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!”.
Half term is always a great chance to recharge, revitalise and review – and our very first computing week is quite a week to look back on!
As one of the latest appointments to the Digital Schoolhouse team as Curriculum Content Developer, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and explain a little of what attracted me to the position. As an experienced teacher, I have come to love creating innovative Computer Science resources and have grown increasingly frustrated that I am not always able to develop them to the standard I would like.
This month, Year 3 have been busy engaging with some unplugged activities using the secondary facilities.
Unlike traditional ICT lessons, children have been getting hands-on with 3D printing devices, creating Christmas decorations to sell at our Christmas fair.
The focus of their learning was decomposition – an understanding of all the elements of the outcome before it is created.