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2012
01/23

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2011
08/04

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Eureka moments

So, there I am pootling up and down the pool, not really concentrating on too much, when… Poof! I suddenly realise how I can at least try and make units about standard office software marginally more interesting. As ever, it's about making the activity real, something which my maths lecturer did his best to drum into me when I was training (thanks, Kev) and I obviously forgot to apply here in secondary… that'll teach me!

The thing of interest was the way in which the idea came to me – while swimming. I've had similar success with ideas that come to me in the shower. This got me reflecting on the blog entry by James Mitchie that I read earlier about finding (and using, I suppose) the places where you are best productive – apparently, I've found mine. It's taken a while, as I've not been regularly swimming for some time but I'm using the summer holidays to try and set up some "good routines" that I can hopefully then carry over into the new school year when things get busier 🙂

Oh, by the bye, my ideas? For the unit on word processing, I'm going to go with applying the techniques to a Project Gutenberg text; for spreadsheets, I'll be re-using a unit I tried last year on Fantasy Football; and for presentations (I'm least sure on this one) I'll try getting the pupils thinking about the various types of social media and appropriate/safe/proper usage.

2011
03/30

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Enfin! Pupil blogging!

Finally! I've managed to get some pupils blogging 🙂

Early days, mind, and they're only really doing it because I'm telling them to, but it's a starting point.

Most of the posts are of the "we did this, I thought it was [fun/bleurgh]" variety, but Rome wasn't blogged in a day. I'm going to be coming back to the site time and again as we carry on through the year, getting the pupils to try and think about their ICT lessons and to put their thoughts down to try and build up some communication between them; to get them to realise that theey aren't alone – if something is tricky for them, it probably will have been for others – but how did anyone deal with it? Can they (will they) take time to help each other out?

One stand-out post, for me, was this beauty from a Y9 rejoicing in the cognomen on "Mr Cow Snuggler" (don't ask why – I didn't dare ask, myself). I've been using it as an example of how to start successfully thinking about their own work in other groups… here's hoping it spawns more than a series of clones.

I'm hoping it gets them thinking.

2011
01/26

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Timely reminders

Talking with my Dad over the weekend (Hi, Dad!) whilst waiting for my car to be re-MOT’d and we lit upon the topic of digital photography, a serious hobby of his these days. He is quite active on the 365project.org (as are my brother and sister-in-law, btw) site and has entered into the whole social networking side of the project, too.

It wasn’t a short talk, but it did make me think about a few things:

  • First, people like being published, in some way – so, as a teacher, I need to make sure that starts happening. Is a year-group blog the answer? Or broader school ICT blog? Or should the children be encouraged to self-publish on their own VLE blogs?
  • Second, Dad’s online conversations reminded me that even publishing isn’t necessarily an end to it – there needs to be feedback (preferably peer feedback, as well as the teacher). So whatever mechanism I use needs to have some way of supporting comments.
  • Finally, on a more personal level, he reminded me that easy though it is so assume you need to follow anyone who follows you, that it isn’t a *must*… especially if the person you’re potentially following isn’t doing anything you’re interested in!

So… thanks, Dad 🙂