Thursday, 26 July 2012
Monday, 16 July 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
The Presentation here is what we will deliver to the Solstice conference tomorrow, at 10:20am A little precise you may think, but we are hoping that if you are around at that time you can maybe tweet a comment on the presentation - #uniforest will get you through to the conference room, and we'll definitely tweet back!
I did record this on the mac, but when it came to playing back my voice hadn't recorded at all - something of a bonus, some might say, but it means that you can't hear any commentary at all.
Not to worry though! we have the camera and sound equipment loaded up in the Mini, and we'll be sure to send some of the footage off to you if you want to see what a first conference presentation goes like (a first for all three of us). If there is any haggling, we will not edit that out, but we will reserve the right to voice over them in the edit!
Hope you take the chance to look over the presentation and hope you get chance to send us a response.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
This is the http://www.readunite.co.uk/ student project that eventually was selected, amosgst stiff competition, as the trophy winning project by the Forest Charity.
It is an excellent example of how technology can be used to alter where learning takes place, and how 'ownership' of learning can be shared, transferred and open to changes in the content. Parents and their children can generate the interest in a particular book, text or passage, while teachers - or parents with a particulat expertise - can offer some detail related to the curriculum, to phonics, to how things 'happen in the class' as well as how they happen at home.
Only the parents page is currently open and running and this is very much a big idea taking shape. The interesting features are many, but the way that the 'Teacher' page has been added not as an agreed place of expertise, but as a reference for how things are done differently in schools than at home, is key to the project. Teachers are invited to look, engage and participate - though not as 'experts' that over-ride the parents/ children, but as comparative perspectives from the 'formal learning' arena.
The excellent, and difficult to make, tool that measures reading age caused concerns as some of the teachers thought it removed the power of assessment from the school, and there was perhaps some danger in allowing people to assess themselves. It's a school-type measure, gauging a reading age, but is proving a popular tool here and serves as a poignant indicator of how who 'owns/ measures and controls' learning is being challenged. A child could do this with friends, parents or other family and use the comments from other children or parents as readily as they could refer to more readily agreed expertise.
An exciting project and the potential for it to grow is something the student is hoping to use in the future. Please feel free to add comments and look at the site, create an account and use it.