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Ideas for ICT club activities July 7, 2008

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A range of ideas – some PC based, some web dependent:


New blog – cross curricular control July 3, 2008

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This looks interesting – it covers the control strand of ICT through cross-curricular activities. More is promised as the blog develops.


Design your own Playground May 20, 2008

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Launched today a new website from DCFS for children:


“Build your own playspace – and give us your views on having fun and staying safe as you play! If you’re aged 8-13 we want to hear from you. Answer questions to earn credits and then choose what you want to put in your play space.”


Could have a place in PSHE, ICT, maths, DT ……

Podcasting April 22, 2008

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Thanks to Simon Mills  for flagging up the fact that Lee LeFever of CommonCraft has produced another in the Plain English series, this time on Podcasting.

If the video doesn’t run follow the TeacherTube link – http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=0caf60d28b852556d52f

Internet safety April 22, 2008

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Childnet has produced a 54 slide PowerPoint presentation which can usefully be shown at parents’ evening.  This is available at: www.childnet-int.org/safety/parents.aspx

The messages and links are appropriate for parents/carents of children of all ages, some of the later clips may be more appropriate for parents/careres of older children.

The Children’s University of Manchester February 25, 2008

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This site has a mix of information and activities which are useful as standalone activities, but would be invaluable as a pre-visit resource. Areas covered include:

  • The Body and Medicine
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Ancient Egypt
  • The Earth and Beyond
  • Teeth and Eating
  • Micro-organisms
  • Brain Awareness
  • Talking Textiles
  • Words
  • WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier January 31, 2008

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    This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin’s letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written.The only downside is that this is a Blogger site – which won’t get through the LA firewall.


    Cue Prompter January 22, 2008

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    Thanks to Bob Harding of ICT Nuggets for introducing me to a simple web app. that demands to be written about!

    The site says of itself “CuePrompter is a free teleprompter/autocue service. Your browser works like a teleprompter -no extra software needed.” and it does exactly what it says on the can! Ideal for video voice overs, podcasting, role play …….


    Podcasting, with no apologies for coming back to this yet again. December 8, 2007

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    Anthony Evans referred to an earlier comment I made on his blog about my inability to explain why podcasting is so much better than simply using a tape recorder.

     In a reply to Anthony’s post Dan Plane said…

    “I think it’s worth adding to the “why bother” reasons for podcasting (and indeed blogging or any other ICT applications.) that it’s a part of the world we live in now and will almost certainly be a part of the world our pupils will be living in. We shouldn’t be trailing behind everyone else, we should be up at the front to give our pupils as much of a head start as possible!”

    And whilst I agree with Dan, I think the currrent climate of initative after initiative in schools, measn that teachers need something more than this to convince them to give podcasting a try.

    Last week I was unexpectedly invited to work with some Y6 children, to turn existing play scripts into podcasts. Firewall issues meant that we couldn’t upload the podcasts to the web, but this just didn’t matter. The experience was enough in itself.

    Anthony asked whether podcasts should be scripted before publication and after my experience I would say, emphatically, yes. What came out of the experience for the children was, apart from the pleasure of creating the podcast, the benefit of the editing process.  The children recorded their scripts, then listened to them and edited out the inevitable gaffs that appear in a first attempt. When they listened a second time an unexpected self-critiquing came into play. The recordings were a reflection of life in Victorian times and the children began to discuss styles of speech, misplaced references to contemporary objects and events, and the mood their scripts were trying to capture. Editing began in earnest but with criteria set by the children themselves.

    The next step is to take the scripts back to the classroom to ‘close the loop’ by reviewing what has been written in the light of the podcasting experience.

    Do all this with a tape recording? I think not.

    Hopefully the recordings will shortly be available on the school’s website, at which point I will post a link here.

    Whiteboard Word “Magnets” December 7, 2007

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    Thanks to Joe Dale for the following:

    Word Magnets is a free and easy to use tool for practising word or letter order. Ideal for the interactive whiteboard, it allows the teacher to create drag and drop exercises in a matter of seconds. Simply type in your phrase or word with appropriate gaps, click ‘Next’ and let Word Magnets do the rest…