An event for primary and secondary schools to explore the theory and practise of Flipping the Classroom.
How it can improve teaching and learning?
10am Keynote. - Professor Steve Molyneux.
The CEO of the Tablet Academy covers the importance of creating, managing and using video in a flipped environment. A presentation that focuses on how mobile devices change the pedagogy of the learning environment enabling students to learn independently, allowing for a flipped approach to teaching and learning.
Workshop 1. Participate in a flipped Lesson. Become a student again and experience for yourself the freedom of independent learning in a flipped classroom. During the lesson you will discover at your own pace, learning new teaching tools on mobile devices.
Workshop 2. MediaCore in a flipped learning environment. MediaCore provide an affordable solution for schools to manage flipped learning. This workshop is about seeing how simple it is to manage and use.
Workshop 3. Case Studies. Hear from other schools who are already flipping the classroom including the challenges and the rewards they discovered when changing the way they teach.
Competitions and Event Offers There will be a number of special offers only available at this event and two lucky winners will be selected at a prize draw at the end of the event.
Prize 1: A MediaCore School account for a year worth £2,800.
Prize 2: Tablet Academy consultancy services worth £600.
As you know we have been working on supporting Primary schools and teachers with the new Computing Curriculum, with events like our Kodu Kup, we will also have some great announcements about more great resources at BETT.
Computing at School (CAS) have released this great guide for Primary teachers.
Simon Peyton-Jones describes the new curriculum in his foreword:-
Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. But what does this mean for primary schools?
How should school leaders be planning for the new curriculum and how can teachers develop the additional skills they will need? The programme of study is expressed in precise but perhaps unfamiliar language.
This guide has been written especially for primary teachers, to demystify the programme of study for primary schools. It will enable teachers to get to grips with the new requirements quickly and to build on current practice. It includes help for schools with planning and gives guidance on how best to develop teachers’ skills. The new national curriculum for computing provides schools with an exciting opportunity to reinvigorate teaching and learning in this important area of the curriculum.
To find out more and download the guide please visit Computing at School
Skitch allows you to annotate using your finger or stylus. Learners found this fun and it was a good method to assess prior learning.
With Flash Quiz you can create a number of sets with as many questions. Leon found this a great method to assess learning at the end of the lesson.
OneNote can be used as an e-portfolio. The example below shows how a PE class is using it to track progress throughout the year.
PE coursework required learners to describe how to perform a fitness test. They used WMM to do this and found it quick and easy to use.
Leon used a range of fitness apps to help track and monitor blood pressure, reaction times and encourage competitiveness.
As part of their Anatomy & Physiology module, learners have been uploading pictures of muscles and adding text and audio to serve as a revision tool.
Educator Spotlight: Leon Annett
My name is Leon Annett and I am an educator in the Further Education sector.
*I have been asked to take part in a 3 month pilot scheme ‘Teach with IT, ’ to explore how technology can be incorporated into my lessons, help classroom engagement and discover the potential for students to use the devices in the future.
The trial is in association with Intel, Softcat and Microsoft. The device I will be using for the trial is the Dell XPS12 and the operating software will be Windows 8.
I am originally from Kent and I am employed by Coleg Gwent in South Wales and have been since 2008. I am also an external verifier for the awarding organisation OCR.
I am a visiting university lecturer delivering levels 4, 5 and 6 modules in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity and Health.
I am a curriculum leader and oversee the programme planning and delivery of a range of programmes, specifically in sport, public services, outdoor activities and youth work.
I have a passion for quality and developing teaching and learning. My main goal is to improve the quality of the courses that are delivered to learners, ensuring that they are fit for purpose and that they improve the chances of learners becoming employed in the field in which they study.
Please visit my twitter page for my blogs and the Education resources page to access tools I use which I hope will be of help.
I have been asked a lot for the links in my free Windows App. As some don’t as yet haven’t upgraded. So whilst that is happening I thought I would list all the links in that App, that can be accessed in a non Win 8 environment. What this exercise proved was that Apps are fantastic for consolidating information in a simple accessible form. So my advice is get Windows 8, download the Windows 8 Free App - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/teachers/archive/2013/07/12/windows-8-appedagogy.aspx . In the meantime here are the links in that app.
Microsoft Partners in Learning – www.pil-network.com
Teachers Blog – http://blogs.msdn.com/teachers
UK Schools Blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/ukschools
Partner in learning Youtube channel – www.youtube.com/innovativeteach
Kodu is a free visual games creation application. It's the perfect way to introducing coding into the curriculum
Kodu Software - http://www.kodugamelab.com Kodu Video Guides - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLj1Pwo2pn6sFAJA7jXM3PSxauBPr6flIX
Kodu Kup Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOHhCJddeZY
Kodu Teacher Guides - http://koduwebdnn.cloudapp.net/Home/tabid/55/forumid/4/threadid/1307/scope/posts/Default.aspx
Tweet the Queen of Kodu @geekynicki – www.twitter.com/geekynicki
Project Spark - https://joinprojectspark.com
Touchdevelop is a free scripting code creation application. It's the perfect way to introduce more advanced coding into the curriculum
TouchDevelop – www.touchdevelop.com
Touchdevelop Video Guides - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt_K63PuRoWGouEfFvEvM8QUc1bNno7R0
TouchDevelop Free Book - https://www.touchdevelop.com/docs/book
TouchDevelop Scheme of Work - http://raychambers.wordpress.com/touch-develop-scheme-of-work-2-2/
Expert Help - Tweet @lanky_boi_ray – www.twitter.com/lankyboi_ray
Touchdevelop Curriculum - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtObeTLaEyJMaKFSk2g9IXvmI2V4FM6ZJ
Expert Help - Tweet @drenton72 - www.twitter.com/ldrenton72
Touchdevelop Help videos - https://www.touchdevelop.com/help/videos
Touchdevelop API Reference - https://www.touchdevelop.com/docs/api
All the professional developer tools you need from Microsoft for your Student for Free
Dreamspark = www.dreamspark.com
Other Computing Resources
Computing at School - http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/
Computer Science uplugged - http://csunplugged.org/
ComputerXplorers - http://www.computerxplorers.co.uk/
Technocamps - http://www.technocamps.com/
InPractice .org –KS1 computing - http://www.inpractice.org/
Windows 8 & Office 365
Microsoft UK Education Slideshare- http://www.slideshare.net/Microsofteduk
Office 365 Free E-Book - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2011/08/17/free-ebook-microsoft-office-365-connect-and-collaborate-virtually-anywhere-anytime.aspx
The Offperts - Student Experts in Office 365 – www.offperts.com
Microsoft UK Further Education Blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukfe/
Microsoft UK Faculty Blog - http://www.microsoft.com/education/facultyconnection/GB/default.aspx?c1=en-gb&c2=GB
Microsoft UK Education Cloud Blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukeducloud/
Daily Edventures Blog - http://dailyedventures.com
@GeekyNicki - http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/
@ritzertech - http://www.askthemusicteacher.co.uk/
@chickensaltsh - http://whydidthechickencrosstheroad.org.uk/
@lanky_boi_ray - http://raychambers.wordpress.com/
@daviderogers - http://www.daviderogers.blogspot.co.uk/
Here is a great post from our sister blog for UK Schools. This great new video showcasing some of the awesome new features within Windows 8.1 and the wide range of PC’s that they run on. This video is a great complement to the Windows 8.1 in Education Infographic. If you are looking for Apps to run in Windows 8.1 in the classroom. Then check out this list - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/teachers/archive/2013/07/12/windows-8-appedagogy.aspx
Download our free resources app - http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-gb/app/free-resources-from-microsoft-uk/89141b15-0ea1-4282-8b4d-6efd35a2aaee
In collaboration with Toshiba, Microsoft Innovative Educator Charlotte Beckhurst from Hartsbrook E-Act School, is holding a ‘Teaching with Windows 8’ lesson plan competition. The winning win8 lesson plan will receive a Windows 8 device kindly donated by Toshiba.
If you are interested in sharing practice and win a prize for your work, take a look at the competition details below:
* Don’t have a windows 8 device – don’t worry, contact Charlotte who might just be able to help with a loan device :-)
We have been really fortunate to have worked with some great schools who have helped us convey the Microsoft in education story. These schools have presented at many of our events, partaken in video case studies, appeared numerous times on our blogs and have had access to some top educational resources. We are always looking for new additions to join the UK Microsoft schools family and on Thursday 14th November we will be hosting an online webinar telling you just how.
Are you a school leader who is interested in helping your school convey its great teaching with technology learning story? Then we would like to invite you to the UK Microsoft Showcase school webinar. The webinar will cover a range of our educational offerings and outline key requirements needed to become an UK MS Showcase school. Naturally, we are looking for schools who are using our services and devices effectively in the classroom. However, if you are at pinnacle point deciding what route to go down then why not join the webinar to see what Microsoft education can offer your school. We have a range of free services and professional development for classroom teachers and school leaders that will help encourage 21st century learning design.
Date: Thursday 14th November 2013
Time: 4pm -5pm
How do I apply: To join this free event simply email Mandeep Atwal a-matwal@Microsoft.com or Anthony Nneke email@example.com before the closing date November 8th. Please include details of your school, your role, and pupil age range. We will get back to you with event details.
Join for free the Partners in Learning Network, the site provides you with the tools to share ideas about how to enhance pupil learning through the use of technology with teachers across the world.
To steal a well know UK advertising slogan, ‘If a well known beer producer made Apps, it would be OneNote’. Yes, I know I am biased, but I have been using OneNote since 2003 and now with the rise of the tablet device it is even better.
The first thing to realise about OneNote is that it comes in a number of flavours. There is the desktop version that is packaged with the Office suite. This has all the features and will run on full Windows 8 Pro devices. You should check that you have it with you current license agreement. Next is the OneNote RT version, that comes preinstalled on the Surface RT device, this almost has the full features of the desktop version , but does not have video or sound recording. Next the Windows 8 OneNote App, this is free from the Windows store for Window 8 and RT devices. Then there is the OneNote Web App accessed through Skydrive or Office 365. Next there is the Windows Phone version and before I forget, a version for iPad, iPhone and Android. You can’t say we are not inclusive at Microsoft.
Although all these different versions have differing levels of functionality, the documents created in them are all cross compatible.
So for the un-initiated, what is OneNote. Think of OneNote as a digital piece of paper onto which you can type, write, copy anything from anywhere, search, organise, record voice and video and share. The Web App version allows live collaboration.
The only thing that paper does that OneNote can’t, is Origami! But there is an app for that.
If you have Win 8 devices including Surface RT in your schools. I would suggest the first app you should install is the free OneNote app from the Windows Store. The second App should be our Free Resources App which has links to all our free resources and links to even more free great Apps.
For tutorials and examples of best practice in the classroom using OneNote, Join for free the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network at www.pil-network.com
Just a quick post to let you all know that our Queen of Kodu, Nicki Maddams got married this weekend. Please join me in congratulating her and Kevin in wishing them all the best for the future by leaving your comments here.
Don’t worry, the new Mrs Cooper will be back with more Kodu greatness after her honeymoon .
If you don’t know it already , check out Nicki’s superb blog for loads of Kodu and Computer Science resources. – http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/
You can join 1000s of other teachers like Nicki on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network – www.pil-network.com – Join for free today
Now I am a Developer ! With my Free Resources App in the Windows Store, I thought I would share one of my other experiments in entering the world of Geekdom.
I have a Raspberry Pi (RPi) device (it was a gift!), the £25 programmable computer. I have started trying to get my head around setting it up and learning to code on it. Whilst that’s a steep learning curve for me, I also found it a real hassle to plug in all the power, usb ports, monitor , mouse and keyboard every time I wanted to use it. I thought this would probably the same for setting RPIs up in schools. But, I read that devices such as RPi could be controlled and programmed remotely using client software. So I had this idea, could I do that from my amazing Surface RT? Turning into a Surface RPi.
Firstly, I had to find an SSH client App in the Windows Store, a simple search produced a number of apps . Next, I needed an app that allowed me to code in Python. The coding language used on RPi and is popular in Schools. Again , the Windows store came up trumps and I installed Python for Metro.
With the Apps in place I just now needed to set it all up. With help from www.adafruit.com with words I didn’t understand. I discovered the IP address my network was giving the RPi (I did have to set it all up a again to do this, but thankfully only the once). Once I had that, I powered my RPi from the USB port on my Surface RT. This meant the that RPi would connect wirelessly to my network. Remember at this point the only lead connected to th RPi is the USB power cable. Running the SSH app, I entered the IP address and Ta Dah! Connected to the RPi. I could now programme the device using the tools installed on the RPi. But, that still meant I need the RPi connected via the network.
Could create code and then ‘download’ it to the RPi when I needed to. This is where the Python app came in. Now I can write, copy and edit code whenever and wherever I need to. Then connect with the RPi later and because Win 8 allows you to run multiple apps at the same time. I could test and run the code on the RPi as well.
This screen shot proves that this works. The RPi via the SSH app is running on the Left and Python app on the right.
Why is this so useful? Well, as I see it, the beauty of the Raspberry Pi is the ability to program it to control external devices through its GPIO ports. Here I am using it with a Berryclip addon , making lights flash in sequence (BTW , built the BerryClip myself, all adding to my Geek credibility). As you can programme in Python and Scratch on any Windows device, you are are not using the real learning potential of the RPi if you are just doing this.
So why not get your GEEK on and try this with the Surface RTs you have in school or any Windows device, and begin taking full advantage of the Raspberry Pi.