The evening started in a relaxed atmosphere around the BBQ, huge thanks to the staff at Greengates School for cooking and serving the food - it was greatly recieved and very much enjoyed. The food and drinks were sponsered by Masterplan Systems and Pudsey computers and again massive thanks go out to these companies for their support.
Tim Bleazard (@idletim) and Andy Gaunt (@andygfarsley) hosted the evening with tech support from James Langley (@lordlangley73). First up to present was my 8 year old daughter Hannah demonstrating the easy yet effective iPad app - Pic Collage. She confidently talked about how she had used the app to create great fact files and posters to display her understanding of science. The app allows the user to grab photos from the web, ipad's memory or take photos then apply text and backgrounds to create very visual eye catching files.
I I presented next on outdoor maths - the main focus of the presentation was think big and bold, swap counters for bean bags, multilink for hoops and paper number lines for 30 metres of rope. Outdoor maths enagages and stimulates children, it gets them out of their seats and head first into maths.
Darren Martin @dmdazza A foundation stage teacher from Peel Park shared a couple of apps for the Ipad. Doodle Cast which he uses for speaking and listening skills across the curriculum and candy count a maths based app. He has used both apps effectively to enhance the speaking, listening and sharing in his reception class.
Claire Holt @amazingholt Claire presented on the Art of noticing - All too often we walk around with our noses stuck into a smart phone these days, well Claire was advocating ditching the tech and using our senses whilst walking in the countryside to smell, see and touch our natural environment and then write a comment in a little notebook - very retro! From this sensing she then wrote a beautiful poem. Even our resident geocaching, tweeting, facebooking techno guy @lordlangley73 commented on how much he had enjoyed walking about without tech - try it! http://bradfordschools.net/blog/lac/2012/02/06/the-art-of-noticing/
Tim Bleazard @idletim along with his son shared an app called Sonic Pic. This app allows the user to record a voiceover onto a photo slide show. Tim and his son went on a minibeast hunt around his garden taking photos of the various minibeasts they found then record a commentary of their habitats. A very simple but effective app which enabled them to create a short film of their findings. Have a look at what they created!
|Shadow puppets click to see app|
|Virtul Heart click to see app|
|Moon Globe -click to get the app|
Catherine Odor - Year 1 teacher at Greengates Primary School
Catherine showed how she has used many curriculum areas in her outdoor provision. The following videos will give a flavour of how she has engaged her class by developing an inspiring, stimulating outdoor curriculum - Quote of the night "Outdoor learning Engages Children"