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 …

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 …

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 …

Teaching Remotely or Remotely Teaching

A few months ago I was one of the members of staff who went with our Year 6 pupils on their 5 day residential trip to the lake district. An annual tradition of running, jumping, climbing trees, water sports and eventual exhaustion. Whilst on this “holiday” my Year 2 break out groups back at school would have to Read More …

Self Marking Sheets

Instant feedback for students thanks to conditional formatting. I have been playing around with Google Sheets, a standard feature of Google Apps, to see if I can make use of some of the features found within the app. I have used conditional formatting before in Excel to sort mark sheets and keep track of students Read More …

A quick overview of Clarisketch

A quick overview of Clarisketch EDIT: I have now added QR codes for the videos to the pupils’ books to allow readers to find the video and how it fits into the learning process for that unit of work.  I have been using the Clarisketch app on Android for a few weeks now, and have used Read More …

QR Codes (or should that be Q Art?)

In school we have been playing around with QR codes with some of the KS1 pupils. They have become fascinated with them and one of the classrooms has been steadily amassing an album of these black and white wonders. For those who are wondering QR stands for Quick Response and was developed to aid the Japanese motor industry Read More …