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  • kvnmcl 10:01 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010, , ideas, , resolutions,   

    What’s coming up. Floaters. 

    Crystal ball by David Reece

    Okay now, a floater to some might raise a few brows and cause a few to smirk. But a floater to me is an idea, and one that doesn’t go away easily. A floater comes to mind when you are usually not following the ‘rule books’, when you decide to go with the flow in the classroom and see what the outcome will be rather than try to get to the outcome you have written down. A floater can be brilliant but also annoyingly out of reach. But it’s always there and always wants to be given a chance. Here are my floaters for the year ahead.

    1. Allow my class to talk more
    2. Make the school VLE a LEARNING ENVIRONMENT!
    3. Create an ‘old school’ interactive learning display
    4. Be more creative in my approach to other parts of the curriculum e.g. Use Green screen in RE lessons to retell stories from bible
    5. Bring my guitar into school everyday for no other reason than to sing with the class
    6. Be positive and stop moaning (but some things I have to moan about and I will continue to do so)
    7. Ask my class for more feedback
    8. Talk to my class more rather than getting through the mountain of objectives
    9. Continue my personal pursuit to rid the world of pointless homeworks
    10. If Oftsted do actually make an appearance this year, welcome them with open arms and have fun

    Let 2010 commence.

    • Mark Cunningham 10:39 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great “floaters”. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 especially

    • Stuart Ridout 12:22 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      I must admit that I did have a minor smirk at the floaters but your list of floaters is great.

      I love the use of student voice in point 7, perhaps it could link to #2 and students could vote or rate lessons using the VLE. #6 benefits everyone (not specifically in your case but in general) and I think is something we could all try to take on board.

      Something that really excites me is #4. I love using green screen but find it tough to make it work in the classroom with so many people. We have a few staff who use green screen and one teacher is making a film using both live action and green screen (you can see the trailer at http://blip.tv/file/2960987 )

      Good luck with it! I look forward to seeing your outcomes online!

    • Pam Thompson 1:41 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a great list – a nice balance. Love the idea of taking your guitar in every day – an opportunity to chill & give the outcomes a rest 🙂

  • kvnmcl 10:26 pm on June 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #edu2020, #notonislay, , education2020, ideas, unconference   

    #notonislay – but flashmeet serves up 

    Another great gathering of like-minded folk

    Another great gathering of like-minded folk

    Earlier this evening I had the pleasure to attend, via flashmeeting, an ‘un-conference’ centered around the question – ‘What is your vision of education in the year 2020?’  For those of us that attended the meeting it would be the only taste of the distillery event that we would have, whilst the visitors to the Isle of Islay would be basking in whisky face to face discussion.

    Unfortunately the server on Islay thought better and refused to function leaving us ‘flashmeeters’ with no choice but to continue regardless. (More …)

    • Mr W 11:57 pm on June 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It was great to touch base with you. I was pleased at the range of the conversations and came away with lots to think about and ponder. I’ll get a post up myself once I’ve relistened to the Flashmeeting over the weekend.


    • John Moravec 1:32 am on June 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting the recap. It was great to meet everybody!

  • kvnmcl 9:02 pm on June 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ideas, ,   



    (I’m looking for participants to pre record a presentation that I could use during #tmgc09? Let me know if you’re keen on Twitter @kvnmcl or my contact me page)

    I have been organising a ‘TeachMeet‘ to be held here in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria next week 11th June. A TeachMeet is a place where like minded teachers can get together and find out about the use of new technologies being used in the classroom. I attended TeachMeet Midlands using FlashMeeting and I was excited and inspired enough to try to recreate or at least try to put together a TeachMeet here in Gran Canaria. It hasn’t really been easy but it hasn’t put me off and the event will be held next Thursday from 6pm to 8pm in the comfort of my own flat next to the sea!

    Unfortunately due to bandwidth issues I will not be able to hold a FlashMeeting during the event but I do promise to keep everyone informed through Twitter, video highlights, and by posting back here (or hopefully through the TeachMeet  pbworks pages).

    (More …)

  • kvnmcl 8:13 pm on May 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: generating, ideas, notes, , wall, wallwisher   

    Life moves pretty fast, and wallwisher tries to keep it in order. 

    Today was a day when I decided to let the learning take over the direction of my teaching. At half past three it hit me quite squarely that I don’t let it happen enough.

    My class seemed to be in a state of readiness from the start. We’d had our holiday on the previous Friday so I guess they’d had enough of the time off and wanted to get straight in. The pace was brisk and fun, work was been written, words being spoken and questions being asked and answered. By the afternoon I was feeling slightly breathless but ready for the final 90 minutes after lunch. I checked Twitter and saw a few bits and bobs, a couple of links then something caught my eye. A link to wallwisher was posted and I was intrigued. I checked it out and saw the opportunity quite literally grow before my eyes. My carefully crafted, long thought over ICT lesson was going to have to wait.

    My class filed in and, excitedly, I explained to them this new application and its possibilities for written work and generating ideas. They soon caught up and then passed my enthusiasm, demonstrating yet again that your class are not the only learners in the room. See link for all the fuss.

    summerwish on wallwisher

    Thanks to Doug for the tweet.

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