Although it maybe the Summer holidays a teacher work is never done……
In September, I start at my new school, staying in Blackpool. I will be in Yr6, leading ICT. One thing I want to do is enhance the children’s learning experience. The school is supported by LA and has access to a number of days at the local CLC. I want to incorporate ICT into the classroom, develop a creative curriculum (including digital media), improve usage of VLE and provide opportunities for the children to experience something different from the traditional …….
Ideas so far :-
1) using Skype to contact other schools working on a collaborative project
2) developing writing using online games – Samarost / Anikas Odyssey (thanks to @simonhaughton & @porchester)
3) developing my use of VLE / Edmodo
To name a few, I will be blogging about anything else I find/ use within my first term along with my experiences from CLC. Maybe at TeachmetNW in October I will be also able to share my findings along with gaining some ideas from those who will be present.
Today I got the children to create a postcard using Openoffice and then email it as an attachment. This may not sound much but to all my children using email to send something was relatively new, only a couple had every tried it themselves. The task was to create a postcard, splitting a page in two, writing about Paris on one side them adding the school address (where to send it) on the other. I then asked them to find their own pictures of Paris to stick on another page to make it look like a postcard. I had a few issues with Openoffice initially but we managed to overcome them. Towards the end of the lesson I got the children to search for gmail and then log in using an account and password that I had set up. They then composed an email – sending it to another account that I had set up, but had it already open on the IWB for them to see their email arriving.
Having got all this in place I plan to send each group a reply back tonight so that the children have an email to open up and then start to build up their skills in relation to using it safely and sensibly.