Please note that we are also hosting a drop in teacher showcase from 2:30-4:30 on the same day. The showcase aims to allow teachers from surrounding schools to drop in to investigate the range of robotics on display in a non-sales environment. There would also be the opportunity to talk with Tablet Academy personnel about how the Robots can enhance a range of curriculum subjects. The Showcase Event would be open for teachers to come and go as they wish. Your staff are welcome to attend the Showcase Event as a free professional development opportunity, even if you decide not to bring your students to the main festival.
DigiLit Leicester Staff Development Awards Programme Update
This is the first blog post, detailing the applications received in the first term at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. A follow up will be posted during the February half term. It has been a long and very busy term at English Martyrs’ School! However, a number of Staff have expressed interest in applying for the awards programme, and I have seen a number of openly licensed resources developing well already. Below is a list of the current applicants and their ideas of the types of resources they intend to submit.
- Viren Patel is a Maths Teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. His interests are in developing resources that can be used for students across KS3 and KS4. In addition, he is working on homework and revision material to be used at KS4.
- Ian Sadler is a Chemistry Teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. His interests are in developing resources for teachers. He is currently writing and checking a scheme of work for the Atomic Structure for GCSE Chemistry, ensuring all the images are openly licensed or in the public domain. The scheme of work contains PowerPoint presentations and worksheets. Ian hopes that these resources will help teachers of AQA GCSE Chemistry to plan and deliver courses.
- David Nicholson is a Physical Education teacher at English Martyrs Catholic School. He is interested in the design and set up of a functional Physical Education website that can be used by teachers, students and parents to keep updated with sporting success within the school. On this website he intends to inform students of upcoming fixtures, results from games played and any other sporting success that has been achieved. The website will also be used by students to locate homework projects and BTEC Sport assignments at home as well as in school. The overall aim of the website is to promote student success in sport throughout the school and allow easier access to resources for the subject. David has undertaken some OER training already.
- Stephen Harding is a Chemistry Teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. His interests are in developing resources for teachers and students for the new GCSE Chemistry courses. He is currently developing a scheme of work for the C4, C6 and C7 topics in GCSE Chemistry, ensuring all the images are openly licensed or in the public domain. The scheme of work contains PowerPoint presentations and worksheets, including homework booklets. Stephen plans to also create and share resources for a Chemistry display board. Stephen hopes that these resources will help teachers of AQA GCSE Chemistry to plan and deliver courses and engage students in the chemistry classroom.
- Karan Islania is the Mathematics Lead Practitioner at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. One of his key skills, which formed the evidence for being awarded LLP status, involves exploring the use of technology in the classroom to aid and inform teaching and learning. He aims to create and develop new resources, using interactive flipcharts to engage and challenge learners. These will be aimed at GCSE Higher and A-Level.
- Lauren Seal is Head of Year 8 and a Geography Teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. She is currently working on a scheme of work and resources for the new GCSE specification. She hopes this will enable teachers of Geography to deliver the new specification confidently.
- Mark Flannigan is an Art Teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. His interests are in developing resources that promote the development of skills and techniques for all ages of art students. He is interested in inspiring art across the curriculum and enforcing the belief that art skills can be taught and improved, and that art is not just for a few students who have natural talents. Mark has developed a ‘step-by-step’ resource that shows students how to draw a ‘Prism grid’, in order to accurately scale an image. The Prism grid has been devised using four simple steps, with each step having an easily recognisable flag as a symbol. Students can easily grasp the concept of the Prism grid, and learn essential scaling techniques for their future development as an artist.
- Carolyn Watson is a Science Teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. Her interests are in developing homework resources for the Year 9 and 10 Biologists as part of their new GCSE. Carolyn has already been trained on using the correct creative commons licences, after attending a staff development training session with Christine Turner to allow the correct symbol and wording to be placed onto the documents. She has also learned how to access openly licenced images should they be used within the HW sheets. The homework sheets will be placed onto the school website. Carolyn hopes that these homework sheets will enable students to improve their scores at GCSE and beyond through regular checking of key concepts.
- Some whole departments are interested in applying for the group award. The RE department may submit a group project focusing on assessment feedback and the English department are interested in setting up a department website.
- The awards programme is administered by myself, Christine Turner, a Chemistry Teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic School. My own interests are in developing resources that promote home and self-learning amongst her Year 12 and 13 Chemists. I am in the process of designing a departmental website to host a range of resources for students to be able to access at home, including videos, worksheets and practise papers. I also intend to set up a departmental Twitter account, which students can follow, to provide links to useful revision sites and interesting Chemistry stories in the news. I hope that these sites will enable students to become more engaged learners at GCSE and beyond.
I hope that more staff will engage with the programme this year. It is not too late for EMS staff to submit an idea and make some resources! I offer bespoke training on OER citation, sourcing and development at times to suit staff. All of the resources made should be openly licenced using the CC BY 4.0 licence, and I can help with that too. Please ask me for more details – I am happy to help anyone across Leicester applying for recognition in the awards programme. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Children in a villiage in India, with no guidance from adults, are forming learning groups and with nothing more than a tablet computer preloaded with educational videos, stories and games, they are learning English and conducting science experiments.
In the first three months of playing with the tablets there has been, according to the project’s monitoring data, an 11% increase in pupils’ core academic skills such as reading in children’s mother tongue, reading and speaking in English, and science.
Maybe even more important, children are figuring out how to navigate the digital world to find out answers to their questions and are more confident about speaking up.
This is a radically different approach to using technology to advance learning….
St. Paul’s Catholic School is hosting a Robotics Festival for year 9 pupils on the 23rd of November, in partnership with Tablet Academy. The workshop aims to allow students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a fun and engaging way. The festival is open, free of charge, to any interested schools. Students participating in the festival will have an opportunity to experience a robotics workshop, which will allow them to complete a number of challenges linked to STEM subjects.
Following the festival, St. Paul’s is also hosting a drop in teacher showcase from 2:30-4:30 on the same day. The Showcase aims to allow teachers from surrounding schools to drop in to investigate the range of robotics on display in a none sales environment. There would also be the opportunity to talk with Tablet Academy personnel about how the Robots can enhance a range of curriculum subjects. The Showcase Event would be open for teachers to come and go as they wish.
To attend the festival, and find out more, please register at Eventbrite here.
The final network meeting took place today (13/10/16) at St Paul’s and there was much lively discussion about topics ranging from Mark Sutton’s excellent Verbal Feedback system, to the pro’s and con’s of using Microsoft Office 365. For all of you who were not able to attend, the minutes are attached here: OER Meeting 13 October 16
No definite strategy was forthcoming about how to contine with the OER work, but most attendees felt that awareness had been raised and that this would continue to be the case in the future.
If you were not able to make the meeting, please post an update from your school on the blog here to say how things have been going and what outcomes have been achieved.
The agenda is as follows:
- Welcome and introductions (if needed)
- Presentation by Mark Sutton (Soar Valley) on the verbal feedback site he has created. This allows teachers to record feedback for students, create class lists of students, and print out QR codes to link to the feedback. Students can also login and see all the feedback they have received from different teachers.
- Round-up of the work carried out by the Network Schools and thoughts on how the OER (and Digilit) ethos will be carried on.
- Lunch and return to own schools
For those of you who cannot attend, I would like to invite you to post your final round-up of OER work on the OER Schools blog. This would be a wonderful way to share the outcomes achieved.
Please can you confirm your attendance (and dietary preferences) as Nora will need to know numbers for catering.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.
Suzanne and Nora
On Friday 23rd September St Paul’s played host to students from 9 Primary and Secondary schools who had the opportunity to become coders and problem solvers for the day! It was an opportunity to re-connect with network members from both Moat and City of Leicester College, as well as making new links with a range of primary schools who previously hadn’t networked with the group.
“Thank you …… for a super afternoon of computing” – St John Fisher CVA
The Children’s Hospital School has drawn up and adopted a policy to ensure the rights of Looked After Children (LAC) as their school. The aim of the policy is to ensure that looked after children (LAC), through their education, enjoy and achieve, are healthy, stay safe, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.
This model policy is now available as an OER for other schools to use and adopt as they wish.
As part of the LeHo project, a complete list of useful tools was created to be used by teachers who may find themselves having to teach children with a medical condition.
This “Compendium” contains information about how to use the tools, how long it will take, what resources you need and also links to further resources. It was created by all the EU partners who are part of the LeHo project.
The document is in word and all the contents can be used and re-used freely. Feel free to share this with colleagues and also please do go and take a look at the LeHo website as there are many other items in the “Toolkit” suitable for teachers to use.
Below are a couple of screenshots from the Compendium to give you an idea of the contents and what the pages inside contain.
The National STEM Learning Centre is running a free online course, ‘Managing Behaviour For Learning.’ The course aims to help teachers learn how to maintain discipline when dealing with unruly students. Although the course draws from examples experienced in the UK, the material covered is relevant to an international audience (and to non-STEM teachers). The course starts on the 19th of September and runs for 5 weeks.
To sign up for the course, go to http://ow.ly/yXKm300xI5X