Following the great success of our launch meeting in November 2014, I’m delighted to announce that our next CAS hub meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 March 2015.
Sign up for free tickets on eventbrite.
Rushey Mead Primary School, Leicester
Tuesday 24 March 2015 16.00 – 17.30
16.00 – 16.10 Introduction and Welcome – Jo Badge.
16.10 – 16.30 Barefoot computing – Zoe Ross. How to use the resources available on the Barefoot project website to teaching the new computing curriculum in KS1 and KS2.
16.30 – 16.45 What will children be learning at KS3? Dave Abbott, Stonehill High School, Birstall. Dave will show us what children will be doing in years 7 – 9.
16.45 – 17.20 Schemes of work – led by Jo Badge. Bring your scheme of work so far, discuss with colleagues and evaluate where to go next.
17.20 – 1730 Evaluation and future CPD
I hope you can join us!
A quick nano presentation at TeachMeet East on 14 July 2012, using a live demo to cover:
- Search on Google by reading age
- Auto CC stamping of images using John Johnston’s neat flickr cc site
- Enable safe mode on you tube to remove comments below videos
Helen and I arrived late last night. We negotiated the bus journey to the main railway station. The bus was really busy even at 10.30 at night, but very cheap and perfectly to time (€0.90 c for 60 minutes travel). Our hotel is comfortable and clean, very similar to basic university accommodation in the UK.
Monday 16 April
We had the day to ourselves as the rest of the students were not arriving until this afternoon. We managed a great breakfast of chocolate filled freshly made pancakes in the all the day cafeteria attached to the hotel, for the princely sum of €1. It looks like there are two sections to the hotel, a part that is student accommodation and a part that is hotel accommodation. It is functional but rather concrete and there are some rather interesting colour combinations circa 1982 (this turquoise and red, dark green and red).
It was pretty wet, cold and windy, but we braved the weather to walk into the old city, about half an hour a way. This gave is a chance to get our bearings and work out which tram to get on the way back! We soon found the heart of the old city, which is beautiful, tall buildings in pastel colours with patterned roof tiles, balconies and gilding. There a statues and fountains everywhere. I had remembered that hot chocolate was quite a treat here from the last time I visited (a brief weekend several years ago), so we ventured into a cafe and had a ‘dark hot chocolate’. It was fabulous, full of grated chocolate, in a tall glass topped with whipped cream.
The old city was pretty deserted apart from groups of tourists being lead by guides talking into what looked like a walkie talkie. We soon realised that the tourists had wireless (or blue tooth?) headsets in and could hear the guide individually. Very neat!
We found our way over the modern bridge across the Danube to a big shopping centre (Aurpark) for a wander and some warmth. There was also free wifi much to my delight. It was interesting to note the contrast between the old and new, and how run down and concrete the buildings are near to hotel compared to the beautiful baroque city centre.
Food in cafes was very cheap, but in the supermarket seemed similar prices to home. Clothes and shoes were definitely the same as at more if not more expensive – though that didn’t stop Helen getting the bargain of the century – a pair of running shoes in the sale for €2!
On 16th April I will be in Bratislava, but that won’t stop me presenting to our ICT Specialist day on our PGCE course.
I’ve made a short video with some of the things I learned at Google Teacher Academy last week.
The sites demonstrated in the video are:
- Safe Mode in Youtube (removes comments from all videos)
- Google Art Project (now with collections from 150 museums, stunning quality down to the brush strokes!)
- Google search by reading age (filter your search results by basic/intermediate/ advanced reading age)
- Much more on Google Search from Catlin Tucker (fellow GTAUK attendee)
- Creating a google form for an online survey (The Big Breakfast survey: http://bit.ly/JoBadgeGoogle ). See how the spreadsheet updated . Some suggestions of how to use them in the classroom.
Other stuff that might be useful….
Great YouTube playlists:
Video was made using Screenr (free screencasting direct from your web browser) and iMovie.
Audio: Tryad ‘all the same’http://tryad.bandcamp.com/album/instrumentals CC BY-SA 3.0
Plus my Google Teacher Academy Application video
It was an amazing and jam packed two days. I’ve tweeted and bookmarked and blogged on G+ but I felt I needed to take some time to pull together the stand out moments from Google Teacher UK 2012 for me.
The community – sitting in a room full of incredibly inspiring and talented educators cannot be under estimated. While the Brits in the room winced at the whooping and cheering, I’m sure we all felt just as excited and privileged to become part of this community, we just don’t like to shout about it ;-) I know that I will rely on the help of those I’ve met in the last few days, and I know that I will help them too. Connections to people are incredibly important. I feel I have made some invaluable connections to people that will sustain my teaching career for a long time to come.
The tools – I’ve picked up so many tips and tricks that it is going to take me months to digest and think about how I can make best use of them all. I have bookmarked as much as I can on delicious and will steadily work back through them when I can.
The kit – I used a Chromebook borrowed from google to blog and tweet and take notes. I was really impressed with it, fast start up, easy to use and once I had got used to the fact that there was no storage on it (still not sure where screenshots and files went from the ‘file shelf’ that popped up when I downloaded or saved stuff) it was a great workhorse. Chrome was central to that, being able to access all the bookmarks, settings, extensions, etc immediately. They were all set up there waiting once I had signed in to the chromebook and it was a massive boost to my productivity. What’s more I know that when I go back home all the stuff I’ve added over the last two days, will be there ready and waiting for me on chrome on my iMac. Working on the chrome book made me realise that 90% of my work is now online, so I really should pay more attention to the workhorse behind that, my browser.
The philosophy – the tone of the meeting was undeniably American in it’s positivity (whoops and all), but the genuine passion and enthusiasm for everyone to do their best for the children or other educators that they are working with was truly inspiring. We can be particularly rubbish in the UK about celebrating our successes and having a ‘can do’ attitude, we love to be the cynical one in the back, disrupting the backchannel, but I was grateful to be in a room where is it was cool to be a geek and cool to love teaching. Personalising learning was a huge theme across many presentations and discussions, and I’ll give that a whoop any day!
The mission – taking this knowledge and these personal connections forward and back to my own community of teachers and students is going to be difficult but an essential part of the programme. We were given some amazing stats about the number of people and children we can influence as Google Certified Teachers, I’m thinking carefully about my GCT action plan and how best I can share what I have learned and begin to build some communities of practice in my local area and amongst the my peers in the PGCE cohort at Leicester University. I know I need to start with some practical tips that will give quick success and some of the tips I’ve learned about YouTube may be the starting point.
Google Teacher Academy, UK 4 April 2012.
It seemed appropriate to try to use Google+ to ‘blog’ my time at the Google Teacher Academy, so I’ve devised a strategy (only time will tell if it will work!):
- set up a dedicated G+ page for my notes and posts from the event. I’m planning to start one post per agenda ‘item’.
- I will be using a laptop (hopefully a Chromebook) on loan from Google so I’ve set up my Chrome account with the bookmarks I need (G+ page, my own G+ account)
- installed two Chrome extensions (silverbird and extended share for G+) so that I can follow the twitter stream and the #gtauk tag and post my G+ updates to twitter. (Silver bird does a great job, you can even add a hashtag search and have the results feed into a ‘unified’ tab of all incoming tweets, all hovering nicely over your browser).
- changed the settings on my iPad2 and iPod touch to upload photos automatically to my G+ account using the G+ app (in fact once this setting is turned on, the photos upload without you taking them from within the app). These are private until I choose to share them. The main downside I can see here is that they are uploaded to my profile account, not the page.
- set up a search on the #gtauk on G+ and saved it to my page and profile.
- make use of delicious / packrati.us to bookmark any useful sites via twitter using ‘#bm’ in the tweet (auto bookmarks any other hashtags in the tweet, so hopefully should end up with them all under a #gtauk tag on delicious).
(how long go you give me before my head explodes tomorrow?!)
I’m beginning to think about the Google Teacher Academy next week and how best to try to take notes, keep a record of useful information and share what we are learning with the outside world. I thought I might have a go at using Google+ to serve these purposes, but I haven’t used it in this way before and would like some advice from anyone that has. My main query is thinking about getting back to the information I’ve recorded later (I haven’t investigated or tested what happens to old posts, I know on twitter they are pretty hard to find after a day or so, what happens to old G+ content?). I’m very aware that there will be a twitter community that might want to follow the events of the day, so perhaps I can set up some scheduled tweets to draw people over to the G+ hashtag? Would a link to a G+ hashtag search work and be dynamic?
What about other archiving? There is a coveritlive session set up by Simon, would that pull G+ tags?
I’ll be working on a Mac Book with either Chrome or Firefox (found the iPad app doesn’t have enough features to use it all day, plus works only in portrait mode and keyboard is hopeless for touch typing in portrait)
Any advice, tips and tricks appreciated :-)
Plenty of comments over on G+ and I’ve set up a G+ page to see if that is way to collate stuff.