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January 5, 2016
by Jean
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Teaching with Tablets

Screen-Shot-2015-12-13-at-16.10.15-21mnlzdDuring 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

Teaching with Tablets - InfographicIn order to get some ideas before the course starts, you might like to take a look at this infographic.

You can sign up for the course here and this is the link if you want to share it with anyone – http://bit.ly/TWT16

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.

March 10, 2015
by Jean
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Next Northampton Inspire network meeting

On Monday 23rd March we will be holding our next Northampton Inspire Network Meeting.

This will take place in the Sulgrave building – go to reception and you will be directed from there. it will start at 4.30pm although refreshments will be available from 4pm.

We will be creating immersive sensory experiences around a theme.

IMG_5936-z64choThis session explores cheap and effective ways of creating multi sensory environments for visual and sound stimulation using portable dark and white rooms. We will experiment with a wealth of light and sound equipment, create images using luminous paint, and project sensory iPad apps and video onto 3D objects. The aim is to create controllable experiential activities that encourage engagement and interaction for all learners, and to think about creative ways of theming these. We have been inspired by the work of Richard Hirstwood: http://youtu.be/ihMSw8BIXF4 and http://youtu.be/PkIKpOn7y98.

You can book free tickets here and feel free to let others know about the meeting – it is for students. teachers, teaching assistants and other interested people.

March 6, 2015
by Jean
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Two perspectives on Autism

Over the last few weeks on the One to One programme on BBC Radio 4 John Harris, a journalist on The Guardian, has been talking about autism. His son is autistic, in these two programmes he talks with an expert on autism (Professor Simon Baron-Cohen) and an adult who was diagnosed as autistic in her thirties (Penny Andrews).

one to one 1In the first programme John Harris talks with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. In this conversation the development of understanding about what autism is is discussed. Its interesting that he talks about discovering people with autism who could talk about the experience, something that at the time was new as it was assumed that people with autism would not be able to function in day to day life.

In the conversation John Harris discusses how difficult it is for him to conceive of how his son understands the world. Simon Baron-Cohen suggests that we do inhabit the same world in some respects and that we do have things in common. He uses the example of structure, repetition and routine where he comments that many people with autism need but so so many other people, something John Harris agrees with.

Simon Baron-Cohen discusses the concept of neuro diversity – there are different types of brains in the population rather than a single ‘normal’ brain, similar to the concept of biodiversity, that we encounter in the classroom. He talks about how some of the traits or qualities of autism can be seen as areas of strength – remarkable attention to detail, fascination with patterns and an ability to persist and go deeply in one topic.

one to one 2In the second programme John Harris meets an adult who has been identified as autism in adulthood and who works as a university researcher – Penny Andrews.

This is an interesting conversation – John Harris picks up on some of the points made by Simon Baron-Cohen and that he has notices in his own experience with his son. He is keen to have her perspective as his son is to young to be able to articulate and explain his feelings and needs.

Towards the end of the conversation they talk about how Penny’s employer is able to adjust and support her so that she can work effectively.

It is also interesting how Penny explores the connections between herself and people who are not autistic and people who are considered to be severely autistic.

For many of you who work with children on the autistic spectrum both these programmes are of interest, giving you some background and perspective on autism historically, theoretically and personally. From a student point of view it is interesting for you to notice how John Harris compares the research of Simon Baron-Cohen with experience of Penny Andrews – we often ask you to make these connections between research and practice in your academic work.

Both programmes are available on iplayer here They were broadcast on 17th and 24th February 2015 and  can be found in the episodes list. They are also saved in Box of Broadcasts if you are a university student.

If you listen to these programmes and have any comments please add them below.

 

January 23, 2015
by Jean
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TeachMeet Wednesday 4th February

What is TeachMeet?

Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 11.23.49Come along to an evening of sharing teaching and learning ideas. We’ll have mini presentations on creative classroom activities across the curriculum and there will be lots of ideas you can start using straight away. Everyone is welcome to join in: teachers from all types of schools, teaching all subjects and age groups. The main part of TeachMeet is hearing stories about any aspect of learning from teachers.  It is a chance for teachers to meet to hear ideas from each other and be inspired by colleagues. Presentations can be on absolutely anything that you’d like to share from practice: the futuristic theme simply refers to the way our Events Management students are helping to style the venue.

 

We are delighted to welcome Sally Hamson, Head of Wollaston Community Primary School to help host our TeachMeet. We’ll also have refreshments and some exciting technologies to explore such as Oculus Rifts, Robotiky robots, Raspberry Pi add-on kits and green screening demos. Rebecca Heaton and Jean Edwards will be drawing some visual minutes for us to document the presentations.

You can sign up for a free ticket by clicking the link to the right of this post.

You can read some more information about the presenters at the TeachMeet wiki wiki

You can tweet about the event using #TMNorthants2015

Here’s a provisional list of presentations:

 

Seven Minute Micro-Presentations:

1) Digital Leaders from Standens Barn Primary: Imaginary Worlds @SnakeyChalmers

2) Wayne Chalmers and Helen Caldwell: School and University Digital Leaders working together @SnakeyChalmers @helencaldwel

3) Scott Turner: Making and programming Junkbots @ScottTurnerUoN

4) John Ginger: Programming with Robotiky robots @Robotiky

5) Katharine Childs: The impact of CodeClubs @primaryicttech

6) Jennifer Hogan from Irchester Primary School CodeClub: Our Story @Lab13_Irchester

7) Karen Fretwell: Exploring Lego Fusion @Bluesrunner

8) Nicholas Tollervey: How can @ThePSF help teachers (a request for feedback & collaboration)? @ntoll

9) Kevin Hewitson: Helping learners develop learning skills, attitudes, attributes and behaviours @4C3d

10) Sway Grantham: Inspiring Curiosity with Edmodo @SwayGrantham

11) Kat Howard  Student Ownership @SaysMiss

12) Mark Allen: Change is Hard: slaughtering some sacred cows @edintheclouds

13) Neil Smith: Mini band: making music with Pis, Arduinos and SenseBoards @neilnjae

14) Ian Pratt @sciencelabman

15) Stacey Ramm @Tiffybum Using Google Classroom 

16) Mike McSharry You Bought It -You Name It @mikemcsharry

17) Farid Charidine Using AudioBoom to provide verbal feedback  @fcharidine

18) David Whale IET Schools Liaison Officer and STEM Ambassador, Essex: Teaching Coding using MinecraftTeaching Coding using Minecraft @whaleygeek

 

Reserves:

Two Minute Nano-Presentations:

1) Helen Caldwell and James Bird: Lessons in Teaching Primary Computing: The MOOC @helencaldwel

2) Sway Grantham: Why? @SwayGrantham

3) Neil Smith: The BCS Certificate @neiljae

4) Anna Cox: Padlet Ideas to Inspire

5) Isabel Trott Kitchen Chemistry

6) Julie Jones Professional Development of Teaching Assistants

7) Jane Badger

PLEASE NOTE this event is in the Newton great Hall at Avenue Campus – there is a map on the wiki.

January 13, 2015
by Jean
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Next ECY Book Group January 26th

curiousThe next meeting of the Book Group will be on Monday 26th January at 17.30 in S036.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The book to be discussed will be ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’ by Mark Haddon.

Copies are available for you to borrow by emailing Academic Librarian, Hannah Rose – hannah.rose@northampton.ac.uk

Please also follow on Twitter – @BookGroupUoN  and look out for the live Twitter feed from 18.30.

You may be interested to know that the National Theatre production of this book is coming the Royal and Derngate in Northampton from the 24th to the 29th March. I have seen this and I do recommend it. You can find out more about it at this link.

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

October 28, 2014
by Jean
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Introducing Lisa Shepherd

Hello! I’m Lisa Shepherd and I am one of the tutors on the FDLT course.

Lisa-Activities Co-ordinator.webI will be working with year 2 groups in Oadby and at the University on completing the small scale school based research projects. I have already met with both of the groups and heard some of their great ideas and am very much looking forward to supporting them on their research journeys. I also teach on the SEN and Inclusion course and am very pleased to be a BALT dissertation supervisor for the first time this year. It is such a privilege to support students completing their important and inspiring research projects in education.

I am a Creative Practitioner and Dramatherapist who works with children, young people and adults in a variety of educational and community settings. I devise and deliver projects in schools and specialised educational settings, day centres and residential homes, prisons, libraries, community organisations and charities. I enjoy the process of research and write up my own work regularly. I was very pleased to get my article on the use of comedy as a creative vehicle for expression with young people for whom English is an additional language published in the Support for Learning Journal recently.

My passion is theatre, drama and the creative arts and I enjoy writing for performance, directing, puppeteering and on occasion performing myself without a puppet friend to hide behind! I also enjoy travelling and have worked with children and young people with SEN in the USA and Romania. In my spare time I enjoy making just about anything…sewing clothes and furnishings, up-cycling furniture, making puppets and puppet films and making a variety of strange props for performances by local youth theatre and amateur dramatics groups.

You can follow me on twitter @TheatreTherapy and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imaginary-Ordinary/403267633048038 where I post about what I am up to and all things creatively and socially minded which interest me.

April 1, 2014
by Jean
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World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April)

Tomorrow (Wednesday April 2nd) is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day. You can read more about it here.

This evening there is a Horizon programme on BBC at 9pm. It is repeated on Wednesday 2nd April on BBC 2 at 11.30pm and will also be available via the BBC iplayer and Box of Broadcasts.

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Professor Uta Frith was also interviewed on Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific’ a few years ago, a very interesting interview where she discusses her interest in Autism and her life as a psychologist. You can listen to it at this link and via Box of Broadcasts.

Today at 10 a.m. EDT, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the U.N., Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the U.N. and Autism Speaks  co-hosted a panel discussion, “Autism: Awareness to Action,” at the United Nations in New York.  The discussion was co-sponsored by the United States Mission to the U.N., Permanent Mission of India to the U.N, Permanent Mission of Chile to the U.N and Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the U.N. This included the following statement:

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“It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the 7th annual World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd and the incredible work of Autism Speaks in calling greater international attention to autism and other developmental disorders that affect millions of people globally. In epitomizing the message of “turning awareness into action,” Bob and Suzanne Wright are beacons of blue light, radiating across our global community. Let us continue to work hand-in-hand, side by side. Now is the time to strive for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of those on the spectrum and ensure opportunities to realize their potential. International attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures.”

You can watch a video of the UN panel discussion here.

You can watch the UN Secretary General’s message here.

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If you’re on Twitter, use #LIUB to share your experience helping light the world up blue this April and if you’re on Facebook there is a page with more details here

January 18, 2014
by Jean
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Richard Rose in Bangalore

Richard Rose, Professor of Inclusive Education and Director of the Centre for Education and Research (CESNER) at the University of Northampton, has begun writing a blog. At present he is teaching in Bangalore in India.

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Richard is working with teachers on the University’s MA in Special and Inclusive Education. You can see the Facebook page for the course here – MA Special and Inclusive Education, Bangalore, India

He arrived only a few days ago and his post from today discusses working with teachers to create a format for Individual Education Plans, principles for implementation and a process for evaluation. Yesterday he shared with us the RTE – Right to Education Act – and the implications for schools and education.

If you are working to support pupils you’ll find his posts of interest, inspiring you to reflect upon the similarities and differences and the challenges we have in common. You can subscribe to his blog here – Richard Rose Bangalore

 

June 24, 2013
by Jean
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The Reason I Jump

This week the book of the week is ‘The Reason I Jump’ by Naoki Higashida. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 9.45 each morning and repeated at half past midnight. It is also available on i-player and I will add each programme to Box of Broadcasts too. You can access the programme information here: The Reason I Jump

You can read more about David Mitchell and his translation of the book here: BBC Radio 4 Book of the week Blog David Mitchell

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