Last month Laura and I went to the HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki. It was fascinating hearing about Education initiatives from across the globe. A couple of things struck me. Firstly, there is a huge gulf between the haves and have nots – the initiatives from parts of Africa and India make a huge impact with so little - and secondly, many of the initiatives were incredibly creative, something Digital Schoolhouse strives to bring to UK classrooms.
The last month has been a whirlwind for Digital Schoolhouse.
This month’s blog post comes to you from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam after what I believe has been my first term-time holiday for around 15 years.
We’re all going on a Summer Holiday…
When I told people that I had applied for a job that meant that I wouldn’t be getting school holidays anymore you could tell that they thought I was crazy. They were always polite about it of course, but there was always a look in their eye that questioned my sanity as I answered their inevitable “so, you’ll only be working during term time, right?” with a resounding “No!”.
So we’ve come to the end of the first half term…where did all that time go?! As I get to work on the long half term holiday to do list, I am most excited about planning for our new STEM club. Along with our secondary school, we will be running weekly sessions focusing on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics can work together. And, of course, computing comes into this in a big way. Our big focus is on skills development in these areas, in particular, working scientifically and computational thinking.
Crystal clear water, red sunsets and beautiful coastlines. These were the only thoughts running through my head as I walked out of school at the end of July and headed off for 16 nights in Italy.
I was leaving behind a tough term, a tough year perhaps, but I would be lying if it wasn’t full of promise for the next academic year.