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Training Links

Links for the presentation I am doing at Telford: The day the German Embassy popped in. Year 4 link with a school in Australia Project Blogs: Well Done Blog A WONDERFUL place!! PassTheBlog – 52 classes, one blog: How far can one blog go? Pandora Writing Blog – Inspired by Avatar Kensuke’s Kingdom Writing Blog […]

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April 17, 2013
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Audioboo to record discussions about writing…

I was looking back through old Audioboo recordings of children in my previous classes (in preparation for a workshop I’m delivering) and stumbled across a number of Audioboos by Thomas and Liam. When using Audioboo to record discussions, Thomas and Liam really pulled out the stops. In fact, they actively discussed issues in their writing […]

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March 5, 2014
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February 24, 2014
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Linoit.com

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February 24, 2014
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February 24, 2014
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February 24, 2014
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My 10 Golden Apps

I’m often asked about my favourite Apps for use in class with students. Over the year, I have favourites, some come and go, but here are a list of ten that remain my firm favourites. Animoto A lovely app to create professional looking videos from pictures taken in your class Audioboo Ultra slick audio recording […]

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February 3, 2014
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January 27, 2014
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Hopwood Staff Meeting Vote

Please select 3 tools you would like to know how to use. We will take a look at the three most popular during the staff meeting tonight. Which 3 tools would you like to learn how to use the most?

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January 27, 2014
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January 24, 2014
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Blogging Breakfast Form

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January 24, 2014
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Break a rule!

I’ve had a saying that I have stuck to throughout my teaching career: “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission!” Ok, not all the time but we don’t always see eye to eye with the powers that be in schools. As teachers, we know our children better than our leaders and with the added […]

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January 1, 2014
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Banish the Copying of Learning Objectives

A simple way to abolish the pointless writing out of learning objectives within learning time. All you need to do is on a Word document or equivalent, the teacher types out the learning objective next to a number. This starts with 1 and increases by 1 for each objective throughout the year. The children just […]

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November 22, 2013
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Event Feedback

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October 25, 2013
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Farnworth Cluster Coveritlive Demo

If you have arrived here directed by a tweet from me – THANK YOU! The aim id to demo how Coveritlive can be used to bring expertise or magic into your classroom. You should be able to see the Coveritlive window below. At the bottom of the window, you should a space to write your […]

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October 25, 2013
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Protected: ECM Training Links

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September 30, 2013
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September 13, 2013
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Global Tagging and Evidence of School Improvement

I was first introduced to global tagging by John Sutton about 6 months ago and thought this was worth sharing. A really detailed blog post by John (certainly worth reading) can be viewed here. If you have a Multi Site blog, with class blogs set up, you have some additional power that you might not […]

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Google Tools embedded in blogs

Did you know that most Google Apps allow you to embed within a blog? Here are a few examples: Google Spreadsheets being used in Maths to log how long it takes a child to complete a timetable – Click here. Google Docs being used to collaborate on the blog outside of school – Click here. […]

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June 17, 2013
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Creative use of Voicethread (In Maths too!)

One of my favourite ways I’ve used Voicethread with pupils was this below. With Voicethread, you can take pictures of problems and add multiple pictures to one single Voicethread. In addition to this, when commenting, you can select the option to leave a comment using your webcam. If you do decide to do this, webcams […]

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June 10, 2013
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Mitchell and Pie Coveritlive

That Mitchell and Pie Thing Feedback here: Created with Padlet

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April 18, 2013
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Using Coveritlive to Vidiprint Live

As one of the BIGGEST Coveritlive fans out there, I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. I’ve used Coveritlive to hold snow lessons, host visits from experts, interview characters from books and even watch important sporting moments together. However, I have always see much more potential with Coveritlive. The one way I have […]

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Voicethread to Perform

Adding a combination of audio and visual on a blog can really add a different dimension to the experience visitors have whilst visiting. Below is a Voicethread purely used to give the opportunity to showcase the performance of some descriptive writing. All you need to do is click the play button. make sure you listen […]

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CatonCPS QR Project

I was presenting with Kate Wilson a couple of weeks ago at a National Literacy Trust Boys’ Writing conference. She planted this idea in my head that day and it’s started to grow! Key Stage 2 pupils at CatonCPS (where I am currently standing in as Headteacher until September) have started to record themselves reading […]

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February 26, 2013
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Working with Worsbrough Common Primary School

I have had the pleasure of working with Worsbrough Common Primary School in Barnsley over the last few weeks with two NQT teachers in Year 3 and Year 4. It has been a refreshing learning experience for myself working with two open minded, enthusiastic and dedicated NQTs. Worsbrough Common is Headed up by Kate Davies […]

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February 25, 2013
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How’s the mission going?

I left Heathfield Primary School in December to follow a dream and a mission to get more children and teachers blogging whilst using new Web2.0 tools. I knew I was starting a temporary Headship at the beginning of February so took the plunge and resigned from Heathfield on December 31st. Since then, my world has […]

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February 19, 2013
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Do you know your data?

How well do you know your the data of your class? Over the years, I have worked at, or with roughly 20 schools. In this time I have seen some unbelievably talented teachers. However, many of the teachers I have worked with do not fully understand data, how this works and how it is interpreted […]

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February 18, 2013
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February 17, 2013
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February 14, 2013
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BBC Footage from BBC NW Tonight

I watched this clip that was filmed in my previous school in 2011 and realised that I if I hadn’t watch it through in full, then you might not have seen it either. Apart from going off topic later on in the news clip, it raises some interesting questions and brings back some great memories:

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