One micro:bit at a time

I’m fairly sure I won’t have to explain to people what a BBC micro:bit is as they have been in the news and on social media quite a bit for the last 12 months or so, but just in case here is an extract from the device’s Wikipedia page. The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Read More …

Spotlight On Strategies – Remix

For those of you that don’t know, last November I was honoured, along with 5 other teachers, as founding members of the Discovery Education Community here in the UK. The Discovery Education Community (sometimes referred to as ‘The DEN’) is a large group of educators dedicated to sharing best practice and enhancing the learning of their students. For Read More …

Top Secret Training

Last year I wrote a staffrm piece on teaching Year 1 pupils to type. It dealt with the reasoning behind the lessons and finding a hook to essentially teach typing. Then the topic of typing skills surfaced in a joint #CASchat and #PrimaryRocks twitter chat. I mentioned my Secret agent unit and said I would share it Read More …

BETTer prepared

This year is my 4th consecutive BETT show. I’ve been lucky enough to attend thanks to a very understanding headteacher who sees the value in me attending the show and encourages me to explore new directions for computing and ICT in school. Each year I pick up new tips or tricks on how to squeeze Read More …

Happy New Year! !raeY weN yppaH

A quick post to start off the new year on an app that I have been playing around with over the festive season. Taking inspiration from a video produced as part of the DENSI last summer I have been looking for an effective way of reversing videos. The DENSI video was reversed in iMovie, I Read More …

The start of the United KingDEN

Last July I was lucky enough to join in with one of the best CPD experiences I’ve ever had. The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI). It was an amazing week of learning and sharing with some of the most original and talented educators from the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. Nearly six months Read More …

“OK Google…”

Three weeks into the school year and I have shared a fair few Google short cuts with my class. One in particular is the use of “OK Google”. Using a microphone attached to our main class computer I have used it when we have quickly wanted to know spellings, definitions, facts, the weather and various Read More …

Welcome Along

Hi everyone, Just a quick post to let you know that this is now the home of my blog and will be the place I primarily post my thoughts and musings. I’ve also added all my old blogs from trysomeicytea.blogspot.com for easy reference. I hope you like the new site and welcome your feedback! Phil

Mr Nottingham Goes to Washington

A few months ago I entered the Discovery Education UK competition to win a weeks CPD at their annual Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI).  Out of all who applied 5 others and myself were selected and on the 11th July we fly to Washington DC to begin our DENSI adventure. What follows are my Read More …

BETTer with friends

Disclaimer: This post does not contain any educational content it is my own personal reflection on the last couple of days and why I think we are in the greatest profession in the world.  I am currently on the train back to Liverpool after what have been some of the most exciting and exhausting days Read More …