Creative Curriculum….

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.

Paperless lesson 2…….

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.