My blog will share creative ideas to raise standards across the curriculum using technology. Mr P provides inset, keynotes and training to schools internationally looking for innovative ideas to engage, inspire and transform learning. Training is delivered by a real teacher with real ideas for using tech to enhance learning across the curriculum. For more info please email email@example.com.
Reading with Augmented Reality
If you follow my blog, you will see I am a big fan of using Augmented Reality. Today, we used it to help develop reading while building positive relationships between children from different year groups.
With the children bogged down with SATs, I thought this would be an enjoyable activity that children would relish.
Before the start of the day, I went over to KS1 and took a range of different home reading books.
I also created a set of stickers with instructions for how this will work for the KS1 children -
During the session, I ended up working with all the girls from Year 5. I explained that I wanted them to use the iPad to record a video where they read the book. However, to challenge the Year 5, I also asked them to think of questions they could ask KS1 children. This really got them thinking as they had to make sure they created questions appropriate for the audience. They generated questions about the story, key words and making mistakes for the reader to pick up on.
They created the videos on Explain Everything and used the exported film to create their own Aura in the Aurasma. Once completed, the book was now interactive with KS1 children able to use a smart phone or tablet to scan the title page with the instructional sticker to have a video played back to them with the story narrated by Year 5 with challenging questions. This video shows the process and some examples -
It was a fantastic activity and one the children really enjoyed. It is another great way to use technology to enhance learning but also make brilliant links between key stages. The sense of responsibility in the KS2 children to create interesting videos and the eagerness in the KS1 children to get their hands on an interactive home reading book.
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Everyone loves Game of Thrones! This fun blog post will share 12 characters from the popular show and the similarities to different teachers your see in every school:
1 - Ned Stark
You have seen more staff, curriculums and policy changes than anyone else. You have been around the block and know how things should be done. You are respected and good at your job even though you're not part of the SLT.
With the latest changes from the new regime (government,) you realise you are too proud to and honourable to subject the ones you love to this unnecessary and cruel rule of testing. Retirement is looming unless the new pressures get to you first.
2 - Drogo
Although the core subjects of English, Maths and Science aren't your strong point, when it comes to a subject like PE, there is no one as passionate.
Come rain or shine, whatever the weather you are outside leading by example. When it comes to a school competition, you are ready for the battle and take …
This week celebrates World Book Day (Thursday 6th March,) although I hoped to share these ideas a little earlier, I have been stuck in bed ill for the past few days so have been unable to do so.
However here are 10 ideas for celebrating World Book day using iPads. Well not all are strictly iPad based, but more incorporating some aspect of technology into your World Book Day theme.
1. Extreme Reading - This was something we did as a whole school last year. The idea is that you ask parents to take pictures of children reading in the most weird and peculiar place. We had over 200 entries and children really enjoyed creating and sharing their efforts. It really promoted how we value reading as a school and the two massive displays within the school reflect this.
2. Blog a Book Review - Fairly straightforward for those schools who blog, but get your class to choose their favourite book and blog a book review. Remind the children that when it is blogged it will be shared with a worldwide a…