On Friday I had the great pleasure of working with about 80 teachers from schools in and around Devizes in Wiltshire. It was the last day before their half term break but they were all up for something that would make them think. I kicked off the day talking about the need to have a huge ‘chooser chart’ to work from when considering the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning. And then spent the next hour, hopefully, adding some new gems to their charts so that they could get excited about using technology. I used ‘wordle’ as a great example of a tool that is Web 2.0, that needs no log on or password and just works. I pointed out to them Tom Barrett’s bog posts on ‘Interesting Ways’ as a really good place to look for inspiration and we used the application as a data handling package.
The workshops I ran as part of the day were directed at speaking and listening with an emphasis on beginning to collect evidence by recording digital sound. We spent some time looking at the physical resources in the TTS catalogue and reflected on how they would make a difference to what children actually did and said. We also looked at Podcasting and used Podium as a tool for recording and publishing digital sound to a wider audience.
Altogether a terrific day hosted by Tim Heath at Nursteed Community Primary School.
Attribution: Image: ‘Talking and Listening‘