Month: January 2011

Aviary.com

Aviary is a FREE suite of online creation tools. It allows you to create and edit photographs, vectors, audio and more, all from its web-based suite of programmes. A definite must...

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Audacity

Many of you will know about this greatprogramme; and to top it all, it’s free! Great for manipulating sound files – cut, paste, extend, mix and many other operations allow you quite powerful control of sound and music. A definite must for teachers and children...

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‘Better’ Curriculum or Better Teachers?

Was reading this blog post by Stuart Ball (Microsoft Partner in Learning, Twitter:@innovativeteach) and it set me thinking. What really is the best way forward? Should we be focusing on a ‘prescriptive’, ‘better’ curriculum, or should we be focusing on getting better teachers into the profession? I know dear Mr Gove will say that we need both, but their idea is to ‘up’ the criteria for admitting recruits into the profession on a purely academic basis, throwing in a couple of psychometric tests just to make sure. So providing you can come out with a Masters in something, and...

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Philosophy for Children

Over the past couple of days our school has been undertaking training in ‘Philosophy for Children’. This is literally what it says on the tin – children philosophising. The aim is to encourage children to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively, encouraging them to question, discuss and offer opinions.  Teachers facilitate this by building a ‘community of enquiry’ where children create and enquire into their own questions, ‘learning how to learn’ in the process. It was quite a heavy couple of days with lots of information to take on board. But was it worth it? One of the teachers in our school...

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