted by region on a first come first served basis.

If you decide to take part we’d love to hear about how you get on.

April 30, 2015
by Jean
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Using pictures and images to support learning

Over the last few weeks I have been teaching a session about using images to support learning and teaching to FDLT Y1. we have explored searching for images online and issues of safety, copyrightt and citation / referencing. One useful resource is photosforclass which provides a search that is:

  • Safe G Rated Images – All images are appropriate for school setting thanks to Flicker safe Search and our proprietary filters
  • Automatic Citation – Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms
  • Creative Commons – All photos shown are to the best of our (and Flickr’s) knowledge Creative Commons licensed for school use

This is useful for using to create resources for school use and for using in student work such as in presentations or creating digital artefacts that use photos.

In the session we explored collecting images and placing them on Pinterest boards, grouping images together in arrangements using webtools and apps such as Fotor, PicMonkey, PicCollage and Moldiv. Having made collages it is them possible to make the pictures interactive by using them as a basis for creating ThingLinks. here is an example of a ThingLink I made that explores the kings and queens of England from 1066 to the present day.
You can easily send a ThingLink to other people via social media or from a link. It is worth exploring the ThingLink website to see examples of how others have used it to support learning. You can sign up as a teacher.
We also looked at ways of using QR code makers and scanners to access images, and best of all, we used Aurasma to reveal images linked to objects and pictures.
IMG_0793The way that a video or image can appear on a phone or tablet as if by magic is quite captivating and would appear to have many uses in education.
I made an example based on creatures’ tracks where  a picture of the animal would appear linked to each track.
If you are interested in finding out more about these webtools and apps there are further posts on this blog:
If you have any examples of using them please add them to the comments below.

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.

November 7, 2014
by Jean
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What makes great teaching?

You might have noticed some headlines in the media last week about the use of ‘lavish praise’ in learning and teaching.

This has come from the report published by The Sutton Trust called ‘What makes great teaching?’

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You can read the main findings and download the entire report here – What makes great teaching?

You can read a blog post by one of the researchers (Lee Elliot Major) here –blog post

July 11, 2013
by Jean
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The National Curriculum 5 – 14

This week the latest draft of the National Curriculum has been published. you can view it or download it here:

The National Curriculum Framework July 2013

You can respond to this document by completing the online response from by 8th August at the link here:

Responding to the NC

This curriculum will come into force from September 2014. You should consider how this curriculum will affect you in your role, how it will affect your school and what it means for education generally.

 

June 11, 2013
by Jean
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the 5 minute plan

Perhaps you have encountered a range of planning formats when you are working in the classroom. Some of you will be using teachers’ plans and others of you may be devising your own plans for activities and / or lessons.

You may have heard about the ‘5 minute plan’ from the Teacher Toolkit website. You can also follow on twitter @TeacherToolkit.

On the website you can watch a short animation that explains the sections of the plan and also look at some examples made by teachers. Here is an example I used when I taught an art session to introduce watercolour paints to a class of Y4 children –

When I have used it I have felt that although it might take 5 minutes to write up this is because I have spent quite some time thinking about it before I write it.  Also I am conscious that I am drawing upon nearly thirty years experience of lesson planning (and teaching).

Here is a blank template for the plan, and there are some other versions of it on the Teaching Toolkit website too.

It would be interesting to know if you are seeing any of the teachers you work with using the format and whether it is useful to TAs who are supporting learning in the class. Have any of you used it when you plan support, activities or lessons? Do comment below or go onto the Teacher Toolkit website and comment there.

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